Our Officers Meet our Co-Presidents: Kyle Linardo and Joel Moore Meet Kyle Linardo: Born and raised in Southern New Jersey, Short Line Model Railroad Club Co-President Kyle Linardo’s interest in trains and railroading was sparked by weekend family trips to the Strasburg Rail Road. The Linardo family would make the yearly pilgrimage starting from before Kyle reached the age of one and, despite attending college and law school in Virginia, is an unbroken tradition that continues to this day. Kyle’s dad built a small layout on a 4′ x 8′ table to run the model trains acquired at the Choo Choo Barn’s and local South Jersey model train shops and shows and Kyle has been a model railroader ever since. Kyle moved to Lancaster County in 2020 and began the process of joining the SLMRC shortly thereafter. Today, Kyle is a practicing trial attorney full-time, but spends a large chunk of his leisure time in the railroading hobby. In addition to being elected Co-President of the Short Line Model Railroad Club in March of 2023, he is also a shareholder and part-time employee of the Strasburg Rail Road Company. You may not be surprised to learn that Kyle has been working on amassing the entire Strasburg Rail Road roster in HO scale. His favorite locomotive is an Empire Midland Brass 2-10-0 modeled after Strasburg’s #90, custom painted, and equipped with lights, sounds, and DCC. Kyle’s favorite portion of the hobby is operations and loves the varied tasks that can be found along the “Short Line” portion of our layout as well as the larger industries and yards in Hornberg. Kyle’s goal for the SLMRC is to prioritize membership enjoyment of the hobby by creating and maintaining clear and reasonable operating rules and organizational by-laws and encourage new membership to learn the tricks and trade from experienced members. Meet Joel Moore: A visit to a model railroader friend of my father’s some seventy years ago sparked my interest in the hobby. Dad bought me my first kit from his friend and the rest is history. Currently I’m a member of the SLMRC and work with others to create projects on the club layout, and use photos of my model railroad to illustrate several of my books for which the setting is the fictional realm of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad of West Virginia. Hopefully these illustrations will encourage others to take up the hobby – and enjoy the stories as well. I am retired from a 42-year career as a teacher, currently living in rural Lancaster County in a mixed community of Amish, Mennonite, and English homes and farmland. In retirement I have become a published author having released books begun as far back as sixty years, and become heavily involved in Civil War events – both one day and encampments, being a coordinator in one annual event that take’s place at the Robert Fulton Birthplace south of Quarryville, Pennsylvania, in May. I also do book signings and presentations about the boys who participated in the war. I can be reached through my website at www.jarthurmoore.com or by stopping in at the train club most Thursday nights between 7 and 9pm. Meet our Vice President: Meet Jim Wellman: Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, introduced to trains by his dad’s Lionel Post & Pre War trains, Vice President of the Short Line Model Railroad Club, and Jim has always had a love for trains. Jim served 22 years in the US Army from 1972 – 1994 retiring as a senior non-commissioned officer. Jim enjoys watching the trains, visiting railroad museums, and other model railroad layouts.