William (Bill ) Neale, MMR

Central Director

Bill joined the NMRA as a teenager, and has continued his membership for more than 50 years, through raising a family, several jobs, and several house moves. He now lives in Farmington Hills, in the South East corner of Michigan.

His professional career was in Information Technology, starting at Electro-Motive in LaGrange, Illinois. From there he worked for Electronic Data Systems, Hewlett-Packard, and General Motors, in a variety of assignments, including, Database Administrator, Account Manager, and Program Manager. He has retired recently and settled into the role of the retired gentleman and grandfather.

Bill has been a member of the OPSIG, LDSIG, Steel SIG, and several other special interest groups at various times. He is also a member of the Pennsylvania Railroad Technical and Historical Society. He is a member of Division 6, North Central Region, where he served on the Region Board of Directors in several roles before being elected to the Central Director position. Bill has been fortunate to have operated on many layouts all over the country.

While living in Chicago, Bill was one of the founding members of the Midwest Railroad Modelers Club, in Batavia, Illinois. Currently, he is a member of a local Friday night round robin group called the "Midnight Pocatello Yardmasters". Bill has built and regularly operates an HO model of the PRR Panhandle Division set in 1939, around the Weirton Junction area. He has also written many articles for several commercial publications, including Great Model Railroads, Model Railroad Planning, and The Keystone Modeler. In 2012, Bill was awarded Master Model Railroader certificate #480.

Other hobbies include bird watching and sports cars.   


38126 Connaught Dr.
Northville,  MI  48167