Secretary of the RGM&HS, grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, and
his childhood experiences included attending Chuck Schlosserís
O gauge club layout with his father Ed, in the early 60ís. Also
profound at this time was a visit in 1964 to the Durango &
Silverton, where he found a great love for these narrow gauge
engines. Fond times were also found at Websterís Hobby Shop on
Camelback Road, and at Coronado Scale Models on 16th
Street, visiting Stan & Sheldon Schwedler.
from the army, Bob was a member for a time at the Scottsdale Model
Railroad Club, where he learned how to scratch build turnouts
working side by side with the old-timers, and met people like
Earl Knoob, who would later work for the C&TS as the safety
officer. It is a testament to Bobís craftsmanship that shortly
after leaving the club, all scratch built turnouts were replaced
with manufactured ones!
1976 was a red-letter day for Bob, as it was his 21st
birthday, and he and his father journeyed out to Buckeye, Arizona,
to welcome the 4449 pulling the Freedom Train. Early morning light
was starting to show in the East, and the GS-4 had just arrived
from that long desert passage from Los Angeles, simmering in front
of a diesel that had provided the real motive power. And then
she came alive! Who can forget the pack of 30 cars blasting through
the small towns, running red lights (right in front of cops!)
as they tried to keep up with an 80 inch drivered GS-4, easily
loping along at 80 miles an hour! Or the smoke so thick it looked
like it would lift up the Central Avenue bridge, as the 4449 approached
the Phoenix train station. Or the crunch, crunch, pop, crunch,
of the GS-4 pulling into its siding in Tempe, as the GS-4ís tires
ran over literally hundreds of pennies that had been laid upon
the track! Or the departing 4449 and her unknowing engineer careening
around the tight curve east of Tempe, probably doing 40 miles
an hour, where no hogger in his right mind did over 15!
the desert, and he and his father would often explore the areas
around the Valley of the Sun, including one time when their excursion
took them south of Phoenix, to the site where an Espee 5000 class
had inexplicably blown itself to kingdom come. They were able
to find bits and pieces here and there of the tragedy, piles of
lagging, firebricks, a water bucket.
school took Bob to Columbus, Ohio, where he earned MBA and Law
lives in Columbus, with his wife Theresa, and kids Brendon and
Elise. Occasionally, Bob and Elise visit the Kingsdale O gauge
railroad club, where they get to run some of Bobís Union Pacific
steam. In addition to O gauge UP, Bobís main interest is in modeling
the D&RGW, narrow and standard gauges. Bobís current project
is to model every narrow gauge engine and piece of passenger rolling
stock that the D&RGW owned as of December 1939.
endeavors include the D&RGW Narrow Gauge Passenger Car Roster
that he prepared for the D&RGW Home Page, and buying and selling
train stuff on Ebay, where he does business under the name "drgwnut."