Bill Wischer announced his retirement from Wm. K. Walthers Inc. after 44 years of service. Bill’s last day will be Feb. 24, but he will continue to provide insight, experience and assistance in a consulting role.
Bill has held a variety of positions at Walthers. As purchasing manager, he established lasting friendships with owners and employees of hundreds of different model railroad manufacturers, who are still Walthers suppliers today.
Bill later put his many talents to work in new product development, assisting with the acquisition of the Train Miniature and Life-Like product lines, and overseeing their return to production as Walthers products. In addition, many of Walthers’ best-known models were introduced under Bill’s guidance, including the HO airslide covered hopper in 1986, the first HO-scale H10-44 locomotives in 1991, the first Cornerstone Series structures in 1989, Walthers’ first plastic passenger cars in 2004, the code 83 track line, the new DCC turntables and many more.
"Bill’s many contributions over these past four decades have had a tremendous impact on the growth and expansion of the hobby,“ said Phil Walthers, CEO of Wm. K. Walthers Inc. “We’ll miss Bill, he’s truly one-of-a-kind, and you can bet we haven’t seen the last of his product suggestions and ideas!“
With a life-long interest in both trains and aviation, Bill will have no trouble staying busy in retirement. He plans to work on his HO-scale models and a live steam locomotive.