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There will be a show recorded Saturday, August 2nd at 8pm Pacific US/11pm Eastern US.
To Participate: The show is recorded on Skype. Please download Skype, check out the Participate page and add tom.barbalet on Skype.

Call Tom on Skype during the show time and he will add you to the call.

Model Rail Radio consistently provides the best model railroading content. It is a show without advertisers or sponsors where the listeners create the content. A simple formula that has seen the show grow rapidly into the Number One model rail podcast in terms of listeners (156,000+ and rising), hours of content produced per month (9 hours plus) and numbers of guests on the show (typically 14 or more).

It is an open format where anyone can participate. The big names in model railroading call in to talk to regular folks and people who are quickly emerging as new greats in the hobby.

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Model Rail Radio #91: Caviar [June 14, 2014]


Tom and John Garaty discuss some structure building on John's famous layout. Tom provides his condolences to Jim Gifford and his crew. Jim's layout has been officially launched. Jim's friend Peter Rees introduces his layout. Stephen Arnold has been learning new things through working with Stephen Priest. Ralph DeBlasi is considering structures to build. Barry Silverthorn and Tom explore what at the NMRA National will be filmed. Marty has been laying grass and backdrop painting. Clark represents the NMRA once again. Ron Klaiss talks about Father's Day and the hobby. Peter Burr's been off the show for a while but he has a lot to provide in an update. Chris Abbott talks flea market live steam. Lionel Strang breaks the new top secret reality TV show and Tom is changing his Facebook interaction. Anders calls in to give Lionel some tips on comedic timing.

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   John Garaty
   Jim Gifford
   Peter Rees
   Stephen Arnold
   Ralph DeBlasi
   Barry Silverthorn
   Marty McGuirk
   Clark Kooning
   Ron Klaiss
   Peter Burr
   Chris Abbott
   Lionel Strang
   Anders Wirten
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 3:58:25

Model Rail Radio #90: Professor Pairings [May 24, 2014]


Chris and Tom rap about the Great British Train Show. There is breaking news from Jim Gifford. Richard Kowalski calls in to introduce his layout and his philosophy on layout design. Malcolm provides a layout update and it features fish. The Professor (somewhat choppy) and Ron Klaiss explore narrow-gauge. Peter Stempel provides some Martian banter and a move. Tim provides some discussion on the future of the hobby with the Professor. Fred and the Professor have a chance to chat. Niel Wilson calls in to introduce his South African layout. Matthew calls back to talk about his new house and his train room. Jeff gives an update on a section of his club that has been out-of-service for four years. Mike Deverell discusses his new layout. Murray's decided to cut back on structures. Lionel raps with Murray. Tom encourages Mike and Lionel to explore ripping out a layout. Mike and James Rindt have been rail-fanning. Tom Cutting calls in to give an update. Toni Ryan has been working on the hobby through the show. Editor's Note: This show is dedicated to Pam Shields. The show was recorded prior to her passing and there is some discussion through the show about her trip with Ros to the US.

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   Chris Abbott
   Jim Gifford
   Richard Kowalski
   Malcolm Johnson
   John 'Prof Klyzlr' Dimitrievich
   Ron Klaiss
   Peter Stempel
   Tim Harrison
   Mike Slater
   Fred Van Dorpe
   Niel Wilson
   Matthew Clendenen
   Jeff Shockley
   Mike Deverell
   Murray Scholz
   Lionel Strang
   James Rindt
   Tom Cutting
   Toni Ryan
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 3:39:09

Model Rail Radio #89: the JLow Show [April 26, 2014]


Andy Dixson has a layout update. Will more trees have to die for this layout? Time will tell. Jimmy Low introduces his model railroading interests. Will Merrell provides a blueprint for a successful NTrak club in particular working through a busy show season. Will and Jim Lincoln answer some questions from Jimmy Low. Winston Norton has been working on a module for the Great British Train Show and is exploring a new scale. Winston has a question for Tom. Anders Wirten provides an update on his plans. Sven Frank answers some pressing questions. Mike Deverell has broken records in layout removal. Brace yourself for this discussion. Toni Ryan is similarly stunned but he stands by Mike.

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   Andy Dixson
   Jimmy Low
   Will Merrell
   Jim Lincoln
   Winston Norton
   Anders Wirten
   Sven Frank
   Mike Deverell
   Toni Ryan
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 2:19:02

Model Rail Radio #88: Closet Layouts [April 12, 2014]


Tom shares some good news. Jim Lincoln and Terry Terrance chat about two rail O scale and P48 (Groundhog Day?). They also discuss their recent 3d printing projects. Ben provides some rail-fanning and model rail product updates. Sven Frank talks about his layout entry in the Garage Layout contest and also an HO layout he is working on. James Scorse introduces his O scale layout and a DCC company he runs, North Coast Engineering. What rate is the hobby growing? The answer will amaze you. Ron Klaiss provides a much anticipated layout update. Tom has some additional questions for Seth Gartner since he was last on about his layout. Georgie Li introduces his model rail and his rail-fanning interests. Terry Gaskin has broken Shapeways and Jim Lincoln is ecstatic. Jim Gore is now an official MMR and he is also a virtual clinician. Clark Kooning thinks virtual clinics are already a precedent for vast NMRA divisions. Mike Slater gives an update. Mike and Lionel Strang give some editorial discussion associated with the Garage Layout design contest and Tom announces the winner and runners up. The crew welcomes back Jeff Shockley. Jeff talks about the Model Rail Scout Merit badge. Jim Rindt provides a company update.

