Recently, I sold some old train VHS tapes here on the forum. I watched a couple of them before I shipped them out. One of them was called, "The Romance of Model Railroading O Gauge Layouts". I believe it was released in either 1994 or 1995. I bought this video when I first got back into the hobby in 1997. I enjoyed the video but of all three segments my favorite was the 3rd segment of Dave Simon's 3 rail layout from Munster, Indiana. I really liked the way he did his scenery. I thought his backdrops were incredible. The way he put flat buildings and scenery against the backdrops blended the scenery to the backdrops was just phenomenal. It really made the layout look a lot bigger than it was. As usual in these type of shows the owner does most of talking and I really like the way he looked at the hobby and connected with his philosophy. Obviously, some of what he says was dated as he only mentions the MTH Challenger and USRA Pacific but his enthusiasm for the hobby was infectious. At the very end he talks about people in the hobby just to make money from collecting trains and then he says, "Well, for the enjoyment of railroading there is no price on my enjoyment of railroading. No price whatsoever."
Over the years I've met a lot of great railroaders in this hobby but not Dave Simon. I was just wondering: Does anyone know him? Is he still active in the hobby? Was his layout ever published in CTT? I don't believe I ever saw it in OGR. There is a David Simon in the 2008 TCA address book but he is in NJ and I have a feeling it isn't the same person. Just curious. Thanks in advance for any information.