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Hello everyone. I am a 73 year old retired Air Force Master Sergeant with 20 years of military service. Upon retirement at Vandenberg AFB California in 1985 I went to work for a defense contractor on the base for another 27 years. As a communications specialist I supported 752 missile launches. In the Air Force I was a telephone Installer Repairman. While stationed at March AFB Calif. during the Ronald Regan persidential years I was responsible for connecting and disconnecting ground communications to the National Emergency Command Post (a modified Boeing 747) each time he came to California. We have railroaders in both our families. My wife's grandfather worked for the Rock Island Line in Topeka Kansas and my father retired from the Southern Railway in Birmingham Alabama. My hobbies are Family History Research and getting started in model railroading.
 

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Hello everyone. I am a 73 year old retired Air Force Master Sergeant with 20 years of military service. Upon retirement at Vandenberg AFB California in 1985 I went to work for a defense contractor on the base for another 27 years. As a communications specialist I supported 752 missile launches. In the Air Force I was a telephone Installer Repairman. While stationed at March AFB Calif. during the Ronald Regan persidential years I was responsible for connecting and disconnecting ground communications to the National Emergency Command Post (a modified Boeing 747) each time he came to California. We have railroaders in both our families. My wife's grandfather worked for the Rock Island Line in Topeka Kansas and my father retired from the Southern Railway in Birmingham Alabama. My hobbies are Family History Research and getting started in model railroading.
Welcome, looks like they may need your talent again soon. :smokin:

HO? Do you have any yet?
 

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Hi Biged, yes, here is what I now have: I have a Danbury Mint Coca-Cola steam train set with about 12 cars. I picked it up a few years ago and we set it up each Christmas around our Christmas Village (see photo). I have a Rock Island line, Coca-Cola diesal, Spirit of 76, 2 Southern Railway diesal locomotives and one Southern Raileay Switch engine. Also have a Southern, Rock Island Line, and Spirit of 76 Caboose along with many run of the mill cars. I have about 200 feet of track along with 4 power transformers I got for a steal recently. Next Christmas I hope to have 4 complete trains running. We got the Rock Island and the Southern as a tribute to my wife's grandfather who worked on the Rock Island in Topeka Kansas and my father who retired from the Southern in Birmingham Alabama. Happy to answer any questions you may have.
 

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I see your off to a good start.

I wish I kept all my old phones like you have in the back ground.
First time I showed one to my boys when they were young they asked me how you dialed. ha ha ha.
 

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Welcome.

Did you support any of the SAC Missile Combat Competitions in the early 80's?

I was on the EMT Team in '84 for the bird from 351st SMW.
 

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My wife and I still have a very old dial phone in a phone niche in the hallway in our house. I wired it up to work when we still had a landline... it's dead now. We also kept a wall mount dial phone that was in our house when we bought it, but again, no land line now, so, yeah.

This is similar to ours.

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Hello everyone. I am a 73 year old retired Air Force Master Sergeant with 20 years of military service. Upon retirement at Vandenberg AFB California in 1985 I went to work for a defense contractor on the base for another 27 years. As a communications specialist I supported 752 missile launches. In the Air Force I was a telephone Installer Repairman. While stationed at March AFB Calif. during the Ronald Regan persidential years I was responsible for connecting and disconnecting ground communications to the National Emergency Command Post (a modified Boeing 747) each time he came to California. We have railroaders in both our families. My wife's grandfather worked for the Rock Island Line in Topeka Kansas and my father retired from the Southern Railway in Birmingham Alabama. My hobbies are Family History Research and getting started in model railroading.
you should think about going to the san diego model railroad museum and talk with the two HO clubs about joining and running there.

https://www.sdmrm.org/
 

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Michaele----Yes, I was at Vandenberg the second time from 1982 until 2013. I supported 752 missile launches during that time plus a ton of Shuttle Missions. We did all the uplink and downlink of voice and video when it came over the west coast. I also supported the airborne laser testbed and hundreds of aircraft test flights off the coast.

TomC---As a telephone installer in the Air Force for 20 years and in communications from 1985 until 2013 I have seen a lot of telephones. I modified the phone in the attached photo to work on our landline. I used to have a rotary pay phone that worked, (we used it for a bank) but I gave it to one of our granddaughters.

bigdodgetrain----I might just go down one of these days and check it out. I think there are a couple of train clubs near where I live.

Soren----Thanks for the welcome.
 

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First of all I would like to say Thank you for your service! Second glad to see you’re still having fun. You don’t stop having fun because you get old! You get old because you stop having fun!! Not saying you’re old by the way. Keep having fun!
 
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