I never met or knew Mike McGrattan. But what I hear, he was a real “mensch”—a stand-up guy.
Mike, who died May 16, 2016 at the age of 52, was especially much-loved and appreciated in the North American N scale community.
He was remembered as a talented and prolific modeler, but mostly for being a friend.
After he died, some friends on the Railwire Forum created the Michael McGrattan memorial train a collection of four passenger cars—including one lettered in his memory—that travelled across North America visiting N scale layouts.
The train started its journey in July, last year. It has visited many different layouts since that time, in Canada and the U.S.
The last visit noted on the forum was in May, this year, when it ran on the layout of Mark Dance.
The memorial train is a great way to honour Mike, who also worked at Rapido Trains. I’m sorry I never got to know him.
You can see the whole journey, and read comments, on the Mike MxGrattan memorial train thread on Railwire.
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