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Bill Jewett

Bill Jewett Award

Who Was Bill Jewett?

Bill Jewett was a long time OPSIG member and an avid operator, and especially a gracious and kind friend to anyone who showed an interest in trains and operations. He revived the OPSIG in 1997 and ran it for almost ten years, not only constantly promoting the organization and organizing sessions and events, but also editing and producing our journal, The Dispatcher's Office. Many of us who joined the group back then came to know Bill, and in fact joined up as a result of his infectious enthusiasm and promotion of the art of model railroad operations. He was Mr. OPSIG for so many years.

Bill passed away unexpectedly on January 1st of 2006. His train collection was sold and the proceeds were used, at the request of his family, to start the Bill Jewett Memorial Fund, which supports the Bill Jewett Award. The award is given annually to the individual who promotes and contributes the most to OPSIG, Inc., and its stated goals of promoting the art of prototype model railroad operations.

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