Rob currently works as a consultant to government coordinating the design and delivery of the road and drainage infrastructure for a 10 new suburbs. Prior to this he was a director of mid-sized multi-disciplinary engineering firm. With the NMRA he has served in a variety of roles on the Australasian Region Committee. In addition he is also an active member at his local model train club, being involved in the construction and display of both HO and N sectional layouts.
He was introduced to model trains, at the age of 10, by his great grandfather with a Hornby 00 scale trainset. Over the next 5 years a small double loop layout was built, learning some of the basics in the hobby and was left to his younger brothers as sport, cars and girls took over. After finishing high school, he started a civil engineering degree worked with number of civil engineering positions in local government and during this time started an interest in N scale and started collecting rolling stock and track with a view to build a future layout. Again nothing came from this, as raising a young family, sport and the family farm took up most of his time, the collection stayed firmly in a box. That is until the mid-thirties, when his wife surprised him with a birthday gift of more items to add to the collection. A chance discussion about this at work, led to a colleague inviting Rob to attend a NMRA meeting and from there an interest in model railroading was restarted.
Currently, he has commenced construction on his home N scale layout based on the EL and B&O in western Pennsylvania in the mid to late 1960’s.