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Show 206 - Saturday, October 16th, 2021, 9-11am Pacific US, Noon-2pm Eastern US, 5-7pm UK time

At this stage it is unclear when the recordings for November will be.


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Model Rail Radio #203: Jerry [September 4, 2021]

Martin Coombs kicks off the show with Tom talking about his new garden layout of five phases currently. Simon Hill is responsible for the track plan. Martin is also the proud new owner of an as-yet-unused 3d printer. Simon Hill goes through some of the basic tweaks that were needed on make Martin's new garden layout come to life. John Szymanski has been tuning his layout for frequent operating sessions. For now, cleaning is his most interesting problem. Model Rail Radio classic participant Anders Wirten calls in to provide an update on his model railroading interest. Why does Tom have an interest in German 1930s locomotives? Lawrence Eggering has discovered the missing link in connecting CMRI to JMRI. This produces an interesting discussion. Tom and Lawrence talk about the second-hand market. Roger Chrysler has returned to his lead collection while attempting to sell his lead collection. In his own words, he's being more selective about what he does in the model railroading hobby. Clark Kooning is out of the water and picking up sessions thanks to Mike O'Dorney. Fredrik Just calls back in following his introduction on Show 200. What ideas does he present in this call? That we should embrace the childlike wonder in our hobby with inventive storytelling. Mike O'Dorney raises a sociological phenomenon which Tom can't leave alone.

   Martin Coombs
   Simon Hill
   John Szymanski
   Lawrence Eggering
   Roger Chrysler
   Clark Kooning
   Fredrik Just
   Mike O'Dorney
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 2:13:05

Model Rail Radio #202: The Afternoon-Evening Version [March 27, 2021]

Mike Slater discovered a Lionel tunnel at an estate sale - questions ensue. Jim Gifford has still been mopping up from his disastrous 2020. Roscoe's layout has released some gremlins which seems to require pulling wire out. Jim as been doing modeling to bring his crew together. Tom welcomes on Lawrence Eggering to talk about how things have changed in the hobby for him. Tom calls out Lawrence RPO cars as being important in the legal problems for his layout's OC family. This podcast is here in the feed thanks to Robert J. Thomas who has been taking shows and editing them down for posting while I have been in Southern California waiting for the girls to arrive. Many thanks Robert for all your efforts here.

   Mike Slater
   Jim Gifford
   Lawrence Eggering
   Thanks to Robert J. Thomas for the editing!
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 51:03

Model Rail Radio #201: A Shortage Of Volunteers [March 27, 2021]

Martin Coombs has been exploring a new garden rail building material, PVC FoameX. Tom and Martin discuss the structures and the form of the garden layout. Simon Hill gives a brief hobby update then Tom and Simon talk about how folks at Bredgar are planning for the longer-term new normal. Gordy Robinson has been modeling snow in N scale. The snow provides information about the layout based on the speed of the trains through the snow. Tom wonders how Gordy's perspective has changed now he's on the NMRA board. Mike Kenefeck's layout reflects a problem Tom finds himself in too. Paul Best has made progress through lockdown with MERG. Mike O'Dorney has been vaccinated and wants to help out with Silicon Valley Lines on location. Tom has some light teasing for Mike Slater before they talk about preparing for Trainfest 2021. Clark Kooning has a timed update on what is going on in the hobby.

   Martin Coombs
   Simon Hill
   Gordy Robinson
   Mike Kenefeck
   Paul Best
   Mike O'Dorney
   Mike Slater
   Clark Kooning
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 2:03:56

Model Rail Radio #199: Paint-On Face [December 19, 2020]

Tom starts chatting with Neil Erickson about whether the end of year holds anything special for Neil about model railroading. When that topic fails, they explore American Flyer in contrast to that other big(her) manufacturer. Mike O'Dorney provides some advice about the hobby and as a parent in the hobby. Mike Slater has some serious opinions about Lionel and American Flyer. Ralph Renzetti has been exploring new techniques with AK Interactive Pencils. John Garaty has a few updates including one from the Prof remotely. This podcast is here in the feed thanks to Robert J. Thomas who has been taking shows and editing them down for posting. Many thanks Robert for all your efforts here.

   Neil Erickson
   Mike O'Dorney
   Mike Slater
   Ralph Renzetti
   John Garaty
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:36:28

These missing shows will be edited and put online as time permits.

Model Rail Radio #197: An Important Question for Martin [November 14, 2020]

Tom and Simon Hill share a very particular locomotive. What's Simon doing for the new normal? Martin Coombs has a historical question which is important with Tom's news. Clark Kooning could create a podcasting empire with his address book. They explore two building spaces for the one layout. This podcast is here in the feed thanks to Robert J. Thomas who has been taking shows and editing them down for posting while I have been in Southern California waiting for the girls to arrive. Many thanks Robert for all your efforts here.

   Simon Hill
   Martin Coombs
   Clark Kooning
   Thanks to Robert J. Thomas for the editing!
   Tom Barbalet

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   [ MP3 ] Length: 1:06:21

These missing shows will be edited and put online as time permits.