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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!

Anniversaries and Tributes

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In this episode…

Clare Gilbert, owner, Sylvan Scale Models.

Otto Vondrak, associate editor, Carstens Publications.



20 Years of Casting


Many of us would love to turn our hobby into our living, and for the past 20 years, Clare Gilbert has done just that.


Clare is the owner of Sylvan Scale Models, which offers resin kits for period vehicles, Canadian-specific rolling stock, structures and boats in a number of scales.


Clare joins Jim and describes how, after writing a book on the St. Clair Tunnel, he launched Sylvan while working on boats plying the Great Lakes.


But it’s vehicles – especially the cars and trucks of the 1930s and 1940s – that have really built the business, and Clare shares some news about the future of Sylvan.



Honoring Hal


If anybody deserves the description Railfan for Life, it’s the late Hal Carstens. And now, Carstens Publications – the company that bears Hal’s name – has published a book of Hal’s photographs as a tribute to his life with trains.


The book – Railfan for Life – required the input of many of Hal’s staff, including those working the company’s two monthly train magazines, Railroad Model Craftsman and Railfan and Railroad.


One of those team members, Otto Vondrak, joins Trevor to discuss how the book came about, describe what readers will find inside, and share some thoughts about Hal’s impact on the hobby.