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Model Rail Radio #215: One for the Books [September 10, 2022]

This is the Craig Bisgeier Memorial Show. Tom decides to make this a regular MRR in the European friendly time. Tom starts the call with Giles Favell talking about some die cast cars from Terry Terrance's layout. Mike Slater calls in from a local show. Tim Harrison talks about doing the ModelRailCast Show with Craig Bisgeier. We have on one final special guest and Tim talks about Craig's impact on his life.

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:00:19

Model Rail Radio #213: Eco Coal and Vehicles That Move [July 9, 2022]

Jim Lincoln calls in and Tom asks how COVID has changed the model railroading hobby. Simon Hill provides updates on some of the locomotives he's been building and a guillotine building project for the heat. Martin Coombs has a few updates in the hobby and introduces his friend, Giles Favell. Giles makes radio controlled vehicles for model railroad layouts in his own particular way. Tom and Giles talk about that and some of the other aspects of small vehicles on layouts that have been discussed in prior shows. Jamie Fenton has a few updates including LCC signals a-how-to. Tom wants to know about the garden layout. Mike O'Dorney might be catching up with Tom in September. Mike has been experimenting with making modules with large curves. How can conventions be run with training people through the process? Tom concludes the podcast with some sad news and special memorial show coming up.

   Jim Lincoln
   Simon Hill
   Martin Coombs
   Giles Favell
   Jamie Fenton
   Mike O'Dorney
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:46:55

Model Rail Radio #212: Tight Three and Half [June 25, 2022]

Nigel Gartshore calls in and has a few updates about his space and what he plans to run in the area. No-lix is the central theme. Ron Klaiss discusses his latest kit and what happens after COVID. Clark Kooning is going to be a snow goose. Clark wants to talk about local politics. Dave Falkenburg calls in and gives a Silicon Valley Lines update after some time away from the club. Martin Jenkins has a quick chance to talk about automated cars, both end sounds and how his work has taken over his hobby time.

   Nigel Gartshore
   Ron Klaiss
   Clark Kooning
   Dave Falkenburg
   Martin Jenkins
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:13:07

Model Rail Radio #211: The Right Height For Both Worlds [May 28, 2022]

Dave Barazza has finished his layout sufficient to get on remote operators with live operators. John Szymanski has been experimenting with something similar on his own layout. Tom asks about tower cameras and combining those images with moving train cameras. John Garaty gives a few updates including on the Professor who is still building micro-layouts. Tyler Reabe has found what he wanted in the wild in terms of new model rail roaders. Mike Slater provides a much anticipated layout update and talks about his Summer show plans.

   Dave Barazza
   John Szymanski
   John Garaty
   Tyler Reabe
   Mike Slater
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:15:04

Model Rail Radio #210: No Regrets [February 12, 2022]

Tyler Reabe kicks off the show introducing his model railroading interests. Ted Roy has been working through the model railroading hobby - and has a number of locos that are now reprogrammed. Robert Thomas re-introduces his model railroading interests and offers some insight into the hobby in Texas as well as how difficult it turned out to model more than a hundred years ago. Linton Towell calls back in to talk O scale in Australia and Tom asks about the Model Rail Radio Australian O Scale Fraternity. Mike Slater has been bugged by snow on his powerhouse hot tub layout. Dazzy J. provides some updates on his perspective with 3d printing as a business. Ron Klaiss entered the blizzard of Springfield. Seth Gartner has been working towards an operating session in the near-term. Bruce Wilson has done a lot since he last called in. He covers the interesting topic of World War One rail.

   Tyler Reabe
   Ted Roy
   Robert Thomas
   Linton Towell
   Darren Johns (aka Dazzy Jay)
   Ron Klaiss
   Bruce Wilson
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:57:30

Model Rail Radio #209: Variable Temperature Soldering Iron [January 29, 2022]

John Szymanski (aka John Z) has been exploring remote operations. What has been happening in Kent with Simon Hill and Martin Coombs? Martin has a kit to build that came through unusual circumstances. Chris Adams isn't at Springfield but he thinks it will continue. Peter Stempel has a whole lot of updates now he's a new place with so much potential. Brian Dougherty calls in quickly to say hi and provide a brief update.

   John Szymanski (aka John Z)
   Simon Hill
   Martin Coombs
   Chris Adams
   Peter Stempel
   Brian Dougherty
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:51:02

Model Rail Radio #208: Surprise Guest [January 15, 2022]

Terry Terrance surprises Tom with a call into Model Rail Radio. Clark Kooning and Mike Slater have memories to share with Terry. Mike Deverell has been exploring LCC while he lone wolfs his new layout. Speaking of new layouts Gordy Robinson explains how he acquired his new layout and maintains fatherhood and the NMRA with equal vigor. Linton Towell provides a brief update. Where Mike Slater formerly had a hot tub, he now has a model railroad. John Dohering doesn't stand a chance with Clark Kooning on his tail - modules are the topic but also the new affordability of the first train set. Jeff Schockley provides a Del Mar Var update from strength to strength although they've moved from Delmar, DE. Martyn Jenkins is running for the NMRA Board but his layout is way more interesting. Mike O'Dorney and Tom talk, where possible, about modules.

   Terry Terrance
   Clark Kooning
   Mike Slater
   Mike Deverell
   Gordy Robinson
   Linton Towell
   Jeff Schockley
   John Dohering
   Martyn Jenkins
   Mike O'Dorney
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 2:35:45

Model Rail Radio #207: Not Jaded [December 4, 2021]

Mike O'Dorney schools Tom on shipping alternatives as they discuss modules. Ted Roy is building for himself through the new normal. John Yates is calling in from home with a new 3d printer. Who has been making things in silver with a 3d printer? The usual suspects don't appear to be. Jim Gifford has been changing things up a bit with his controller hardware and software. Linton Towell introduces his interests in model railroading and touches on a favorite topic of Tom's what has happened for Australian HO modelers over the past two decades. Mike Slater has made some changes. But he has some ideas about what the Christmas Train should be. Tom wonders about John Garaty's model railroading health with Corrimal and the hobby. John Garaty has been finding ways to introduce the railroad concepts to his granddaughter. Clark Kooning talks about the thick skin you need to have to work in a club.

   Mike O'Dorney
   Ted Roy
   John Yates
   Jim Gifford
   Linton Towell
   Mike Slater
   John Garaty
   Clark Kooning
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:58:08

Model Rail Radio #206: Moving to Martin's Shed [October 16, 2021]

Tom explores the history of birthday shows. Tom talks about the two modules he is acquiring with John Szymanski who provides a fascinating history of his own module experiences. Simon Hill has made a difficult decision. Neale Brodie provides a long awaited update. Martin Coombs explains the blueprint for the new modules between sheds idea and it doesn't require people spending large periods of time at any location. Tom gets an update from Martin on their local 1:1 railroad. Clark Kooning has some pieces on the history of modular standards. Thanks to Robert Thomas for editing this recording. I really appreciate his assistance here once more.

   John Szymanski
   Simon Hill
   Neale Brodie
   Martin Coombs
   Clark Kooning
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:34:56

Model Rail Radio #205: Slumbering Layout [October 2, 2021]

John Garaty has been dealing with day light saving and has an update for Corrimal featuring the usual suspects. Jeff Shockley provides a Del Mar Var update for his much celebrated club. Jeff seems to have some good contacts to save his club from being homeless. Jim Gifford's crew are doing more operating thanks to a reduction in COVID restrictions. He provides a detailed update accordingly. Mike Slater recommends a Texas Outfit that builds modules. (Tom purchases a couple of these modules and a future topic is born). Tom wants to know about Mike's former hotter area. Tom also wants a Jim Rindt update - in particular what is happening with the laser and the grandchildren. John Yates wanted to know more about there video conferences with the quilting community that Tom has historically mentioned through lockdown. Brenton Spackman has a number of updates about his living conditions but the hobby is central to his updates. Mike O'Dorney's brain is picked on prebuilt modules. Other topics include the new normal for buying a car. Thanks to Robert Thomas for editing this recording. I really appreciate his assistance here.

