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That pioneering spirit

Ray Criscoe
Ray Criscoe

And we’re off!

As soon as I found Rob Herronen’s house down a narrow drive off of Spero Road, we were in his backyard checking out his train setup.

And a few minutes later, I was taking this photo, sitting on a flatbed rail car, being pulled down part of the 450 feet of track he has laid so far, about a third of the vision he has for his property.

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Local man building train tracks with more than one purpose

Rob Herronen at the controls of one of his diesel engines. (RAY CRISCOE photo)
Rob Herronen at the controls of one of his diesel engines. (RAY CRISCOE photo)

What can you say? Rob Herronen is just a train guy.

A bit into the woods off Spero Road, unseen by drivers going by, he is slowly but steadily putting together his own rail line — several
engines, rail cars, track lines. And it’s one he can ride. And pull other visitors with.

But while his lifelong love of trains classifies this project — begun in earnest in November 2006 — as a hobby, it serves a dual purpose as a means to haul wood for the wood stove he installed to heat the house. And rocks to use to grade and extend the track. And so on.
What started him on this track? What drives him to stay on it? Let’s find out.

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