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No. 120 - Apr 30, 2016, 9-11am Pacific US, noon-2pm Eastern US, 5-7pm UK

No. 121 - May 14, 2016, 5-7pm Pacific US, 8-10pm Eastern US


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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

Model Rail Radio #117: A Lent Locomotive [February 20, 2016]

Simon Hill talks castings and his future garden layout. Martin Coombs introduces his father's layout, his weathering techniques and a number of other interesting items. James Wright provides an outstanding review, talks about his YouTube channel and a train show he attended in Lincoln, Nebraska. David Rees calls in to chat with James and provide some updates with Blue Rail Trains. Henry Bagley-Gurtner provides a much needed update including 3d printing and test shelf layouts. Stephen Arnold has a new space for a layout. Ralph Watson provides an update on his modules being displayed with other folks and a lent locomotive that he may soon own. Michael Hauk has been adding decoders to engines and offers some points on the food and drinks analysis of operating sessions. David Karkoski has finished his modules and rediscovered his old model railroading area. Peter Stempel provides a much needed update on his new layout space and 3d printing.

   Simon Hill
   Martin Coombs
   James Wright
   David Rees
   Henry Bagley-Gurtner
   Stephen Arnold
   Ralph Watson
   Michael Hauk
   David Karkoski
   Peter Stempel
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 2:09:57

Model Rail Radio #116: Barbecued Beavers and Banjo Music [January 30, 2016]

Jim Gifford will be in the US in June. Ralph Renzetti talks about what is on his modeling table. Chris Smith introduces his N scale layout being set up for operations. Bruce Wilson has some minor updates apart from the sad news about his Chewie. Dave Falkenburg has come from an operating session at Silicon Valley Lines and a new Blue Rails purchase. Mike Deverell is all in favor of stronger beverages in operating sessions. Lionel Strang is at Springfield with his selfie stick. Lionel wants to stir things up with some assistance from Bruce Wilson, Jim Rindt and Ralph Renzetti. Seth Gartner has been doing a bit of traveling and seeing layouts Lionel appears to be banned from. Jim Rindt lives! Ron Klaiss provides a belated update. Toni Ryan has been working during the show. Ed McNamara has hit a brick wall of sorts but still converting locomotives. Dave Barraza has been playing that drinking game on location in Germany. Jim Lincoln has been to Springfield.

   Jim Gifford
   Ralph Renzetti
   Chris Smith
   Bruce Wilson
   Dave Falkenburg
   Mike Deverell
   Lionel Strang
   Jim Rindt
   Seth Gartner
   Ron Klaiss
   Toni Ryan
   Ed McNamara
   Dave Barraza
   Jim Lincoln
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 3:15:39

Model Rail Radio #115: Let's Blue Sky This Thing [January 9, 2016]

Matt Goodman gives an update on his father's structure work. Jamie Fenton offers a layout update and as with Matt delegating structure building seems to be the way to go. Malcolm Johnson has been packing more detail in. Simon Hill, Andy Dixon, Paul Best and Mike Kenefeck have updates and work with Tom on solidifying a plan for Tom in the UK in an April-May timeframe. Stuart Baker and Tom discuss OpenLCB and LCC developments. Devin Siglin talks about working in his uncle's hobby shop. David Harris provides a higher level view. Murray Scholz can see again which means he can fix issues with his track work.

   Matt Goodman
   Jamie Fenton
   Malcolm Johnson
   Simon Hill
   Andy Dixon
   Paul Best
   Mike Kenefeck
   Stuart Baker
   Devin Siglin
   David Harris
   Murray Scholz
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:48:15

Model Rail Radio #114: How To Welcome New People [December 5, 2015]

Peter Borcherds introduces his BNSF N Scale layout. Jamie Fenton has a new layout in a new space. Larry Eggering provides a layout update highlighting some new optical circuits. Ralph DeBlasi is trying to pack in an operating session before tax season hits. Terry Terrence has updates in all directions. David Rees has been adding music to trains. Mike Slater has been very busy but there's always time to chat about Trainfest. Matt Goodman keeps learning through his basement layout. Jim Borcz, Ron Klaiss and Tom rap about creating an inviting hobby.

   Peter Borcherds
   Jamie Fenton
   Larry Eggering
   Ralph DeBlasi
   Terry Terrence
   David Rees
   Mike Slater
   Matt Goodman
   Jim Borcz
   Ron Klaiss
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 2:58:34

Model Rail Radio #113: Bad Influence Friend [November 7, 2015]

Dustin Fisher announces the Operation Christmas Trainset Foundation is now a 501c3 charity. Terry Terrance has had a busy summer. Jim Gifford is swapping out some decoders. Barry Silverthorn has been to China. With Clark Kooning, they discuss the NMRA's role in China. Clark Kooning provides a retirement update. Jim Lincoln breaks in to spread mis-information [Editorial Note: sadly podcasting still isn't in the Author Achievement Program]. Jim Lincoln has been doing a variety of things O scale related. Stephen Vaughan provides a New Jersey live steam update. Ron Klaiss has been building heavily. Ralph Renzetti is offering a Skype service for his fans. Tom Gasior reminds Tom about the Berties.

