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Model Rail Radio

Live internet radio covering all aspects of the model rail hobby

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Model Rail Radio #144: The Prototypical Bredgar Bounce [October 13, 2018]

Mike Slater and Tom start discussing the Great Model Railway Challenge (frequently misnamed through the recording). Simon Hill talks about building his home layout. Craig Lennox calls in from North Glasgow to introduce his interests in the hobby. Martin Coombs provides a detailed list of updates. Neale Brodie doesn't have much to add from Martin's update but Tom is curious about the signals he is building. Marty McGuirk and Tom chat about a particular layout where they caught up, what about 3d printing and the potential for Marty to change eras. Dave Barraza will be running trains for his father and removing some items for the benefit of his layout. Mike O'Dorney clears up the Wig-Z Show 100 cage story with some new information, they talk a little about Mike's son, Evan, and actually some model railroading discussions. http://www.modelrailradio.com/archive.html#144

1hr 56mins

13 Oct 2018

Rank #1

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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. http://www.modelrailradio.com/archive.html#135

1hr 42mins

6 Aug 2017

Rank #2

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Model Rail Radio #4: Choices in the Hobby (Part 2) [November 6, 2009]

Tom is joined by Chris Abbott to discuss structures, finescale and garden railways. This is a live internet radio show recorded at 6.30pm Pacific on Friday every-other-week. For more information, http://www.modelrailradio.com/

1hr 10mins

7 Nov 2009

Rank #3

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Model Rail Radio #157: Small and Super Detailed [May 4, 2019]

Terry Terrance 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. http://www.modelrailradio.com/archive.html#157

42mins

4 May 2019

Rank #4

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Model Rail Radio #2: Planning a Shelf Layout [October 9, 2009]

Tom explains his methods of planning a shelf layout including the importance of a design feedback loop and a layout narrative. This is a live internet radio show recorded at 6.30pm Pacific on Friday every-other-week. For more information, http://www.modelrailradio.com/

32mins

10 Oct 2009

Rank #5

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Model Rail Radio #14: A Narrower Gauge Than Usual [April 17, 2010]

Chris Abbott and Tom Barbalet talk about Chris' recent operating session and a morning at a narrow gauge show. This is a live internet radio show recorded at 4.30pm Pacific on Saturday every-other-week. For more information, http://www.modelrailradio.com/

2hr 2mins

18 Apr 2010

Rank #6

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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. http://www.modelrailradio.com/archive.html#137

1hr 1min

8 Oct 2017

Rank #7

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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 Terrance 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. http://www.modelrailradio.com/archive.html#153

1hr 36mins

16 Mar 2019

Rank #8

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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. http://www.modelrailradio.com/archive.html#138

58mins

3 Dec 2017

Rank #9

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Model Rail Radio #19: Canadian Take-Over [July 17, 2010]

Michel Boucher and Rob Peck make a friendly take-over of the show to talk about their respective layouts and operations with questions from Andrew Chisholm, Ben Rechel and Chris Abbott. This is a live internet radio show recorded at 4.30pm Pacific on Saturday every-other-week. For more information, http://www.modelrailradio.com/

2hr 20mins

18 Jul 2010

Rank #10

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Model Rail Radio #8: Teens and Too Many Choices [January 8, 2010]

Chris Abbott and Tom Barbalet are joined by Ben Rechel. They discuss teens in model railroading and the many choices Chris has with his new basement. This is a live internet radio show recorded at 6.30pm Pacific on Friday every-other-week. For more information, http://www.modelrailradio.com/

1hr 16mins

9 Jan 2010

Rank #11

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Model Rail Radio #141: Taking on the United States of Model Railroading [March 31, 2018]

Mike O'Dorney has joined a module club and is planning a set of three modules. Marty McGuirk has two years worth of updates condensed into a move, possible new layout choices but he's returned to a familiar theme. The Professor is on a live maintenance session with the Corrimal layout and introduces Guy Gadson. John Garaty fills in the gaps. Ken Anderson introduces his model railroading interests including a narrow gauge the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad (an Appalachian line) and a standard gauge modular layout with the Sipping and Switching Society of North Carolina. The Professor manages to ask a question in a somewhat unique way. Mike Slater has been working on some traction models. Andy Breaker has been having fun with a Shapeways modeler. Will O'Malley introduces his restoration work on a historic traction layout. Alex Welch has been working on his club's layout and Mike Slater has been to Alex's club. http://www.modelrailradio.com/archive.html#141

1hr 36mins

1 Apr 2018

Rank #12

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Model Rail Radio #3: Choices in the Hobby (Part 1) [October 23, 2009]

Tom is joined by Chris Abbott to discuss the many choices in the hobby. This is a live internet radio show recorded at 6.30pm Pacific on Friday every-other-week. For more information, http://www.modelrailradio.com/

1hr 25mins

24 Oct 2009

Rank #13

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Model Rail Radio #10: Shops, Turnouts and Foam [February 6, 2010]

Chris Abbott returns to talk with Tom Barbalet about hobby shops, their current projects, turnouts and foam. This is a live internet radio show recorded at 6.30pm Pacific on Friday every-other-week. For more information, http://www.modelrailradio.com/

1hr 56mins

7 Feb 2010

Rank #14

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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. http://www.modelrailradio.com/archive.html#155

1hr 7mins

31 Mar 2019

Rank #15

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Model Rail Radio #13: Burnt Fingers [April 3, 2010]

Chris Abbott and Tom Barbalet give their updates for the past two weeks including Chris' live steam experiences. They then go on to discuss a listener question on DCC on a budget, project planning your hobby and layout planning software good or bad for those starting out in the hobby. This is a live internet radio show recorded at 4.30pm Pacific on Saturday every-other-week. For more information, http://www.modelrailradio.com/

2hr 32mins

4 Apr 2010

Rank #16

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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. http://www.modelrailradio.com/archive.html#156

1hr 56mins

20 Apr 2019

Rank #17

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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. http://www.modelrailradio.com/archive.html#153

1hr 48mins

2 Mar 2019

Rank #18

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Model Rail Radio #151: Hawaii On30 [January 19, 2019]

Clark Kooning has been working on electronics through the winter and provides an update to his club. Neil Erickson introduces his garden layout in Hawaii and his On30 layout in planning. Seth Gartner has been upping his presentation not en masse but in presentation form too. Mike Slater talks decals: vintage and new. Terry Terrance talks about unifications of 3d printing software and introduces Tom to a new railroading term. Dave Ramos has been making changes on his layout. Don Rupp introduces his model railroading interests. Terry Terrance discusses the Baltimore Society of Model Engineers: this will also be discussed at length in the next recording. http://www.modelrailradio.com/archive.html#151

1hr 47mins

19 Jan 2019

Rank #19

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Model Rail Radio #150: Raw Audio Part 1 [January 5, 2019]

Raw audio from Show 150 part 1.

1hr 43mins

5 Jan 2019

Rank #20