The roots of my passion for trains run deep. When I was about 5 years old, I received my first train set for Christmas, and the rest is history. With the support from my family, especially my mother Marie, I stayed in the hobby. Of course during high school I drifted away from trains for the usual distractions, girls, and playing ice hockey.
In about 2000, I returned to the hobby and discovered how much had changed in just a few years time. I then started looking up old friends and the bug bit again. This time around however, I really wanted to do some type of prototype modeling. After much thought, I went back to my roots, back to Santa Fe. But there was a problem. Digital photography wasn't as prevalent in the early to mid 1990's and to much regret, I really didn't have a lot of Santa Fe photographs. I, like many others, always assumed the Santa Fe would be around and of course I was wrong.
During my teenage years, I did spend time railfanning the Santa Fe. I grew up in Wichita, Kansas and had become very fond of the blue and yellow locomotives and enjoyed watching them switch the yard at 21st and Broadway. I also was fortunate enough to railfan the Emporia Subdivision, where I first saw the return of the famous red and silver paint schemes on brand new GP60M's.
Currently I am employed as the Assistant Chief of Police in Cherryvale Kansas, after starting my career in law enforcement with the Udall Police Department. My great grandfather was a Sheriff's Deputy in Chataqua County Kansas and I guess law enforcement runs in my family. So support your local police department!