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George J. Irwin
George was born and until 1989 resided in New Jersey. What exit? Well, 12, why do you ask? A city boy originally, George was a suburbanite for 20 years, then headed to the Great White North of Western New York for a graduate degree, eight plus years in Corporate America and then five years as a Senior Consultant with a small software company, that, well, almost could. A forced vacation was followed by a new position in a new industry since late 2005, with new challenges and new accomplishments.

George is the fourth Irwin in a row to have that first name, however, all four Georges received different middle names. George's great-grandfather worked for the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, and his grandfather for the Railway Express Agency, which kind of makes for a genetic predisposition to trains! Living across the street from a main freight line of the Pennsylvania Railroad sealed his fate.

George is the author of the Unofficial Micro-Trains® Release Report, or just UMTRR for short, which combines his interest in trains with his interest in writing. See that here. George is an "accumulator" of N Scale, "accumulator" being defined as "someone who has more trains than can fit on the layout at one time." This accumulation includes the complete set of the "first generation" of Atlas N Scale freight car rolling stock which was imported to the USA and sold by Atlas Tool Company (now Atlas Model Railroad Company) starting in the late 1960's. Click here. George also contributes to print magazines on the same subjects of Micro-Trains and early N Scale.

On the actual model railroading front, George is occassionally working on building the Wilmington and New York Railroad, a freelanced line set in 1963 in the High Peaks region of the Adirondack Mountains of New York. The W&NY's connections include the New York Central and the Delaware and Husdon. See that here. George has been in N Scale since 1969, when he and his brother Stephen each received a train set-- in an unsuccessful attempt to keep them away from their father's HO Scale layout! The Wilmington is currently a "fallen flag" but hopefully will return sooner than later.

The other half of the UMTRR is writing, and George also writes short fiction and essays on life from the 1970's to today. He occasionally reads these in public and so far has escaped injury at these events. You can read some of George's "installments" here on the site via Irwin's Journal Online, here.

George also enjoys travel and music. See the links page for references to a few of George's favorite acts.

Colleen Irwin (nee Kulikowski)
Reverend Colleen Irwin (Kulikowski) is a natural born Medium. She remembers talking to "imaginary friends" and sensing things beyond what you could see as a young child. Discovering how to share this knowledge with others has been an adventure that she captured in her book "Discovering Your Stream". Today she just naturally connects and can share amazing insight to those that seek her out.

She is a proud mother of a grown son of her own and two grown step-children, Wife, and friend to many. Colleen was born and raised in North Tonawanda, went to college then headed to New York City where she worked as an independent technology consultant and as an IT professional for such companies as Marsh & McClennan, Radio City Music Hall Productions, Reed Reference Publishing and Nabisco Foods.

After the 9/11 tragedy, she found herself living and working in the wonderful island paradise of Marco Island, Florida until the call of Western New York had her return the fall of 2007 to be closer to family. Moving to Rochester NY in the beginning of 2018 has given her a new challenge of teaching classes and leading development circles at Plymouth Spiritual Church as well as volunteering in the area.

Robert Kieran Irwin
Kieran is a Gaelic name meaning "little dark haired one" and while it's an unusual name in the United States, it's a common name in Ireland, part of the family heritage. Kieran enjoys reading, comics (reading and drawing) and designing video games, which is what he'd like to do for a living someday. He completed studies at a local community college.

Stories about Kieran are on Irwin's Journal Online, click here.

Thalia Elizabeth Irwin
The unusual and beautiful name Thalia has been in her mother's side of the family for generations. Technically, Thalia is one of the Nine Muses of Greek mythology. It is a name that also reminds us of great strength and courage in the face of adversity. Elizabeth is after Elizabeth Bennett, heroine of Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice. Thalia was a high honor student from Day One in High School and now attends her "first choice" college.

As with Kieran, Thalia has several stories available on Irwin's Journal Online, click here.

Thalia and Kieran shared most ofThe Photo Page and you're invited to see how they grew up.

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