My first train was an Tyco HO scale that was given to me as a child, Christmas in 1963. Over the years, my love for trains grew to switch scales to Lionel 0-27 trains.
I began collecting parts and pieces of miscellaneous train related items to construct my first layout on a 4' x 8' sheet of plywood.
Years later I built a 24' x 24' building to house a bigger layout.
During my years of collecting, I visited different displays in the area which enhanced my interest in designing a more elaborate and functional layout.
The knowledge and excitement that was shared by the people who helped get me started, I too wanted to share to the public the joy and memories that trains mean to young and old, and what I had learned in my expanded hobby in model railroading.
In 1995 I held my first open house, to share my layout to the general public and those who loved trains.
Eight years later, my collection and display demanded a larger building. I then constructed a 40' x 40' building (1,600 square feet) which houses my 0 scale display today.
My collection of model trains include: Lionel, Mike's Train House, Atlas, K-Line, Williams, L.G.B. and American Flyer.
I am a 20 year member of TCA (Train Collectors Association), a member of LCCA (Lionel Collectors Club of America), and a presenter for Operation Lifesaver, a non-profit organization that started in 1972 to educate the general public of the dangers of railroad crossings.
My display is up all year round, but is never finished with improvement and additions. During the 2011 Holiday Open House we had 1,300 guests attend which included various organizations and disabled groups who enjoyed the display in making their holidays brighter.
Special group visitations can be arranged by calling in advance: 410-634-2785
A special thanks goes out to all my supporters, local businesses and friends I've met across the country!