Sam Shumaker was raised trackside to the PRR in New Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Clarion State College in Liberal Arts with a Physics concentration. He went through the USAF Weapons Control Systems Maintnance training at Lowry AFB in Aurora Colorado and later studied Computer Science at Lakeland Community Colege. He started as a child with Lionel and American Flyer model trains. He later switched to 2-rail O Scale in 1976. He is a member of the Western Reserve O Scale Club, NYC Historical Society and the O Scale Central. He enjoys building all kinds of model railroad kits. He has done consulting work for Precision Scale Models, Overland Models and Sunset Models for the construction of various models. He has a 28' x 38' operating layout.