Railroad Display, Mike Good

Reference Clerk Mike Good has provided the current display of railroad items to match the theme of the Winter Reading Program – I think I can Read and Choo! Choo! Choose to Read.

Mike says “I have always been interested in trains. I’ve been told the first word I ever spoke was “Caboose”.

Mike grew up in River Forest, a suburb of Chicago. His house was 1 block south of the Chicago & North Western’s Galena subdivision line,  with about 55 commuter trains and 15-20 freight trains every day and 1 block east of the Soo Line, with 6 to 8 freight trains a day, so he always saw a lot of trains.

He had a O-gauge (Lionel) model railroad in the 1950s and a HO-gauge system in the 1960s and early 1970s, but none of the family continued model railroading after leaving for their own place.

Over the years Mike has made more than 100 round trips from or to Chicago to visit family – over 100,000 miles of travel by train.

He was always the most interested in the history of railroads, including maps, timetables and books. He has an extensive library of all three in paper and many more downloaded from the internet. He also owns 2 railroad board games, a puzzle, several spikes and date nails, a replica train whistle and a number of train shirts and hats.

Mike has done considerable research on the railroads of Henry County and continues to dig out new items of interest from the old newspapers on microfilm here at the Henry County Library. He is looking forward to soon branching out with some trips into new territory – through the Rockies to the West Coast and through the Appalachians to the East Coast.

Come to the Henry County Library in Clinton today to view this interesting collection of railroad items currently on display.