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Show 145 - Saturday, October 27, 2018 6-8pm Pacific, 9-11pm Eastern


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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 Terrence will be co-chairing the 50th O Scale National Convention, August 22-26, 2018. Jim Gore will be giving a clinic on paper and card-stock modeling. Jim is preparing for the Orlando NMRA National Convention and wants to see more local NMRA podcasts. The Prof has been moving around, gives a non-glowing review of a 3d scanner, provides some graphic discussion of how Brooklyn was destroyed and offers many other topics. Brad Donovan has recently migrated to the US and brought the hobby with him. Dave Falkenburg has escaped to Switzerland for a couple of weeks.

   Terry Terrence
   Jim Gore
   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