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Miles Herman

About Me

The history of railroads and train travel fascinates me. At college, I majored in History, minored in Art History, and for my thesis, I wrote about how different gauge sizes and gauge breaks impacted railway development in Britain, India, Japan and Manchuria. My real passion is U.S. railroad history and the glory days of passenger travel in the 19th and 20th centuries. Trains are what used to connect America, from large cities to small towns. Yes, steam engines were terrible for the environment, but I still fantasize about travelling back in time to watch my favorite engines thunder across the country with smoke billowing from their funnels. Luckily, dreams don’t have a carbon footprint.


On a personal note, I’m a Korean adoptee who was raised in Florida and now live in Upstate New York. I was diagnosed with ADHD as a preschooler, but my parents discovered that swimming and anything train-related calmed me down and helped me focus. So, no surprise that I became a competitive swimmer and railfan. When I’m not proudly nerding out over trains, I’m often writing or working on my train layout. I also enjoy gaming, anime & manga, photography, and pickleball.

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