   John Garaty
   Jeff Shockley
   Jim Gifford
   Mike Slater
   John Yates
   Brenton Spackman
   Mike O'Dorney
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:45:56

Model Rail Radio #204: Least Threatening Structure Kits [September 18, 2021]

Mike O'Dorney fills in the gaps from the last conversation about structure building for people with certain lifestyles. Tom and Mike Slater catch up after a few months. Mike is having trouble getting his local NMRA onto Zoom calls. Mike has been able to find some fun through his trolley meets. It's when Mike talks about what he has done and his plans were the interesting details come out. Jim Gifford provides a detailed update for his crew which seems to be growing in number. Tom asks for some specific updates in there too. After a brief COVID update, Tom asks about Jim's move to NCE. John Yates introduces himself and his model rail roading interests. Tom and John talk about the difficulties of maintaining model rail clubs in rural Australia. John Doehring has a number of updates too including a giant module meet in Wyoming. Module model railroading is an ongoing topic for the next few recordings. Thanks to Robert Thomas for editing a vast majority of this recording. I really appreciate his assistance here.

   Mike O'Dorney
   Mike Slater
   Jim Gifford
   John Yates
   John Dohering
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:39:49

Model Rail Radio #203: Jerry [September 4, 2021]

Martin Coombs kicks off the show with Tom talking about his new garden layout of five phases currently. Simon Hill is responsible for the track plan. Martin is also the proud new owner of an as-yet-unused 3d printer. Simon Hill goes through some of the basic tweaks that were needed on make Martin's new garden layout come to life. John Szymanski has been tuning his layout for frequent operating sessions. For now, cleaning is his most interesting problem. Model Rail Radio classic participant Anders Wirten calls in to provide an update on his model railroading interest. Why does Tom have an interest in German 1930s locomotives? Lawrence Eggering has discovered the missing link in connecting CMRI to JMRI. This produces an interesting discussion. Tom and Lawrence talk about the second-hand market. Roger Chrysler has returned to his lead collection while attempting to sell his lead collection. In his own words, he's being more selective about what he does in the model railroading hobby. Clark Kooning is out of the water and picking up sessions thanks to Mike O'Dorney. Fredrik Just calls back in following his introduction on Show 200. What ideas does he present in this call? That we should embrace the childlike wonder in our hobby with inventive storytelling. Mike O'Dorney raises a sociological phenomenon which Tom can't leave alone.

   Martin Coombs
   Simon Hill
   John Szymanski
   Lawrence Eggering
   Roger Chrysler
   Clark Kooning
   Fredrik Just
   Mike O'Dorney
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 2:13:05

Model Rail Radio #202: The Afternoon-Evening Version [March 27, 2021]

Mike Slater discovered a Lionel tunnel at an estate sale - questions ensue. Jim Gifford has still been mopping up from his disastrous 2020. Roscoe's layout has released some gremlins which seems to require pulling wire out. Jim as been doing modeling to bring his crew together. Tom welcomes on Lawrence Eggering to talk about how things have changed in the hobby for him. Tom calls out Lawrence RPO cars as being important in the legal problems for his layout's OC family. This podcast is here in the feed thanks to Robert J. Thomas who has been taking shows and editing them down for posting while I have been in Southern California waiting for the girls to arrive. Many thanks Robert for all your efforts here.

   Mike Slater
   Jim Gifford
   Lawrence Eggering
   Thanks to Robert J. Thomas for the editing!
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 51:03

Model Rail Radio #201: A Shortage Of Volunteers [March 27, 2021]

Martin Coombs has been exploring a new garden rail building material, PVC FoameX. Tom and Martin discuss the structures and the form of the garden layout. Simon Hill gives a brief hobby update then Tom and Simon talk about how folks at Bredgar are planning for the longer-term new normal. Gordy Robinson has been modeling snow in N scale. The snow provides information about the layout based on the speed of the trains through the snow. Tom wonders how Gordy's perspective has changed now he's on the NMRA board. Mike Kenefeck's layout reflects a problem Tom finds himself in too. Paul Best has made progress through lockdown with MERG. Mike O'Dorney has been vaccinated and wants to help out with Silicon Valley Lines on location. Tom has some light teasing for Mike Slater before they talk about preparing for Trainfest 2021. Clark Kooning has a timed update on what is going on in the hobby.

   Martin Coombs
   Simon Hill
   Gordy Robinson
   Mike Kenefeck
   Paul Best
   Mike O'Dorney
   Mike Slater
   Clark Kooning
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 2:03:56

Model Rail Radio #199: Paint-On Face [December 19, 2020]

Tom starts chatting with Neil Erickson about whether the end of year holds anything special for Neil about model railroading. When that topic fails, they explore American Flyer in contrast to that other big(her) manufacturer. Mike O'Dorney provides some advice about the hobby and as a parent in the hobby. Mike Slater has some serious opinions about Lionel and American Flyer. Ralph Renzetti has been exploring new techniques with AK Interactive Pencils. John Garaty has a few updates including one from the Prof remotely. This podcast is here in the feed thanks to Robert J. Thomas who has been taking shows and editing them down for posting. Many thanks Robert for all your efforts here.

   Neil Erickson
   Mike O'Dorney
   Mike Slater
   Ralph Renzetti
   John Garaty
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:36:28

These missing shows will be edited and put online as time permits.

Model Rail Radio #197: An Important Question for Martin [November 14, 2020]

Tom and Simon Hill share a very particular locomotive. What's Simon doing for the new normal? Martin Coombs has a historical question which is important with Tom's news. Clark Kooning could create a podcasting empire with his address book. They explore two building spaces for the one layout. This podcast is here in the feed thanks to Robert J. Thomas who has been taking shows and editing them down for posting while I have been in Southern California waiting for the girls to arrive. Many thanks Robert for all your efforts here.

   Simon Hill
   Martin Coombs
   Clark Kooning
   Thanks to Robert J. Thomas for the editing!
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:06:21

These missing shows will be edited and put online as time permits.

Model Rail Radio #193: Yet Aluminum Remains Allusive [October 3, 2020]

Mike O'Dorney has been observing modules from the UK. Clark Kooning has returned to the basement as the weather is moving towards freezing. Clark and Tom talk about a number of the topics raised by Mike.    Mike O'Dorney
   Clark Kooning
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 45:40

Model Rail Radio #192: Aiming for Comfy Slippers [September 12, 2020]

Mike O'Dorney wants to talk about a favorite magazine (not included in a recent parcel from Tom) and something about an abbey. Gordy Robinson is on the ballot for NMRA President. Simon Hill and Martin Coombs have some ideas about moving what they do onto YouTube and maybe an NMRAx in the future too. Gordy describes his layout space. Tom wraps up with Mike O'Dorney covering a number of additional topics mostly around module layouts and transporting them.

   Mike O'Dorney
   Gordy Robinson
   Simon Hill
   Martin Coombs
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:24:28

Model Rail Radio #191: The Track Design Feud of the Late 2000s [September 5, 2020]

Mike O'Dorney is the perfect guest as Tom has a lot of points to discuss with Mike. David Karkoski has been taking the lockdown seriously and has been using JMRI to create operation sessions (which he details through the recording). Lawrence Eggering occasionally sees European trains in his area but he has a bunch of work ahead thanks to some friendly clients. John Abatecola is recording remotely through the new normal. Clark Kooning is planning for some fall hobby time. Tom wants to conclude his chat with Mike O'Dorney about European modules.

   Mike O'Dorney
   David Karkoski
   Lawrence Eggering
   John Abatecola
   Clark Kooning
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:45:08

Model Rail Radio #190: Hands-On Call [August 22, 2020]

Gordy Robinson calls in following the somewhat controversial NRMA Leadership Forum. Tom welcomes back on David Rees. David provides a series of updates about Blue Rail Trains. Lionel Strang returns to Model Rail Radio to talk about AML and the future of the hobby. Ted Roy has been building water-related structures for a harbor with some strong selective compression. Lawrence Eggering has been teaching a hands-on Arduino call for the NMRA.

   Gordy Robinson
   David Rees
   Lionel Strang
   Ted Roy
   Lawrence Eggering
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:46:11

Model Rail Radio #189: A Layout Near the Ceiling [August 15, 2020]

Mike Kenefeck has raised his layout nearly to the ceiling. Simon Hill has been to Bredgar (and Wormshill Light Railway) and he has plans for the next few months. They discuss Show 200 and what it means to have longterm peer pressure to help you improve. Mike O'Dorney received some stuff from Tom and wants to use some of it for his NMRA Golden Spike. Mike talks about what he's working on during the new normal. Dave Barazza feels connected with Silicon Valley Lines in terms of their remote operating layout technology.

