a ModelersLife

I know what you’re thinking, what would it be like to model the Conrail Railroad in Central New Jersey in the year 1988?? Well you’re in luck, thanks to a thorough investigation by our crack staff (Peter Borcherds) we’ve discovered Conrail is alive and well in N scale.

Joe has done a marvelous job of modeling and documenting his journey building a quality model railroad intended for operations. With over 3000 YouTube subscribers, the scenery started and major construction complete it makes for a great interview. Enjoy !!

Direct download: Episode_108__Joe_Desmond.mp3
Category:Model Railroading -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

It’s the most realistic throttle for operating model railroad diesel locomotives with controls that feel and perform just like the prototype. At least that’s what I was told but once we got our hands on this product we were convinced.

Scott Thornton had an idea and the boys at Iowa Scaled Engineering decided to make his dreams a reality. This is a behind the scenes look at how it all began with comments from some of the operators who were amongst the first to take this amazing product out for a spin. Enjoy !!

Direct download: Proto_Throttle_is_Born.mp3
Category:Model Railroading -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

Spanning the globe to bring you the latest news in the world of model railroading, our own Tony Cook has travelled thousands of miles at his own expense to keep us all up to date.

Accurail’s special Trainfest release, Broadway Limited’s newest N scale locomotive, Menard’s exclusive train sets from Bachmann, Precision Design’s newest decals, upcoming train shows, it’s all here in one convenient package.

Don’t forget to check out the latest Model Railroad News and enjoy!!

Direct download: AML_Product_News_October_5th.mp3
Category:Model Railroading -- posted at: 2:16am EDT

What does a guy from Boston, Massachusetts and a guy from Green Bay, Wisconsin have in common? Not much until they found out they were the only two guys in S scale.

It’s another great example of how this hobby brings people from all walks of life together. A locomotive engineer from CN and a civil engineer with the career spanning over four decades have created a great friendship based on model railroading.

Plus, we learned that if you spend enough time in a Wendy’s restaurant you can get just about anything accomplished. Enjoy !!

Direct download: Episode_107__Robert_Frascella.mp3
Category:Model Railroading -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

Direct download: Memories_of_Stewart.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

WeatherMyTrains.com is a website I hadn’t even heard of until just shortly before it was suggested that the owner would make an excellent interview for the podcast. With a worldwide customer base that is steadily growing Rob is a fine artist with more than 40 years experience producing aviation art, rail art and more recently quality weathering on model railroad locomotives and cars.

With a PhD from the school of “Hard Knocks” the goal is to make today’s premium find scale models even better with realistic weathering techniques and quality sound. This is a great interview with tons of useful information Rob graciously shared with everyone at the AML Network.

Direct download: Episode_106__Rob_Arsenault.mp3
Category:Model Railroading -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

Still trying to decide between crunchy and smooth peanut butter, your router keeps giving you different directions to your bedroom, Alexa refuses to play any of your favorite Kiss Cover band songs.

We can’t help with any of that but we can help you become comatose as you listen to Jerry Britton try his hand at answering the Kelly questions.

Enjoy.

Direct download: Kelly_Questions_-_Jerry_Britton.mp3
Category:Model Railroading -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

Spanning the globe to keep you informed of the latest developments in model railroading. Tony Cook editor of model railroad news once again has tirelessly searched out all the new products that you need to know about.

Enjoy !!!

Direct download: Product_News_Sept._7th.mp3
Category:Model Railroading -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

Our next guest typifies what this hobby is all about. I met Greg at the Amherst train show in Springfield, Massachusetts. I was standing outside Jim Sacco’s City Classics booth when he walked up and introduced himself. 

He was in his mid 30s, enthusiastic, cheerful, spoke right up and before I knew it we were having a very pleasant conversation because we’re model railroaders I’d never met. Originally from the north east he’s now a full-time resident in New Orleans and he gave us a very good description of the model railroading community in that part of the world. This is a great interview.

Enjoy !!

Direct download: Episode_105__Greg_Javenello.mp3
Category:Model Railroading -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

Almost fell off your chair when you discovered the shape of a Pringles potato chip is actually a hyperbolic paraboloid instead of being fashioned after Roy Rogers favorite saddle. You’ve decided the best way to get rich is to open a McDonald’s on the one continent they have yet to conquer. 

