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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!

Narrower Minded - Broader Horizons

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Bob Brown, Publisher and Editor, Narrow Gauge & Shortline Gazette.

Bill Kaufman, VP Special Projects, National Model Railroad Association.



The Standard for Narrow Gauge Enthusiasts


There’s just something special about rails spaced less than 4’-8.5” apart, and there’s no better place to discover the magic of slim gauge than in the pages of The Narrow Gauge & Shortline Gazette.


The Gazette is closely associated with just one person: its founder, editor and publisher Bob Brown. Through the years Bob has assembled around him a closely-knit group of regular feature writers, which lends a sense of family to this bi-monthly publication. Bob talks to Jim Martin about the longevity, and future, of his magazine.



New Directions for the Standard Setters?


The National Model Railroad Association celebrated 75 years this past July. The NMRA’s contribution to the hobby is without question: The fact that our couplers, wheels, track, DCC decoders and more work, regardless of manufacturer, is due in no small measure to the association’s standards setting and negotiating/mediation prowess.


There was a time when the NMRA was the only option for enthusiasts looking to join an organization. Today, that’s not the case: There are Special Interest Groups (SIGs), newsgroups, historical societies, and informal organizations knitted together via the web and social networks. Where does the NMRA fit into this? And how can the NMRA at the national level help support the efforts of those toiling in the association’s Regions and Divisions?


To shed some light on these questions, Bill Kaufman, the first holder of the newly created office of Vice President of Special Projects at the NMRA, talks to Trevor Marshall.