My interest in trains began when I was a young boy growing up in Indianapolis. While other kids were watching cartoons, I spent my Saturday mornings watching the switching action in New York Central’s Brightwood Yard. Though other concerns sometimes took precedence as the years progressed, trains never left my mind.
In 1998, with the help of friends, I started work on an HO scale version of the Monon RR that consumed half my basement. The prototype Monon, also known as the Hoosier Line, ran from Lafayette, Ind., to Bloomington, Ind. On my version, trains traveled through two basement walls as they moved between the cities of Chicago, Michigan City, Ind.; Indianapolis, Ind.; and Louisville, Ky.