>>>NMRA South Mountain Division (SMD) lost its Superintendent, Paul Rausch, SGM, U.S.
Army (retired), 70, of Fairway Oaks, Fayetteville, PA to complications following heart surgery
on Thursday, March 9, 2017.
An NMRA member since 2002, Paul was serving his third consecutive term as
superintendent. He was also a charter member of the Waynesboro (PA) Model Railroad Club,
where he was both a treasurer and president.
Longtime friend and SMD member Mike Toms has known Paul since the beginnings of the
Waynesboro Model Railroad Club in 1990. Mike reminisced about a time when the club
operated modules at public events.
“Trains kept uncoupling on Paul's module, Rausch Junction, but no one could figure out the
cause. Then Paul, rather sheepishly, wondered out loud if it could be caused by the Kadee
magnet he had buried under the main just before a turnout. Paul received quite a bit of
ribbing over that, but he was always able to give as good as he got when it came to good-
In addition to his involvement with the club and NMRA, Rausch built several basement sized
layouts over the years. His last pike was a 30’ x 50’ point-to-point, walk-in and around style.
Growing up on a farm outside of Jenera, OH, Paul used his attachment to the area for his
proto-freelanced Ohio Northern. His concept was based on the old Akron, Canton, and
Youngstown Railroad (AC&Y), to be set in 1999, operating as a modern connecting short line.
This recent layout was in an early construction phase, being built to operate under track
warrant train movement including the use of car cards.
South Mountain Division advisory committee member Don Florwick recalls that Paul was a
quiet yet motivating force. Like the career Sergeant Major he was, his council was gentle,
focused, and accurate, with a never waning enthusiasm.
“I could always hear his calm voice saying, “come on fellows, let’s get this done”,
remembers Florwick, adding, “Paul never called attention to himself, but his encouragement
and presence will be missed by all of us.” Mike Toms echoed Florwick's sentiments, as did
Paul's many friends who gathered for fellowship following the funeral in March.<<<