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There will be a show recorded 4pm Pacific, 7pm Eastern US on March 28th, 2015.

See the 2014 Berties Winners!

For Show 100, Terry Terrance launched a 3D Printed O Scale Critter Challenge!
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Model Rail Radio consistently provides the best model railroading content. It is a show without advertisers or sponsors where the listeners create the content.

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 #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

Model Rail Radio #99: The Dueling Chocolates [January 3, 2015]


Tom kicks of the show exchanging New Years greetings with Terry Terrance and an update on Terry's layout. Terry raps with Ben 'Mikado Otter' about dwarf signals. Conor McCormick introduces his layout plans. Lex Parker describes his layout and his particular passion of super detailing and realism in layout creation. Clark Kooning is a known associate. Cesar Luna has been exploring different aspects of the hobby as a business. David Harris and Tom chat with a message from Blue Rail Trains. Fred Patton provides an update on his many interests in model railroading. Guy Mason is building a resort. Chris Atkins is changing layouts. The Professor returns to provide a travel journal with occasional pieces of model rail content [Editorial note: the Prof is one of the few people who actually reads these show notes...] perhaps. Tom and the Prof go through the finalists of the 2014 Shelf Layout Design Contest. For those following along while you listen. Bruce Wilson, Dave Falkenburg, Jim Lincoln, Sven Frank and John Garaty add some feedback to the layouts. Tom congratulates all the finalists and the winner in the Shelf Layout Design Contest 2014. The Professor and John Garaty have a short rapping session. Dave Ramos is doing a couple of months of renovations to his layout and provides some feedback on quick setup. Ron Klaiss is the missing link when it comes to a particular Lehigh Valley layout in south Jersey. John Paulson introduces his model railroading interests in Southern California. Tom asks about Bruce Wilson's latest projects. Lionel Strang and Jim Lamagdeleine provide some light banter. Ben Rechel has been planning a piano layout. Peter Burr makes a long awaited update. Mike Slater helped out one of Tom's non-model railroading friends. [Editorial note: Show 100 will be recorded January 17th, 10am Pacific, 1pm Eastern US. Break around 2pm Pacific, 5pm Eastern US. Resume 4pm Pacific US, 7pm Eastern US.]

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   Terry Terrance
   Ben 'Mikado Otter'
   Conor McCormick
   Lex Parker
   Clark Kooning
   Cesar Luna
   David Harris
   Fred Patton
   Guy Mason
   Chris Atkins
   John 'Prof Klyzlr' Dimitrievich
   Bruce Wilson
   Dave Falkenburg
   Jim Lincoln
   Sven Frank
   John Garaty
   Dave Ramos
   Ron Klaiss
   John Paulson
   Lionel Strang
   Jim Lamagdeleine
   Ben Rechel
   Peter Burr
   Mike Slater
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 3:42:45

Model Rail Radio #98: The Weathering Bug [December 20, 2014]


Alex Shepherd introduces his digital passions in the hobby and his new modular layout. Ralph Renzetti introduces his layout and his weathering passion. James Rybka has been suffering under peer pressure. Bruce DeYoung and Ron Klaiss chat about narrow-gauge in Pennsylvania. Tom chats with Seth Gartner about smelters and Ron Pare's recent visit. Roger Kujawa introduces his layout. What has been going on with Mike Slater? Clark announces Jim Gore will be at the NMRA Nation in Portland 2015. Stuart Baker talks about a JMRI perspective on Blue Rail Trains' bluetooth technology. Clark is hosting a large get-together at Credit Valley (2900 Argentia Road, Unit 24, Mississauga, Ontario) for Show 100 on January 17th. Tom returns to chatting with Stuart about his interests in the hobby (other than electronics). [Editorial note: searching online for Hinkle Locomotive Service and Repair Facility will provide some additional details.] John Garaty provides an update on his 1:1 layout. Tom raps about his upcoming time in Australia. [Editorial note: Show 100 will be recorded January 17th, 10am Pacific, 1pm Eastern US. Break around 2pm Pacific, 5pm Eastern US. Resume 4pm Pacific US, 7pm Eastern US.]

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   Alex Shepherd
   Ralph Renzetti
   James Rybka
   Bruce DeYoung
   Ron Klaiss
   Seth Gartner
   Roger Kujawa
   Mike Slater
   Stuart Baker
   Clark Kooning
   John Garaty
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 3:12:02

Model Rail Radio #97: The Dining Car is Closed on the Troll Limited [November 8, 2014]


Tom starts the show announcing some special news with Ralph DeBlasi. Jim Lamagdeleine had a visitor stop by. Jim Gore has a small number of vocal enemies but who cares. Greg Wolfe is building a dream layout. Ron Pare's KickStarter is in full steam and he needs your assistance. Marty McGuirk is a well-respected participant who pays particular attention to detail. Barry Silverthorn will bring the chloroform. Tom Wilson adds elegance to the recording. Lionel Strang is a busy man. Marty and Lionel spill some Model Railroader deep secrets. Tom and Ed Traxler talk techniques. Bernie Kempinski needs to be warned about the Chili Line purists and is slanging tobacco in HO and N. Stephen Arnold is making the most out of his last days in Kansas City. Nigel Gartshore has a new turntable. Vote for Toni Ryan. [Editorial note: Show 100 will be recorded January 17th, 10am Pacific, 1pm Eastern US. Break around 2pm Pacific, 5pm Eastern US. Resume 4pm Pacific US, 7pm Eastern US.]

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   Ralph DeBlasi
   Jim Lamagdeleine
   Jim Gore
   Greg Wolfe
   Ron Pare
   Marty McGuirk
   Barry Silverthorn
   Tom Wilson
   Lionel Strang
   Ed Traxler
   Bernie Kempinski
   Stephen Arnold
   Nigel Gartshore
   Toni Ryan
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 4:13:20