   Mike Kenefeck
   Simon Hill
   Mike O'Dorney
   Dave Barazza
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:30:29

Model Rail Radio #188: Sounds Like Another New Normal Project [August 8, 2020]

Mike Deverell talks about scale of size and why arduinos are no the device of choice for his layout. Jamie Fenton is researching garden railroading while assembling a garden railroad and also will be returning to HO. Ron Klaiss and Tom discuss the upcoming Model Rail Radio/Mine Mount Models Layout Design Contest. John Garaty continues being a solitary modeler and has a designed cave-in on his layout - listen in to learn more. Tom offers an apology to Mike Slater who thankfully has called back in to MRR. Mike has been repainting some evilBay projects and playing with his 3d printer. Martyn Jenkins has made three tiny HO RC models. Tom wants to know what happens with twenty RC cars on a layout. Tom brings Clark Kooning in to talk with Martyn about the NMRA's skin in the game of NMRAx and the direction it should take.

   Mike Deverell
   Jamie Fenton
   Ron Klaiss
   John Garaty
   Mike Slater
   Martyn Jenkins
   Clark Kooning
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:46:30

Model Rail Radio #187: Schooled! [August 1, 2020]

Joe Collins introduces his model railroading interests in south New Jersey. Dave Falkenburg is working on a new kind of camera car for remote layout operations. Jeff Shockley provides a Delmarva update - thankfully the club has good savings for the new normal. Roger Chrysler has been introducing the hobby to his grandson and has discovered specialist YouTube content relating to JMRI and signaling.

   Joe Collins
   Dave Falkenburg
   Jeff Shockley
   Roger Chrysler
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:07:23

Model Rail Radio #186: Rapid Digression [July 25, 2020]

Martin Coombs provides the new normal in England. Tom asks about the scale of a structure that Martin is building and Tom knows. Gordy Robinson talks very candidly about some of the problems he's encountered with NMRAx and sadly this is mainly non-technical in nature. What's in the future for Gordy? Lawrence Eggering has picked up a couple of new clients and has been working on weathering projects. Mike O'Dorney is being buzzed which digresses into a discussion of WW2 aircraft and YouTube channels Tom and Mike both enjoy.

   Martin Coombs
   Gordy Robinson
   Lawrence Eggering
   Mike O'Dorney
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:50:06

Model Rail Radio #185: Larry is Still in the Building [July 18, 2020]

Ralph DeBlasi's new normal is distinctly different due to an extension of tax season. Ralph's Horizon Modules have fixed his workspace. Lawrence Eggering is still very much alive and he's been working on some new installations. Tom enjoyed seeing Neil Erickson's hobby space through NMRAx. Philip Taylor is essential so his new normal hasn't changed however he's now exploring what can be done for his NRMA region. Philip and Tom talk about NMRAx. Jim Gifford has returned home after six month exclusion. He outlines what can be recovered. Seth Gartner has been working outside but has missed out on the basement recently. Tom asks what features make a memorable scene for Seth and they discuss the many modeling forms of corn.

   Ralph DeBlasi
   Lawrence Eggering
   Neil Erickson
   Jim Gifford
   Seth Gartner
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:30:04

Model Rail Radio #184: Top Brass [July 11, 2020]

Mike Slater has been working on old projects that he's been finally fixing for friends. Mike talks brass in his collection. Tom wants to know more about virtual Trainfest. What will change in Clark Kooning's presentation through the new normal video clinics. Tom asks about how to provide more joy in the virtual experience in the hobby. Chris Adams was part of the 24-hour NRMAx. What would a layout tour in a box look like? What technical equipment is needed for a layout tour to be filmed? They discuss the social aspect of the hobby and how to maintain it through the new normal. Chris identifies what the new normal has meant for him.

   Mike Slater
   Clark Kooning
   Chris Adams
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:26:26

Model Rail Radio #183: In Support of Soldering [June 27, 2020]

Hunter Hughson introduces his interests in the Penn Central and his paper manufacturing modeling. He talks about the movement into a high quality home layout. Simon Hill has been working on a gantry crane and talks about exploring painting and weathering with the assistance of Martin Coombs. Simon and Tom explore soldering as a must-have skill. Martin seconds the discussion on soldering. What's been going on with Martin's garden layout? Ralph Watson has retired, moved and joined some local clubs including a model train club based in a mall. Roger Chrysler has some feedback on virtual clinics.

   Hunter Hughson
   Simon Hill
   Martin Coombs
   Ralph Watson
   Roger Chrysler
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:29:08

Model Rail Radio #182: Virtual Joy [June 13, 2020]

Lawrence Eggering has been working on a grade crossing with Arduino sensors. Tom asks Lawrence about working on the same layout for twenty four years. Lawrence provides some new information about the origin of his layout. Tom talks about his experience observing a quilting event of his wife's in contrast to the model rail remote events. Mike Slater announces the reposition of Trainfest to a virtual event for this year at least. Clark Kooning has some thoughts on the future of clinics.

   Lawrence Eggering
   Mike Slater
   Clark Kooning
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:14:00

Model Rail Radio #181: Mastering Super Trees [June 6, 2020]

Mike Slater has been building super trees for his module. Tom has watched the show Hoarders recently and wonders how Mike Slater and Mike O'Dorney avoid the hoarding aspect of the hobby. Clark Kooning and Tom talks about direction at the end of life. Clark and Tom also explore the hoarding issues in the hobby.

   Mike Slater
   Mike O'Dorney
   Clark Kooning
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:37:57

Model Rail Radio #180: Swinging Bridge Geometries [May 30, 2020]

Simon Hill has some thoughts about how the hobby will learn from the new normal. Tom raises Hornby as a model railroading company close to Simon. Simon has been adding a sound chip to a critter. Martin Coombs continues the discussion about Kent Garden Railways. Martin has been trying to fit the hobby into his lockdown. Martin and Simon talk about the speculative future of the Bredgar and Wormshill Light Railway (this is also revisited in a future recording with a full update). Paul Best also has a light railway that he's actively involve with and has some insights to the experiences there. What has Paul Best been up to? Martin is planning a lifting/swinging bridge. Roger Chrysler is going to be presenting a clinic at a virtual RPM meet.

   Simon Hill
   Martin Coombs
   Roger Chrysler
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:32:02

Model Rail Radio #179: Leave Written Notes [May 23, 2020]

Tom asks Mike Slater about how he thinks the hobby will change through this period. Tom asks Mike about the bridge he is building in module form. Tom asks after James Rindt. (Please note we will be discussing the change with Trainfest 2020 in an upcoming recording with Mike Slater. The old audio is left in for coherency.) Clark Kooning offers a problem with deceased estates and the current time. In terms of modeling, Clark has finished his mountains and some grass but has been exploring micro-lighting on his layout. Will Merrell has been building modules for operations. Will would like to learn from the folks in the UK.

   Mike O'Dorney
   Mike Slater
   Clark Kooning
   Will Merrell
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:18:41

Model Rail Radio #178: Catalog Inspiration [May 16, 2020]

Roger Chrysler has put down some benchwork amongst putting up drywall. Richard Kowalski is getting back into his 1900s shelf layout and going through a Sears catalog to provide inspiration. Mike O'Dorney talks about how his modular layout is very similar to Richard's layout and continues the discussion on the Sears catalog. The discussion of the hobby and technology demographics gets so esoteric only Clark Kooning can be called upon to give analysis. Tom talks with Mike Slater about his hopes for the future of the hobby and continues to provide an update on the bridge module he's building. Nigel Gartshore is nearly done with his shed sealing and has been planning his layout space with a no-lix.

   Roger Chrysler
   Richard Kowalski
   Mike O'Dorney
   Clark Kooning
   Mike Slater
   Nigel Gartshore
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:27:41

Model Rail Radio #177: Virtual Socializing [May 9, 2020]

Mike O'Dorney has been thinking about social capital through the current times and what can be done for the future with these ideas. Martin Coombs has been thinking about model rail shows with the current crisis and they talk about Neale's 3D printing. Simon Hill has used Zoom quite successfully to keep in contact with his crew. Mike Slater has been thinking about Trainfest with the new normal and more practically he's been working on a prototype bridge. What does Clark Kooning think will happen to train shows? Lawrence Eggering has some thoughts about what he'd like to see continuing train shows.

