I started model railroading when I was about 7, when I purchased my first model train set, a Lima set. Since then I have built various layouts representing various regions, sometimes with a mixture of regions. In the last 20 or so years, my focus has been on modelling American railroading, and in the last 10 or so years I have narrowed that down to the Chicago region. I am happilly married to a woman who is very tollerant of my constant need to expand my layouts to fill all available space. We have 3 children, although 2 of them are now adult and are following their own career path. For the last 10 years or so I have been a Software Engineer / Web designer / Programmer.