Like many, my interest in model railroading started as a kid in my early teens. In 1972, the fad stage of model railroads was not quite over, and I wanted a layout of my own. It was a simple HO scale 4'x6' oval with the typical spur or two, mountain with tunnel, and a couple trains. At the time, I never took it much past the initial build stage and running DC locomotives around at hyper-speed, but it was still fun and memorable. Other interests in my teens took over, though, and then college and life in general. My model railroad years seemed to have been in the past.
For my career, I had chosen to go into the software field, cutting my teeth on paper tape and punch cards running programs on mainframes and then advancing with the industry through various technologies including many Unix versions, microprocessors, and later almost every version of Windows created. I progressed as software engineer, manager, entrepreneur, startup executive, web designer, project manager, etc. An obvious theme that appears is of an individual with an insatiable thirst for learning new things who likes to wear a lot of hats. Over the course of my still-continuing career, there are not a lot of types of software or software verticals I have not worked with nor roles I have not taken on. I can't call myself an expert at them all, but the broad base and variety of skills and experiences have served my nature and my employers well. Today I manage a software development organization developing enterprise scale products for healthcare and other industries and provide strategic marketing, messaging, and channel guidance around particular product lines. In my spare time I also still take on programming projects at home to learn new skills and keep my old skills fresh.
College, career, marriage, children, step-children, and all the accompanying life experiences kept me pretty occupied for over 30 years after my early days of railroading as a teen. Throughout that time, my main hobby was community and local professional theatre, once again feeding my thirst for knowledge as an actor, stage manager, lighting designer, set designer/builder, director, and producer. If I had not done it before, I had to learn it and try it. It was a lot of fun, and a lot of time. I also served on the boards of directors of several community and semi-professional theatres as well as serving for a short time on the board of directors of the American Independence Museum in Exeter, NH.
Around 2008, with my daughters finally starting to head off to college, and my wife of 2 years and I thinking about what a future empty nest would bring, I started thinking again about my old model railroad. I started armchair modelling online, untii the day I asked my wife what she thought of my picking it back up. Of course, when she said yes, she thought I meant collect a few things until we had a house. Apparently I didn't communicate my intentions clearly enough based on her surprise when she came home one day to benchwork around two walls of the dining area. She was great about it though - wonderful person that she truly is.
My initial foray back into the hobby was HO scale again. It was freelance with all used equipment, DC, and lo and behold look another mountain with a tunnel. I guess I had to start back where I left off to get my feet wet again. But then we moved a couple times, and the layout was disassembled and reassembled each time, but with no actual further progress. That second move was into our forever-home and into the room that is my layout room now.
A year passed with no progress, but I finally determined to start working on the layout in earnest. By then, my armchair modelling had progressed significantly, and I realized that an HO scale layout in a fairly small oddly-shaped space (roughly 16'x6') would not come close to meeting my model railroading desires. I wanted something based on areas of NH I love with both operations and continuous running possibilities. So I made the decision to jump to N scale, tore out the HO scale layout I had started back in our apartment dining area, and started over on the then-named "MEC and B&M Scenic Railroad", now named and featured in this site as the "Northern New England Scenic Model Railroad"
More recently, I joined the National Model Railroad Association. I immediately met some great model railroaders and have begun to serve as the webmaster for the Seacoast Division and for the Northeast Region of the NMRA.
I hope you enjoy the site.