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Ted Martin

Ted Martin was a long time active member involved with our G scale layouts.

In August of 2011 the club had a membership meeting at his house to see his landscaped G scale layout in his yard and under his deck.


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Michael William Vinz:

Born January 24, 1935, "Mike" was an avid model railroader since he was in kindergarten! He and his cousin would spend countless hours watching the trains come into the depot. After graduating from St. Louis Park High School, Mike attended Dunwoody Institute where he was certified as a machinist. His lengthy career as a machinist was spent at Twin City Gear Company in Minneapolis.

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John F. Koss:

John F. Koss was born and grew up in Hopkins, Minnesota, as the older son in a family of two boys. His father and mother ran the Koss Paint and Wallpaper family business where John spent much of his youth. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics from the University of Notre Dame, followed by an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. John especially loved trains, and received his first Lionel Train for Christmas when he was twelve years old
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Vern Clark:
Vern Clark, a resident of Crosslake, MN, is shown here with his 1925 Lionel train which was given to him as a child of 7.  While he is holding the locomotive, note the remaining cars on the track to his right.  He related that it was his mother's habit to give his older toys to others as he grew up.  But this train was his FAVORITE! and he convinced his mom to let him keep it.  Vern has donated his train and it now has a place of honor in the NTRRC clubhouse.  Vern has been very generous in his gifts of rolling stock and books to the club.  Thank you Vern! 

Douglas Fritscher:
Douglas Fritscher, 1941-201, a long time resident on Gull Lake,near Brainerd, was an active man. While serving in the Air Force he was a weapons control technician. He became a custom engineer and computer programmer/teacher with Control Data. He was a computer instructor at the Brainerd Technical Institute and Central Lake College.

His layout was in his basement. Basically, it was hidden behind a wall that hinged out and down like a Murphy's bed. The paneled wall was removable so that the underside of the layout was available to work on the wiring and attachments. The whole layout, and equipment were donated to the Northern Minnesota Railroad Heritage Association. Much of the equipment went into the layout that the members have built that is located at the Bethany Good Samaritan Center in Brainerd.


Patrick T. McGuire:
Patrick T. McGuire, 1944-2011, passed away at his home in East Gull Lake, Minnesota, after a lengthy battle with cancer. Pat had a detached garage built in his property for his car storage and a huge HO layout. He spent several years building the layout in an adjacent room in the heated garage. It was a basic dog-bone multi-level layout, with a double mainline. There were two separate freight yard areas and passenger car servicing sidings with over 35 switches. Pat's wife, Mary, after an estate sale donated the remaining cars and equipment to N.M.R.H.A.


Ken Whitehead
Ken Whitehead, 1925-2012. Ken was born in Iowa and grew up in Mountain Iron, MN, and the Twin Cities. He received his first model train at age 11 in 1936 and had model trains his entire lifetime. He was a graduate of the U of M School of Architecture and was lead architect for the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport Terminal. He built a cabin on Cross Lake in 1950 and spent summers there until his retirement in 1987. Ken joined Northern Trackers Model Railroad Club in 2006 and was instrumental in building structures for the HO scale train layout and also painting the cloud backdrops.


Clem Maust
Clement Victor Maust was born March 29, 1942, and passed away August 30, 2015 in St. Cloud, MN. was a printer by trade working for Bank Printing in Brainerd for 28 years. He later helped fom Lakes Printing in Brainerd. The original brochures and subsequent revisions for the Northern Trackers were printed under his guidance.

Clem was also a genealogist and published three family histories. He also researched and printed several pictorial histories of the Northern Pacific railroad's development in Brainerd. Clem served several terms on the Board of Directors of the Northern Trackers and worked to further develop ideas of the Northern Minnesota Railroad Historical Association.

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