|Chase and Danica play with "Hidden Valley,"|
the layout under the bed,
Prior to Chase and I building a layout together, I really was not that interested in trains. In fact, I had a job offer when I got out of the Army in 1984 from GE Locomotive Group to do thermodynamic modeling of their prime mover diesel engines. That would have tied directly with my master thesis work entitled, "Thermodynamic Modeling of Engine Knock based on End Gas Temperature and Pressure." This was the time period when GE had converted their locomotive factory to robotics. I got a tour of the robotic assembly plant. It was an interesting juxtaposition of a brick steam era facility with modern robots moving about. But I took a job in the defense industry instead as I thought at the time that, "trains are boring." Hah! Little did I know!
I built a second Chase Marine Terminal as a part of a home layout in the mid 1990s. And I have plans for a third one at some point.
|My first NTRAK module, "Chase Marine Terminal."|
|Chase Marine Terminal 2|
John Hill and Matt Schaefer were both good friends that had a big influence on my modeling.
John is well known as a war-game designer (Squad Leader and Johnny Reb are two of his most famous games). He is one of the most astute military analysts I have known. But he is also a fine model railroader and model builder. He excels at designing scenery for war games. We had many great times researching and building scenery for massive - 40 plus player - miniature war-games in the late 1980s. He is introducing a new civil war game to be published by Osprey Publishing at the 2014 Historicon Convention this weekend.