Meet the N Scale Division
Terry is a native of Pensacola and one of the founding members of the PMRC. Terry was a Firefighter/Paramedic with the City of Pensacola Fire Department for 5 years until he sustained a back injury while working as a Paramedic with Rural Metro Ambulance Service in Santa Rosa County. He was bedridden for several months when a friend bought him a N Scale Train Set to help him pass the time. Terry owns & operates Terry Tucker’s Train Supply located behind his house in a separate building. Terry's module is complete with fire trucks & ambulances with flashing lights everywhere. Terry currently leans toward NS, L&N and Circus Trains.
Joel originally hails from Syracuse, NY, but due the Navy he has spent more years south of the Mason-Dixon Line than north. Having grown up around the NY Central Line he likes to model NYC, Amtrak, CSX and Conrail with upstate New York as the focal point. The highlight of his youth was a ride in the cab of a diesel from Syracuse to Albany. He was 13 at the time and still recall the entire event. Joel has over 40 years in education ranging from college president to high school instructor. Now retired, Joel's activities are of course the Pensacola Model Train Club, volunteering at the local Veterans Administration outpatient clinic, and announcing baseball games at West Florida.
Jerry became a member of PMRC in 2012 while working on his MBA at the University of West Florida. He has been modeling in N scale since 2010, but has always had an interest in model trains. His first train was an American Flyer S Gauge 4-4-0 with Overton coaches. Jerry is the club's primary expert on DCC systems and decoder programming. His primary modeling interests are passenger trains and the Virginia & Truckee Railway. Jerry also shares an interest in T scale, which is roughly 3 times smaller than N scale.
Stuart has been a member of PMRC since 2015. He has spent over 20 years as a cabinetmaker and his years of expertise shows with the workmanship he puts into his modules.
Gary has been with PMRC since 2014. He can often be seen running the Pepsi train and other freight around the club layout.
Gene started model railroading at age 10 with a Lionel layout on 2 4x8 tables in the family basement in Long Island New York. He jumped into N scale in 1994 with the A.M. Express N Scale Model Railroad Club in Miami where he was president from 1996 until 2004. Gene moved to Pensacola and joined the club in 2004.
While David has been around PMRC for many years, he recently became a full member.
Jack is originally from Horseheads, NY and Watkins Glen, NY. His Dad got him started in Model Railroading when he was very young. He had hundreds of feet of "O"gauge track. He could and often did fill two rooms with track and switches. He also ran his trains outside when his mother got irritated with the floor mess. Jack left the hobby behind when he discovered a paper route, sports and girls. Today after a 50 year layoff, Jack finds the hobby again to be very relaxing and enjoyable. Jack prefers the Pennsylvania Railroad best. He grew up in the central New York/Penn border area. Jack used to visit the coal mining country and see the big double compounds working long coal trains through the mountains of both states. Jack was a Navy helicopter Pilot for a full career. He then became a contractor and worked for McDonnell Douglas as a test coordinator for 8 years on the FA-18A/B and AV-8B programs. When that went away, he took up technical writing. He worked in the Aerospace field as well as writing several instruction manuals for various computer programs. As Jack puts it, "I finally broke my pencil in 2001." Jack moved to Pensacola in 1992 and joined PMRC in November of 2001.
Jimmy is a native Pensacolian and has been involved with model railroads all his life. Jimmy’s father was a Trainman and conductor for the Louisville and Nashville Railroad for 50 years, instilling in Jimmy a love for trains. Jimmy has taken several train trips to California and back, as well as numerous shorter trips when the L&N ran a Passenger service. He has also ridden in steam engines and diesel engines, baggage cars and cabooses as a child. Jimmy has been a valued member of PMRC since 2003. It is his desire that part of his love for trains is passed on to his grandchildren.
John has been a model railroader since his Dad bought him a 1947 Lionel Berkshire set some 38 years ago. Even though John has turned his interest to N scale, he still has that original set and some other O gauge models. John's favorite roads are the L&N and Sante Fe. John enjoys mostly repair and maintenance as well as weathering his models. He is originally from Chicago, but has been in Pensacola since 1972.
John is a native of Pensacola, FL and a lifelong model railroader. His first train set was given to him by his parents as a gift when he was about four years old. His dad built John's first N scale layout from an Aurora "Postage Stamp" train set when John was five years old. John particularly enjoys steam era locomotives and affectionately refers to diesel era locomotives as "boxcars with windows". His first modules were two 3'x4' helices that can be used with standard N-track modules to turn the trains around without the use of corner modules. These were very useful to the club while we were busy building our four corners. John has also built a 3'x4' straight module to N-trak standards that with his helices completes a 3'x12' stand alone layout. He has future plans to build a "transition module" to incorporate one or more helices into our normal oval configuration.
John is a founding member of PMRC.
John is a founding member of PMRC.
Kerry's love for trains started at an early age. He grew up living in a Canadian Pacific train station until he was eight years old. Kerry's dad was the station agent and would take him for rides on the big steam engines. Later, they would have dinner in the caboose with his father's friends. "I remember when the first diesel engine arrived on our branch line. My dad asked the engineer to take us for a ride while he did some switching. It was very exciting." Kerry's dad also built him a 4x8 Lionel layout which was his favorite toy. Kerry still has these trains today. Kerry built his first HO layout in the 1980's and now he has just started his third layout. It is a N scale switching yard, and is ready for scenery. "Model railroading is a fantastic way to keep your creative juices flowing, and your mind stimulated. I really enjoy our club as it provides not only friendships, but a great wealth of knowledge from other members."
Mike is an avid modeler of stone structures and scenery, going as far as hand laying each individual brick on a given model. He is a retired Master Chief with the United States Navy after 31 years of service. Mike is originally from Buffalo, NY but has lived in Pensacola for 20 years. Mike found us at the Pensacola Interstate Fair and joined the club on November 7, 2002.
Phil is originally from Philadelphia, PA and a fan of the Pennsylvania Railroad. Phil spent over 30 years in the United States Marine Corps and retired as a Sergeant Major. He has been a resident of Pensacola for 12 years and has been involved in model railroading for 2 years. Phil has layouts at home in O, HO, N and Z scales. Phil is also a Master Gardner and an avid collector of Military Medals.
Jon Pendarvis is one of our newest members, having joined the club in late 2016.
Bill has been involved in model railroading for a while and was originally involved with G scale garden railroading. While content running his large trains around the garden, Bill's Z scale trains often run circles around his G scale trains.