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Mine Mount Models Track Plan Contest 2019

   Winner
   Honorable Mention 1
   Honorable Mention 2

Show recording times...

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

Show 161 - Saturday, July 27, 2019, 4-6pm Pacific US, 7-9pm Eastern US, 9-11am Eastern Australian

Show 162 - Saturday, August 17, 2019, 4-6pm Pacific US, 7-9pm Eastern US, 9-11am Eastern Australian

Show 163 - Saturday, September 7, 2019, 9-11am Pacific US, Noon-2pm Eastern US, 5-7pm UK time


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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

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