THE GOLDEN ROLL


| March/April 1989



ROY H. JOHNSON of Chagrin Falls, Ohio passed away November 18, 1988 following a long history of heart problems.

Roy was born into a Winnipeg, Manitoba railroad family. He was always interested in model building and steam engines--two interests he brought together in a life long hobby of building model steam engines.

Roy's first model locomotives were 0-gauge electric trains. At the time of his death, Roy was building a ?' 4-4-0 American 'Virginia'. His most well known achievement was his ?' live steam model of the 'Timken,' the 4-8-4 American Locomotive Co. Engine originally built in 1930. The McKinley Museum in Canton, Ohio now has the model of 'The Four Aces', as she is better known, on permanent display.

Roy Johnson was the man who first introduced me to steam engines as well as the machine shop arts when I was a teenager.

He was always around to help anyone with a steam engine problem, be it tips on how to make a part, how to time an engine, or whatever.

Roy is survived by his wife Nouritza of Chagrin Falls and by numerous family members and friends in the U.S. and Canada. Steamers everywhere mourn his passing.