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 that blog, check out “First Time Here?” for more information about what I’m modelling.)

I’m also interested in layout design and the Niagara St. Catharines & Toronto Railway.

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.

For a couple of years, I was a regular host and writer for TrainMasters TV, a subscription-based television show about the hobby.


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!

Around the time I retired from herding sheep, a couple of friends re-introduced me to tabletop gaming. After a 30-year hiatus, I’m now regularly playing or GM-ing roleplaying games (my current favourite is “Coriolis: The Third Horizon“).

GM-ing Coriolis at BunkerCon
(Me – at left – running “Coriolis” for friends at BunkerCon)

I also play miniature combat games (including “Test of Honour” and “Battlestar Galactica: Starship Battles“).

Hiroji's Scouts - Test of Honour

Unlikely Allies - Test of Honour

Galactica - Moebius Models

Tokugawa Clan Warband - Test of Honour

BSG: Starship Battles

I don’t – yet – have a website about gaming…

– Trevor

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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!

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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…

2 thoughts on “About the Author

  1. John Reinecke

    Hi Trevor
    I recently purchased a Accucraft NGG16 Garratt (batch 1 # 105) and am in the process of doing the various mod’s as per your Garratt article, which is very helpful thank you
    With regards to the blow down valve from DJB Eng you fitted to the sight glass
    What size valve is it – 3/32″ or 1/8″ pipe (3/16 x 40 or 1/4 x 40 outlet thread)
    And did you drill and thread the gauge glass fitting or solder and adapter to the gauge glass fitting to take the valve
    Also the brass bush’s for the cranks are very loose not sure if they are meant to be that way or just worn out – do you know where I could get spare bush’s and crank pins from for the Garratt
    Many thanks
    John Reinecke
    Auckland New Zealand

    1. Trevor Post author

      Hi John:
      Congrats on your Garratt! I’m glad you enjoyed the posts on my modifications.
      I can’t remember what size valve I used, unfortunately. It was several years ago now. If I recall, I drilled the gauge glass fitting and threaded it.
      I’m not sure about the brass bushings for the cranks. I suggest you get in touch with Accucraft UK to source replacements.


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