Alan Arnold
Alan Arnold
Partner, 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.

Ed Boyle
Ed Boyle
Partner and Collector's Gallery Editor

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
Partner and 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.

Dave Minarik
Dave Minarik
Team Track Editor

Dave Minarik joined the OGR staff in January 2021.

Dave's work has appeared in the pages of OGR many times. A photo of his home layout first appeared on the cover of OGR Run 234, our February/March 2009 issue. That layout, which models Pennsylvania’s Union Railroad, was also documented in depth as our cover feature for Run 249 (April/May 2011), and it is also featured in the OGR Great Layout Adventures Vol. 12 video. And his Mercer Junction Train Shoppe store layout was the cover feature for Run 257 (June/July 2012). Always a firm believer that no layout is ever really finished, Dave’s large home layout has been extensively updated since 2011.

In addition to being a talented model railroader, Dave also operated a retail train store called Mercer Junction, in Mercer, Pennsylvania. Dave closed the shop at the end of 2020, in part due to the impact the COVID-19 crisis had on many businesses, and also due to the impending closure of MTH Electric Trains. Mercer Junction was, to a significant degree, primarily an MTH dealer.

OGR is delighted to have Dave aboard as an Associate Editor for our new Team Track column.

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.