When it became apparent that the railroad was not the way for me to
go, I went on to technical school and became an Electronics technician.
This led to a apparently successful career of about thirty five years.
As the electronics business waned, I became fascinated by the computer.
After a stint as a programmer I eventually changed my career to
information services. I am now retired.
As a fourth generation CGW kind of guy, I went to work in the late sixties, as my father, his father,
and his father had done. The Tolstead family has been associated with
the Chicago Great Western Railroad/Railway since the turn of the 20th
century. Our work with the railroad continued from almost the beginning
of the line until the end.
As a child in the early fifties, for a time I lived near the Great
Weedy in Hayfield, Minnesota. Seeing the long freight trains and short
passenger trains sparked an interest in model railroading that
continued until we relocated in my Junior year of High School. During
my young adulthood I became too busy trying to make a living. When
middle age crept up on me, I once again had the time and inclination to
work with model trains. I currently own and operate a HO scale pike
that is loosely based on the CGW.