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Marty McGuirk

Martin (Marty) McGuirk can trace his interest in model railroading to a Lionel train set a neighbor gave him when he was six years old. Although he can’t remember a time when he wasn’t fascinated with trains, a visit to New London, Connecticut to tour U. S. Navy submarines shortly after led to a cab ride on a Central Vermont locomotive, and a lifelong interest in the history and operations of that line. After graduating from The Citadel, Marty spent 10 years on active duty in the U. S. Navy. While in the service, he, along with several friends, started the Central Vermont Railway Historical Society.

Marty got his start in model railroad publishing by writing several reviews and short features for various model railroad publications, and editing the CV Historical Society newsletter, “The Ambassador.” After getting off active duty Marty went to work as an Associate Editor at Classic Toy Trains and Model Railroader magazines between 1994 and 2001. In late 2001, Marty took a position as VP-Product Development for Intermountain Railway Company where he was actively involved in the production of many state-of-the-art locomotives and freight car models in N, HO, and O scales.

Marty has modeled in a variety of scales and gauges, including N, HO, and even Sn3. His current home layout, the “Southern New England,” is an HO scale railroad depicting portions of the Central Vermont in the late steam era, including New London, the place he first met the CV. Helping model railroaders find easy methods to create pleasing results is a hallmark of Marty’s books and magazine articles (over 190 to date). Marty lives in a Washington, D. C. suburb with his wife Christine. He has two grown sons. The third is currently a cadet at The Citadel. No longer employed in the model railroad industry, Marty works as a contractor for the Federal Government. He has recently completed a second volume of his highly acclaimed book, “N Scale Railroading” that will be published in 2009.