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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.

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In this episode…

Doug Tagsold, layout builder.

Chris Lyon, member of the Ottawa Train Expo organizing committee.



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This is not the story of a walk-around layout – but a roll-around one.


When a move forced noted modeler Doug Tagsold to tear out his two layouts and start again, he opted for something different.


Doug could have rebuilt a portion of his double-decked, HO scale Denver Front Range and Western layout, which was featured in the July and August 1999 issues of Model Railroader, in Great Model Railroads 2002, and in Volume 33 of the Great Model Railroads video series from Allen Keller.


Doug could also have rebuilt part of his spectacular On3 Durango and Silverton layout, featured in the 2007 edition of Great Model Railroads.


Instead, he opted for a very different theme. Doug’s HO scale Terminal of Toledo layout recalls days he spent watching trains in this Ohio city. The new layout is well underway and notable for many things, but visitors will be immediately impressed by the fact that it’s designed to be operated entirely while sitting.


Doug joins Jim to discuss why he decided to build a sit-down layout, some of the design decisions he made to make this happen, and how his operating crew have reacted to working from the comfort of roll-around chairs.



Ottawa Train Expo


How many times have we heard people complain that they local train show isn’t what is used to be… or isn’t, at all, anymore?


Well, rather than complain or wax nostalgic about the good old days, a group of motivated hobbyists in the Ottawa, Canada area have decided to do something about it. These modelers – many of whom are members of the Ottawa Valley Associated Railroaders – are building a new train show, from the ground up.


Ottawa Train Expo launches in May and Chris Lyon, the brass hat at the Lyon Valley Northern and a member of the show’s organizing team, says the plan to make it a major exhibition for modelers in Ontario, Quebec and New England.


Chris joins Trevor to explain why the area needs a new show and offers advice to others who are thinking about doing the same in their community.