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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!

Inspiration – Now and For The Future

The Model Railway Show

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In this episode…


Andy Sperandeo, Editor, Great Model Railroads.

Mike Hamer, Teacher and Author.



Inspiration for current model railway enthusiasts


What makes a model railroad “great”?


For the past two decades, Andy Sperandeo has been helping us answer that question in his role as Editor of the Great Model Railroads annual from Kalmbach Publishing Company. In that time, some things about layout design and construction have changed a lot, while others have remained timeless.


Andy talks to Trevor about the evolution of the hobby since that first issue hit the stands… and provides insight into the 2011 edition, which is now on sale.


Related links:

Jim Hertzog’s Reading Shamokin Division

Otis McGee’s Southern Pacific Shasta Route

Photos of Andy’s work.



Inspiring the next generation of enthusiasts


It’s often said, “We need more young people in the hobby” – and it’s true. Like any pursuit, the livelihood of model railroading depends upon the steady influx of fresh enthusiasts. But a home layout is carefully built, often with delicate details – and even a modest railway represents a considerable financial investment. Many enthusiasts may be concerned about opening up their layout to a group of kids.


Not Mike Hamer. Mike is a well-known modeler – his HO Scale Boston & Maine – Western Route has appeared in both Great Model Railroads and Model Railroad Planning – and he loves to show off his efforts to school groups, cubs/scouts, and others.


Mike talks to Jim about how to organize such a group, how to manage the kids to keep the layout safe, and other things a hobbyist can do to promote model railroading to the next generation of enthusiasts.


Related links:

Ottawa Valley Associated Railroaders

NMRA – Niagara Frontier Region – St. Lawrence Division

Model Railroading 101

Photos of Mike’s HO scale layout.