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   Jim Rindt
   Jeff Shockley
   Lionel Strang
   Mike Slater
   Clark Kooning
   Jim Gore
   Terry Gaskin
   Georgie Li
   Seth Gartner
   Ron Klaiss
   James Scorse
   Sven Frank
   Ben "Mikado Otter"
   Jim Lincoln
   Terry Terrance
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 3:18:23

Model Rail Radio #87: Non-P48 O-Scale Mikado to the Head [March 1, 2014]


Jim Lincoln and Terry Terrance gather for the much anticipated two-rail-O-scale should be more like Proto-48 discussion. Terry and Jim then discuss their respective projects. Ben talks about a train show he attended. Ben also talks about some new products and some old products that have appeared on his radar recently. Dave Falkenburg explores how crazy you need to get to get extra detail in aqua-marine N-scale. What have serial killers got to do with David Karkoski's layout? Matt Goodman talks lighting, videos of other folks layouts and the NMRA national. Chris Harker has been living vicariously through the podcast and talks about traveling with a layout. Mike Slater joins the conversation on module/layout combinations. Lionel discusses some techniques from his layout. Bruce Wilson provides archivist information on Lionel's layout and he may actually be starting the much anticipated WWI layout. Jim Lamagdeleine introduces his two layouts. Mike Slater provides a model railroading update. Guy Mason has some train show updates. Seth Gartner describes his layout and friends layout where he operates periodically. Jim Walsh provides a quick update. Lionel and Tom wrap up the show.

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   Jim Lincoln (and friends)
   Terry Terrance
   Ben "Mikado Otter"
   Dave Falkenburg
   David Karkoski
   Matt Goodman
   Chris Harker
   Mike Slater
   Lionel Strang
   Bruce Wilson
   Jim Lamagdeleine
   Guy Mason
   Seth Gartner
   Jim Walsh
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 3:17:20

Model Rail Radio #86: Coupler in the Snow [February 15, 2014]


Cesar Luna calls in for the first time to discuss multifaceted layouts he is planning in O and HO. Terry Terrance and Cesar talk about using video monitors providing movement in your layout. Chris Abbott jumps in to talk about collecting in the hobby. Cesar and Tom also rap on Mexican railroads. Dave Frary and Bill Sartore call in to discuss LEDs in a variety of sizes. Dave talks about the best way to cook lobster and George Sellios' retirement. Ben aka Mikado Otter introduces his layout and his model railroading interests. Ben and Fred rap on the Illinois Railway Museum. George Sinos and Chris discuss how sound can force people to operate at more prototypical speeds. Rich Murphy provides an introduction to his layout and has recently become the president of the Silicon Valley Line. Dave talks about creating a different kind of NMRA regional and talks about his exploration of rail marine. Bob Richard gives a much anticipated update. Potty mouth Jim Lincoln brings more of his old religion on the show. Stay tuned for the show down in the upcoming episode. Jim Gore has been tutoring his paper structure building techniques.

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   Cesar Luna
   Terry Terrance
   Chris Abbott
   Dave Frary
   Bill Sartore
   Ben "Mikado Otter"
   Fred Van Dorpe
   George Sinos
   Rich Murphy
   Dave Falkenburg
   Jim Lincoln
   Jim Gore
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 3:11:23

Model Rail Radio #85: Half Past Midnight [February 8, 2014]


Mike Slater and Chris Abbott join Tom talking about what has happened to Atlas track: in particular N scale track. Murray also contributes to the track discussion and then provides a layout update. Stephen Arnold has been hanging out with former guest, Stephen Priest, who is building an interesting layout. Peter Burr is a little perplexed now he has some more space on his layout. Toni Ryan dispels some myths about hand-laid track and turnouts. Jason Reis provides a life and a club update. Fred Van Dorpe introduces his model railroading interests and talks about his local club and other clubs in his area. Fred also raise the topic of cyber-bullying in the rail-fanning community. Terry Gaskin has been putting rivets on girders but he hasn't counted any as yet. Peter Stempel has been enjoying doing test printing with his 3d printer. Producing benchwork at speed has been Andy Dixson's recent model railroading experience. Dan Pickard provides some updates including a local weather report and some projection for the near future. Peter Little is planning multiple layouts in the same space.

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   Mike Slater
   Chris Abbott
   Lionel Strang
   Murray Scholz
   Stephen Arnold
   Peter Burr
   Toni Ryan
   Jason Reis
   Fred Van Dorpe
   Terry Gaskin
   Peter Stempel
   Andy Dixson
   Dan Pickard
   Peter Little
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 3:21:36

Model Rail Radio #84: The Peanut Butter and BriteBoy Incident [January 18, 2014]


New caller Jim Walsh introduces his model railroading interests. David Karkoski is working on a new copper-mining layout. Matthew Clendenen has been getting into the hobby very rapidly. Tom provides a little family legal work for the Rindts. Clark Kooning thinks people should just try model railroading. Ed Novit provides an update on his Model Rail Radio get-together and some sound advice for grandfathers who want to utilize varying degrees of grandchild labor. Bernie Kempinski provides an overview of his new book associated with mixing military modeling with model rail. Bruce Wilson has some questions for Bernie. Tom and Bernie also talk about corn fields in N scale amongst other things. Marty provides some interesting tales from an NMRA op session. Lionel has some wisdom to provide on the topic. Tom reminds listeners that the garage layout contest is still on.

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   Jim Walsh
   David Karkoski
   Matthew Clendenen
   Peter Burr
   Ted Picraux
   Peter Rindt
   James Rindt
   Clark Kooning
   Ed Novit
   Mike Slater
   Bernie Kempinski
   Bruce Wilson
   Marty McGuirk
   Lionel Strang
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 3:52:05