Mark Juett has been involved in model railroading for over 50 years. Like most it started with a train set. His was a Lionel set at Christmas that grew each year. His older cousin Jimmy was a huge influence in Mark’s model railroading.
Much of the intrigue of model trains was the mechanical and electrical (and later electronic) control. This interest in things mechanical and electronic led to an Associate Degree in Electronic Engineering Technology, later a BS in Ag Engineering.
Mark has years of experience in hand laying track, custom made switches and crossings and other specialized track that is not available readymade. He built one of the first command control systems from components when Keith Gutierrez introduced the CTC-16 in the late 1970’s. Later Mark converted to DCC and writes the monthly column the Pulse of DCC in the NMRA Magazine. In addition, he is a DCC Conformance Tester for the NMRA. He also was an early adopter of Dr. Bruce Chubb’s Computer Model Railroad Interface.
He also has considerable experience in detailing locos and rolling stock, custom painting and weathering as well as scratch building of structures in styrene, wood, plaster and brass. Mark has reworked older locos for clients to make them run better and installed DCC decoders for others. Mark has also shared his experience with others through clinics and presentations at NMRA Division and Regional meets. He served as Clinic Chairman for the NMRA 2018 National Convention in Kansas City.
After years in the corporate world and nearly a decade running his own restoration business his friend Miles Hale gave him an opportunity to pursue one of his great passions as Miles and Fran were wanting to transition into retirement. Mark’s company builds and maintains custom model railroads, does other custom model railroad work in addition to construction of model railroad space.
Mark currently holds the following National Model Railroad Association Achievement Program certificates;
Engineer Electrical, Engineer Civil, Model Railroad Author, Master Builder Scenery, Chief Dispatcher and Association Volunteer.
He has about half of the work completed towards Master Builder Cars and needs to submit the SQL on one structure for Master Builder Structures..