Meet the RMC Staff
Stephen M. Priest, MMR, has always loved model railroading. He got his start with N scale in 1967, quickly moving up to a Lionel set his father purchased for him. This was later followed by a move to HO scale where Stephen has remained ever since.
In college, Stephen studied architecture and then engineering at Kansas State University and the University of Kansas before going to work for the Santa Fe Railway. He has worked as a conductor, engineer, assistant trainmaster, trainmaster, and assistant manager of the Track Geometry Department (Engineering). As a professor, he has taught conductor and engineer classes at the BNSF training facility in Kansas City.
Using his extensive knowledge and experience with the prototype, Stephen has helped design hundreds of models for a number of well-known manufacturers. His scale drafting work has been featured in many articles, magazines, and books. As a writer, Stephen has penned many articles that have appeared in various model railroad magazines for more than 25 years. Previously, Stephen has been the editor of the National Model Railroad Association’s magazine and author of several books. One of his recent books, Santa Fe Diesel Painting and Lettering for Model Railroaders, was published for the Santa Fe Railway Historical & Modeling Society, of which he has been a member for years. Stephen also produced the new Freight Car Plan Handbook in 2018.
No stranger to White River Productions, he has worked with the publication teams responsible for Railroads Illustrated, Model Railroad News, and Passenger Train Journal. Stephen was named editor of Railroad Model Craftsman in 2014.
The latest project tackled by Stephen, his wife Cinthia, and their son Joel, is their new Santa Fe St. Louis Division, a 3,400 sq. ft. HO scale model railroad. Launched in 2013, you can follow the construction progress at www.stlouisdivision.com.
Contact Stephen Priest here.
Tony Cook was born and raised in rural central Illinois. His father Terry was an avid railfan and model railroader and Tony grew up surrounded by trains. Tony’s first train trip was on Gulf, Mobile & Ohio and the Milwaukee Road from his home in downstate Illinois to Milwaukee, where his father was working for Walthers in the late 1960s. An avid collector, Tony documents model railroading’s past with his HO-Scale Trains Resource collection of websites.
Tony’s past efforts include handing marketing and public relations for Union Station Kansas City, where he served for a dozen years before moving to rail publishing. In 2011, Tony became involved with another White River Productions publication, Model Railroad News, which he continues to edit to this day. Tony is also editor of HO Collector, which launched in 2017. In 2014, Tony joined the staff of Railroad Model Craftsman when WRP acquired that title. News gathering remains a strong part of Tony’s interest in the hobby and he brings this to RMC, providing “Receiving Yard” content each month. Tony also oversees the “Railbooks” and “Test Track” columns.
In addition to trains, Tony also enjoys electronics, cars, broadcasting, and farming. Tony lives in rural Missouri in a 100-year-old home he’s renovating and helps with a friend’s cattle farm in his spare time. Railroad Model Craftsman has been part of Tony’s life since he has been able to read and he enjoys being part of the contemporary editorial staff.
Contact Tony Cook here.
Harry K. Wong
Like many of us, Harry’s interest in trains began during his childhood. After seeing a Western Pacific freight rumbling past the plate glass windows from a department store as a young boy, the die was cast. Harry grew up in Northern California within view of Southern Pacific’s busy Overland Route. At age 12, his first completed model locomotive was an HO scale SP SD45, correctly detailed with full lighting package.
Harry graduated from the University of California at Berkeley as a Computer Science Major. To this day, his interest continues with modern railroading in both his railfanning and modeling activities. Harry ‘s online coverage of Railway Prototype Modeler (RPM) meets and the National Train Show are familiar to many hobbyists. Harry is a strong advocate of RPM, and is a key principal behind the annual San Francisco Bay Area Prototype Modelers Meet (BAPM).
Prior to joining the staff of Railroad Model Craftsman, his work has appeared in the pages of sister publication Model Railroad News, and in Mainline Modeler, Pacific Rail News, CTC Board, and in historical society magazines for the Rio Grande and Southern Pacific. He also provides assistance to a number of model railroad manufacturers with product research and development. Harry joined the staff of RMC as an associate editor in 2015, and looks forward to contributing exciting features for years to come.
At home, Harry enjoys the presence of his wife and offspring, and looks forward to the construction of his next layout based on Southern Pacific’s operations between Oakland, California and Ozol, California of the late 1970s.
Contact Harry K. Wong here.
After meeting editor Stephen Priest in graphic design classes, Todd joined the team as an intern in 2004. He has a degree in Graphic Design and has studied pre-press operations. His growing interest in trains is fostered by the constant creative opportunities he enjoys in the studio working with our staff.
In addition to busy days of slide scanning, fine tuning photographic images, illustrating, and creating page layouts, Todd enjoys his spare time by performing music and sharing the world of trains with his son Andrew.
Contact Todd Gillette here.
In the mid-70s, he was transplanted to Southern Oregon, home of Southern Pacific’s colorful Siskiyou Line known for its “Cadillacs” and “Tunnel Motors” along with its famous US&S Style B lower quadrant semaphores.
After working as an editor for several computer magazines from the mid 80s to the early 90s, Mike launched Model Railroad News in 1995 and continued publishing the magazine through 2011 before joining the White River Productions family. Mike currently holds the position of Advertising Director and currently oversees advertising for Model Railroad News, Passenger Train Journal, Railfan & Railroad, Railroad Model Craftsman, Railroads Illustrated, and Trains & Railroads of the Past.
Contact Mike Lindsay here.