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Andy Sperandeo, former editor of Model Railroader magazine, passed away

Published: October 8, 2015

Andy Sperandeo, a long-time staff member at Model Railroader magazine, died Oct. 2 at the age of 70.

A native of New Orleans, Andy started working at Model Railroader in 1979 and was promoted to editor-in-chief in 1993. He later became executive editor, and upon his retirement became a contributing editor. Andy wrote hundreds of articles, columns and reviews for Model Railroader. Andy’s final column is on page 102 of the December issue. He also was the founding editor of Great Model Railroads. His column The Operators was popular among newer readers.

He was also the author of several books on model railroading, including Easy Model Railroad Wiring and The Model Railroader's Guide to Freight Yards.

Andy was always present at National Model Railroad Association conventions and was a long-time member of the Santa Fe Historical & Modeling Society. His wife, Arlene, often would join him at conventions, where he spoke as an authority on model railroad operations, steam locomotives and the Santa Fe Ry.

He had a master’s degree in English and was working on a doctorate degree at the University of Texas when he joined the Model Railroader staff.

Andy was a first-rate model builder, a diligent researcher and meticulous 

editor. He will be sorely missed.

Memorials, if so desired, may be made to Doctors without Borders or Habitat for Humanity.