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Tom Barbalet hosts the first live internet radio show devoted to the model rail hobby

Model Rail Radio Tom Barbalet

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Tom Barbalet hosts the first live internet radio show devoted to the model rail hobby

    Model Rail Radio #180: Swinging Bridge Geometries [May 30, 2020]

    Model Rail Radio #180: Swinging Bridge Geometries [May 30, 2020]

    Simon Hill has some thoughts about how the hobby will learn from the new normal. Tom raises Hornby as a model railroading company close to Simon. Simon has been adding a sound chip to a critter. Martin Coombs continues the discussion about Kent Garden Railways. Martin has been trying to fit the hobby into his lockdown. Martin and Simon talk about the speculative future of the Bredgar and Wormshill Light Railway (this is also revisited in a future recording with a full update). Paul Best also has a light railway that he's actively involve with and has some insights to the experiences there. What has Paul Best been up to? Martin is planning a lifting/swinging bridge. Roger Chrysler is going to be presenting a clinic at a virtual RPM meet. http://www.modelrailradio.com/archive.html#180

    • 1 hr 32 min
    Model Rail Radio #179: Leave Written Notes [May 23, 2020]

    Model Rail Radio #179: Leave Written Notes [May 23, 2020]

    Tom asks Mike Slater about how he thinks the hobby will change through this period. Tom asks Mike about the bridge he is building in module form. Tom asks after James Rindt. (Please note we will be discussing the change with Trainfest 2020 in an upcoming recording with Mike Slater. The old audio is left in for coherency.) Clark Kooning offers a problem with deceased estates and the current time. In terms of modeling, Clark has finished his mountains and some grass but has been exploring micro-lighting on his layout. Will Merrell has been building modules for operations. Will would like to learn from the folks in the UK. http://www.modelrailradio.com/archive.html#179

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Model Rail Radio #178: Catalog Inspiration [May 16, 2020]

    Model Rail Radio #178: Catalog Inspiration [May 16, 2020]

    Roger Chrysler has put down some benchwork amongst putting up drywall. Richard Kowalski is getting back into his 1900s shelf layout and going through a Sears catalog to provide inspiration. Mike O'Dorney talks about how his modular layout is very similar to Richard's layout and continues the discussion on the Sears catalog. The discussion of the hobby and technology demographics gets so esoteric only Clark Kooning can be called upon to give analysis. Tom talks with Mike Slater about his hopes for the future of the hobby and continues to provide an update on the bridge module he's building. Nigel Gartshore is nearly done with his shed sealing and has been planning his layout space with a no-lix. http://www.modelrailradio.com/archive.html#178

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Model Rail Radio #177: Virtual Socializing [May 9, 2020]

    Model Rail Radio #177: Virtual Socializing [May 9, 2020]

    Mike O'Dorney has been thinking about social capital through the current times and what can be done for the future with these ideas. Martin Coombs has been thinking about model rail shows with the current crisis and they talk about Neale's 3D printing. Simon Hill has used Zoom quite successfully to keep in contact with his crew. Mike Slater has been thinking about Trainfest with the new normal and more practically he's been working on a prototype bridge. What does Clark Kooning think will happen to train shows? Lawrence Eggering has some thoughts about what he'd like to see continuing train shows. http://www.modelrailradio.com/archive.html#177

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Model Rail Radio #176: New Luminaries [May 2, 2020]

    Model Rail Radio #176: New Luminaries [May 2, 2020]

    Mike O'Dorney talks about his favorite show. Mark Clemmens provides a much needed update and talks about the locomotive restoration in Astoria, Oregon. John Garaty knows the Prof is still out there. Gordy Robinson introduces his model railroading interests and discusses the vision for NMRA-X. Martyn Jenkins talks about some of the technology behind NMRA-X and then Gordy jumps back in to discuss ideas for the near future. Tom asks about Martyn's Melbourne layout which turns into a conversation about micro radio controlled vehicles and the insanity of wiring such things. Clark Kooning and John Garaty also have some ideas on the topic of model radio controlled vehicles. Bryan Schilling has a number of updates since he last called in. Luke Lemmens introduces his layout and what it was like to be featured in the Twin Cities Facebook group live layout tours. Darren Johns (aka Dazzy Jay) talks about the changes he's making in his YouTube channel and the changes the hobby is experiencing through the lockdown. Just as Tom is wrapping things up, Ron Klaiss calls in and they have a chance to formally announce the winners of the Layout Design Contest 2020 and they talk about the follies of kit manufacture. http://www.modelrailradio.com/archive.html#176

    • 2 hr 15 min
    Model Rail Radio #175: Favorite Train Show Memories [April 25, 2020]

    Model Rail Radio #175: Favorite Train Show Memories [April 25, 2020]

    Tom kicks off the show with Clark Kooning asking about favorite train show memories. Mike Slater has many train show experiences. Tom asks about Mike's experiences with his father attending train shows. Andrew Chisholm provides an update and talks about his favorite train shows. Richard Murphy's favorite memory of a train show incidentally also involves Tom but only tangentially. Dave Barraza has some feedback for Richard Murphy's ideas on remote operations. John Abatecola is still working through the new normal for YouTube video conversations. Dave Barraza knew what to do when his prizes arrived. Lawrence Eggering explains how he makes his kits do what people want. Seth Gartner has been on the frontlines of the virtual operating sessions and he has some experiences to talk about. Roger Chrysler has been working on a new layout in his new home with a familiar theme. http://www.modelrailradio.com/archive.html#175

    • 1 hr 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
85 Ratings

85 Ratings

Andy Dorsch ,

MRR is my Model Railroad Club

I am listening to the show from show #0 to current (currently on show #28 ) and I want to comment on the show format and the cast of regulars. It is truly remarkable that Model Rail Radio brings together a group of people that are positive, energetic and knowledgeable with regards to the model railroading hobby. It’s a great show and I have learned a great deal about the hobby, its history and its obscurities. I like to think Model Rail Radio and its community is my dream model railroad club. Thank you Tom Barbalet and crew!

JEM1948 ,

Worthwhile

Tom has interesting guests who are involved with Model Railroading. I love when he asked guests to tell us what is going on with his or her model railroad hobby. Everyone is comfortable and hte talk is fun and useful.

brkat ,

What social media should be

MRR is a great show that allows you to experience model railroading progress of railroad enthusiasts all over the world. It’s great keeping up to date with peoples projects and learning how they handle their model railroading challenges!

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