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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…


Tag Gorton, editor, Garden Rail magazine.

Mark Koenig, Wilmington Railroad Museum.



200 issues and counting


Those who take their hobby outside know that Garden Rail magazine – a UK monthly covering all outdoor scales and gauges – recently celebrated its 200th issue.


But even as they mark this milestone, Garden Rail and its parent company, Atlantic Publishers, are planning for the next 200 issues – and the big changes affecting the magazine industry – by offering digital subscriptions that can be read on one’s computer or portable devices like the iPad.


Garden Rail editor Tag Gorton joins Trevor to discuss the magazine’s success, changes in the garden rail hobby over those 200 issues, and why digital subscriptions are a win-win for readers, publishers and advertisers. Tag also shares why he enjoys railroading in the garden.



April 23, 2011


That’s a day that will go down in the record books – at least for the members of the Wilmington Railroad Museum in North Carolina.


On that day, members connected 1,563 pieces of rolling stock to 31 locomotives. The resulting train – more than 925 feet long – chased its tail on a 1,000-foot-long oval in a bid to become a new Guinness World Record for the longest model train.


Were they successful? And how does one prepare for such a record breaking attempt? Jim asks his guest, Mark Koenig from the museum.


Related links:
Photos from the museum on our Flickr gallery.