GTW in the summer of 53
I came about my choice of the Grand Trunk Western in a round about way. When I was growing up and where I was growing up, it was all Penn Central, Southern and B&O. To confuse things even more, when we would visit my grandparents it was GTW and Illinois Central. So I grew up liking all of those roads and when I started in HO I bought engines and cars for each. Southern was the first to fall from my buying list and as I grew older and the others fell by the wayside. Having one grandpa worked for the GTW for 40 years made the decision pretty easy. After getting married and moving to Arkansas I discovered the Frisco and now have a little bit that roads steam engines. Now I collect GTW and Frisco, but for different years. GTW in 1953 and that is because I did not want any GP-9's to replace my beloved steam powered passenger trains and SLSF in 1945 as they still had a great paint scheme on the engines and a giant blue and white 4-8-4.