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Mine Mount Models Track Plan Contest 2019

   Winner
   Honorable Mention 1
   Honorable Mention 2

Show recording times...

Show 166 - Saturday, November 30, 2019, 4-6pm Pacific US, 7-9pm Eastern US, 11am-1pm Eastern Australian

Show 167 - Saturday, December 14, 2019, 4-6pm Pacific US, 7-9pm Eastern US, 11am-1pm Eastern Australian

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


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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