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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!

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In this episode…


Richard Hendrickson, author and freight car modeler and historian.

Morgan Turney, editor and publisher, Canadian Railway Modeller magazine.



The origins of the freight car modeler


Today’s modelers have a tremendous selection of prototypically-correct freight cars to fill their yards. For those working in HO, the choice is staggering.


Our good fortune is due in large measure to the efforts of a special breed of hobbyist. The freight car historian researches the creation and evolution of rolling stock then shares that knowledge through books, articles, and modeling. Many also work with manufacturers, sharing their expertise to bring accurate models to market.


One of the best-known freight car historians is Richard Hendrickson. Richard has written several books on freight cars – including Billboard Refrigerator Cars, two volumes in the Focus on Freight Cars series, several volumes on freight cars for the Santa Fe Railway Historical & Modeling Society, and more. He is also a regular contributor to the Steam Era Freight Cars Yahoo group.


Richard talks to Trevor about the origins of the freight car modeler and historian.


Related Links:

Phoebe Snow (Wikipedia).

Phoebe Snow on the Women In Railroading web site.



O Canada!


Canada is sometimes humorously described as, “Like America, but different”. And that description certainly applies to Canadian railroads. A part of a tightly-integrated North American rail network, some may feel that railroading north of the border is losing its “Canadian-ness”. So do modellers (that’s right: In Canadian English, it’s spelled with two Ls) need a magazine devoted to Canadian railways?


You bet. And they have one: Canadian Railway Modeller is now in its 18th year and recently published its 100th issue. The company behind CRM, North Kildonan Publications has grown to add other products to its portfolio – including books, post cards and holiday cards. Most recently a new magazine, Railfan Canada, joined Canadian Railway Modeller on newsstands from coast to coast.


Jim talks to editor and publisher Morgan Turney about where Canadian Railway Modeller came from, and where it’s headed.