   Mike O'Dorney
   Martin Coombs
   Simon Hill
   Mike Slater
   Clark Kooning
   Lawrence Eggering
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:25:27

Model Rail Radio #176: New Luminaries [May 2, 2020]

Mike O'Dorney talks about his favorite show. Mark Clemmens provides a much needed update and talks about the locomotive restoration in Astoria, Oregon. John Garaty knows the Prof is still out there. Gordy Robinson introduces his model railroading interests and discusses the vision for NMRA-X. Martyn Jenkins talks about some of the technology behind NMRA-X and then Gordy jumps back in to discuss ideas for the near future. Tom asks about Martyn's Melbourne layout which turns into a conversation about micro radio controlled vehicles and the insanity of wiring such things. Clark Kooning and John Garaty also have some ideas on the topic of model radio controlled vehicles. Bryan Schilling has a number of updates since he last called in. Luke Lemmens introduces his layout and what it was like to be featured in the Twin Cities Facebook group live layout tours. Darren Johns (aka Dazzy Jay) talks about the changes he's making in his YouTube channel and the changes the hobby is experiencing through the lockdown. Just as Tom is wrapping things up, Ron Klaiss calls in and they have a chance to formally announce the winners of the Layout Design Contest 2020 and they talk about the follies of kit manufacture.

   Mike O'Dorney
   Mark Clemmens
   John Garaty
   Gordy Robinson
   Martyn Jenkins
   Clark Kooning
   Bryan Schilling
   Luke Lemmens
   Darren Johns (aka Dazzy Jay)
   Ron Klaiss
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 2:15:45

Model Rail Radio #175: Favorite Train Show Memories [April 25, 2020]

Tom kicks off the show with Clark Kooning asking about favorite train show memories. Mike Slater has many train show experiences. Tom asks about Mike's experiences with his father attending train shows. Andrew Chisholm provides an update and talks about his favorite train shows. Richard Murphy's favorite memory of a train show incidentally also involves Tom but only tangentially. Dave Barraza has some feedback for Richard Murphy's ideas on remote operations. John Abatecola is still working through the new normal for YouTube video conversations. Dave Barraza knew what to do when his prizes arrived. Lawrence Eggering explains how he makes his kits do what people want. Seth Gartner has been on the frontlines of the virtual operating sessions and he has some experiences to talk about. Roger Chrysler has been working on a new layout in his new home with a familiar theme.

   Clark Kooning
   Mike Slater
   Andrew Chisholm
   Richard Murphy
   Dave Barraza
   John Abatecola
   Dave Barraza
   Lawrence Eggering
   Seth Gartner
   Roger Chrysler
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:56:24

Model Rail Radio #174: Burnt Out Capacitor [April 18, 2020]

Tom is recording from a sacred space. Andy Dixon is back in the hobby and is fully engaged. Simon Hill has been working on a gantry crane but also creating video conferences with his crew. Simon and Tom reflect on the passing of Bill Best Snr the owner of Bredgar. Martin Coombs has been laying track in his garden line and making building mock-ups. Tom Gasior has been leading the charge for live video layout tours. David Karkoski has been hunkered down, building models. Alex Gregg calls into the show for the first time but he's already a well known participant in the Facebook group. Marty McGuirk is nearly done on the track-work of his new layout. Tom asks about Bernie Kempinski's new layout direction. Paul Best has been doing some modeling and using Decoder Pro. Ralph Renzetti has been weathering N-scale locomotives and cooking meat. Randall Hammill introduces his railroading interests in the New Haven 1946-54 and his company. Randall and Tom discuss the future for Kickstarter in the hobby.

   Andy Dixon
   Simon Hill
   Martin Coombs
   Tom Gasior
   David Karkoski
   Alex Gregg
   Marty McGuirk
   Paul Best
   Ralph Renzetti
   Randall Hammill
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 2:32:33

Model Rail Radio #173: Acrylic Wash Techniques [April 11, 2020]

Ted Roy presented at Amherst before the lockdown, since then he's been working on a bridge and has some painting techniques he's found very useful. Brian Dougherty has been using paints at the other end of the extreme and has an infinite resource for making trees. Ed McNamara has found the ultimate elevator for the hobby - could this mean the end of helixes? Ed also provides some much needed updates from other Oregonians. Terry Terrance has found a new state to call home and has been making some progress even with lockdown. Jim Berg is still looking for a new home for his club. Andy Estep introduces his UK two rail O scale shelf layout. Lawrence Eggering is traveling to maintain sanity and working on his own layout. Brenton Spackman offers what the situation is like in rural South Australia. Dave Falkenburg and Tom talk about their shared experiences in the San Francisco Bay Area.

   Ted Roy
   Brian Dougherty
   Ed McNamara
   Terry Terrance
   Jim Berg
   Andy Estep
   Lawrence Eggering
   Brenton Spackman
   Dave Falkenburg
   Tom Barbalet

Mine Mount Models Track Plan Contest 2020

   Winner (1, 2, 3)
   Second Prize (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:55:36

Model Rail Radio #172: The Rise of Remote Layout Tours [April 4, 2020]

Dave Barraza has been on lockdown and Tom remains hopeful Dave will be streaming video at some stage through this craziness. Nigel Gartshore escaped back to Australia with a number of items from Trainfest and may actually get his model railroading space ready for some serious layout development. Not fires, nor floods, nor plagues will stop Jim Gifford from calling in. Mike Slater, Clark Kooning and Tom have a round-table discussion on what the Twin Cities Facebook group is doing for the hobby in providing live (and archived) videos from people's layouts during the lockdown (Thomas Gasior is on an upcoming recording to talk more about this).

   Dave Barraza
   Nigel Gartshore
   Jim Gifford
   Mike Slater
   Clark Kooning
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:01:54

Model Rail Radio #171: Anticipated Coffee Machine [March 28, 2020]

Mike Slater is on lockdown, working through NMRA regulations and hopes Trainfest will be the first train show after the lockdown. Mike and Tom talk about the Twin Cities live Facebook videos they have been publishing. Mike O'Dorney is maximizing his productivity, saving money in not traveling and building lighter modules. Will Lawrence introduces his Nova Scotia model railroading interests. Tom talks with Clark Kooning about the difficulty of judging models. Seth Gartner may no longer be on the front lines but he could be doing a video operating session if his friends have anything to do with it. Ron Klaiss is working through the day and designing kits at night. Ben Rechel has a couple of updates for the show. Neil Erickson is about to golden spike his layout. He and Tom talk about travel and meeting people.

   Mike Slater
   Mike O'Dorney
   Will Lawrence
   Clark Kooning
   Seth Gartner
   Ron Klaiss
   Ben Rechel
   Neil Erickson
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:39:24

Model Rail Radio #170: The Hallowed Room [March 21, 2020]

Joel Middleton kicks off the first lockdown show talking about the shelf layout he's working on somewhat inspired by the Professor. Simon Hill has been on lockdown and working on car cards and waybills. Martin Coombs has been finding procedural task to take his mind off things and provides his usual range of updates. Mike Deverell has been producing model railroading YouTube content and talks about the benefits of mock ups. Neale Brodie has been working on a computerization project. Matt Goodman has been working from home and exploring some updates to his layout. Dave Ramos is embracing the new normal and maybe video operating sessions in the future. Dave and Tom talk about willed cars and the importance of legacy in the hobby. Richard Murphy has been working on his new layout design. Richard's friend, John Abatecola, calls in to talk videos for the hobby and video conversations specifically. Mike Kenefeck has just moved house and although his layout room is packed with other stuff, he remains hopeful for his layout to be setup. Todd Hermann has been building some terrace houses that look like company homes. Chris Adams had a great operating session and has been working though his stockpile. John Garaty provides an Australian update of cancelled shows. Tom asks about what more John can add in the next twelve months.

   Joel Middleton
   Simon Hill
   Martin Coombs
   Mike Deverell
   Neale Brodie
   Matt Goodman
   Dave Ramos
   Richard Murphy
   John Abatecola
   Mike Kenefeck
   Todd Hermann
   Chris Adams
   John Garaty
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 2:26:50

Model Rail Radio #169: Head Space [February 1, 2020]

Kaylee Zheng has been to Springfield this year, has some phenomena to describe and is also looking into layout lighting. Martin Coombs provides his list of updates - including a layout on full-time public display, un-retiring an old layout, the dynamics of hurtling passenger trains and a foxing fox update. Simon Hill has a year to update, he's taken a break following building his layout but his 16mm fine detail work has called him back to the hobby. Joe D'Amato provides updates on Bruce Kelly who is infinitely more famous than Joe. Joe and Tom talk scratch building briefly and then onto Joe's incredibly lucky career. Tom concludes with the rules for the layout design contest.

