Over on The Railwire forums there is a thread chronicling the trip of a very special N scale model train across a series of layouts to mark the passing of one of the hobbies finest figures. On the forum, they’ve started another thread dedicating to showing the train as it visits each model railroad and I encourage you to take a moment and check in on it:
The idea for the train is touching. Already in the thread we see photos from some truly remarkable N scale layouts. Each layout showcases some outstanding modelling and each follows a Canadian prototype.
I never got a chance to meet Mike but I was a fan of his work and proud of his attitude toward everything he touched. If I can be so bold as to add one thought: as I scrolled through the photos I couldn’t help but think how even in marking his passing, his name would be attached to shining the brightest of lights on some truly superb model railroaders and their work. That folks, seems to sum up just how great a man he was.
As I typed this post I thought about a eulogy that Jason Schron gave. Jason copied it to issue number eighty of the Rapido Trains newsletter and you can read that by clicking on the link below:
Just as I was so impressed with Mike’s own uncanny ability to showcase and shine the brightest of lights on the Canadian N scaler, I am equally proud and impressed with Jason and his ability to find the words to express the way this hobby introduces us to so many truly superb people.
We have a lot to be proud of.