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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.

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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!

The Display’s The Thing

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Professor Klyzlr, builder, Brooklyn: 3AM.

Dave Owens, modeler.



Brooklyn: 3AM


Just how impressive can eight square feet of model railway be? Well, if you do as Professor Klyzlr did, you can have people lined up four deep waiting to have a look at your layout.


The Professor took his inspiration from a small corner of the world – at 2nd Avenue and 41st Street in Brooklyn, New York. That’s where, in order to negotiate a tight 90-degree turn, the New York Cross Harbor Railroad cut the corner of Bush Terminal Building 20.


While many of us might build such a scene in a straight-forward way, The Professor developed plans to create an impressive exhibition layout with this scene as its anchor. The result – Brooklyn: 3AM – is described in some detail online, in an issue of the late Carl Arendt’s Small Layout Scrapbook.


The Professor joins Jim to discuss how he added sound, lighting and other effects to transport viewers to a cold, rainy night – a night in which a rave party is taking place in the warehouse above the tracks. He also shares his thoughts on the importance of engaging with the public at an exhibition… and explains the origins of his pseudonym.



The New England/Northeast RPM


A decade ago, the Railroad Prototype Modelers movement gained another gathering – one that has grown to become a must-attend annual event for dozens of top modelers and a handful of manufacturers. It’s the New England/Northeast RPM Meet – taking place June 1-2 in Collinsville, Connecticut.


One of the organizers, Dave Owens, joins Trevor to explain how the meet started and how it has grown. Dave describes what’s in store for this year’s meet, and shares his thoughts about why so many modelers – from across North America and around the world – call the region their modeling home.