Greg Arnold “Arnie” was born North Dakota but grew up in Garden Grove and attended Westminster High. He worked for the Pacific Bell and AT&T as a personnel manager for 10 years before deciding he wanted to be his own boss. In 1984 Greg took a management buy out from the Bell System and found himself very busy with making store improvements and bringing Arnie’s Trains to where it is today. Greg’s hobbies include golfing, gardening, traveling with his wife Denise and collecting Franklins. Several years back Greg and Denise purchased land on the Big Island of Hawaii. Each year they go to Hawaii and work on the land planting trees, shrubs and building trails.Greg’s Grand Father and Father worked for many years on the Plains of North Dakota for the Great Northern Railroad. Greg has a deep appreciation for the railroads of this country and the people who built and worked on them.
Matt Haynes was hired by Greg in 1997 while attending Huntington Beach HS. Matt continued working at Arnie’s part-time while enrolled at CSULB until 2006 when he completed his Bachelor’s in accounting. Matt worked at a big accounting firm for 2 years and continued to stay in touch with Greg. Arnie’s Trains was really kicking well and Greg needed a full time guy to help with the work load. Greg offered Matt full time employment with an ownership offer to leave the accounting field. In 2008, Matt returned to Arnie’s Trains and pushed for a well needed re-model which was completed by the end of the summer. In 2009, Matt became an owner and continues to help change Arnie’s into the premier train store in So. Cal.
Matt started off in O gauge, mostly modeling Scale Amtrak equipment from all O gauge manufactures. He specializes in MTH DCS and has an extensive knowledge on MTH and Lionel products. After realizing that O gauge was too big, he switched to N Scale and still models Amtrak equipment, including some very rare brass California Amtrak sets.
Rocky has been with Arnie’s since 2007. He specializes in N scale mostly modeling all passenger roads, streamlines and heavyweights and has been known to run a few freight. His favorite roads are SP and PRR. Rocky is part of the local N scale club, East Valley Lines in Travel Town and has been a member for 10 years, 3 years as Secretary and 2 years as President. Rocky is very helpful with coupler conversations, custom paint, and custom cars. Before joining the Arnie’s team, he worked at Prestige Hobbies for 6 years. Rocky has been married to his wife Julie for 32 years and has three daughters and one son along with seven grandchildren.
Terry Williams has been with Arnie’s Trains for many years and is one of the utmost authorities on the history of model HO trains and has been a train collector since the 1950’s. His knowledge of the industry has helped many customers in rebuilding their vintage model trains.
Dave has been working for Arnie’s since 1993 as our repair man for all gauges and types of trains. Dave has 53 years of model railroad experience and for several years worked in the Athearn Repair Department. Dave models HO scale, mostly Union Pacific equipment. Dave has won many awards for top model painting and building. Dave is nationally recognized as one of the formost authorities on model trains. Because of Dave’s highly secretive background in Black Ops and Covert operations around the world, he did not want his photo taken for identification purposes.
Kevin started working at Arnie’s in 2009 and has been a great addition to the Arnie’s Team. Kevin has been a customer of Arnies for many years and models HO trains. He is currenty working on our HO layout at the store and is very knowledgeable with Woodland Scenics products. He also is our Store Manager and DCC technician. He can install sound and digital control into various models. Kevin is also a SoundTraxx Certified Installer.
James recently started working with Arnie’s this summer and has been a great addition to our team. James brings a great knowledge of east coast railroading and short lines from the west coast to the east. He is currently helping Kevin work on our HO scale and N scale layout. James models HO scale.