I grew up in Southern New Jersey watching the Reading-Philadelphia-Seashore Line that ran past my grandmom's house in Clementon. I received my 1st train set (Tyco) in 1974 when I was 7. I've loved trains my whole life. I joined the Navy and spent 23 years there as an EN (Engineman) working on diesels. Now I'm a merchant marine and still working on diesels. I had the opportunity to go to the EMD factory school in La Grange,IL a few years back. Talk about an awesome experience! I've been married 28 years to my wife Juliet and have 2 kids: Mark -27 and Jessica-21. Currently live in Williamsburg,VA and split my time between there and the Philippines. As for modelling; I've never had a nice layout and now I have time and money, I'm putting together a 4x8 layout (WS Grand Valley) to start with and see where it goes from there. I'm running Pennsylvania and Norfolk Southern and some Conrail Locos.