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Episode 159: NixTrainz

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Release Date: 12/07/2020

Episode 164: Lorne James and Otter Valley Railroad show art Episode 164: Lorne James and Otter Valley Railroad

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Founded in 2003 Otter Valley Railroad served local customers travelling to train shows throughout Southern Ontario. In 2011 a brand new 1,200 square foot store was built and packed with model train products.

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Drew Warrington and Tony Cook show art Drew Warrington and Tony Cook

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The next generation of hobbyist is here with YouTube videos, Facebook pages and any other kind of social media you can think of, the argument of “the hobby is dying” needs to be put to rest once and for all. It's a great discussion about enjoying the hobby.

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Episode 163: Emory Van Lehman III show art Episode 163: Emory Van Lehman III

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We’re finding more full-time railroaders just as interested about model railroading as they are with their day jobs. This month's guest is a long time BNSF employee who enjoys spending time at the workbench as much he does behind the controls of an SD40-2.

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Kelly Questions: Dave Abeles show art Kelly Questions: Dave Abeles

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It's time for another exciting round of the Kelly Questions with one of Conrail's biggest fans, we've all got to know him up and personal from his fabulous Facebook live podcasts featuring operations in upstate New York and now it’s our chance to find out how he holds up under pressure.

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Episode 162: Mike Hauk show art Episode 162: Mike Hauk

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What do you get when combine a lifelong model railroader with a doctor and an ex-navy guy?? A great layout built by a dedicated member of the NMRA and someone who has squeezed as much out of the hobby as possible. This episode follows the journey of a lifelong model railroader traveling the world while serving his country.

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NMRA Elections: Doehring-Robinson show art NMRA Elections: Doehring-Robinson

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Election time at the NMRA and we’ve offered this podcast to anyone running for office in order for them to express their positions. John Doehring who’s running for Eastern Director and Gordy Robinson who’s on the ballot for president of the NMRA agreed to answer some questions.

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Episode 161: Dave Ramos show art Episode 161: Dave Ramos

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What happens when a guy with lots of enthusiasm, a personality as big as Manhattan itself, twelve hundred freight cars, a wobbly car float finally decides to build a layout?? You get friendships and an operating model railroad in a realistic manner.

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George's Journal Begins show art George's Journal Begins

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Starting a new career can be as exciting as anything you’ll ever do and getting to share the adventure with others might be the next best thing. When we found out our very own George “the Boy Wonder” Taylor (a.k.a. “Teaspoon”) had been hired on by the Canadian National Railway, we jumped at the chance to ride along.

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Episode 160: Scott Thornton - Rock River show art Episode 160: Scott Thornton - Rock River

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Backdrops are as important to scenery as any other aspect in the overall appearance of a finished model railroad. This month Scott shows us how he created the Rock River on his Milan Branch of the Iowa Interstate Railroad layout. Through a series of experiments, mistakes and successes the finished product turned out beautifully. Ron Marsh is the co-host and does an excellent job of keeping us on “track.”

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Fugate/Robinson show art Fugate/Robinson

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Since the beginning we’ve checked up on the state of the hobby each year with Joe Fugate editor of the online magazine Model Railroad Hobbyist and this year is no different, but we decided to add our favorite NMRA Director-at-Large Gordy Robinson.

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