Randall Roberts began his professional life as an electronic technician, operating and maintaining satellite telemetry equipment on the Indian Ocean island of Mahe in the Seychelles. In the mid 1980s he made the leap from electronic hardware to computer software and database development. After nearly two decades in the field, much of it as a programmer/analyst for a major law enforcement agency, Randall became a teacher. He has developed training materials and taught various classes in computer programming, database design, and database administration for nearly a decade.
Randall has been a model railroad enthusiast since childhood, playing with his train set and occasionally adding a piece here and there. His interest expanded exponentially in recent years due to the introduction of Digital Command Control. Recognizing that DCC would allow him to build sophisticated track layouts without the need for complex electronic switching circuitry, he began modeling N scale and building complex 4x8 foot track layouts like he'd dreamed of since he was a child. DCC brought his professional experience as an electronic technician and programmer/analyst directly to bear on his hobby, so grasping the newest model railroading technologies came easily to him.
With a collection comprised of over 50 locomotives and 200 railcars in N, TT, HO, and O scale, his collection may seem modest to many model railroaders, but it taxes the space limitations imposed by his small home.
Randall Graduated from DeVry Institute of Technology, Phoenix, AZ in 1979. Since then he has completed many professional development courses covering a wide range of topics in electronics and the field of computers.
From Randall Roberts:
I hope that by sharing my love of model railroad trains, my readers will increase their understanding of this fascinating field and come to love them as much as I do; if they don't already.