Walter Horlacher

First off, I just want to let everybody know that I have only been a member of O Scale Central for 10 years but I have been In O scale since I purchased my first new All Nation Locomotive dual chain drive switcher 40 years ago, but my interest in trains is deeply rooted like so many others from our childhood.

Born in Waukesha Wisconsin in 1957, I was literally raised on the Soo Line mainline as it ran through our backyard with my sandbox strategically located next to the right of way, I can still vividly remember waving off every locomotive and caboose as they rolled by. At age 10 Dad packed up the family and we moved to sunny South Florida where I would call home until I retired in 2019.

Even with that said my primary interest are with the Mid-west railroads with emphasis on Milwaukee Road.

Upon High School graduation I did a 3-year stint in the Army and served as a Combat Engineer, afterwards I continue serving in the Air Force reserves serving as Civil Engineer for an additional 30 years, which included three Post 9-11 deployments to Southwest Asia including Iraqi Freedom and retiring as a Chief Master Sergeant in 2008.

I have been married to my Wife Liz for 41 years and have a lovely daughter Alexandria who recently got married.

My civilian carrier Included working for the Florida East Coast Railway and while working there I earned a nickname as so many railway workers have and was baptized as “Waldo”. I also worked in the graphics industry and finished up my working career as a Facility Services Project Manager.