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Mine Mount Models Track Plan Contest 2019

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   Honorable Mention 1
   Honorable Mention 2

Show recording times...

Show 163 - Saturday, September 28, 2019, 4-6pm Pacific US, 7-9pm Eastern US, 9-11am Eastern Australian

Show 164 - Saturday, October 19, 2019, 4-6pm Pacific US, 7-9pm Eastern US, 9-11am Eastern Australian

Show 165 - Saturday, November 2, 2019, 9-11am Pacific US, Noon-2pm Eastern US, 5-7pm UK time


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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 Terrence 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 Terrence
   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

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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