   Kaylee Zheng
   Martin Coombs
   Simon Hill
   Joe D'Amato
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:58:04

Model Rail Radio #168: Detectors [January 11, 2020]

Tom introduces the show talking about catching up with some Australian participants. Mike O'Dorney is exploring modular industries. John Garaty provides some discussion to the fires in Australia and Tom tries some on call crowd sourcing for John's current water problem. Lawrence Eggering has strong feelings about the largest publication in the hobby. Mike Slater has been very productive building things and exploring his new 3d printer. Neil Erickson has been showing his trains to people around him and is excited about Blue Rails new offerings. Brenton Spackman have been continuing his lighting development and Jock is considering redoing his layout. Jamie Fenton has some new year's resolutions and they talk about layout design.

   Mike O'Dorney
   John Garaty
   Lawrence Eggering
   Mike Slater
   Neil Erickson
   Brenton Spackman
   (David aka) Jock
   Jamie Fenton
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:27:41

Model Rail Radio #167: The Brothers O'Malley [December 14, 2019]

Terry Terrance's final operating session at his current location was a success and they discuss Tony Koester's two rail O scale article in the hallowed publication. Dave Barraza has been holding regular operating sessions and discusses his weekly round-robin group. John Garaty has a couple of early Christmas gifts. Eric O'Malley (brother of Will) introduces his model railroading interests. Will O'Malley has been working on terminal modules. Todd Hermann has been working on his HO Lehigh and New England Railroad layout.

   Terry Terrance
   Dave Barraza
   John Garaty
   Eric O'Malley
   Will O'Malley
   Mike Slater
   Todd Hermann
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:18:55

Model Rail Radio #166: The Canadian Man [November 30, 2019]

Mike O'Dorney provides an update for Trainfest West. Neil Erickson has been doing some Hawaiian 1:1 railroading. Seth Gartner has been hosting nephews and is working through scenery as his layout now has a Facebook page. Darren Johns (aka Dazzy Jay) has been creating new Youtube videos. Tom and Darren discuss COPPA as it applies to Darren's content. Lawrence Eggering is enjoying his partial retirement. Ron Klaiss is on so it is contest 2020 time and he has been to his first show. Ralph Renzetti talks commissions. Jim Walsh has been going to shows and conventions. Clark Kooning talks about a particularly Candian subculture organization. Jim Gifford is still waiting for the magic parts and provides an update. Mike Slater is breaking into 3d printing with a Mr. Rogers trolley.

   Mike O'Dorney
   Neil Erickson
   Seth Gartner
   Darren Johns (aka Dazzy Jay)
   Lawrence Eggering
   Ron Klaiss
   Ralph Renzetti
   Jim Walsh
   Clark Kooning
   Jim Gifford
   Mike Slater
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:50:43

Model Rail Radio #165: So Cal Traction [November 9, 2019]

Tom welcomes on Andrew Chier who introduces his history in model railroading and talks about some of the great clubs in Southern California he attends. Will Merrell has five years of updates to provide including the success his club had finding a new space. Tom wants to know more about N-Trak and Will is the right person to talk to on this topic.

   Andrew Chier
   Will Merrell
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 55:52

Model Rail Radio #164: Dinner Party Metaphor [October 26, 2019]

Brenton Spackman has been installing lights and Jock has been swapping out motherboards on locomotives. Don has been encouraging a lot of stuff but hasn't been doing much model railroading himself. Tom has some questions about the Orient Express. Kaylee Zheng has a new position in the NMRA which gives a chance to chat about the state of the hobby in her area. Jim Gifford is missing a critical piece for his layout but he's still been having fun. Ted Roy has been building an On30 module. Dave Falkenburg has some reflections on what can be learnt through teenage robotics contests in the model railroading hobby. Mike O'Dorney missed the Narrow Gauge Convention. Mike Slater chimes in to talk more about Trainfest with Mike O'Dorney.

   Brenton Spackman
   (David aka) Jock
   Don Moyses
   Kaylee Zheng
   Jim Gifford
   Ted Roy
   Dave Falkenburg
   Mike O'Dorney
   Mike Slater
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:25:05

Model Rail Radio #163: Rough Seas [September 28, 2019]

Terry Terrance is giving a clinic and then showing his layout for one last time. Darren Johns (aka Dazzy Jay) introduces how he got interested in the hobby. Tom and Dazzy talk Train Controller. Eric Hansmann introduces his interests in model railroading Wheeling, West Virginia. Clark Kooning was that someone who knew about N scale ten years ago, now he's our friend who lives very far away. Mike Deverell has been working on the sugar mill on his layout but mainly working away. Martyn Jenkins has some updates for his Melbourne layout and they discuss some interesting ocean storms. Richard Murphy provides a Silicon Valley Lines update and is changing his layout.

   Terry Terrance
   Darren Johns (aka Dazzy Jay)
   Eric Hansmann
   Clark Kooning
   Mike Deverell
   Martyn Jenkins
   Richard Murphy
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:49:08

Model Rail Radio #162: Uncovering a Gem [September 14, 2019]

Tom provides a travel update and discusses Bredgar and Wormshill Light Railway with Neale Brodie and Martin Coombs. Jamie Fenton recommends the Ruby. Mike Slater gives a live update from a train show.

   Neale Brodie
   Martin Coombs
   Jamie Fenton
   Mike Slater
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:00:35

Model Rail Radio #161: Bring on the Narrow Gauge Convention [July 27, 2019]

Mike O'Dorney is planning to show a layout for the Narrow Gauge Convention. Neil Erickson can't wait for the Narrow Gauge Conversation. Brenton Spackman and Don Moyses are luxury camping and rail-fanning. Ros Flint is looking forward to photographing the trains. Jim Gifford isn't camping but has some updates. John Garaty gives a Prof update and then Tom has some questions about Corrimal turning into a train layout. Clark Kooning is concerned about the smaller manufacturers retiring from the hobby.

   Mike O'Dorney
   Neil Erickson
   Brenton Spackman
   Don Moyses
   Ros Flint
   Jim Gifford
   John Garaty
   Clark Kooning
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:21:10

Model Rail Radio #160: Live From Port Augusta [July 6, 2019]

Jim Gifford's friend (David aka) Jock from Port Augusta who provides a history Australian industrial locomotives and Brenton Spackman returns to discuss rewiring decoders. Jim Gifford has been fighting gremlins. Mike Slater knows a little bit about Australian locomotives. Bob Thomas (winner of this year's layout design contest) introduces his model railroading interests in 1920 on the Frisco. Will O'Malley continues on restoring his historical layout. Ron Klaiss talks about some of his new kits and how a wedding anniversary trip provided a bunch of inspiration. Ben Rechel has been running live steam. Mike Slater provides some updates about Trainfest 2020.

   (David aka) Jock
   Brenton Spackman
   Jim Gifford
   Mike Slater
   Bob Thomas
   Will O'Malley
   Ron Klaiss
   Ben Rechel
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:34:04

Model Rail Radio #159: Never Fight a Two Front War [June 15, 2019]

Martin Coombs discusses what First Sunday in June means and an unusual connection to Woodstock. Nigel Gartshore is in Canada. Dave Barraza has been pushing the speed of operations for interesting results. Clark Kooning talks about his club's long journey to recovery after the roof caved in.

   Martin Coombs
   Nigel Gartshore
   Dave Barraza
   Clark Kooning
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:13:27

Model Rail Radio #158: Mentorship [May 25, 2019]

Jamie Fenton has been working through two model railroading projects in different scales. Tom wants to know how Jamie's layout travelled. Jim Berg has moved locations and provides a number of updates. Tom asks Mike Slater about layouts in his area we may never have heard of (yet). Mike O'Dorney wants to talk about the spirit of Trainfest in the context of a maker-faire. Jim Walsh returns in good health to talk about a model railroading photography clinic he is working on. Nigel Gartshore provides a building update on his train-room and is going to Canada. Clark Kooning can find you folks in Canada if you are traveling through and has a roof collapsing update. Tom Gasior discusses mentorship in the NMRA and now through Facebook's Model Rail Radio mentorship program.

   Jamie Fenton
   Jim Berg
   Mike Slater
   Mike O'Dorney
   Jim Walsh
   Nigel Gartshore
   Clark Kooning
   Tom Gasior
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:46:53

Model Rail Radio #157: Small and Super Detailed [May 4, 2019]

Terry Terrance has been peer-pressured into showing his layout and he needs to clean it up accordingly. Jim Gifford has a few updates on his crew and a local train show coming up. Mike Slater provides some updates for his region.

