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A man whose hobbies were so numerous he needed to work at a hobby shop, Andre “Andy” Anderson of Portland, Ore., loved trains so much he worked for a tourist railroad and played with small-scale live steam engines.

Anderson died in his sleep July 30, 2015, at age 56 from a heart attack; he is survived by his wife of 29 years, Barbara, and two sisters.

Steamer Andy: Anderson at Staver Locomotive in 2014. Photo by Harlan Chinn.

The owner/operator of a semi-truck for 15 years with no accidents, Anderson also worked at Tammies Hobbies in Beaverton, Ore. “He could get you what you wanted at a good price,” said his friend, live steamer Ron Bacon. Additionally, Anderson worked for the tourist railway, the Connecticut Valley Railroad of Essex, Conn., was the operator of a hot-air balloon and piloted radio-controlled model airplanes.

Anderson was an active member of the Rose City Garden Railway Society in Portland and was in charge of setting up and breaking down the group’s modular display for public showings, such as the Expo Train shows. Anderson also helped out at Staver Locomotive in Portland and was always a participant in the twice-yearly steamups.

“Andy loved to tell his stories of his truck-driving adventures and working for the railroad,” said Ron. “He was liked by all that knew him. We have lost such a good friend of our hobby and he will be missed by everyone who knew him.”