I have always been interested in trains and railroading, from my early days growing up in the South (Kentucky and Alabama). My dad worked for the Louisville and Nashville Railroad in Louisville, and I regularly rode passenger trains between Louisville and Mobile, initially behind steam, then first generation diesel locomotives.
Later, during engineering school, I worked as a surveyor and draftsman for the L&N in both Louisville and Mobile, so modeling railroads came naturally to me. I have always modeled railroads in some form or another for most of my life.
My career started in the Navy during the Vietnam War era, where I served as a Civil Engineer Corps officer in Long Beach, CA, and in Sicily. After that I received two masters degrees in civil engineering and construction management from the University of Louisville and Stanford University, after which I had a full career as a construction manager and executive in Silicon Valley.
Most recently, I moved from Bend, Oregon to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where I live on the prairie south of Santa Fe with my wife Liz and our dog Giordi our cat Bella, none of whom share my passion for railroads, but do easily tolerate my addiction to them.
This is not me, but a local person and friend whose actual real name is John Wayne. He is a musician, as many are in these parts, and a great guy.