Edward McCamey was a longtime railfan and modeler who became active in the Live Steam Hobby later in life.
Ed purchased and restored the FA1 Mechanical Green Monster in 2007. He frequently attended meetings in Texas, running the now yellow FA1 in "Coslar RR" livery.
Ed McCamey was heavily involved in the Proto:87 standards and served on the committed for a number of years, and by 2013 was serving as manager for NMRA Track and Wheel Standards.
- Here is Ed McCamey inspecting a three-way stub switch at the California State Railway Msuseum. Ed is the Standards and Conformance chair for the NMRA, and really the man who is responsible for the NMRA’s proto:scale standards, including Proto:87. He and I have shared a room at a number of conventions, and I hope his health improves so I see him at some future gatherings of Proto:87 folks. We’ve had plenty of laughs over the past twenty (yes, Ed, twenty!) years, and while the photo is not much of a keeper, the memories and the friendship truly are.
From Max Slayton Funerals:
- Ed McCamey, of Wills Point, Texas, passed away on the evening of November 16, 2017. Ed was born August 19, 1946 in Bethesda, MD to Clifford and Phyllis (Aldrich) McCamey, both of whom preceded him in death.
- Ed grew up in the Dallas area and was a 1964 graduate of Bryan Adams High School and graduated from UT-Dallas with a degree in anthropology. He served honorably in the US Army having been stationed in Europe and achieving the rank of Captain. He was a member of the Toastmasters International for over 46 years as well as Southwest LiveSteam. Ed was a longtime and very active member of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Terrell where his devotion to his Lord was evident in his service to the church serving on the Vestry as Senior Warden. He had a love of life and was known for his many and varied interests and hobbies with a special fondness for model trains. Ed also traveled abroad doing research for the National Science Foundation in places like Nepal and South America where he demonstrated and increased his knowledge of anthropology as he studied primitive cultures and their ways of life. Believing that each day was a gift from the Lord and a chance to learn more, Ed leaves a legacy of unconditional love for his family that they will treasure always until they are reunited again.
Here is a short autobiography from Ed's early website.
- NMRA member 097289. Lone Star Region 019, LSR Parliamentarian. Member and active participant in Proto87 SIG, DCC SIG, and Layout Design SIG. Member of Southwestern Live Steamers. Scale model railroader since 1961. Member of Dallas Model Railroad Club 1961 - 1964, Charter Member of East Dallas Model Railroaders, Member of East Texas Model Railroad Club, Inc. 1989 to present. Member of Newton Junction Model Railroad Club in Haverhill, MA 1997-1998.
- Primary modeling scale of HO with some HOn3 and a dual gage interchange. Dedicated to fine and exact scale standards. Standard HO is constructed to RP-3 and RP-4 specifications. Proto:87 efforts are to exact scale construction with emphasis on operational capabilities.
- Also active in live steam with a 7-1/2" gage FA1 and an under-construction live steamer of a D&RGW C-19 2-8-0 in 2-1/2" scale.
- YES! By June of 2003 I've lost my handlebar mustache! It's called "modern maturity".
- Now serving as coordinator to the NMRA Proto:Scales committee and assembling the "Tech Notes (Proto)" addendum to the NMRA proposed standards which now proposes Proto:Scales as standards. (See the NMRA web site for the public proposal documents). All modelers and SIGs involved with and concerned with the proper promulgation of Proto:XX dimensions and 'practical' operational compatibiltiy requirements for Proto:Scale modeling are invited to particpate in review and comment of the "Tech Notes (Proto)" to the proposed NMRA Sx.1 standards.
- Now serving as manager for NMRA Track and Wheel Standards.