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Mine Mount Models / Model Rail Radio Layout Design Contest 2020

Rules

  • 18 foot x 12 foot room with a door

  • Please include the following structures:
       Randy's Auto Repair (4.5" x 5")
       Palzer's Plumbing Supply (8" x 11")

  • Use the room space intelligently!

  • HO or HOn

  • Email your track plan (and optional supporting documentation) to: tom at modelrailradio dot com

  • All submissions by March 31st, 2020 midnight Pacific US time.

    Prizes

    First Prize

  • Creeky Chair Models Stereo Sound Module

  • Mine Mount Models Randy's Auto Repair (4.5" x 5")

  • Mine Mount Models Palzer's Plumbing Supply (8" x 11")

  • Ralph Renzetti weathered diesel (diesel locomotive must be submitted by the winner to Ralph)

    Runner Up Prizes

  • Various Mine Mount Models kits

  • Show recording times...

    Show 172 - Saturday, April 4, 2020, 4-6pm Pacific US, 7-9pm Eastern US, 11am-1pm Eastern Australian

    Show 173 - Saturday, April 11, 2020, 4-6pm Pacific US, 7-9pm Eastern US, 11am-1pm Eastern Australian

    Show 174 - Saturday, April 18, 2020, 9-11am Pacific US, 12-2pm Eastern US, 5-7pm UK Time

    Show 175 - Saturday, April 25, 2020, 4-6pm Pacific US, 7-9pm Eastern US, 11am-1pm Eastern Australian


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    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