I got my start in model railroading the same as all the other little boys in the 50's with the Christmas train set.  But it wasn't long until I was begging my dad to leave the trains up all year.  About the same time my parents also noted I was always drawing and painting.  After excelling at art, thanks to some great middle and high school teachers, I was off to a boring year at college and  then a 10 year run as Set Designer for educational television.  During those 10 years I started a commercial sign business.  After 30 sucessful years running my sign shop my wife and I semi-retired to Vermont where I continue working in the sign biz for Dave Couch Signs in Stowe.

During all those years the trains were never far away.  Layouts came and went and when I finally arrived in Vermont I built my "dream" layout in the second story of our preserved 1820's barn.  The layout occupies an 18' x 29' room built within the existing exterior walls of the barn.
The layout is The Mid Atlantic & New England, or the MANE. I rec eived some Western Maryland equipment from a dear friend who passed away and added that to my CV and other New England railroad booty and the MANE was born.  

​As I built my railroad(s) I always reached for the Gatorfoam as my
modeling substrate.  I immediately started using it for bases and ex-
panded from there to subroadbed, backdrops and module surfaces.
I knew from using it in the sign business it held up extremely well,
machined great and took paint and stains without warping.  What other
product could compare? 


I Plan to Attend These Train shows.

Springfield, Mass. January 25th and 26th 2020