   Dustin Fisher
   Terry Terrance
   Jim Gifford
   Barry Silverthorn
   Clark Kooning
   Jim Lincoln
   Stephen Vaughan
   Ron Klaiss
   Ralph Renzetti
   Tom Gasior
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 2:01:29

Model Rail Radio #112: Jim Lincoln Had Nothing [October 10, 2015]

Stuart Baker talks about controlling trains with LCC including DC trains. Jimmy Simmons breaks down how Monster Modelworks functions through Christmas with shows. Andy Dixon provides a long awaited update. Simon Hill brings on his friend Martin Coombs to talk about UK exhibition layouts. Anders Wirten is back on track with his layout. Massimo Piras provides a lightning update.

   Stuart Baker
   Jimmy Simmons
   Andy Dixon
   Simon Hill
   Martin Coombs
   Anders Wirten
   Massimo Piras
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:49:28

Model Rail Radio #111: It's All About Portland [September 19, 2015]

Dustin Fisher talks about his experiences in Portland. Duncan McRee and the Professor explore more realistic thunks and clunks. Dave Barraza provides a real world sound offer. Jim Gore breaks down the Master's experience from Portland and talks a little bit about the future. Toni Ryan gives his impressions of Portland. Jim Gore is heading to Australia for the Australian Narrow Gauge Convention next year. Ed McNamara talks about the LDSIG feedback at Portland. Mark Clemmens explains his 1:1 restoration work and his other model railroading interests. Marty McGuirk reflects on Portland and what is coming in the near future. Stuart Baker had a very LCC-focused Portland and Dave Barraza also spent some quality time learning about LCC at Portland. The Professor plays a future Lionel Strang in a strangely poetic moment. Eric Ruthenberg is interested in computer controlling his Chicago prototype N scale layout and the Professor provides some feedback. Mike Deverell breaks down how to create good YouTube content with additional insights from Lionel Strang. Mike O'Dorney gives a debrief on his Portland experience including airbrush and used tools purchases. Tom concludes the recording with a thirty five second piece of sound concrete simply titled Three Minutes of the Professor Audio Offcuts.

   Dustin Fisher
   Duncan McRee
   John 'Prof Klyzlr' Dimitrievich
   Jim Gore
   Toni Ryan
   Ed McNamara
   Mark Clemmens
   Marty McGuirk
   Stuart Baker
   Dave Barraza
   Eric Ruthenberg
   Mike Deverell
   Lionel Strang
   Mike O'Dorney
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 3:14:04

Model Rail Radio #110: What Took You So Long? [August 22, 2015]

Simon Hill is planning a garden layout. Ali Alemady introduces his model building and explains how modelers can help modelers in Iraq. Dustin Fisher is going to Portland. Ron Pare is making a hospital layout. Mark Williams introduces his structures and his modeling. David Rees makes time to call in even though he's still getting things ready for Portland. Edward McNamara is putting his layout up to LDSIG scrutiny in Portland. Thomas Gasior is the NMRA tweeter. Jim Lincoln is on the mend.

   Simon Hill
   Ali Alemady
   Dustin Fisher
   Ron Pare
   Mark Williams
   David Rees
   Edward McNamara
   Thomas Gasior
   Jim Lincoln
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:52:46

Model Rail Radio #109: the Tucker of Pigsville [July 18, 2015]

Dustin Fisher is moving forward with the 501(c)(3) paperwork for the Operation Christmas Train-Set Foundation. Jim Gifford gives a South Australian crew update. Dan Pickard has been doing a bit of Welsh modeling. Mike Slater provides a detailed update. Marty McGuirk has been dealing with too much detail disturbing his operating sessions. Joe D'Amato has a culinary insight into Portland and the Professor calls in to quiz Joe on a particular release. Dustin Fisher also has a question for Joe. Your humble host gives Joe an update. Ralph Renzetti has been doing some weathering. When Matt Goodman and Jim Gifford get together, bullet-proof DCC becomes very real.

   Dustin Fisher
   Jim Gifford
   Dan Pickard
   Mike Slater
   Marty McGuirk
   Joe D'Amato
   John 'Prof Klyzlr' Dimitrievich
   Ralph Renzetti
   Matt Goodman
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 2:53:33

Model Rail Radio #108: Warbird Bass and Spouse Excuses [June 27, 2015]

Tom kicks off the show with Toni Ryan talking about his 3d printer. Mike Deverell explains some of his experiments in lighting and his decision about the height of the layout. Tom chats with William Brillinger about his Canadian prototype layout and his business. Check out William's blog http://model-railroad-hobbyist.com/blog/23320/ Dustin Fisher provides an Operation Christmas Train Set update and Clark Kooning is looking to get energy behind Operation Christmas Train Set. Tom asks about what it takes to run the national train show. Tom and Bob Richard catch up on some interesting basement liberating renovations (with a couple of cameos from Seamus Richard too). Malcolm Johnson is expanding his layout through the wall. Malcolm's blog is always amazing http://n-rail.blogspot.com Jim Gore isn't crazy about 1990s dance music when he cuts paper and he is still learning from international paper and card-stock modelers. Massimo Piras provides the missing European flavor with an update on his Canadian layout. Stephen Vaughan has be hanging out with Mr. Barraza and Mr. Ramos. Tom and Terry Terrance catch up on N scale 3d, the loss of Weaver and Tom's new track and room modifications. Bruce Kelly gives his model railroading update.

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   Toni Ryan
   Mike Deverell
   William Brillinger
   Dustin Fisher
   Bob Richard
   Seamus Richard
   Malcolm Johnson
   Jim Gore
   Massimo Piras
   Terry Terrance
   Bruce Kelly
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 2:55:47