   Terry Terrance
   Jim Gifford
   Mike Slater
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 42:27

Model Rail Radio #156: Beano Magazine Inspiration [April 20, 2019]

Tom has a chance to chat with Neale Brodie about how he makes radio controlled lorries for his crew's layouts. Martin Coombs has been in quite a few magazines and provides some insight into his crew's process. Mike Deverell has been rewiring his layout for JMRI sensor additions. Tom chats with Mike Slater about an unusually serious topic and then wonders if Mike Slater is running for the President of the NMRA? They discuss cars named after places amongst other topics. Neil Erickson talks more about his On30 plans. Joel Middleton introduces his model railroading hobby which delves into a philosophical discussion about what makes an English town.

   Neale Brodie
   Martin Coombs
   Mike Deverell
   Mike Slater
   Neil Erickson
   Joel Middleton
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:56:14

Model Rail Radio #155: A Hobby Dating Service [March 30, 2019]

Mike O'Dorney is physically in a hole but not metaphorically with the model railroading hobby. Dan Pickard is approaching the Australian Narrow Gauge Convention this year with a number of updates. Murray Scholz has doubled his layouts and provides a much needed update.

   Mike O'Dorney
   Dan Pickard
   Murray Scholz
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:07:33

Model Rail Radio #154: Next Generation [March 16, 2019]

Stuart Baker provides updates to what is coming out with Open LCB/LCC at the NMRA National this year at Salt Lake City. Terry Terrance isn't advocating hacking a 3d printer but he has been exploring some interesting layouts local to him. Tom welcomes on Todd and Brett Wiley from the Bench Time podcast: they introduce their background and what they love about the structure kit part of the hobby. John Garaty is on the call and provides a Corrimal ongoing work update. Ashton Herring introduces his model rail and rail fanning interests. John Garaty has some ideas for Ashton. Mike Slater has an important announcement.

   Stuart Baker
   Terry Terrance
   Todd Wiley
   Brett Wiley
   John Garaty
   Ashton Herring
   Mike Slater
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:36:41

Model Rail Radio #153: The Nozzle [March 2, 2019]

Ken Marshall discusses Lionel's various size offerings. Martin Coombs has been dealing with some four legged vandalism and talks with Tom about his trip to see their layouts. David Karkoski has been mislead in the hobby up until recently. Craig Bisgeier has upped his 3d printing game.

   Ken Marshall
   Martin Coombs
   David Karkoski
   Craig Bisgeier
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:48:31

Model Rail Radio #152: Remembering John Armstrong [February 16, 2019]

Tom welcomes on David Vaughn who introduces his time with John Armstrong and how he managed to integrate elements of John Armstrong's layout into his own layout. Jim Berg continues the discussion started by Terry Terrance last recording on the Baltimore Society of Model Engineers. Ron Klaiss calls in to announce the winner and runners up to the Mine Mount Models Track Plan Contest (2019). Ken Marshall provides an update on his new layout (Ken will also feature in the next recording discussing more details about Lionel models). Jim Gifford provides an update for his posse. Jamie Fenton provides a garden layout update. Tom tries to record an outro but is blocked splendidly by the chat asking for more information about Tom's time in the UK.

   David Vaughn
   Jim Berg
   Ron Klaiss
   Ken Marshall
   Jim Gifford
   Jamie Fenton
   Tom Barbalet

Mine Mount Models Track Plan Contest 2019

   Winner
   Honorable Mention 1
   Honorable Mention 2

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:47:10

Model Rail Radio #151: Hawaii On30 [January 19, 2019]

Clark Kooning has been working on electronics through the winter and provides an update to his club. Neil Erickson introduces his garden layout in Hawaii and his On30 layout in planning. Seth Gartner has been upping his presentation not en masse but in presentation form too. Mike Slater talks decals: vintage and new. Terry Terrance talks about unifications of 3d printing software and introduces Tom to a new railroading term. Dave Ramos has been making changes on his layout. Don Rupp introduces his model railroading interests. Terry Terrance discusses the Baltimore Society of Model Engineers: this will also be discussed at length in the next recording.

   Clark Kooning
   Neil Erickson
   Seth Gartner
   Mike Slater
   Dave Ramos
   Don Rupp
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:47:14

Model Rail Radio #149: Luxury Mole Spaces of the East Coast [December 22, 2018]

Ralph DeBlasi has been preparing his layout for a photograph rich article in RMC. Terry Terrance is back in the hobby after recovering from the O Scale National, Tom and Terry do a debrief about the O Scale National and then talk about 3d printing. Dana Driskel has personal experience with the 3d printing phenomenon, provides an update on his model railroading and discusses the beauty of Rainbow Canyon, Nevada. Roger Chrysler provides an update to his new layout space. John Garaty is starting a building spurt on Corrimal and provides an update on his overseas travel (some relating to trains). Lawrence Eggering has been exploring some new industries on his layout and presents Tom with an invitation he can't refuse. Dave Barraza has been filling gaps from banished white goods.

   Ralph DeBlasi
   Terry Terrance
   Dana Driskel
   Roger Chrysler
   John Garaty
   Lawrence Eggering
   Dave Barraza
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:39:23

Model Rail Radio #148: Neale's Agent [December 15, 2018]

   Mike Kenefeck
   Barry Silverthorn
   Martin Coombs
   Neale Brodie
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:14:00

Model Rail Radio #147: A Mixed Bag of People [December 1, 2018]

Tom starts the podcast talking about the contest. Chris Adams won't be thinking small but he has been to a show today which provides a number of interesting topics. Mike Slater has been modeling troop trains which covers a number of interesting questions. Dave Falkenburg talks about his N scale weathering project and the Silicon Valley Lines. Jim Gifford provides an end of year update. Donn Thomson introduces his model railroading interests featuring an iconic Sierras vista. Jim Walsh has been recovering from an injury and optimizing his hobby experience around this recovery.

   Chris Adams
   Mike Slater
   Dave Falkenburg
   Jim Gifford
   Donn Thomson
   Jim Walsh
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:23:24

Model Rail Radio #146: Canada's Most Wanted Video Clinician [November 10, 2018]

Stephen Vaughan Sr has been moving some equipment and is planning a basement layout. Ralph Renzetti has been video streaming to an Australian NMRA convention, Tom has a question about pastel weathering on points of contact and they nerd out about painting tanks. Dennis Drury has just shown his layout to a number of guests. Kaylee Zheng and Tom cover a number of different topics in the hobby. Jamie Fenton and Jennifer Stanberry have moved recently and a new location provides new possibilities in the hobby. Chris Adams and Tom talk about why Chris models his particular prototype and how his layout continues to grow. Ben Rechel has a question for Chris and a brief update.

   Stephen Vaughan Sr
   Ralph Renzetti
   Dennis Drury
   Kaylee Zheng
   Jamie Fenton
   Jennifer Stanberry
   Chris Adams
   Ben Rechel
   Dave Barraza
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 2:00:29

Model Rail Radio #145: Clearly A Stale Beer Element [October 27, 2018]

Tom starts the show with an introduction. Clark Kooning also provides an introduction and talks a little bit about what has been going on with his layout. Clark recommends Paul McWhorter's Arduino YouTube videos. Mike Slater introduces his extensive model railroading interests. Ron Klaiss introduces his model railroading interests and Tom announces a track plan contest with a couple of Mine Mount Models Craftsman Model Kits as prizes. Jim Gifford provides his model railroading interests. Tom would like Ron to make a trailer kit. Ron floats a topic about 3d printers. Martyn Jenkins has just returned from a trip to the US where he went to the NMRA National amongst other things.

   Clark Kooning
   Mike Slater
   Ron Klaiss
   Jim Gifford
   Martyn Jenkins
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:43:24

Model Rail Radio #144: The Prototypical Bredgar Bounce [October 13, 2018]

Mike Slater and Tom start discussing the Great Model Railway Challenge (frequently misnamed through the recording). Simon Hill talks about building his home layout. Craig Lennox calls in from North Glasgow to introduce his interests in the hobby. Martin Coombs provides a detailed list of updates. Neale Brodie doesn't have much to add from Martin's update but Tom is curious about the signals he is building. Marty McGuirk and Tom chat about a particular layout where they caught up, what about 3d printing and the potential for Marty to change eras. Dave Barraza will be running trains for his father and removing some items for the benefit of his layout. Mike O'Dorney clears up the Wig-Z Show 100 cage story with some new information, they talk a little about Mike's son, Evan, and actually some model railroading discussions.

