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@MACADO 1 posted:

Dave. Is it possible to get the detail parts, that you did for the Union RR, you sold.

Mercer Junction has been gone for quite some time now. . . sadly. Dave is back to being a rock star drummer with The Clarks; creating and building custom motorcycles; writing a regular column for OGR; and working on his dynamite layout. I definitely do miss the train store, though! It was the source of a lot of the trains I own, as well as many of the great friendships that were initiated there.

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Mercer Junction has been gone for quite some time now. . . sadly. Dave is back to being a rock star drummer with The Clarks; creating and building custom motorcycles; writing a regular column for OGR; and working on his dynamite layout. I definitely do miss the train store, though! It was the source of a lot of the trains I own, as well as many of the great friendships that were initiated there.

I remember my visit to Mercer Junction.  Dave was certainly very modest about the "rock star drummer" part - I had to pull it out of him.  Whenever someone mentions a new (to me) band, I check it out but am usually not overly impressed.  This time was different - when we got home, I checked out the Clarks - now a huge fan and we've traveled to several of their shows.  If anyone is unfamiliar, but you like roots rock such as CCR, Springsteen, etc., they're worth a listen.

And I think that writing the OGR column will be Dave's next road to fame and riches. 

Sadly, I only made it to the store once, but nothing is forever.  Except the Clarks, at least so far...

@Mallard4468 posted:

And I think that writing the OGR column will be Dave's next road to fame and riches.

Sadly, I only made it to the store once, but nothing is forever.  Except the Clarks, at least so far...

My wife (especially) and I are also big fans of The Clarks, and have seen them perform at a good number of venues in the area. Wendy plays their music here at home on a very regular basis. The band has been around in its original form for well over 30 years, and is still going strong.

As for his position as an OGR staff member: Not sure he needs much more fame because he is already very well known in the O gauge hobby, but I can say with some assurance that none of us are anticipating riches from our involvement with the magazine. No complaints though, because it is nice to be able to contribute to the hobby.

My wife (especially) and I are also big fans of The Clarks, and have seen them perform at a good number of venues in the area. Wendy plays their music here at home on a very regular basis. The band has been around in its original form for well over 30 years, and is still going strong.

Every rock n roll drummer I've ever met has a nervous energy (in a good way) as they always seem to have a rhythm playing in their heads and are often seen tapping their hands on their legs to that imaginary music in their minds.  How does that cat Dave keep his hands steady and patient while model building to such incredible detail and not wanting to power slam something like a Bonzo with drum sticks in hand? If he was a singer/songwriter or even a smooth bass player, I'd understand.

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