Hello, I am Mark and live in Central Minnesota. I model in HO Standard Gauge. I have been involved in the hobby several times when I kid and have been building my current layout since 1988. I model the Northern Pacific and specifically the Butte Shortline. My layouts Eastern connection starts at Logan Montana, goes through Butte Montana and connects up with the N.P. Main at Garrison Montana. I started the layout in 1988 as a free-lanced layout and that was how it was thought of until 1995; or, so, when I purchased a Northern Pacific Railway Historical Association's Main Streeter Magazine. The scenery is completely Free-Lanced; but, I have a place that I can call reality as far as the railroad goes. Part of the Layout are complete and parts of it are not and may never be completed. I am primarily a modeler, meaning my enjoyment of this hobby is derived from building models, not buying them pre-built; or, ready to run. Although I operate with Car Cards and try to be prototypical with operations I don't get much enjoyment from actual operations. I model the transition era and specifically 1953. I retired at the beginning of 2013, this hobby for me is pretty much a Winter Time hobby, meaning other than building models over the summer operating the layout only occurs in the winter. I have been involved in many Model railroading forums over the years; but, this is the first time I will have participated at this forum This is me, in a nutshell. I look forward to discussions here! I call myself NP2626, my favorite Northern Pacific Locomotive.