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Randi and Leo with Brian and Jill
Jill and Brian (back row - B.E.S.T.) with Randi and Leo (Crow River)


Leo was one of the first to use plaster as a material for Model Railroad kits. Growing up with a father who was a dental technician, and having access to plaster he figured there was a lot more interesting things to be done with plaster than making impressions of teeth. In 1982 with the hope of earning a little extra money for "toys" he designed and manufactured his first kit. He thought he would go to a few train shows, sell a few kits and have a little extra money to expand his own layout. It had never occurred to him that dealers would be interested in buying his kits.

Much to his surprise he had to start actually "working" to keep up with the orders that were coming in. With a background as a machinist he did his own pattern work but farmed out the metal casting. In 1984 he took the plunge and bought a used spin-casting machine. He was now a "real " manufacturer.

Now that he had his own casting machine he started doing pattern work and metal casting for other manufacturers. He was so successful that in 1989 he decided to throttle back and "get a life". He sold the rights to his line of kits to the "Hobby Gallery" in Wolcott, Ct. The most popular being the New Haven Railroad Woodlawn Tower. These kits our still available from the Hobby Gallery. (www.hobbygallery.com). He did however continue with the subcontract work.

"Getting a life" included marrying Randi in 1991. As a real bonus she took over the metal casting and the business started expanding again. In 1993 they decided to go back into the kit business. In no time at all running the business and casting became a full time job for her. In August of 1997 Leo was able to retire from his full-time job, and rescued Randi from a very full workload. What started as a means to a little extra spending money has turned into a full-time job for both of them.

Everything at Crow River, with the exception of a few Grandt Line parts and some Laser cutting by Brian Bollinger is done in house. Leo does all his own designing and mold making for resin pieces and pewter detail parts. Leo does the resin casting, while Randi does the metal casting, and everything else it takes to get you the finished product.

When not working on a new Crow River "Product" Leo enjoys building working steam, and gas engines. His ultimate goal is to someday have a steam launch (you know - like the African Queen) powered by a steam engine he built. He also plays the guitar and has built a few of those in his spare time. Randi, when not slaving over a hot melting pot spends time working on, and decorating there 1953 Cape Cod style New England home. She also does ordinary things like reading, knitting and gardening. She thinks one crazed lunatic in the house is enough.

Leo and Randi Terrien





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