About the Author

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Me on the wagon.
(Don’t fall off the wagon!)

Me firing
(Firing my live steam Isle of Man “Peveril”)

I’m a lifelong model railway enthusiast, currently building an S scale model railway in my train room. I started planning for this layout in mid-2011 and construction began in October of that year:

Overview of Port Rowan.
(The Canadian National Railway’s branch to Port Rowan, Ontario in 1:64. If you’re new to my blog, check out “First Time Here?” for more information about what I’m modelling.)

I’m also interested in layout design and garden scale live steam.

I co-hosted The Model Railway Show, a podcast about the hobby. That podcast is now on indefinite hiatus, but you can still listen to all the shows online.

TMRS Podcast badge.

I’m a regular host and a writer for TrainMasters TV, a subscription-based television show about the hobby.

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I live in Toronto, Canada with my wife … and three Border Collies:

The pack.
(Outstanding in their field: Jack, Roy and Mocean take in the site of the former yard in Port Rowan – now a park. October 2016)

I spent eight years training the eldest to work sheep, which is the job for which Border Collies are bred. He’s getting a bit old to be running a large field and managing livestock, and my second eldest dog never really showed the instinct, so in early 2016 we adopted a puppy from a strong herding background. Turns out he was a disaster on sheep – he wanted to run them into fences, and I just can’t trust him around livestock. So now I am the ringmaster of an underemployed circus. At least I don’t have to give them as many baths…

Did he say
(“Did he say, ‘BATH’?”)

Mocean doing a perfect fetch in winter.

It's Roy by a nose!

– Trevor

How to reach me…

There are several ways.

If you have a question about something specific on the blog, I recommend that you comment on the relevant post. You can do this on any of the blogs I write. I check the blogs at least once per day and I read every comment – promise!

A couple of notes on this. First, your comment may end up being moderated – especially if you’re new to my blog. That’s not me – that’s an automatic thing. Second, your comment will become public under the relevant post. I tend to not edit these – although I will correct spelling or capitalization mistakes and I will often replace raw URLs with a linked piece of text, if appropriate.

For general inquiries, you can use this contact form. This is new to my blog and if it generates too much spam for me, I’ll trash it. But we’ll give it a whirl…

12 thoughts on “About the Author

  1. Biggest mistake we ever made was training our Rottweiler to herd goats. Now she wants to herd everything from baby chicks to dump trucks :o)

    • Hi Ed:
      I find the herding lessons actually reduce the desire of my border collies to herd non-ruminants, like squirrels. Every dog is different, I guess…

    • Thanks, Andrew…
      Interesting – I’ll need to examine more closely to figure out what I’m looking at.
      Cheers!

  2. Hi Trevor,
    Congrats on writing your fine article in the recent CN Lines. I enjoy the pictures of Port Rowan and pleased that someone is modelling this terminal.
    I grew up near Forestville and this line went through my dad’s farm.Today I live about 100yards from the mill at the end of track here in Port Rowan. I helped Ian Wilson for his book,by identifying some of the Vittoria, Forestville, and other crossing pictures and provided some info to him.
    I have some ideas for some of your consists if you want to correspond by email.
    Regards,
    Monte Reeves
    Port Rowan

  3. I wonder if keeping sheep has some relationship to being a model railroader. . . . my wife and I keep sheep in Utah. No herding dogs though, bird dogs. . . “nobody expects the Spaniel Inquisition”.

    It’s a real pleasure catching up with the blog, and I’m learning a lot.

    • Hi Peter:
      I have to admit I don’t have any sheep. I work with a trainer who has sheep. I just have the dogs. It’s hard to have sheep in the core of Canada’s largest megaopolis – the neighbours would complain, and Rob Ford would probably condemn the herding of ruminants down urban streets as yet another example of The War on The Car.
      I’m glad you’re enjoying te blog – I’m really enjoying writing it.
      Cheers!

  4. Article Recommendation:
    Classic Trains, Fall 2013 – “Rails to dockside” by Steve Duff
    “Canadian Pacific’s operation at Port McNicoll, Ont.”
    Trevor, I highly recommend that you check-out this article. The center spread with the CPR boat train, gleaming white steamer and the Union Jack flying above all is truly Classic. Also page 52 – view from steamer docking at rail station. Fantastic!
    Enjoy!

  5. Nice website and great modeling. Nicely done.
    I model canadianna RR as well. see my website.

    Speaking of dogs, our 14 years old Lab still has some hunting instinct in him, especially when it comes to squirrels! Go figure. Compared to a Border Collie he is pretty relaxed haha!

    Cheers

    Syl

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