Audio Episode

Brought to you by:

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!

The WOW factor

The Model Railway Show

Listen Now!

Audio Player not functioning in this browser.

In this episode…


Mike Confalone, editor and publisher, Railroad Explorer magazine.

Boone Morrison, architect, photographer, Narrow Gauge & Short Line Gazette columnist.



A Railfan’s Layout


Mike Confalone is a life-long railfan. His passion prompted him to establish his own company, to publish Railroad Explorer magazine as well as a selection of high-quality railroad books.


But Mike is also a model railway enthusiast. Originally set in Vermont and featured in Model Railroad Planning 2007, Mike has now changed his railroad’s identity and moved it further east. The Allagash Railway now calls Maine home, and while freelanced it has been influenced by the Bangor & Aroostook, Maine Central and other lines serving the Pine Tree State. And, as his photos and, especially, his videos ably demonstrate, the HO Allagash Railway is one of the most inspiring New England-based layouts of all time.


Mike joins Trevor to describe how his railfanning experiences have influenced his freelanced railroad and his layout design.



Presentation Is Everything


First impressions are important. What first impression does your model railway present to your guests – particularly your friends who are not in the hobby?


Boone Morrison is a well-regarded model railway author. He has taken a sabbatical from his column for The Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette but his regular writings often included ideas about effective layout presentation – from layout lighting and backdrops to fascias, room lighting, and overall layout room environment.


Whether it’s a permanent, home layout or a portable production for the exhibition circuit, Boone has many great ideas for improving the story your layout tells – drawn from his experience as an architect, a professional photographer and a film director.


Boone joins Jim to offer presentation tips and techniques.