David Derway was born in Burlington, Vermont, and spent his first eight years growing up in the north. He and his brother were introduced to model trains one Christmas by their father, John. A twin oval track layout installed on a piece of plywood ran 2 Lionel trains. The Rutland Railroad right of way passed through their property along the shore of Lake Champlain, and John would tell his sons many stories of what happened along the tracks when the Rutland was in operation. 1965 saw the family move south with the work transfer of their father with IBM to Raleigh, and ultimately the Research Triangle Park. The Lionel trains moved south as well, but didn't manage to get reassembled. After several years of no trains, David's brother, Allen, came home with the news that he had seen a neat new small train set at the local hobby store and if they pooled their allowance for awhile, they could purchase it. Within a few months, the Aurora Postage Stamp Train Set was brought home with several additional pieces of track. The bedroom floor (thankfully a wood floor) became the impromptu setup area and months of fun ensued.
Soon High School and then College became the priority, and in 1981, he received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C. Over the years, he worked as a Designer, a Design Engineer, a Project Engineer and then as a Product Engineer for various firms. He married his wife, Joanne, in 1985. She is, in fact, the reason he regained his interest in trains.
David's DG&N layout is a freelanced pike of the 60's to 90's era. Although he has been actively reading about model railroading for years, he just started work on his layout in late 1999. He has always enjoyed working with his hands and seeing the results of his work in whatever he attempts. Sometimes the results aren't exactly what were expected, but that is part of the fun.
His wife breeds and shows Abyssinian cats, while David does his best to keep them out of his train room.
David currently has 3 module (sets): Breakneck, Rockin' Toxin, and Geezer Gate. He "adopted" Breakneck from NRMRC, sceniced it and added the Mountain Division. Rockin' Toxin and Geezer Gate he built from scratch, with the frame of Rockin' Toxin being built by David Thompson using D.Thompson's lightweight construction techniques.
David's Rockin' Toxin module set was awarded the James FitzGerald Award (People's Popular Choice) Award at the 2014 N Scale East Capital Limited Model Contest in Chantilly, VA.
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