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 people 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 now housed in the Durham Museum - Omaha, Nebraska. 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.
Locally I am 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 maintain the Cedar Rapids Paramount 3/12 Wurlitzer Organ. I have four adult aged children.
I look forward to meeting you!
-Darren Ferreter, Model Railroad Dreams, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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