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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!

Saying so long to two hobby professionals

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Andy Sperandeo, Executive Editor, Model Railroader magazine.

Allen Keller, owner, Allen Keller Productions.



So long, Andy!


After more than three decades at Model Railroader magazine, Andy Sperandeo has retired.


Andy joins Jim to look back at his run as a key member of the largest model railway enthusiast magazine in North America and his plans for retirement.


Related Links:

Andy’s plan for the ATSF San Jacinto layout (as described by Byron Henderson)



Capping the lens


Earlier this year, Allen Keller also announced his decision to wind down his model railway video production company. Under the Great Model Railroads banner, Allen set the gold standard for video documentaries of some of the most famous layouts in the United States.


Allen joins Trevor to reflect on the layout video business, how it has changed over the past three decades, and the layouts that got away.