About the Owner

I have been a life long model railroader and third generation railroad buff.  At three years old I recall playing with Lionel postwar trains. I began custom construction and painting railroad models with airbrushes around age twelve.  I won two junior modeling contests at National Model Railroad Association events by age fourteen.  I have helped many friends with design and construction of their model railroad empires.  

My first commissioned model railroad was an N scale railroad in 1984

While serving in the Air Force, I provided custom model building and painting services for the Union Pacific Railroad Museum’s “O” scale model railroad housed in the corporate headquarters in Omaha.  I also constructed and painted models for Union Pacific Executives who wanted to display models on desks in their offices.  It seemed like they all wanted DDA40X "Centennial" locomotives.

I spent three years aiding in the construction of the large model railroad display located in the historic Rock Island depot owned by the Pottawatomie County Historical Society in Council Bluffs.

Locally I serviced the model display housed at Ushers Ferry, volunteered as a committee chairman for the Ushers Ferry Trains Day, and is known in the community as “The Train Doctor” providing train repair and maintenance for clients of many ages.   

After spending 19 years as a Food Manager, I found an opportunity to provide custom railroad construction for clients in Iowa.  One railroad was featured in Railroad Model Craftsman Magazine - October 2011.

Besides the railroad business, I enjoy theatre pipe organs and I am President of the Cedar Rapids Area Theatre Organ Society where I am active in the restoration of the Iowa Theatre’s (Theatre Cedar Rapids) Rhinestone Barton pipe organ.  My three sons are all busy teenagers who find occasional interest in my railroading hobby.  

I look forward to meeting you!

-Darren Ferreter, Model Railroad Dreams, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Organizations & Memberships

  • Indian Creek Model Railroad Club (HO scale) Cedar Rapids – 3 years – Officer and builder
  • Union Pacific Railroad Museum (O scale) – 2 years – Custom model building
  • Camp Creek Railroaders (1½ scale) – 3 years – Officer
  • Greater Omaha Society of Model Railway Engineers (HO Scale) – 3 years
  • Pottawatomie County Historical Society – 3 years – Liaison member
  • Ushers Ferry – 13 years – Ushers Ferry Trains Day Committee
  • Cedar Valley Garden Railway Society (G scale) – 4 years – Newsletter editor / Treasurer 
  • Cedar Rapids Area Railfan Association (Prototype 1:1 scale) – 30+ years – President 12 terms
  • Cedar Rapids Round Robin Club (HO and N scale) – 26 years –  Officer
  • Cedar Rapids History Center – 2 years – Railroad Display Committee / Railroad Historian
  • Cedar Valley Railfans (Prototype 1:1 scale) – 15 years – Member
  • Marion Heritage Center (HO scale historic display)
  • Iowa Children’s Museum (HO scale permanent exhibit)
  • Cedar Rapids History Center (HO scale permanent exhibit)
  • Eastern Iowa Division of the National Model Railroad Association (5 years)