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Show 142 - Sunday, May 27, 2018, 3pm-5pm Pacific US, 6-8pm Eastern US


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Model Rail Radio #140: Viva La Springfield [February 10, 2018]

Neale Brodie touches on the Yard and has been experimenting with 3d printers. Martin Coombs introduces the Yard and talks about the technical distinctions with their other layout-in-progress First Sunday in June. Simon Hill has been using a lot of wire with some class. Andy Dixon calls back in after a long time away and there have been some changes in his model railroading hobby. Tom Conboy provides an update on living in a basement-less house and many changes in his life. Jim Lincoln was bullied into a bridge purchase and offers some insights into locomotive baking. Find out why Jim hates parades.

   Neale Brodie
   Martin Coombs
   Simon Hill
   Andy Dixon
   Tom Conboy
   Jim Lincoln
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:45:02

Model Rail Radio #139: The Role of the Mole [January 13, 2018]

Mike Slater has been getting into traction in a big way and it is all thanks to Andy Breaker who also calls in to provide some traction advice. Mark Zagrodney is building a UK-style Canadian layout in O scale thanks to the usual gang of Canadian suspects. Jim Walsh is preparing for the NMRA North Eastern regional convention featuring an less than qualified presenter and a bunch of masters. Mike King returns to the show to provide an update on his operating sessions and also ask the assembled group about their operating session experiences. Dana Driskel is surviving through natural disasters impacting his area. Tom welcomes on Nick Ozorak from the Roundhouse podcast: they talk a San Diego railcar restoration, Nick's modeling interests, podcasts and micro-layouts. Jason Reis updates the podcast on his 3d printer and how he managed to catch up with Peter Stempel recently. Ron Klaiss is starting a craftsman kit company. Ben Rechel gives a brief update on his model rail interests but has a pressing question and Jason Reis, Mike Slater and the chat have all the answers. Steven Haworth introduces his model rail interests. Matt Goodman has made some progress since his neighborhood open house but he's also fighting the elements. Philip Taylor has been to an NMRA devision meet in Fredericksburg, VA, and is forming two modular groups. Dave Barraza has been spending focused weekends on his layout with a helix but redeems himself with some relay discussions. Ralph Renzetti and Tom discuss some miniature painting and paying it forward in terms of skills. Martyn Jenkins is paying off some debt so he can now focus on Melbourne but there's more.

   Mike Slater
   Andy Breaker
   Mark Zagrodney
   Jim Walsh
   Mike King
   Dana Driskel
   Nick Ozorak
   Jason Reis
   Ron Klaiss
   Ben Reche
   Jason Reis
   Steven Haworth
   Matt Goodman
   Philip Taylor
   Dave Barraza
   Ralph Renzetti
   Martyn Jenkins
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 2:45:38

Model Rail Radio #138: Scenery and Digitization [December 2, 2017]

John Garaty provides an update associated with the Liverpool (NSW) train show. Jamie Fenton has been installing Digitrax LNWI and Malcolm Johnson calls in to provide an update too. John Garaty provides some ideas for Malcolm's layout. Tom talks a little bit about his road trip and the lack of modeling possibilities for mobile homes.

   John Garaty
   Jamie Fenton
   Malcolm Johnson
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 58:47

Model Rail Radio #137: Arduino Kool Aid [October 7, 2017]

Bruce Kelly provides a long overdue update touching on the NMRA and the impact of the homeless on his local club. Jim Gifford has been preparing for an NMRA Australasian weekend. Dennis Drury introduces his Southern Pacific Klamath Falls Subdivision layout (Mark III). Jeff Shockley has been adding some Ohio scenery to Delmarva.

   Bruce Kelly
   Jim Gifford
   Dennis Drury
   Jeff Shockley
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:01:50

Model Rail Radio #136: Wired for Sound [September 9, 2017]

Terry Terrance has some sage words on sound. Lawrence Eggering has moved the hobby to a job. Clark Kooning has decided to make some changes to recharge and has fallen for OpenLCB. Josh Cohen introduces his operating interests in the hobby and also his use of YouTube to present the hobby. Joe Drury has found time for the hobby after some time off. Jamie Fenton provides an update on Jennifer's handiwork and perhaps an upcoming move. Alex Welch introduces his model railroading interests. Stephen Vaughan Sr. has been to a 1 gauge meet.

