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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 168 - Saturday, January 11, 2020, 4-6pm Pacific US, 7-9pm Eastern US, 11am-1pm Eastern Australian

    Show 169 - Saturday, February 1, 2020, 9-11am Pacific US, 12-2pm Eastern US, 5-7pm UK Time


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    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 Terrence 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 Terrence
       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