PAUL CUTLER III
grew up with model trains in his basement (didn’t everyone?). As a second generation model railroader & railfan, he’s been involved in the hobby since birth. At 15 he talked his father, Paul, Jr., into joining the South Shore Model Railway Club in Hingham, Massachusetts just so Paul III could be a junior member. Paul has since risen through the ranks and is the Operations Chairman, Layout Design Chairman, and Registration Chairman for the club. In 1990, father and son joined the New Haven Railroad Historical & Technical Association, and year-by-year the younger Paul has been drawn in deeper into the New Haven’s clutches. It started with volunteering to staff train show tables for the group. Now Paul is in charge of all NHRHTA train show appearances, the production guru of their quarterly historical magazine the Shoreliner, and editor of the group's bi-annual modeling & current events magazine, The SpeedWitch
. He probably (probably? more like definitely) knows way too much about the New Haven and not nearly enough about everything else.
Paul lives half-way between Boston, Mass. and Providence, Rhode Island in his grandparents 1890 farmhouse. As a born & bred New Englander, he’s liable to describe things as “wicked” while dropping or adding an “R” to words in the strangest places. Naturally, Paul is a Patriots, Red Sox, Bruins, and Celtics fan, which makes for interesting times with the rest of the Rapido team when talk turns to sports (Boston: 20 years, 12 titles, do the math).
Before becoming an “official” Rapido team member, Paul worked for many years on the NHRHTA’s behalf as an expert for a number of manufacturers making NH products. He got that gig due to a friend at the railway club who worked in the hobby and needed a New Haven expert from time to time. Paul's first major contribution to Rapido was working on the FL9 project and making Bill tear his hair out (“Sorry, Bill!" Notice the quotations - he's not really sorry). Since joining up in the Spring of 2021, he’s been able to be just as nit-picky with other railroads as long as he has enough quality pictures to compare with. He loves his job at Rapido as he gets to point out everything that’s been done wrong and doesn’t have to figure out how to fix it.
Hair comment: Hasn’t shaved his face since 1994 and has so much hair that he’s been frequently compared to Grizzly Adams. None of us really are sure what he looks like under there. Are we thinking naked mole rat?