Craig Koepke

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Hi everyone, I'm Craig (Iowa Guy) Koepke from the heartland of the USA. How is everyone doing? My love for the railroad goes back to an early age. Here's a little information on me.

By the time that I began to realize my fascination with trains I was eight years old. Living in a small Iowa town near the Illinois Central right of way I would run or ride my bike as fast as I could down to the tracks and watch the IC and M&StL trains race north towards the Twin Cities (Minneapolis & St. Paul Minnesota). Many times it was a meat train from the then largest meat packer in the world. Rath Packing Company in Waterloo, Iowa.

The irony of it all is that when about to graduate from high school in 1970 I wanted to work for the Illinois Central Railroad. For the life of me I could not get hired, so life went on. Not in my wildest dreams would I ever imagine that I would be forty-five years old when my railroad career would start. I started out working on the I&M Rail Link as a clerk and then crew caller. They needed trainmen so bad that they shifted me out onto the train crew, which is where I wanted to be in the first place. I then went to work for the IC in my hometown in Cedar Falls, Iowa. There I worked as a trainman, yardmaster and finally as an engineer just as the Canadian National took over. It was a dream come true. Extended and I mean extended time away from home drove me to a little short line railroad based out of Waterloo. It was an adventure to say the least.

Well I no longer work on the railroad. Yes I quit. I have other plans with my life and need to get underway with them. I have to admit I would rather be a rail enthusiast and a Trainz modeler than actually work for the railroad. Its more fun to watch trains go by and hear the whine of the turbos than to ride on them. It gets old after awhile believe me.

I look forward to having more time to work with Trainz and sharing ideas and projects with a great bunch of people from around the globe.

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