   Mike Slater
   Simon Hill
   Martin Coombs
   Neale Brodie
   Marty McGuirk
   Dave Barraza
   Mike O'Dorney
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:56:50

Model Rail Radio #143: Shrinkage [September 29, 2018]

Dennis Drury has completed his lower level staging yard in preparation for the Reno Area Open House Weekend. Clark Kooning reflects on the new NMRA and talks a little bit about his local model railroad developments. Mike Slater has become a board member on his division of the NMRA and sets Tom straight on what the position means. Tom asks Mike about traveling with a trolley layout. Mike and Tom discuss ShapeWays versus home 3d printing. Jim Walsh has been working on a viaduct work crew, a 1910-1930 New Jersey mineral layout and has inherited a layout. Mike Deverell has been working on a structure for his layout and talks to Tom about Sears kit homes. Ron Klaiss is introduced early, actually Clark has a question for Mike Deverell. Ron Klaiss has launched his kit company, Mine Mount Models, and talks about where he finds inspiration for structures. Jason Reis has been passing the hobby on to the next generation through the simple virtue of lawn mowing. Seth Gartner has been filling in some gaps in his layout.

   Dennis Drury
   Clark Kooning
   Mike Slater
   Jim Walsh
   Mike Deverell
   Ron Klaiss
   Jason Reis
   Seth Gartner
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:29:02

Model Rail Radio #142: One Sunday in May [May 27, 2018]

Stuart Baker has been planning LCC clinics for the National. Mike Deverell built a laser cutter and is already reaping the rewards. Kaylee Zheng introduces her model rail interests including currently building a chicken car and the industry that is trash. Mike Slater is continuing with his traction creations. Ben Rechel is moving to a larger space and also has started dabbling in garden scale. Stephen Vaughan Sr will be crossing tracks with Tom on two occasions. Lawrence Eggering has been working on new industries and talks a little bit more about his new model rail business. Robin Talukdar has moved on to P48 with a switching layout based in Ontario. Jeff Shockley is restarting the Delmarva operating sessions getting ready for open house season. Mike O'Dorney has been building three modules but he really wants to talk about TrainWest with additional Trainfest context from Mike Slater.

   Stuart Baker
   Mike Deverell
   Kaylee Zheng
   Mike Slater
   Ben Rechel
   Stephen Vaughan Sr
   Lawrence Eggering
   Robin Talukdar
   Jeff Shockley
   Mike O'Dorney
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:45:20

Model Rail Radio #141: Taking on the United States of Model Railroading [March 31, 2018]

Mike O'Dorney has joined a module club and is planning a set of three modules. Marty McGuirk has two years worth of updates condensed into a move, possible new layout choices but he's returned to a familiar theme. The Professor is on a live maintenance session with the Corrimal layout and introduces Guy Gadson. John Garaty fills in the gaps. Ken Anderson introduces his model railroading interests including a narrow gauge the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad (an Appalachian line) and a standard gauge modular layout with the Sipping and Switching Society of North Carolina. The Professor manages to ask a question in a somewhat unique way. Mike Slater has been working on some traction models. Andy Breaker has been having fun with a Shapeways modeler. Will O'Malley introduces his restoration work on a historic traction layout. Alex Welch has been working on his club's layout and Mike Slater has been to Alex's club.

   Mike O'Dorney
   Marty McGuirk
   John 'Prof Klyzlr' Dimitrievich
   Guy Gadson
   John Garaty
   Mike Slater
   Andy Breaker
   Will O'Malley
   Alex Welch
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:36:51

Model Rail Radio #140: Viva La Springfield [February 10, 2018]

Neale Brodie touches on the Yard and has been experimenting with 3d printers. Martin Coombs introduces the Yard and talks about the technical distinctions with their other layout-in-progress First Sunday in June. Simon Hill has been using a lot of wire with some class. Andy Dixon calls back in after a long time away and there have been some changes in his model railroading hobby. Tom Conboy provides an update on living in a basement-less house and many changes in his life. Jim Lincoln was bullied into a bridge purchase and offers some insights into locomotive baking. Find out why Jim hates parades.

   Neale Brodie
   Martin Coombs
   Simon Hill
   Andy Dixon
   Tom Conboy
   Jim Lincoln
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:45:02

Model Rail Radio #139: The Role of the Mole [January 13, 2018]

Mike Slater has been getting into traction in a big way and it is all thanks to Andy Breaker who also calls in to provide some traction advice. Mark Zagrodney is building a UK-style Canadian layout in O scale thanks to the usual gang of Canadian suspects. Jim Walsh is preparing for the NMRA North Eastern regional convention featuring an less than qualified presenter and a bunch of masters. Mike King returns to the show to provide an update on his operating sessions and also ask the assembled group about their operating session experiences. Dana Driskel is surviving through natural disasters impacting his area. Tom welcomes on Nick Ozorak from the Roundhouse podcast: they talk a San Diego railcar restoration, Nick's modeling interests, podcasts and micro-layouts. Jason Reis updates the podcast on his 3d printer and how he managed to catch up with Peter Stempel recently. Ron Klaiss is starting a craftsman kit company. Ben Rechel gives a brief update on his model rail interests but has a pressing question and Jason Reis, Mike Slater and the chat have all the answers. Steven Haworth introduces his model rail interests. Matt Goodman has made some progress since his neighborhood open house but he's also fighting the elements. Philip Taylor has been to an NMRA devision meet in Fredericksburg, VA, and is forming two modular groups. Dave Barraza has been spending focused weekends on his layout with a helix but redeems himself with some relay discussions. Ralph Renzetti and Tom discuss some miniature painting and paying it forward in terms of skills. Martyn Jenkins is paying off some debt so he can now focus on Melbourne but there's more.

   Mike Slater
   Andy Breaker
   Mark Zagrodney
   Jim Walsh
   Mike King
   Dana Driskel
   Nick Ozorak
   Jason Reis
   Ron Klaiss
   Ben Reche
   Jason Reis
   Steven Haworth
   Matt Goodman
   Philip Taylor
   Dave Barraza
   Ralph Renzetti
   Martyn Jenkins
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 2:45:38

Model Rail Radio #138: Scenery and Digitization [December 2, 2017]

John Garaty provides an update associated with the Liverpool (NSW) train show. Jamie Fenton has been installing Digitrax LNWI and Malcolm Johnson calls in to provide an update too. John Garaty provides some ideas for Malcolm's layout. Tom talks a little bit about his road trip and the lack of modeling possibilities for mobile homes.

   John Garaty
   Jamie Fenton
   Malcolm Johnson
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 58:47

Model Rail Radio #137: Arduino Kool Aid [October 7, 2017]

Bruce Kelly provides a long overdue update touching on the NMRA and the impact of the homeless on his local club. Jim Gifford has been preparing for an NMRA Australasian weekend. Dennis Drury introduces his Southern Pacific Klamath Falls Subdivision layout (Mark III). Jeff Shockley has been adding some Ohio scenery to Delmarva.

   Bruce Kelly
   Jim Gifford
   Dennis Drury
   Jeff Shockley
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:01:50

Model Rail Radio #136: Wired for Sound [September 9, 2017]

Terry Terrance has some sage words on sound. Lawrence Eggering has moved the hobby to a job. Clark Kooning has decided to make some changes to recharge and has fallen for OpenLCB. Josh Cohen introduces his operating interests in the hobby and also his use of YouTube to present the hobby. Joe Drury has found time for the hobby after some time off. Jamie Fenton provides an update on Jennifer's handiwork and perhaps an upcoming move. Alex Welch introduces his model railroading interests. Stephen Vaughan Sr. has been to a 1 gauge meet.

   Terry Terrance
   Lawrence Eggering
   Clark Kooning
   Josh Cohen
   Joe Drury
   Jamie Fenton
   Alex Welch
   Stephen Vaughan Sr.
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 2:24:23

Model Rail Radio #135: Where's Andy? [August 5, 2017]

Stephen Vaughan Sr. introduces his model railroading interests and talks about his first experiences with railroads. Ralph DeBlasi is putting something together for October-November with his layout. Bob Richard profited from Brexit in live steam and thankfully Simon Hill and Martin Coombs provide some details on Irish steam. Martin talks about adding live steam to his garden and a few other updates. Simon gives a show layout update and a shed layout update. Mike Deverell has been touring Europe and returned to work with a laser. Jeff Shockley received an award recently. Seth Gartner has been helping friends move a large layout and a motorcar. The American Chris Adams has been updating his layout. Mike Slater finishes up the show talking about the NMRA and moving a layout cross-country.

