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Mine Mount Models Track Plan Contest 2019

   Winner
   Honorable Mention 1
   Honorable Mention 2

Show recording times...

Show 158 - Saturday, May 25, 2019, 4-6pm Pacific US, 7-9pm Eastern US, 9-11am Eastern Australian

Show 159 - Saturday, June 15, 2019, 9-11am Pacific US, Noon-2pm Eastern US, 5-7pm UK time

Show 160 - Saturday, July 6, 2019, 4-6pm Pacific US, 7-9pm Eastern US, 9-11am Eastern Australian


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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

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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 Terrence 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 Terrence
   Todd Wiley
   Brett Wiley
   John Garaty
   Ashton Herring
   John Garaty
   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 Terrence 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

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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]

Tom starts with the layout design contest. Jim Gore discusses his new space. Mike Kenefeck reintroduces his love the Canadian prototype. Barry Silverthorn is making some changes so he can do more modeling. Martin Coombs and his crew have won an award for a show layout. Neale Brodie fills in some gaps and answers questions from Mike Kenefeck with input from Martin Coombs too.

   Jim Gore
   Mike Kenefeck
   Barry Silverthorn
   Martin Coombs
   Neale Brodie
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:14:00

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:26:05