It was announced on the Yahoo Steam Era Freight Cars List today, that Martin Lofton passed away Jan. 4 of this year.
Martin was the owner of Sunshine Models and a well known author and freight car historian. He started the Naperville Prototype Modelers Seminars many years ago.
Today's announcement comes as a shock to most of the HO scale prototype modeling world. Martin's contributions to prototype modeling was immeasurable.
I had the privilege of getting to know the man a little. He was always pleasant and congenial.
Martin's wife Trisha, plans to attempt to continue keeping Sunshine models in operation for now. Only time will tell for that one.
My condolences go to the family.
Martin will be missed