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Looking back, Bob's fascination with trains probably began in front of his grandmother's house in East Liverpool, Ohio. It was here that he has vague memories of watching steam trains on the double track mainline along the Ohio river. In front of the house was a red brick street, just across the street and down the hill was the tracks with the river beyond. As a young teen Bob built a 4 x 8 foot HO layout and dreamed of the grand layouts shown in Model Railroader magazine. His favorite model was a steam engine and 2 passenger cars that looked alot like the train from the TV series, Wild, Wild West.  The famous TV train has a home at the California State Railroad Museum. Alas, when a drivers license was obtained the layout was forgotten and eventually sold for a total of $50. :(

Upon graduation with a AA degree in electronics, Bob was given a Vivitar camera system as a gift by his parents. This led to experimenting with B&W film developing, printing B&W images, printing color images from slides, a home darkroom, some wedding photography jobs and a lasting interest in photography. Then came a spouse, a home, a BSEE degree and a family for the next 20 years. During that time the boys in Cupertino invented the Apple Macintosh. Also during that time a Lionel train was purchased for the kids for around the Christmas tree. The train was purchased at M. B. Klein Inc. Baltimore oldest hobby shop. This was the same hobby shop that Bob's father took him to as a young teen. This time Bob was the father and Bob had a paying job. Suddenly a grand layout was something to dream about again.

Bob's 1st N-scale layout was constructed on a 4 x 8 foot sheet of Homasote, placed over a 1 x 4 inch wood frame. Click on the thumbnails below for views of the layout. It's a bit of a spaghetti bowl design, but it worked out well for developing the needed modeling skills for the next layout. This layout may be disassembled for it's structures for the new layout or may be sold as is. The management has yet to determine its fate.

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Now as Bob's kid's started college several things came together. Bob had some free time to use creatively. Digital camera's could produce images as good as film. The World Wide Web was a great place to share information and to produce some income. So using a Apple Mac G5, a Nikon D70, and interests in web page authoring, photography, and railroads, was born. The goal of the web site is to feature prototype railroading and model railroading to promote interest in model railroading as a hobby and to explore the possibilities of the web as another source of income.

Bob's 2nd N-scale layout plan is illustrated below, click on the image for full size view. It's designed loosely on the N-TRAK module concept with three modules measuring 2 x 4 ft. each, in the center and custom return loop modules on each end. The left most 2 x 4 module is nearly complete. Just the wiring for DDC operation remains. Also below are several pictures taken on that module.

Layout Plan

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