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The Model Railway Show

This episode of The Model Railway Show focuses on the manufacturing issue and the consumption conundrum.

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   This episode of The Model Railway Show focuses on the manufacturing issue and the consumption conundrum.


   To kick things off, Trevor speaks with Marty McGuirk. Marty is well-known in the hobby. He’s building a fairly large layout that faithfully models portions of the Central Vermont Railway, and blogs about it here. But he is also a former member of the Model Railroader editorial team and was, at one time, on the staff at InterMountain Railway Company, a major manufacturer of HO, N and Z scale product. His professional experience gives him a unique perspective on the issues – and the fact that he no longer earns his living from the hobby allows him to speak freely and honestly about the issues.


   Jim continues the discussion with Joe Giannovario, the publisher of O Scale Trains magazine. In a recent editorial – also published on the O Scale Trains blog – Joe notes that rising wages in China and rising oil prices, which affect everything from the cost of plastic to the cost of shipping finished product – are dulling the shine on overseas production. In addition, he argues that repatriating at least some of the manufacturing would be good for the North American economy – and that modelers should support this by being willing to pay higher prices for domestic products.