Howdy to all, I am an HO enthusiast as well as Lionel 027 since I have my cousin´s 1950 Lionel train set and have acquired additional Lionel trains over the past few years. I got my start in HO scale from my dear friend, Mr.Jim Witherington, a WWII veteran who flew over 30 missions over Nazi Germany as a top turret gunner on a B-17 named ¨Going My Way¨, a Bing Crosby song from the early 1940´s. Jim gave me my start in HO scale railroading when he invited me over one day during the early 1980´s after church services. When I observed his model layout I was immediately bitten by the ¨bug¨, which I´m sure you all know about. Jim passed away in 1999 and will be missed forever. I am a former USMC Sergeant, serving from 1969 until 1973. I served in Vietnam from 1971 to 1972, on the aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea (CVA-43). My squadron, Marine All Weather Attack Squadron 224 was retired in 1999, as well as the USS Coral Sea. It fell to the cutter´s torch at that same time and now is razor blades. Our squadron flew A-6A and A-6B´s, as well as EA-6B Prowler and KA-6D tankers off the deck of the USS Coral Sea. I am semi-retired and work part-time at the Veteran´s Store in Pigeon Forge, TN. I am presently trying to resurrect my current DC railroad from my barn since dismantling it in the early 2000´s when we moved from Georgia to Tennessee. I cannot wait to get it operational once again. I plan on converting it to DCC since DCC is no longer cost prohibitive using Dave Bodnar´s simplified electronics using an Arduino and a motor shield to create a DCC++ base station. Bing semi-retired, DCC has been only a passing thought until I discovered the Arduino and other maker boards. Now it is affordable thanks to the genius of open source code and the use of Arduino boards and Dave´s excellent electronic projects which I´ve been following for some time now as I prepare to get my layout operational once again.