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HMA’s MRID Council honors awards recipients

Published: July 22, 2016
The 2016 recipients of the Hall of Fame and Bobbye Hall Awards received their recognition plaques from the HMA’s Model Railroad Industry Division (MRID) Council on July 10. The ceremony was held during the division’s membership meeting at the National Model Railroad Association’s National Train Show in Indianapolis.

Jarrette Ireland, acting president of the MRID and manager of sales and support at Soundtraxx, presided over the meeting and distributed the awards.

Hall of Fame awards
The first award was given to Jerry Williams, who founded Williams Reproductions Limited in 1971. The company replicated rare Lionel and Ives items.

In the 1980s, Williams introduced many of the first 3-rail models including the Big Boy, Challenger, N&W 611, Camelback and Cab Forward. This is considered to be the birth of “hi-rail” for the 3-rail track.

Williams next endeavor was the development of models of diesels, passenger cars, rolling stock and the expansion of his “Golden Memories” line.


The second award was given posthumously to Brian Ellerby, who started Evergreen Scale Models in the mid-1960s. Today, Evergreen is the world’s largest producer of styrene plastic items.

Ellerby also wrote articles about his home layout for various model-railroad publications.

He passed away in 2010.

Bobbye Hall Award

Samuel Clarke received the Bobby Hall Award for his 21-year work with Kadee Quality Products. He is known as “Sam the Answer Man” because of the expert advice he gives to the model-railroading industry.
He holds clinics and attends local, regional and national shows as an advocate for the hobby.