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Show Number 126 - September 24, 2016, 10am-noon Pacific US, 1pm-3pm Eastern US, 6-8pm UK


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Model Rail Radio #124: Dazed and Confused [August 13, 2016]

Mashall Stull returns to talk about his new module layout featuring a ferry. David Rees has added consisting to Blue Rail. Malcolm Johnson has updated his layout in small portions and offers some insight into the contentious issue of tree sizes. Glenn Joppich met Tom at Grand Rails and provides an introduction to his model railroading hobby and local crew. Mike Slater talks about Lionel's new HO offering. Jamie Fenton describes a recent MRR visit and has updated the layout. Jennifer Stanberry describes her work on the layout too. Tom announces that 150 will be a big show like 100. Bruce Kelly provides a multi-part update.

   Mashall Stull
   David Rees
   Malcolm Johnson
   Glenn Joppich
   Mike Slater
   Jamie Fenton
   Jennifer Stanberry
   Bruce Kelly
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:31:46

Model Rail Radio #123: Return of the Unicorn [July 23, 2016]

Craig Bisgeier has been part of the Jim and Ros Tour, he also provides updates on the Housatonic, Here-To-There and the Model Railcast Show. Anders needs an alternative to modeling clay and Jim Gore has such an alternative. Jim provides an update on his experiences at the National Convention in Indiana and trying to find a historical figure. Toni Ryan has been building a substantial module. Stuart Baker gives an OpenLCB National Convention update. Simon Hill has been varnishing a locomotive, gives a review of the Slo-Mo and talks with Tom about servos for live steam. Ken Jackson introduces his full-size narrow-gauge layout and building a steam locomotive. Martin Coombs has attended a show with Ken.

   Craig Bisgeier
   Anders Wirten
   Jim Gore
   Toni Ryan
   Stuart Baker
   Simon Hill
   Ken Jackson
   Martin Coombs
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:33:34

Model Rail Radio #122: Meeting the Unicorn [July 2, 2016]

Gregory Baker has built an impressive module club in just a year. Ralph DeBlasi is bracing himself for Australians. Morgan Pavia is kitting for his layout. Jim Walsh has been exploring fiber optics for his layout and invites Tom to New Jersey in 2018. Seth Gartner is back from Australia and has people coming to operate. Malcolm Johnson has moved his layout to a classic 1950s donut formation. Mike Slater provides a much needed update. Andy Dorsch is working on his first module. Jim Borcz got to meet a Model Rail Radio celebrity and will be attending a live steam convention. Ron Klaiss is a prime candidate for a garden layout.

   Gregory Baker
   Ralph DeBlasi
   Morgan Pavia
   Jim Walsh
   Seth Gartner
   Malcolm Johnson
   Mike Slater
   Andy Dorsch
   Jim Borcz
   Ron Klaiss
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:49:30

Model Rail Radio #121: Appeasing the Ten to Twelve Year Old [June 4, 2016]

Terry Terrance provides a number of updates now he's retired and he will be presenting at the NRMA National Convention. Jim Gore has been getting ready for the National and spiffing his layout for tours. They talk the pitfalls of photo backdrops. Jim Gifford and Tom chat about Tom's UK tour and Jim's US, Canadian and UK tour. Joe D'Amato has been working on his Pacific Electric layout room. Tom and Joe discuss research methods. Ralph Renzetti has won a prize and has plenty of interesting information. Peter Stempel talks about his travels and some of his current projects. Ed Novit has moved and his layout is no more.

   Terry Terrance
   Jim Gore
   Jim Gifford
   Joe D'Amato
   Ralph Renzetti
   Peter Stempel
   Ed Novit
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 2:03:31

Model Rail Radio #120: Old Media Meets New Media [April 30, 2016]

Peter Borcherds has been working on a yard and some early computer control on his layout. Bruce Kelly provide a multifaceted update including a fascinating account of working at Campbell's kits. Simon Hill introduces what Tom is going to see south of London and talks about the parts that have arrived from the US. Eric Ruthenberg gives an update on his Chicago layout. Martin Coombs provides updates prior to Tom's trip. Marty McGuirk has been emulating artwork of the 1960s and working on a cannery with a familiar name (but no relation). David Rees provides an update on Blue Rail Trains. Tom Gasior brings the example of the two NMRA Facebook pages. Mike Deverell provides a lightning update featuring backdrops, RFID and shout outs. James Wright has been working with the folks at Model Railroader magazine. Mike Slater makes a last minute cameo.

   Peter Borcherds
   Bruce Kelly
   Simon Hill
   Eric Ruthenberg
   Martin Coombs
   Marty McGuirk
   David Rees
   Tom Gasior
   Mike Deverell
   James Wright
   Mike Slater
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:54:03

Model Rail Radio #119: Australian Narrow-Gauge Convention 2016 [April 2, 2016]

Mike O'Dorney kicks off the show with good audio talking about a local group of friends who do a round-robin. Wayne Mollohan introduces his model railroading interests and they are extensive. Andy Dorsch is returning to the hobby and restarting his interest with some hand-laid track and turn-outs with a mine module. By chance our local mine expert, John Garaty, is on the line to answer questions and raise questions. Malcolm Johnson provides an update on his ever changing layout and they chat about the NMRA. John Garaty make some sense of it all. Bruce DeYoung has been attacking (finishing?) sections of his home layout and provides a number of pros of the NMRA. Jeff Dombrowski provides an update on the North Metro Model Rail Club in Minneapolis, MN. [Editorial Note: I've taken an artistic license on April Fools Day somewhere here.]

   Mike O'Dorney
   Wayne Mollohan
   Andy Dorsch
   John Garaty
   Malcolm Johnson
   Bruce DeYoung
   Jeff Dombrowski
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 2:04:28

Model Rail Radio #118: Formerly Teetotal [March 5, 2016]

Ben 'Mikado Otter' provides a number of updates. Mark Clemmens calls in and chats about the experience in Astoria versus Ben's experience with the Illinois Rail Museum. Mike Slater has much to add to the topic too. Mike Slater provides a Lionel update. Ralph Renzetti is going to be near greatness shortly. Ken Marshall is restarting his hobby interest. Richard 'Murf' Murphy had a YouTube celebrity guest stay overnight and working through issues at Silicon Valley Lines. Jamie Fenton and Jennifer Stanberry provide a group update. Seth Gartner has had enough with hot CFLs.

   Ben 'Mikado Otter'
   Mark Clemmens
   Mike Slater
   Ralph Renzetti
   Ken Marshall
   Richard 'Murf' Murphy
   Jamie Fenton
   Jennifer Stanberry
   Seth Gartner
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 2:15:30