Alan Arnold
Alan Arnold, CEO and Publisher

Alan Arnold joined the OGR team in July 2013 as our Advertising Sales Manager. On November 1, 2017 Alan took over the role of Publisher from Rich Melvin. He was also made a partner in the company. On September 1, 2018, Alan was appointed CEO of OGR Publishing, Inc.


Alan attended the University of Arkansas and graduated with degrees in architecture and secondary education. In the early 90’s, Alan obtained a Marketing Associate from Gannett. He held several positions with Gannett, including Television Advertising and Marketing Director for Reynolds Media, Executive Sales Director in radio sales for Gray Media/Malvern Entertainment, Sales Manager/Website Development for VisionAmp Marketing and was the Key Accounts Manager for Gannett.


Alan is an active O scale modeler, with a huge 3-rail layout.

Jim Barrett, Associate Editor
Jim Barrett, Partner

Jim Barrett worked as a design engineer for Kenner Toys and he also taught industrial design in high school. He began working with O gauge trains back in 1953, sitting at the right hand of repair techs in a Louisville train store learning what makes our trains “tick”. From this, he has built many professional train layouts over the years both for himself and for others.


In 1989, Jim started writing articles for a train journal. That writing lead him to discover O Gauge Railroading during one of his 56 trips to the York Pennsylvania TCA Train Meet.


In 2002, when OGR was purchased from former owner Myron Biggar, Jim became a partner in OGR Publishing, Inc.

Ed Boyle
Ed Boyle, Partner

Ed Boyle started his advertising/marketing career in the imported car business, working for Volkswagen of America and Porsche + Audi as a Regional Advertising Manager for New England.


In 1991 Ed started writing for OGR “just for fun” and wound up as a full time OGR staffer. In 2002, when OGR was purchased from Myron Biggar, Ed became a partner in OGR Publishing Inc.


Ed is our resident train collector who is in his words is, “…surrounded by a sea of O gauge operators.” Ed is fascinated by both the history and the technological developments of toy trains, and that curiosity is reflected in his “Collector’s Gallery” columns and other feature stories he writes for OGR.

Allan Miller
Allan Miller, Editor-in-Chief

Allan Miller joined the OGR staff in October 2007, after having retired as Senior Editor for News and Information at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.


Allan is a career journalist with extensive experience as a military information officer, combat photojournalist, newspaper photo and graphics editor, university level journalism educator, and managing editor with several major publishers. He is the author of four model railroading books and has edited some 100 books on diverse subjects relating to hobbies, collectibles, and antiques. His hands-on experience in the model railroading hobby is equally diverse, with prior or current involvement in Z, N, HO, O, On30, and G scales. Allan’s O gauge interests focus on the prototype Alaska Railroad, U.S. Army Transportation Corps railroading, and various trolley and traction lines.


Allan’s other major activities include volunteer work at a local animal shelter, growing a collection of Henry firearms, and serving as a director with his homeowners association. He is a Life Member of the National Model Railroad Association and is an active member of the Train Collectors Association.

Derek Thomas
Derek Thomas, Social Media Manager

Derek Thomas began working for OGR in September 2013, as our Social Media Manager. In 2007 Derek graduated from Olivet Nazarene University, with a degree in communications with a minor in business.


Starting in 2010, Derek began working full time at Stout Auctions, the leading toy train auction house in the country. Having a background in radio broadcasting allowed Derek to start Notch 6, in February 2013. Notch 6 is a successful podcast, an online radio show, dedicated to O Gauge trains. Shortly after starting the podcast, Derek launched The Madison Poster Company. Madison Poster creates tribute posters to classic Lionel dealer art.


He lives in Lafayette, Indiana with his wife: Christy, son: Henry and their puppy Hemi.