August 11, 2021

Director, Richard Hock , , 562-822-0055

Here is another story of the under-the-Christmas tree train set gift. However, instead of Lionel or HO scale, it was a Postage Stamp N gauge train set. It was the under-the-bed train set which grew into the basement layout, growing up. Modeling and running trains have been an important part of relaxation, socializing and escape as I can immerse myself in a kitbash, project, layout idea or operations. As I become a few years away from retirement, I find the greatest enjoyment in sharing the hobby with a lot of laughs and great memories along the way. No better place than to be with like-minded model railroaders. I am a member of the Green River Junction Railroad, a modular club and currently working on a new railroad call the CDi, Central District Interchange.



Superintendent, Joel Morse,, 714 614-5401

Model railroading has always had an important social aspect to me; when I started out with my Dad as a teenager, the hobby was a way for us to spend quality time together. Since my current layout became operational in November, 2011, the layout and the hobby are a big part of my social life, and have resulted in me meeting an entire community of operators and model railroaders with all kinds of interests. Whether for a work session or an operating session, it’s always more fun with good friends, who are willing to help you reach your goals and laugh with you along the way. Model railroading is all about the journey and your fellow passengers, not the destination.


Assistant Superintendent, CA, Carl Heimberger, , 714 745-8690

Carl re-joined the NMRA 2001 after 40 years and served as Assistant Superintendent Cajon Div. Southern CA from 2003 to 2005. He was co-chair of the 2005 PSR Convention in Buena Park and become Cajon Director from 2005 – 2009. He was also on the committee for the 2008 National convention in Anaheim, and convention chair of 2009 PSR convention in Las Vegas. In 2010 he was elected VP of the PSR and served in that position until 2014. During that time, he chaired the 2012 PSR Convention in Ventura, assisted in the 2013 PSR Convention in San Bernardino, and was clinic manager for the 2013 National Narrow-Gauge Convention in Pasadena. In 2014 he was elected PSR President and served until 2016. In 2016 he chaired the PSR Convention in LA and assisted with the 2017 PSR Convention in Ontario. In 2018 he was appointed AP Manager for the PSR and is still serving in that capacity. And he is currently the 2021 PSR Convention Chair and a member of the Orange County Module Railroaders Club since 1999. He has a HOn3 layout under construction and a G gauge layout in the back yard as well as working toward his MMR.


Assistant Superintendent, NV, Edwin Hall, MMR, , 702 564-6176

I have been building models since I was 5 years old (please don't add up the years). My Dad showed me how to paint back then. As time went by my interests changed and I turned to cars, from time to time I kept building models. After I lost interests in cars I got back into the hobby in 1982, deciding to enter a contest, I was told I had to join the NMRA to enter, the rest is history. I started to work on my certificates for the Achievement Program and completed them in November of 1995. I have certificates for Motive Power, Cars, Structures, Electrical and Civil Engineering, Author, Volunteer, Official, and Dispatcher. Part of the joy of being in the hobby is helping other people by sharing what I have learned, and serving in the NMRA.

Chief Clerk and Paymaster, Dan Moran,,

Dan Moran is a relatively new model railroader and NMRA member, working on a small HO layout based in Arizona copper-mining country in the mid-1950s. He is the Webmaster for the NMRA Pacific Southwest Region, and professionally he is a software development consultant. He is also the proud Dad of six-year-old twin girls whom he is trying to turn into new model railroaders.


Membership Chair, Per Harwe, , 714 482-5404

I have been a model railroader since I was 7 years old. Growing up in Sweden, my first train was not Lionel but Märklin (it was that or Fleishmann to pick from and my brother didn’t like Fleishmann). The first layout was a perfect example of “Homasote Central” but it was FUN! That 4x8 sheet lasted for years as a part of two more layouts before I finally retired it. I am now in a modular club and have started to build my own contribution to the club layout. I am currently modeling the area around the Santa Fe depot in Anaheim, CA as it looked in 1950 (my favorite time frame).


AP Chair, Gary Butts MMR, , 714 842-4980

Similar to most model railroaders, my interest in model railroading started with a Lionel train set positioned around the family Christmas tree. Dissatisfaction with the unreliability of that first circle of track on the carpet led to my first model railroad layout positioned on a 4 x 8 sheet of plywood featuring a single siding, paint ground covers and a pie tin lake with real water. When I was around 10 or 12 years old I discovered more accurately scaled model trains and received an HO Tyco "General" 4-4-0 engine kit for Christmas. I was hooked! I sold the Lionel layout complete and have been in HO since. Although now on my 4th layout, the size has not changed much and I still model on a layout not much bigger than my first. Fortunately, my wife, Sandy, shares some interest in the hobby and has contributed greatly to my hobby enjoyment as well as becoming a model railroader in her own right. The 2011 National NMRA meet in Sacramento introduced me to the NMRA and the Achievement Program. Hooked again, I pursued the Master Model Railroader title and was awarded MMR #552 in 2015.


Contest Chair, Mike Allee, , 626 533-9913



Newsletter Editor, Morrie Fleishman, , 949 768-3940

I have been interested in trains since I was 8 starting with an O gauge Marx train and transitioned to HO when I was in college. My current, and 7th, layout was started over 30 years and has evolved into a multi-level garage size layout which I recently converted from DC to DCC. In 2012, I added a G Gauge (F scale) Garden Railroad to my backyard. In addition being a longtime NMRA member, I am the treasurer for the Orange County Module Railroaders and the newsletter editor for the Orange County Garden Railway Society. I have been to six NMRA and one Garden Railway National Conventions and was on the layout tour for the 2008 Anaheim convention. I have attended many Regional and Division conventions, given clinics, and, most recently was the Registrar for the Ontario Manifest Convention. I like running trains, operations, and enjoy putting together buildings. I think the Achievement Program Is challenging and I have earned a Golden Spike award and my Volunteer AP Certificate as part of my pursuit of the MMR. My wife, Roberta shares my interest in Garden Railroading and is a collector of Railroad China and dining car memorabilia. Finally, I like to have fun doing Model Railroading with fellow Model Railroaders.


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Donations Chair , Annette Palmer, , 714-686-6502

I got interested in model railroading when I was in elementary school. My dad was involved in the hobby and I enjoyed watching them run their trains on the layout. I enjoyed camping out with my family at Cajon pass and Tehachapi loop to watch the trains go by and visit with the engineers when they stopped by us to wait for another train. I got back into the hobby about 6 years ago when I joined the Orange County Module Railroaders group. I have helped put our Christmas party together and contacted manufacturers and suppliers for donations for our party. I also helped with the 2017 convention to get items for the hobo auction, and items for the Railettes bingo games. As donation chairperson I hope to get the same results for the NMRA. If you know of any company that gives donations please do not hesitate to contact me at mail address listed above.

Webmaster, Per Harwe, , 714 482-5404