   Terry Terrance
   Lawrence Eggering
   Clark Kooning
   Josh Cohen
   Joe Drury
   Jamie Fenton
   Alex Welch
   Stephen Vaughan Sr.
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 2:24:23

Model Rail Radio #135: Where's Andy? [August 5, 2017]

Stephen Vaughan Sr. introduces his model railroading interests and talks about his first experiences with railroads. Ralph DeBlasi is putting something together for October-November with his layout. Bob Richard profited from Brexit in live steam and thankfully Simon Hill and Martin Coombs provide some details on Irish steam. Martin talks about adding live steam to his garden and a few other updates. Simon gives a show layout update and a shed layout update. Mike Deverell has been touring Europe and returned to work with a laser. Jeff Shockley received an award recently. Seth Gartner has been helping friends move a large layout and a motorcar. The American Chris Adams has been updating his layout. Mike Slater finishes up the show talking about the NMRA and moving a layout cross-country.

   Stephen Vaughan Sr.
   Ralph DeBlasi
   Bob Richard
   Simon Hill
   Martin Coombs
   Mike Deverell
   Jeff Shockley
   Seth Gartner
   Chris Adams
   Mike Slater
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:42:49

Model Rail Radio #134: Architectural Plans [July 15, 2017]

Terry Terrence will be co-chairing the 50th O Scale National Convention, August 22-26, 2018. Jim Gore will be giving a clinic on paper and card-stock modeling. Jim is preparing for the Orlando NMRA National Convention and wants to see more local NMRA podcasts. The Prof has been moving around, gives a non-glowing review of a 3d scanner, provides some graphic discussion of how Brooklyn was destroyed and offers many other topics. Brad Donovan has recently migrated to the US and brought the hobby with him. Dave Falkenburg has escaped to Switzerland for a couple of weeks.

   Terry Terrence
   Jim Gore
   John 'Prof Klyzlr' Dimitrievich
   Brad Donovan
   Dave Falkenburg
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:40:13

Model Rail Radio #133: Bequeathed the Chocolate [June 17, 2017]

Rob 'Bambi' Grootarz has been meeting the local luminaries. Jim Lincoln is back in the hobby. Ron Klaiss has been diverted into a switching layout. Brad Howard has been six months in the hobby and has utilized YouTube to build his layout (apologies to Stephen and Seth Arnold too.) Jim Gifford reflects on the year since his and Ros' epic tour. Martyn Jenkins has been posting videos to YouTube that demand some discussion. John Garaty had an interesting time at the Australian Narrow Gauge Convention and has some sad news. Dana Driskel has some updates. Simon Hill has been doing a lot of work in his train shed.

   Rob 'Bambi' Grootarz
   Jim Lincoln
   Ron Klaiss
   Brad Howard
   Jim Gifford
   Martyn Jenkins
   John Garaty
   Dana Driskel
   Simon Hill
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:41:21

Model Rail Radio #132: Toggle Switch to Keep the Generations Happy [May 13, 2017]

Tom's a little under the weather but MRR can't be stopped with a little assistance from Mike Slater. Dana Driskel introduces his 1920s layout. Martin Coombs provides an update on Ken's annual open house, a year ago visited by Tom himself, and a number of other updates. Malcolm Johnson is seeing Tom's advice on a situation with his layout and Tom is pleased to offer advice. Morgan Pavia has been going through starts and stops but still has a fascinating update. Dave Barraza describes a much increased garden layout and an update on LCC. Mike Slater has been working on the trolley line wiring and discusses the generations in the hobby.

   Mike Slater
   Dana Driskel
   Martin Coombs
   Malcolm Johnson
   Morgan Pavia
   Dave Barraza
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:26:05