While I made a 35-year career in the Canadian Armed Forces Medical Corps and with an Operational deployment to Afghanistan, trains have been a major staple through my life. As young as 7 years old, I was following my father on CHRA steam excursions behind the likes of 6167, 6218 and later CPR E8A1800’s across Quebec, Ontario and Vermont. I also spent countless hours building a basement layout in my home town of Trois-Rivieres, QC.
Having had a variety of military assignments, I had the chance to further my train interest in many regions of the country, and I have owned a business in model trains for the last 27 years. Although I was a member at large of BRS for years, moving to Ottawa in 1998 gave me the chance to be more “hands on“ within the society and I have been part of the Dirty Hand Club since. I have developed great skills with that association and will admit to having a deep if not “fanatic” interest in railway preservation.
This interest will be put to the test as we move to a very important and new phase in our presence and involvement with what I called the “Experience” of the new Canada Science and Technology Museum. I hope this a rewarding experience for all.