Neil H. Underhill had a career with the county for almost 22 years. He loved Irvine Regional Park almost as much as he loved Trains. As a young boy, Neil loved trains which stuck with him all the way til the end. It was a hobby that did not just end with collecting memoriabilia. Neil traveled cross country as well as across the world to ride trains, take pictures or just watch the passing of locomotives.
Neil Underhill was a cherished friend to the Irvine Park Railroad. He was very welcoming and helpful in bringing the Irvine Park Railroad to life. Neil was instrumental in making the Irvine Park Railroad come to be. After Neil passed away from Non-Hogkins Lymphoma, it seemed like a natural thing to re-name the train in his honor.
On March 4th, 2003 the Irvine Park Railroad locomotive was re-named the "N.H. Underhill" in loving memory of our friend and train enthusiast.