Meet the MRN Staff
Tony Cook was born and raised in rural central Illinois. His father Terry was an avid railfan and model railroader and Tony grew up surrounded by trains. Tony’s first train trip was on Gulf, Mobile & Ohio and the Milwaukee Road from his home in downstate Illinois to Milwaukee, where his father was working for Walthers in the late 1960s. An avid collector, Tony documents model railroading’s past with his HO-Scale Trains Resource collection of websites.
Tony’s past efforts include handing marketing and public relations for Union Station Kansas City, where he served for a dozen years before moving to rail publishing and joining the team at White River Productions. In 2011, Tony was named editor of Model Railroad News, which he continues to edit to this day. In 2014, Tony joined the staff of Railroad Model Craftsman as associate editor, contributing product reviews and announcements.
In addition to trains, Tony also enjoys electronics, cars, broadcasting, and farming. Tony lives in rural Missouri in a 100-year-old home he’s renovating and helps with a friend’s cattle farm in his spare time
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Cinthia began her interest in trains on her first date with her now-husband, Stephen Priest (editor of Railroad Model Craftsman). It was the beautiful backdrop of Matfield Green, Kansas, where the first diesel-spotting lessons began. Her writing and editing career launched in 1988 when she won the young author contest in Model Railroader for her Santa Fe EMD GP35. In the early 1990s, Stephen and Cinthia were the Santa Fe news column editors for CTC Board magazine. When CTC Board was acquired by White River Publications in 2007, Cinthia took the reins of the successor title Railroads Illustrated. In 2015, the magazine was re-launched as the new Railroads Illustrated Annual.
Cinthia is also the editor of the National Model Railroad Association’s national publication the NMRA Magazine. She has authored/coauthored nine books and edited another 17 books, covering Santa Fe topics mostly. Cinthia has given numerous clinics at various NMRA conventions and other events. She has also earned several awards for her model railroading projects. She is currently working toward earning the distinction of Master Model Railroader.
A graduate from the University of Kansas with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 1994, Cinthia currently works as a Critical Care Pharmacist at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. She lives in Parkville, Mo., with her husband Stephen and teenage son Joel. The family’s strong interest in model railroading is represented through the construction of the HO scale Santa Fe St. Louis Division, which will be on tour during the 2018 National NMRA Convention in Kansas City.
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After meeting Stephen Priest in graphic design classes, Todd joined the team as an intern in 2004. He has a degree in Graphic Design and has studied pre-press operations. His growing interest in trains is fostered by the constant creative opportunities he enjoys in the studio working with our staff.
In addition to busy days of slide scanning, fine tuning photographic images, illustrating, and creating page layouts, Todd enjoys his spare time by performing music and sharing the world of trains with his son Andrew.
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In the mid-70s, he was transplanted to Southern Oregon, home of Southern Pacific’s colorful Siskiyou Line known for its “Cadillacs” and “Tunnel Motors” along with its famous US&S Style B lower quadrant semaphores.
After working as an editor for several computer magazines from the mid 80s to the early 90s, Mike launched Model Railroad News in 1995 and continued publishing the magazine through 2011 before joining the White River Productions family. Mike currently holds the position of Advertising Director and currently oversees advertising for Model Railroad News, Passenger Train Journal, Railfan & Railroad, Railroad Model Craftsman, Railroads Illustrated, and Trains & Railroads of the Past.
Contact Mike Lindsay here.