My name is Simon Parent. I live in the Montreal area. I have multiple hobbies and passions in life from model railroading, big mountain skiing, playing hockey, camping and nature photography to name a few and depending on time of the year, I’ll devote more time to one or the other.
A few years ago, I sold all my diesels engines and backdated my modeling interest to late 30’s.
While living in Quebec City and been a loner for many years, I have met and became friend with Denis Fortier (S scaler). He introduced me to Les Halmos, the founder of a local club, the Alouette division, a subdivision of the NMRA/NER. Les and I became good friends while attending together NER conventions. He is the one who introduced me to Free-mo.
I joined the NASG in 1992, I have been a member ever since and attend a convention once every 2-3 years.
I always enjoyed scratchbuilding and as my skills and hobby money increased I was buying tools more than RTR models. I have started building steam locomotives in brass, a CNR Pacific was my first one (model of the month in MR in the mid-90's) and started but never finished to date, a CNR 2-10-2.
Meanwhile I became friend with Oliver and David Clubine from Ontario and they convinced me to put aside my 2-10-2 project to build a couple of CNR E10-a mogul for them. This is also how I met Jim Martin when all 4 went to London Ontario to measure and photograph CNR mogul number 86. That started a venture for me where I made another very good friend, Fred Rouse who at the time had recently bought S Scale locomotive & Supply. The Mogul project became a kit for SSL&S and this project has been a real learning experience for Fred and me. Over time, this little Mogul has enlarged my circle of friend in the S scale community (Andy M, Chris A, Trevor M. and many others south of the border to name a few). I belong to the S scale Workshop but because of driving distance and a busy corporate life, I have not actively participated in shows in the past few years.
I have finally started a new home layout last fall, 3 years after I moved to my current house. I am posting photos of my progress on my Picasa web album as I go. Simon's home layout
In the coming years, I planned to work on my home layout and bring it to a certain level of completion but will also continue making locomotives. Apart from a few brass bashing projects to convert a few commercial locomotives and kits I have into specific CN engines, I intend to complete the CNR 2-10-2 (former B&A USRAs) that I had started in the mid 90’s.