The Roundhouse Podcast recently recorded an interview with Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society Operations Manager and locomotive engineer Rich Melvin.
“Starting his railroad career on the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad, Rich eventually worked his way up to being the Superintendant of Operations for the Youngstown Division of the Ohio Central Railroad. He joined the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society (FWRHS) because he saw the professional attitude its organization had. Rich has several stories from over thirty years of operating Nickel Plate Road #765 and shares them with us here, including the filming of ‘Matewan’ in 1987 and joining the 21st Century Steam program with Norfolk Southern.
As CEO and Publisher of O Gauge Railroading Magazine, Rich has seen and filmed many different O scale train layouts. He provides insight as to why so many modelers choose this gauge as well as how the company has embraced technology moving into the Digital Age.”