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    NTRAK's Jim FitzGerald

    I just got this from a friend.
    It is with great sadness that we must announce the passing of Jim FitzGerald, an early pioneer, President and newsletter editor of NTRAK.

    For 40 years, Jim FitzGerald ensured that every other month, NTRAK members received their newsletter with updates on Ntrak standards, activities, events and organizational notices as well as news and information about N scale in general. For many years, Jim FitzGerald was a coordinator for the NTRAK layout at the National Train Show, the public event of the NMRA national convention and that is how many people had a chance to meet him, face-to-face. Jim worked with his wife Lee to help get T-Trak going as an alternative modular standard and today T-Trak continues to grow and thrive as it is used at shows as well as for home layouts.

    When Jim first started with NTRAK, N scale was in its infancy and a very sma ll part of model railroading. It was through NTRAK layouts that model railroading and specifically N scale was introduced to the public at shopping malls, hospital and museum shows as well as at train shows. It was NTRAK that took model railroading from the private basement to the pubic venue and it was Jim FitzGerald who helped guide, organize, publicize and encourage the NTRAK clubs that sprung up across the country.

    The history of NTRAK takes up the entire July/August 2013 issue and includes a brief history of Jimís life before NTRAK. A copy of the issue can be found at:

    http://ntrak.org/Newsletter/NL-13-JAbw.pdf

    Jim will be sorely missed by all.

    Respectfully submitted,

    Bruce Alcock
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    I'm sorry to hear of his passing. We never met, but share the same name, except he capitalized the Gerald part.
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    Very sad news. He did many things for N Scale and was a true legend. RIP.
    Mark in Arizona

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    Jim Fitzgerald

    It is with great sadness that we must announce the passing of Jim Fitzgerald, an early pioneer, President and newsletter editor of NTRAK.
    For 40 years, Jim FitzGerald ensured that every other month, NTRAK members received their newsletter with updates on Ntrak standards, activities, events and organizational notices as well as news and information about N scale in general. For many years, Jim FitzGerald was a coordinator for the NTRAK layout at the National Train Show, the public event of the NMRA national convention and that is how many people had a chance to meet him, face-to-face. Jim worked with his wife Lee to help get T-Trak going as an alternative modular standard and today T-Trak continues to grow and thrive as it is used at shows as well as for home layouts.
    When Jim first started with NTRAK, N scale was in its infancy and a very small part of model railroading. It was through NTRAK layouts that model railroading and specifically N scale was introduced to the public at shopping malls, hospital and museum shows as well as at train shows. It was NTRAK that took model railroading from the private basement to the pubic venue and it was Jim FitzGerald who helped guide, organize, publicize and encourage the NTRAK clubs that sprung up across the country.
    The history of NTRAK takes up the entire July/August 2013 issue and includes a brief history of Jimís life before NTRAK. A copy of the issue can be found at:
    http://ntrak.org/Newsletter/NL-13-JAbw.pdf
    Jim will be sorely missed by all.
    Respectfully submitted,
    Bruce Alcock NTRAK Board Member
    Dave Porter NTRAK Board Member

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Porter View Post
    Jim will be sorely missed by all.
    NTRAK was a big influence in my enjoyment of this hobby, as is now T-Trak. I never met Jim in person, but did communicate by snail and email, plus a few times by telephone. Such contacts were always helpful, and always friendly.

    Yes, he will be missed.
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    Definately one of the guiding lights, and a loss that will be felt. All the best to his family and friends.

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    My sympathy and condolences to his family and friends. I know of him by name and regret I never met him to thank him for his positive influence on n-scale railroading.
    May he rest in eternal peace.

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    Jim embraced N scale very early on. In this article he wrote for Model Railroader, you can see a portion of his early N scale empire. This was published in November, 1968.
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    What this means to the future of Ntrak remains to be seen. Jim, as the caretaker of Ntrak, sort kept all of the monkeys inside the cage, so to speak. Now with the care taker gone, what's next? Who will take over the reins of Ntrak? Is there a process in place to choose a new caretaker? And who gets to choose?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Inkaneer View Post
    What this means to the future of Ntrak remains to be seen. Jim, as the caretaker of Ntrak, sort kept all of the monkeys inside the cage, so to speak.
    Very true and a job very nicely done.

    Now with the care taker gone, what's next? Who will take over the reins of Ntrak? Is there a process in place to choose a new caretaker? And who gets to choose?
    Interesting questions.
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