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Membership

We are now in our 40th year and are always looking for both new and experienced modelers to carry on that tradition, as well as those who can assist in railroad history research. Currently, the Sheboygan Railroad Museum is home to about 20 active members, however, we're looking to expand the membership to around 35. Currently ages range from 10 to over 80, and backgrounds are as varied as the ages. One thing ties us together: When you walk through the door, it doesn’t matter if you're young or old, or what you do for a living. When you enter the building, you’re a railroader.

If you would like more information on membership, drop us a line at info@sssmre.org, or download and fill out the form HERE

DANNY AUSTRENG

Danny found his nitch creating scenery in a variety of scales for our displays, utilizing common materials found around the house and making them look realistic in a model setting. A welcome addition to our ranks.

KEN BAILEY 

Past President/Historian

  VICE PRESIDENT

A past president, Ken's interests are rail fanning and railroad history. He is our unofficial historian, with a vast knowledge of former Class 1 railroads and their motive power.  Our resident artist, his artwork is present all over the building. (See below)

KYLE BLINDAUER  

SECRETARY   

Kyle joined us as a teenager and is interested in learning about scenery and detailing.  He has served as secretary for the past nine years.

THOMAS BREZONIK 
BOARD DIRECTOR

Tom is in charge of organizing our fund raising activities throughout the year. His efforts have been very valuable. He has served in the past as VP and board member.


JOE ERICKSON 

 

Joe prefers to model railroads that once served the Dearborn Station in Chicago and fictitious movie trains, such as the Silver Streak. Joe was a driving force behind our switch to DCC and was the first to add sound. He has served as Vice President and Board Director. 

ANDREW FILTZ

Andrew rejoined the group after a brief hiatus. He is working with Jeff on the DC HO layout depicting parts of Sheboygan.

JEFF KLAUSER 

Past President

TREASURER

NMRA Member 

Jeff is also a past president who is helping to revitalize some of the older modules, currently working on a new HO layout at the Museum that replicates a number of the industries served by rail in Sheboygan.  He has served as treasurer for a number of years.

JOHN KLINE

HONORARY MEMBER 

John, being a heating and cooling specialist, was a big help when we first bought the building, as it needed some help in that area. He has helped with maintenance of the plant since then.

 

ZACH KRUEGER

Zach is one of our newer members who joined us after spending multiple Tuesdays pitching in. He is a welcome addition to our ranks

 

DAN LINDOW

Dan is a returning member who was instrumental in completing and detailing many of the areas on our original layout. We are excited to have him back.

 
AL MYER  

Charter Member  NMRA Member 

HONORARY MEMBER

A Master Model Railroader, Al's prize winning work is featured in several areas around the layout. The intricate detail and weathering he utilizes are much admired. As a charter member, he has helped guide the organization from the beginning.

 
CARTER PAWLUS

Past President

HONORARY MEMBER 

Carter was a long time member who guided us through some of our earlier years and was instrumental in helping us acquire our current building. He wisdom and sense of humor was appreciated.

DICK POOL

LIFETIME MEMBER

Past President/Webmaster

Dick did most of the wiring and initial scenery work on the main and modular layouts. Now retired from railroading, he will occasionally advise other members on questions that may arise.

Dick Pool

JAY & DIANA RATZ

 Jay & Diana operate J&Ds Whistle Stop. They assist us with promotions and publicity.

 


BILL ROSE

Bill just joined our ranks and expressed an interest in taking the O scale layout to another level.

 


ROGER RYBACKI

Past President  

Roger has served as president and was a big help during the early years building the modular layout. He has since moved too far away to be active on a weekly basis but still wished to remain a member. He visits as often as he can and participates when we set up our modular layout.

 

LEO SCHNEIDER  

PRESIDENT

When Leo joined, he jumped right in helping us maintain the facilities. Whenever repairs are needed, sometimes on an emergency basis, we can always count on him to be there. He also does most of the outside grooming of the property. He has done a lot of the restoration work on the modular layout.

MARY SCHNEIDER

Mary has become our official greeter at all our functions and handles the food sales. She has been an invaluable asset to the Society's functions.

JERRY STARICH

   
Jerry is one of our newer members and dug right in working on the large HO layout. He brings a lot to the table

BOARD DIRECTOR


MARK & MARILYN ZUEHLKE

Mark & Marilyn joined us and immediately started work on an S scale layout, one that we had not thought of doing. It is a nice addition to our collection.

 
JEAN ZUEHLKE

Jean has joined us as a silent member 

 

Denotes NMRA Member

All members have DCC equipped rolling stock that they run regularly and many have added sound. It gets noisy during an operating session.

Below are caricatures of some of our members, drawn by Ken Bailey. See if you can identify them from the photos above. The road preferences are as varied as the members.

Fallen Flags

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Updated: Friday, June 9, 2017