Director, 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.


Superintendent, Dennis Ivison,, 714 530-8924

I am the archtypical model railroader in that I received my first train set, Lional of course, for my first birthday. We set it up every Christmas, usually a week or two before my dad bought the Christmas Tree. Next was an Arnold N-scale train set that I ran on the carpet until the wheels were so full of fuzz that it couldn't move anymore. I took the locomotive apart, and started all over again. I took a hiatus during my teen years while chasing girls and racing cars (any of this sound familiar!). Then rediscovered the hobby and spent the next 35 years building several different N-scale layouts. Towards the end of my career with the Anaheim Fire Department I received a severe injury while fighting a fire and needed to set modeling aside for a couple of years while recovering from several surgeries. After my retirement and recovery I got back into model railroading, but made a change from N-scale to On30. My current layout: the South Pacific Coast Line, is going on five years old and is based on the SPC in the early 1900's. I also model 1/35th scale armor and 1/72nd scale aircraft, both from the WWII era.


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.


Paymaster/Chief Clerk, 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.


Membership Chair, Jeff Herrmann, , 714 651-3903

At the age of six I received my first train set as a Christmas gift from my German immigrant grandparents; naturally, it was a Pennsy yard switcher and a few cars made by Fleischmann! I have been a serious model railroader for about 30 years and a member of NMRA for almost 2/3 of it. I currently building my 4th layout. It is HO and HOn3 dual gauge freelance set in the late 1940’s transition era and is reminiscent of Colorado. I am a career professional in the Boy Scouts of America and have moved seven times in the past 37 years. We have lived on both coasts and a few places in between! My favorite part of the hobby is building structures and scenery.


Contest/AP Chair, Bill Jacobs, , 702 456-4476

I became an NMRA member in 1979 and have been a life member since 2001. I was appointed Cajon Division AP/Contest Chairman in 2005. I am an avid narrow gauger, building in HOn3, and have volunteered on the Cumbres and Toltec for eight summer work sessions. I have earned Achievement Certificates in Author, Volunteer, and Chief Dispatcher and am currently nearly finished with Structures. I was named the PSR Member of the Year in 2012 and my wife, Jane, and I were elected Cajon Division Members of the Year in 2002.


Newsletter Editor, Gary Butts, MMR, , 714 842-4980

Webmaster, 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).