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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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Long distance layout builders

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In this episode…


Pelle Søeborg, author and layout builder.

Ian Plett, truck driver and layout builder.



The UP – from an ocean away


Pelle Søeborg lives in Denmark, but he models the Union Pacific in the desert in the US southwest. And as photos attest, he does a fantastic job of capturing, in HO scale, a prototype that’s several thousand miles from home.


Pelle’s web site includes several additional photos of his layout, as well as pictures dioramas he built for books he has written – including Rebuilding a Layout from A to Z, Done in a Day and Essential Model Railroad Scenery Techniques, all from Kalmbach Publications.


Pelle tells Trevor how a chance encounter with a magazine brought him back into the hobby and why he chose the Union Pacific and modern desert modeling as his theme. He also sheds some insight on his next projects.



It turns out you can take it with you


… at least, you can if you’re Ian Plett.


Ian is a long distance truck driver in Manitoba, Canada. With a lot of time on his hands away from home, he’s building an HO scale layout in the sleeper section of his rig.

After reading about Ian’s layout on John Longhurst’s blog, Jim called up Ian to find out what drove him to do build a layout in such an unusual location. Ian notes it’s a great way to hone his skills and it’s a fun way to unwind after a long day behind the wheel.


In the process, Ian proves there’s always room for a layout – somewhere…