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Lee Riley of Bachmann Trains passed away

Published: March 7, 2016

Lee Riley, vice president of Product Development at Bachmann Trains, passed away Friday, March 4. This sad news came just days after Riley announced his retirement.

Richard Janyszek, Bachmann’s senior vice president of Sales and Marketing, expressed his grief over the sudden loss in a press release. "Lee devoted his life to the model-railroading industry and knew more than any person," said Janyszek. "Lee was an integral part of the Bachmann team for the past 29 years, and his contributions and wealth of knowledge have helped make the company what it is today. I have had the honor and privilege to work with Lee for the past 12 years, and I thank him for helping not only Bachmann, but me personally."

Lee started in the industry in 1967 as one of the original staff members for Pro Custom Hobbies in Catonsville, Md. He served in the Maryland Army National Guard during this time. Lee went on to work for Associated Hobby Manufacturers in Philadelphia from 1974 until coming to Bachmann in the early 1980s as Director of Product Development. He was named Bachmann’s VP of Product Development in 2006. During his long career, Lee also worked or consulted for GSB, Lionel, Life-Like Products, MDC, Model Power, TYCO, Westside Models and others.

"I know that Lee's legacy and the contributions that he has made to the model railroading industry will carry on even after his death," said Janyszek.