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Jim Martin: Jim's radio broadcasting career includes both the private sector and the CBC, Canada's national network. During his many years on air he was a reporter, announcer, news director, talk show and news magazine host, and his favorite part, interviewer. For many years he was also the book review and video review editor for Canadian Railway Modeller. More recently he has been writing articles for Railroad Model Craftsman. He also enjoys presenting backdrop painting clinics to local groups and train shows.

Trevor Marshall: Trevor cut his teeth in radio at Standard Broadcast News, a national radio newswire service in Canada. The radio news writing style has served him well in his current profession as a freelance writer for clients in the transportation, life sciences, and government sectors. Trevor's articles for the hobby press have appeared in Model Railroad Planning, Model Railroader, Railroad Model Craftsman and other publications and he regularly presents model and prototype railway clinics on a variety of topics. He finds everything about the hobby interesting, but is particularly interested in the process that goes into a well-thought-out, prototype-based layout.

Chris Abbott is our Technical Director. Jim and Trevor would still be talking to each other without his help.

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David Woodhead is our Music Director. If you find yourself humming our theme song, well - you're not alone. Jim and Trevor have had it stuck in their heads for weeks now. Well done, David!

Scratchin' and bashin'

The Model Railway Show

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In this episode…


Chris Lane, editor, On30 Annual.

Bob Walker, author, Scratchbuilding for Model Railroaders.



Narrow Gauge Model Railroading for All


On30 – the narrow-gauge marriage of O scale models to HO gauge mechanisms and track standards – has exploded in popularity over the past decade. Some suggest that as the hobby ages and Baby Boomers learn to adjust to deteriorating eyesight and dexterity, On30 will be the savior of the hobby.


Regardless of where our feelings lie, there’s no denying that On30 is here to stay and that the best of those who model in it are engaging in some sophisticated and very accomplished modeling: award-winning, in fact. Looking for proof? Pick up a copy of the On30 Annual and you’ll find many examples of great modeling, plus several techniques that are useful in any scale.


Chris Lane likes the scale/gauge combination so much that in addition to being an On30 modeler himself, he’s also the annual’s editor.


Chris joins Trevor to explain what’s in the 2011 edition of the On30 Annual, and answer the question, “Do On30 Modelers really have more fun?”



Scratchbuilding a book


Bob Walker is no stranger to modelers.


In addition to being one of the partners at Accurail, Bob contributes a regular column about scratchbuilding to Railroad Model Craftsman magazine. These columns feature tips, tricks and lessons Bob has learned while scratchbuilding many, many models for his On3 Rio Grande Southern layout.


Now, he has collected those columns into a book, Scratchbuilding for Model Railroaders.


The book’s subtitle is Craftsman Techniques Made Simple and Bob joins Jim to explain what readers will find inside.