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    I received a wonderful e-mail from a US Naval Captain currently deployed in Baghdad, Iraq. It seems he came across my weblog one evening during his downtime and he really appreciated reading it, seeing as how he models the same two railroads I do, the B&M and the Maine Central, from his hometown somewhere in Georgia.

    His name is Mike Sherbak. I asked him how the time was going and he indicated that he had 160 days to go, "but who's counting" he said. He has taken some kits overseas to work on in the evenings and fellow modellers have sent him "model railroad relief packets" of which he is very appreciative.

    Mike sent me links to the sites of the "rebuilding effort" so that I could share them with the students in my classroom...and I am very thankful for this.

    Captain Sherbak told me that after he has e-mailed his wife in the evenings, he checks out other railroad websites, including mine to read any of my latest postings and developments on the railroad. It obviously helps make the "downtime" go faster for him.

    I chose to dedicate the latest posting to my weblog to Captain Mike Sherbak...a fellow model railroader who is making a difference out there in the world at large. In doing so, I felt like I made a tiny difference in Captain Sherbak's life, for however brief a time.

    It is my wish that our brethren of modellers who are members of the forum dedicate their latest model railroad project, be it of any kind, to these brave men and women who risk their lives for our freedom on a daily basis.


    Mike Hamer

    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Mike Hamer

    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

  • #2

    I'm with you. It is heart warming to read that out hobby is bringing some comforts and thoughts of home to our troops.



    • #3
      Hi Mike,

      That is good to hear. I also like your site. Great layout.


      • #4
        Mike I'm with you on supporting the troops. Mike Sherbak has visited our club layout on several occasions and we're hoping to see him after he comes back to the States this summer.

        "Aviation in itself is not inherently dangerous. But to an even greater degree than the sea, it is terribly unforgiving of any carelessness, incapacity or neglect." Captain A. G. Lamplugh