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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!

A passion for trains

The Model Railway Show

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In this episode…


Sam Posey, author, artist, race car driver, layout builder.

Dawn Brightwell, live steam enthusiast and builder.



Playing with Trains


Sam Posey is a Renaissance Man for the modern age – an accomplished Grand Prix racer, artist, broadcaster… and model railway builder.


Sam’s HO scale Colorado Midland has twice graced the cover of Model Railroader magazine – in February 1995 and December 2001. He’s also the author of Playing with Trains: A Passion Beyond Scale – a book about his fascination with the hobby.


Sam joins Jim to talk about the relationship between trains, art and racing – and give listeners the scoop on his next model railroading project.



Presenting the hobby to non-hobbyists


The hobby needs more people like Dawn Brightwell.


She’s a live steam enthusiast and accomplished builder, who loves the hobby’s ability to challenge us to master a wide variety of skills. She also sees the hobby as a great teaching tool for families – offering lessons on everything from history to engineering, and model-building to gardening.


Dawn also loves to share her passion for the hobby, and makes a point of talking to spectators at public shows such as the annual Doors Open Toronto event at the former CPR John Street Roundhouse.


Dawn has become adept at presenting the hobby of model railroading in its best light to non-hobbyists and shares some of her approaches with in conversation with Trevor.