The Reed's Family:

Steve Bovee - is owner of the shop along with his wife Sharon. They purchased the store in November 1997 with the goal of making it the best hobby shop in San Diego county.  Steve is a member of the La Mesa Model Railroad Club.

Charles McGill - has been with Reed's since 2006 and is in charge of new product purchases.  He is a member of the San Diego Model Railroad Association and is knowledgeable about DCC and does some decoder installations.

Scott Rhodes - has been with Reeds full time since 2013.  Scott is our book expert.  He is a member of the La Mesa Model Railroad Club and is very knowledgeable on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway in addition to the Disneyland Railroad.  Scott was the former owner of the Whistle Stop in Hillcrest. 

Dick Trotter - has been with the shop since the mid 80's. He is a HO and DCC expert.  His "Coyote Pass & Northern" has been running for several years now and hosts operation sessions on most Sunday evenings.

Ken Jones - has been assisting in the shop since 2008.  He spends his time here evaluating the value of collections and performing minor repairs on American Flyer and early Lionel trains..

Abby - has been assisting in the shop since 2009.  She is in charge of counter security and her hobbies are sleeping and looking cute. She is part poodle, part terrier but mostly she is an attention hound.

Our highly trained repair staff include:

John Clary - the "MTH" (Mike's Train House) specialist for the shop.  He has been doing MTH repairs for the shop since 2003.  John has recently completed the MTH Authorized Service Center class.

Jim Weatherford - aka "Mr. Lionel".  Jim has been a part of the Reed's family since 1982.  He is a well-known expert in the field of Lionel repairs and service.  He also repairs American Flyer and Marx.  For more on Jim, please go to his website at

Here are others that are part-time or former employees of Reeds.

Bruce Cameron - was the shop's day to day manager from 1997 until he retired in 2012. Bruce built the award-winning module that sits behind the counter. Bruce is also an accomplished jazz musician and plays gigs several nights a week.  More information on Bruce's musical side, go to

George Argerake - is knowledgeable in HO and On30 scales and has been working part-time at the store since 1999.

Kelvin Branom - has been at Reed's since 1999 and is our expert in N-scale, On30 as well as plastics.  He also has a strong knowledge of large scale models.  He is a member of International Plastics Modeler's Society (IPMS) and San Diego Garden Railway Society.

James Glaser - has been with Reeds since 2011 and does some DCC installations for the shop.