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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.

Otto Vondrak is our Creative Director. That awesome badge and banner on the site? That's his doing.

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!

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In this episode…


Mike Cougill, Managing Editor, O Scale Trains magazine.

Russ Reinberg, Publisher and Editor, Westlake Publishing Company.



The future of the hobby? Think like an educator


Should we worry about the graying of the hobby? Many modelers feel we should, and some of our guests have offered up suggestions on what we as a community can do about it. But O Scale Trains Managing Editor and model railroad book author Mike Cougill has been thinking about this too, and he’s decided it’s not the real problem.


Mike has added a new section to his personal website. It’s called Point of View and in his first opinion piece, When I’m Old and Gray, he adds his thoughts to those of some previous guests on The Model Railway Show.


Trevor invites Mike back to the show to discuss how we make the hobby more relevant in a time when real trains have faded from the everyday lives of so many people.



The future of the hobby? Think like a craftsman


Each year modelers eagerly await The Logging, Mining & Industrial Annual, The Narrow Gauge Annual and The Modelers’ Annual – the three books edited and published each year by Russ Reinberg through his company, Westlake Publishing.


Each volume is loaded with beautiful photography of fantastic model-building, making them inspirational reading for any model railway enthusiast, but especially those looking to improve their modeling skills.


Russ – who is also a top-flight jazz musician and podcaster – used to publish Fine Scale Railroader magazine. But he moved to books when he saw changes in the hobby – changes that are still taking place.


Jim speaks to Russ about his switch to books, and what he sees as the future of model railroading.


Related Links…

Russ Reinberg’s swing music podcast at the iTunes Store.