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Model Rail Radio #104: The Size of St Louis [March 28, 2015]

Tom kicks the show off talking with Ed Traxler about his layout. Dave Barraza has some questions for Ed. Tom and Ed switch the topic to 3d printing. Tom welcomes on the new favorite part of the show, Marty McGuirk, to talk about his layout and old hobby stores long gone. Michael Hauk talks about his Pennsylvania short-line. Ron Klaiss provides an update. Terry Terrance and Tom chat about metal on Shapeways and pick up on the hobby stores long gone in the broader DC area. Ed Traxler provides feedback on Terry's Critter Challenge. Seth Gartner is hijacked by Jim Lincoln with a cameo from Toni Ryan. Tom, Jim Lincoln and Terry Terrance talk about owning a 3d printer. Tom commends Seth Gartner for taking the Show 100 ethos one step further. Mike Slater sets the record straight. Tom chats with Tim Harrison about the legacy of Ryan Andersen. Lionel Strang joins the fray to talk about podcasting with some final words from Jim Lincoln and Ed Traxler.

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   Ed Traxler
   Dave Barraza
   Marty McGuirk
   Michael Hauk
   Ron Klaiss
   Terry Terrance
   Seth Gartner
   Jim Lincoln
   Mike Slater
   Tim Harrison
   Lionel Strang
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 3:05:27

Model Rail Radio #103: Will Work For Credit [March 14, 2015]

Tom and David Rees talk about converting folks to Bluerail on existing DCC club layouts and how about N-scale? Ralph Watson introduces the Central Railway Model and Historical Association http://www.crmha.org (for more) and Ralph's own On30 layout. Phil Fimiani returns and Tom is curious about the bread factory. Stuart Baker provides an update on OpenLCB. Joe Drury introduces his double shelf layout. Dave Falkenburg realizes that he has unleashed the beast. Richard 'Murf' Murphy joins the conversation to discuss some club problems. David Karkoski has completely changed his layout plans. Bruce Kelly has a lot going on. Lee Dixon introduces his future northern Californian layout. Dave Barraza is considering a garden layout. Mike King has been photographing things for the Facebook group. Jim Lamagdeleine is a great-grandfather and he may scrap his layout. Tom and Jim conclude the show chatting about the finer points of bachelor time for the married man.

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   David Rees
   Ralph Watson
   Phil Fimiani
   Stuart Baker
   Joe Drury
   Dave Falkenburg
   Richard 'Murf' Murphy
   David Karkoski
   Bruce Kelly
   Lee Dixon
   Dave Barraza
   Mike King
   Jim Lamagdeleine
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 2:35:38

Model Rail Radio #102: Sixty Dollars a Month [February 28, 2015]

Tom chats with Massimo Piras who is adding a rail-fanning club to his layout plans. Thierry Lach introduces his model railroading interests. Terry Terrance talks a bit on the Critter Challenge and talks about what he has to do before his next open-house. Larry Kedes is building an inspirational what-if Californian layout and belongs to a particularly legendary southern Californian club. Murray Scholz has shifted some unused standard gauge track. Tom and Rich Murphy provide an update on the Silicon Valley Lines. Marshall Stull is finishing a cityscape Freemo module and talks with Malcolm Johnson about going underground. Mike Slater has been experimenting with mixed media 3d printing. Matt Goodman gives an update on his layout and wants some more live steam. Lawerence Eggering offers a long overdue update on the meat that cooks itself. Stuart Baker has news on LCC (the NMRA adoption of OpenLCB). Stephen Vaughan Jr calls in to talk about live steam: the audio is a little choppy but it is well worth listening in. Toni Ryan has been working on modules and videos. Jim Lincoln has appeared in DVD form recently. [Editorial note: As soon as Tom got off the call, Mrs Barbalet asked 'So what is $60 per month?']

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   Massimo Piras
   Thierry Lach
   Terry Terrance
   Larry Kedes
   Murray Scholz
   Rich Murphy
   Marshall Stull
   Malcolm Johnson
   Mike Slater
   Matt Goodman
   Lawerence Eggering
   Stuart Baker
   Stephen Vaughan Jr
   Toni Ryan
   Jim Lincoln
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 2:33:55

Model Rail Radio #101: Ninja Pyjamas [February 7, 2015]

Tom chats with Dave Barraza about his shelf layout design contest entry and his plans for the basement. James Wright gives a one year update, talks about the bluetooth offering in the hobby and about what he is going to put in a new set of layout build videos. Bob Richard has changes his layouts since he last called in and provides an Old Sparky update. Simon Hill builds live steam locomotives in the UK. Al Popwell has an O scale distillery layout. Mike King has a powered switching layout he is working on. Ron Pare has been on a road trip and talks about carnival modeling. Lionel Strang joins the fray talking about experts. Mike Deverell is making solid progress with his layout. Andy Dixon provides a recap of the past six months. Jim Lincoln provides an update on Springfield before he's called back to the rails. Bruce Kelly has been disassembling a donated layout. Dave Falkenburg provides an update on the Silicon Valley Lines and other miscellany. Tom Cutting has been outed as a layout builder.

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   Dave Barraza
   James Wright
   Bob Richard
   Simon Hill
   Al Popwell
   Mike King
   Ron Pare
   Lionel Strang
   Mike Deverell
   Andy Dixon
   Jim Lincoln
   Bruce Kelly
   Dave Falkenburg
   Tom Cutting
   Mike Slater
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 2:50:09