The 4th Division’s members and friends are a talented group of modelers and railfans. Here we are proud to showcase articles and presentations written by them about a wide variety of railroad-related subjects.
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The 4D HO Modular Group web site has a nice set of articles from their “Breakfast Programs”. Click here to navigate to the page.
Paul Rising is an architect (BLRB Architects) and modeler from Tacoma well known for his backdrop painting presentations. He has multiple AP Certificates. He is associated with the Tacoma Symphony and painted the backdrops for the Puget Sound Model Railroad Engineers layout at the Washington State History Museum.
Tyler Whitcomb is a Tacoma area modeler well known for his N scale Tenino Western Railroad. The TWRR is a freelanced railroad set in Western Washington State, running from Olympia through Tenino and on towards the Washington Coastal towns of Aberdeen and Hoquiam and Cosmopolis. Connections are made with the Burlington Northern and the Union Pacific via staging yards at each end of the modeled railroad. Click here to visit his Facebook page featuring the TWRR.
Bill Messecar, Master Model Railroader #543, models the Santa Fe railroad in Southern California, and those who have seen his HO layout are always amazed at the detail, especially the oranges in their shipping crates. Bill has written several books and articles on modeling the Santa Fe and is active in the Santa Fe Railway Historical and Modeling Society. His layout has appeared on 4D tours several times.
Max Maginness, Master Model Railroader #315, is a 4D member well-known for his modeling and engineering skills.
Ron Hart was born and raised in Everett, WA, and enjoyed chasing trains from Riverside to Bayside. He’s currently a firefighter-paramedic in Glendale, AZ, living with his family in the Phoenix area. Ron writes about researching and modeling the Milwaukee Road Everett Branch.
Dennis Murphy and his wife moved from Girdwood, Alaska to Olympia, WA in late 2008. Dennis worked at both the Leadville, Colorado and Southern Railroad and the Georgetown Loop Railroad in Colorado during the summer of 2008. He has written an eclectic mix of articles on railfanning, railroads, and scale modeling.
Kent Sullivan grew up in Indiana but moved to the Seattle area in 1989. Kent and his two sons, Kyle and Sean, are active members of the 4dNTRAK group, and Kent is a Chevy Corvair enthusiast (he admits with a furtive look all around).
Vancouver Island, Via Rail, RDC — A Recipe for Fun! (CAUTION: larger file: 24MB)
MRR Anon is a native of the Pacific Northwest and has been working (and playing) in HO scale since he was twelve. He is an aerospace Electronics Engineer and an active participant, along with his son, in the Seattle-North monthly clinics. (As you may have guessed, MRR Anon is not his real name; he’s leery of the Internet.)
Naomi Jeffery Petersen is a professor of education at Central Washington University. She helped Jim Murrie assemble this presentation on how to run your model railroad club like a real railroad using the 1951 Northern Pacific as prototype.