   Stephen Vaughan Sr.
   Ralph DeBlasi
   Bob Richard
   Simon Hill
   Martin Coombs
   Mike Deverell
   Jeff Shockley
   Seth Gartner
   Chris Adams
   Mike Slater
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:42:49

Model Rail Radio #134: Architectural Plans [July 15, 2017]

   Terry Terrance
   John 'Prof Klyzlr' Dimitrievich
   Brad Donovan
   Dave Falkenburg
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:40:13

Model Rail Radio #133: Bequeathed the Chocolate [June 17, 2017]

Rob 'Bambi' Grootarz has been meeting the local luminaries. Jim Lincoln is back in the hobby. Ron Klaiss has been diverted into a switching layout. Brad Howard has been six months in the hobby and has utilized YouTube to build his layout (apologies to Stephen and Seth Arnold too.) Jim Gifford reflects on the year since his and Ros' epic tour. Martyn Jenkins has been posting videos to YouTube that demand some discussion. John Garaty had an interesting time at the Australian Narrow Gauge Convention and has some sad news. Dana Driskel has some updates. Simon Hill has been doing a lot of work in his train shed.

   Rob 'Bambi' Grootarz
   Jim Lincoln
   Ron Klaiss
   Brad Howard
   Jim Gifford
   Martyn Jenkins
   John Garaty
   Dana Driskel
   Simon Hill
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:41:21

Model Rail Radio #132: Toggle Switch to Keep the Generations Happy [May 13, 2017]

Tom's a little under the weather but MRR can't be stopped with a little assistance from Mike Slater. Dana Driskel introduces his 1920s layout. Martin Coombs provides an update on Ken's annual open house, a year ago visited by Tom himself, and a number of other updates. Malcolm Johnson is seeing Tom's advice on a situation with his layout and Tom is pleased to offer advice. Morgan Pavia has been going through starts and stops but still has a fascinating update. Dave Barraza describes a much increased garden layout and an update on LCC. Mike Slater has been working on the trolley line wiring and discusses the generations in the hobby.

   Mike Slater
   Dana Driskel
   Martin Coombs
   Malcolm Johnson
   Morgan Pavia
   Dave Barraza
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:26:05

Model Rail Radio #131: Seven Milli-Dixons [April 8, 2017]

The need is great for Joe D'Amato to provide an update on his Los Angeles themed layout. Jonathan Jones is a regular on the Facebook group but a first time caller, he introduces his prototype layout. Brian Dougherty provides a brief introduction to his model railroading interests. Tom welcomes back on the American Chris Adams who has some splendid updates on his layout including a visit from Dave Ramos. As Dave is on the line he provides an update on his iconic layout. Clark Kooning has been buying up a lot of wood and provides a few choice updates. Jeff Shockley is about to hit his thirtieth model railroading merit badge class. David Hahn introduces his model rail interests including a basement switching layout. Jim Rindt gives a long-awaited update including link-and-pin couplers in N scale. Mike Slater has been learning how to lay traction wire. Nigel Gartshore has been learning about plastering.

   Joe D'Amato
   Jonathan Jones
   Brian Dougherty
   Chris Adams
   Dave Ramos
   Clark Kooning
   Jeff Shockley
   David Hahn
   Jim Rindt
   Mike Slater
   Nigel Gartshore
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 2:02:57

Model Rail Radio #130: HO Mullet Modeling [March 11, 2017]

Mike Slater will be going to the O scale meet in Chicago. Richard Murphy provides a SVL update and has been working on his home layout through the floods. Matt Goodman is working to a deadline and has been to Toronto. Jim Gifford provides a layout update and a crew update. Jamie Fenton is about to be part of a movie on a community of model railroaders and has a slower layout update. Gregory Baker is selling some modules and realigning his model railroading hobby. Martyn Jenkins introduces his multifaceted exploration of the hobby. Dan Pickard talks all things Narrow Gauge Convention including a fascinating discussion about a set of structures.

   Mike Slater
   Richard Murphy
   Matt Goodman
   Jim Gifford
   Jamie Fenton
   Gregory Baker
   Martyn Jenkins
   Dan Pickard
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:39:35

Model Rail Radio #129: Forty Pounds of Static Grass [February 4, 2017]

Neale Brodie introduces his model rail interests. Martin Coombs and Ken Jackson provide a description of the layout Neale DDC-ized. Ken provides a series of updates including an extension to his full-sized narrow gauge layout. Martin has been keeping the kids interested with live steam and railway modeling. Simon Hill is planning a cement works of a trans-Atlantic proportions. Ralph Watson bought his friend's train and borrowed a piece of a friend's layout. Ben Rechel provides an update with some discussion added by Mike Slater. Dave Barraza went to Springfield and the burden is on his shoulders. Bill Lawson introduces his model railroading hobby with a great discussion about a line once owned by Henry Ford with some footnotes from Mike Slater and Matt Goodman. Matt Goodman has a timeframe and Mike Deverell can give some advice. Mike Deverell has been finishing more and more of his layout. Stuart Baker welcomes on Balazs Racz to provide an update on OpenLCB/LCC including load testing on Anthony Park's layout close to Tom. David Rees beat the industry for Christmas, talks about consisting and a few additional features. Paul Best has been going through a design phase over five levels. Ralph Renzetti has been dabbling in a post apocalyptic prototype very near and dear to Tom.

   Neale Brodie
   Martin Coombs
   Ken Jackson
   Simon Hill
   Ralph Watson
   Ben Rechel
   Dave Barraza
   Bill Lawson
   Mike Slater
   Matt Goodman
   Mike Deverell
   Stuart Baker
   Balazs Racz
   David Rees
   Paul Best
   Ralph Renzetti
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 2:19:12

Model Rail Radio #128: Freeze a Soldering Iron [January 7, 2017]

   Rob 'Bambino' Grootarz
   Roger Chrysler
   Mike Slater
   Nigel Gartshore
   John 'Prof Klyzlr' Dimitrievich
   Dave Barraza
   Richard Murphy
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:46:45

Model Rail Radio #127: Model Rail Missionary [October 22, 2016]

Andrew Chisholm provides an update nearly four years in the making. The newly retired Clark Kooning has been working his new area quite literally. Terry Terrance provides an update on his busy summer and offers some lesser known locations for scenery materials. Toni Ryan and Clark Kooning add some feedback for Terry. Toni Ryan provides many different updates. John Garaty gives an aesthetic critique of a creek and many on the call have feedback for John. Mike O'Dorney wants to talk about cases/covers for modules and asks about operations. Jamie Fenton provides some discussion to open operating.

   Andrew Chisholm
   Clark Kooning
   Terry Terrance
   Toni Ryan
   John Garaty
   Mike O'Dorney
   Jamie Fenton
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 2:22:30

Model Rail Radio #126: Slater, Coombs and Pavia [September 24, 2016]

Mike Slater provides a much needed circus modeling update and provides some interesting facts about Lionel. Tom has an extended chat with Martin Coombs touching on vintage cars, a trip to visit a fascinating operations-centric layout, working on the Bredgar and Wormshill Light Railway, shed rebuilds with lighting tips, building a new show layout search for First Sunday In June to find it on Facebook, how technology can improve layout scenery and the plans for a family layout. Morgan Pavia talks about an ice house on his layout using SketchUp as a visualization tool.

   Mike Slater
   Martin Coombs
   Morgan Pavia
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:40:08

Model Rail Radio #125: A Paper Industry for the W.C. [September 10, 2016]

Mike Deverell has been traveling quite a bit and has some updates. Jamie Fenton has made some significant layout progress primarily thanks to Jennifer Stanberry's efforts. Ben 'Mikado Otter' is working on restoration projects. Mike Slater has an interest in a very particular regional railroad with a major industry that seems to fit it well. Dave Barraza is going to be exploring Polish narrow-gauge. Ron Klaiss is bracing himself for his first open house. Tom raises the hallowed topic of aquamarine railroading with Dave Falkenburg. Todd Hermann introduces his basement HO Lehigh and New England Railroad layout. Matt Trawn introduces his Victorian Railroad layout with an open invite from Richard Murphy. Richard also provides an update on the Silicon Valley Lines and wine season. Ralph Renzetti has been meeting participants and discusses the finer points of wine making.

   Mike Deverell
   Jamie Fenton
   Jennifer Stanberry
   Ben 'Mikado Otter'
   Mike Slater
   Dave Barraza
   Ron Klaiss
   Dave Falkenburg
   Todd Hermann
   Matt Trawn
   Richard Murphy
   Ralph Renzetti
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:42:17

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]


   Anders Wirten
   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
   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

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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