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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…


Stephen Priest, NMRA Online Archive.

Frank Giacobbe, N Scale Limited.



A new research tool for everyone


Model railway enthusiasts, collectively, have gathered a wealth of information about trains of all sizes and gauges. Photos, plans, paperwork and other artifacts – we all have them and it’s likely others could benefit from the knowledge they represent. The problem is, how do we share it?


The National Model Railroad Association has received donations of more than 100,000 railroad-related items over the past 60 years. And now, the NMRA has taken a vital step to ensure its storehouse of important data is available to everyone, by establishing the NMRA Online Archive. Visitors to the archive can browse for images and then pay a modest fee via PayPal to download a high-resolution version.


Jim speaks to ATSF Emporia Sub layout owner and NMRA Magazine editor/publisher Stephen Priest of Paired Rail Railroad Publications Ltd about the NMRA Online Archive. As one of the people instrumental in getting the Association’s data onto the web, Stephen notes that the archive not only makes the material available to everyone with an Internet connection: It also helps preserve the information for future generations.



Not just for N Scalers


For big ideas about small trains, N Scale Limited is a great place to go. But don’t let the name fool you. While much of the modelling on this web site and forum is done in 1:160, there are plenty of great techniques and resources that will benefit all modelers, regardless of scale.


This is especially true if you’re interested in big city modeling: From articles on correct details by era (answering such questions as “When did air conditioning appear in restaurants? and “When did TV switch to color broadcasting?”) and downloadable period signs, to in-depth multi-part articles on creating classic Deco-era skyscrapers, N Scale Limited is a great resource and source of inspiration.


Trevor speaks with co-founder Frank Giacobbe about how N Scale Limited came to be. Frank also offers his perspective on model railroading in 1:160.