Bud Keller


How did I get into trains and why?

I was born, raised and spent the first 58 years of my life in suburban Chicago. Chicago is the rail capital of the world, so it's a railfan's dream. You can't drive any distance in any direction without going under, over or across railroad tracks. The Chicago and Northwestern and the SOO line tracks were only a 5 minute bike ride from my house. I spent a lot of time watching trains. My interest in model railroading began in the very ordinary way of getting a Lionel train set for Christmas. In time it expanded to a basement set up with 8 electrical blocks. At the same time I was also interested in building models, mainly automobiles. I built some display models for a local hobby shop. Along about Junior high, I discovered a new all consuming hobby. Girls. Train watching, model building and the Lionel set up all faded into the past. It wasn't until I was in my late twenties that I developed my first interest in HO gauge under the tutelage of the owner of the finest model shop in the area. After I got married, my wife was, fortunately supportive of my model building so I was able to continue on for a few more years until demands of my job and other things brought modeling to a halt. We moved to San Diego in 1997 and in 2000 I joined Poway Station Model Railroad Club. Though my interest in HO gauge model railroading has always been strong, my actions have not. That seems to be changing for the better now and I'm glad. The club is made up of a really great group of guys.