About Me

Here I am, the man behind the curtain. I'm at Horseshoe Curve in July of 2010.

I'm Alex Gillam; I'm married and live in Spartanburg, South Carolina. I work for the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. I grew up on Long Island, New York.

I've been fascinated by trains since I was a young child and have been an active model railroader since my dad bought me my first HO set in 1991. Since then I've built numerous layouts in various scales. You can read about them on the "Previous Layouts" page.

In addition to model railroading,  also enjoy railfanning, hiking, camping, canoeing & kayaking, photography and brewing beer.


  1. Hi, Alex. Do you have a schematic for your Altoona layout?

  2. Hi! Yes, you'll find the track plan for the layout on the Background page. It doesn't show the Altoona shop but it does show must of the other track.

  3. Greetings-

    My name's Mike and I'm a Clevelander. I just wanted to thank you for the materials you post on line. It's greatly appreciated.

  4. Dear Alex--I've got a modelling problem and I hope you wouldn't mind sharing some experience. After what seems like a hundred years, I've gotten around to the GHQ PRR pewter conversion for the Kato 2-8-2. I'm baffled at how to install the cab sides so that they appear to be a square fit--they're not a square fit at the bottoms of the cab sides. I saw your model here and was hoping you might share any tips you might have used while constructing your own. It will be greatly appreciated.

    My e-mail is robym12825@yahoo.com. Thanks in advance for any help you can lend.