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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!

What a difference eight years makes

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In this episode…


Tim Warris, owner, Fast Tracks.

John Johnston, director, Canadian Association of Railway Modellers.



Hand-laying a business


It’s rare in this hobby, but sometimes an idea for one’s own layout can take your life in unexpected directions. Just ask Tim Warris.


Tim is the founder of Fast Tracks, a business devoted to helping hobbyists build better hand-laid track.


He speaks to Trevor about how the business started, including the role played by the CNJ’s Bronx Terminal, which he is now modeling in HO scale. He also describes some of the tools and materials Fast Tracks offers and sheds some light on what’s coming next for Fast Tracks.



Canadian crossroads


About the same time Tim Warris was launching Fast Tracks, The Canadian Association of Railway Modellers – CARM for short – was also born.


Established in 2003 by those who organized that year’s NMRA National Convention in Toronto, this organization’s goals include fostering fellowship among Canadian hobby enthusiasts, as well as those from elsewhere who model Canadian railways. CARM also aims to promote the hobby in Canada, and facilitate the exchange of ideas and skills.


Membership was strong in the early years but has since fallen off. One of the organization’s founders and a current director, John Johnston joins Jim to offer his thoughts on the challenges facing CARM and its future. There are many lessons for hobby associations of all sizes – especially those serving vast territories.