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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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Detailed Track – and Keeping Track

The Model Railway Show

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In this episode…


Mike Cougill, Author, Detailing Track.

Dick Karnes, S scale modeler a driving force behind the NASG’s estate disposition kit for model railroaders.



Realistic track


Almost every aspect of the hobby of model railroading has evolved greatly over the past few decades. As a group, we have become more sophisticated about trains, structures, scenery, operations and more. But when it comes to track, most hobbyists tend to gloss over the details in order to quickly get things running.


O Scale Trains magazine editor Mike Cougill believes if we do that we’re missing out on a satisfying part of the hobby that has the potential to take our layouts to a new level of realism. Mike takes the time to detail his track to the point where it is indistinguishable from the prototype, and he has a new book out called Detailing Track to help modelers consider whether building ultra-realistic trackwork is an objective they too wish to pursue.


Mike speaks to Trevor about the book, and why every thoughtful modeler will find it useful – regardless of chosen scale.


Related Links:

Photos of Mike Cougill’s track.



Keeping track for our survivors


As model railway enthusiasts, many of us build substantial collections over the years. What happens to those collections after we drop our fires and make our final trip to the roundhouse depends on how prepared we are. The task of disposing of a lifetime of train building and hoarding often falls to surviving family and friends – who may not be model railway enthusiasts.


As a benefit of membership, the National Association of S Gaugers offers its members The Estate Disposition Kit Support Program for Survivors of Deceased NASG Members and its associated Estate Survival Kit.


Jim speaks to one of the people instrumental in creating this kit – well-known S-scaler Dick Karnes – to find out how all of us can leave this final gift for our survivors.


Related Links:

Photos of Dick Karnes’ S scale layout.