Derek Thomas has been a toy train enthusiast since the age of three. He received his first O gauge Lionel set in 1992 at the age of eight. Since that time his O gauge collection and knowledge of the industry have continued to grow. In 2007 Derek graduated from Olivet Nazarene University, with a degree in communications with a minor in business.
Having a background in radio broadcasting allowed Derek to start the Notch 6 podcast, in February 2013. Shortly after starting the podcast, Derek launched The Madison Poster Company. Madison Poster creates tribute posters to classic Lionel dealer art. Since 2010 Derek has worked with industry contacts including TM Books and Video, The Lionel Collectors Club of America, O Gauge Railroading Magazine, and Stout Auctions.
He lives in Lafayette, Indiana with his wife: Christy, sons: Henry and Charlie and their dog Hemi.