When you’re not deep in thought and you need something to stimulate your brain we have no idea how to help you but we can make the next ninety minutes of your life a complete waste of time simply by listening to the latest cruise.

Good luck, you’re going to need.

Direct download: ViewerPosts_Vacation_Cruise_22.mp3
Category:Model Railroading -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

Are you ready? Once again it’s time for all the news that is the news as we search the globe for all the latest model railroad scuttlebutt carefully analyzed, scrutinized, examined and dissected by are very own Tony Cook editor of the Model Railroad News.

Tony has driven mile after mile in his 1995 Pearl Red Cadillac Eldorado looking for the most important pieces of information you need to create at classic Chicago and Northwestern “Marsh Line” layout. 

Enjoy !!

Direct download: Product_News_August_24th.mp3
Category:Model Railroading -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

I’ve heard the name Kaylee Zheng for a few years now, so when we finally met at this year’s Springfield Show it seemed obvious she needed to be introduced to all the AML listeners. Her clinics about using cell phone speakers producing quality sound in scale locomotives are already legendary.

She originally moved to the Hartford, Connecticut area to support her beloved Whalers of the NHL only to find out they’d left decades earlier. When she’s not working on the latest decoder install or building her layout you can always find her at Tom’s Trains. Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_104__Kaylee_Zheng.mp3
Category:Model Railroading -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

RPM meats are becoming more and more popular and the Mid-Atlantic one is no different. Started just a few short years ago in 2013 this meet has become one of the more imprtant ones on the East Coast, catering to advanced modelers interested and staying faithful to their prototype.

Well-known model railroad author Bernie Kempinski tells us about two days of clinics, displays, networking and camaraderie. There’s lots to do and see with specialized vendors, a great time will be had by all. So make sure to mark this great event on your calendar.

Direct download: Mid-Atlantic_RPM.mp3
Category:Model Railroading -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

After years in a hobby building quality models for ExactRail, Blaine Hatfield has decided to strike out on his own for a brand-new company called Arrowhead Models.

This interview was done after Blaine and his family moved to Sheridan, Wyoming before announcing plans for his new company. As always he was a great interview with lots of insight into the hobby which I’m sure you will enjoy.

Direct download: Episode_103__Blaine_Hatfield.mp3
Category:Model Railroading -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

Spanning the globe to bring you the latest in model railroad news is your favorite magazine editor Tony Cook. Ever wondered which railroad purchased the most GP-9’s, are you curious to find out the latest offering from Walthers or if there’s a train show coming to a town near you??

All this and more is right here on the latest addition of product news. So get yourself a big glass of grease remover, a bowl of shredded battery cables and enjoy!!

Direct download: AML_Product_News_August_3rd.mp3
Category:Model Railroading -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

Feeling left out, your imaginary friend just stole your imaginary girlfriend. Well you’re in luck because Bruce wants to have a conversation and all of us here at AML world headquarters went out for coffee and forgot to tell Superfan #1.

This is your chance to bond with the creator of the “Kelly Questions” and find out how to become the president of your club. So get yourself a big bowl of shredded business cards, a steaming hot mug of Eye Vee fluid and enjoy!!

Direct download: Conversations_with_Bruce_4.mp3
Category:Model Railroading -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

Ever wonder what the guys talk about when the record button hasn’t been turned on?? Well now’s your chance to find out.

Estate auctions, speeders with turntables, Suydam Models, the June issue of Model Railroad News, RS-11’s, trade tariffs and Mystery shirt guy. These are just a few of the subjects covered in a podcast about nothing. 

These subjects and more are discussed when Tony Cook, Mike Ostertag, Bruce Kelly, Chris Atkins, and Ralphie Boy Renzetti gather together around the toolbox to solve the world’s problems. Enjoy.

Direct download: Just_a_Meaningless_Show.mp3
Category:Model Railroading -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

Stop up the presses and check the ticker tape, it’s time once again for AML product news with your favorite world traveler and all-around good guy Tony Cook.

Direct download: Product_News_July_20th.mp3
Category:Model Railroading -- posted at: 5:00am EDT

Once again it’s time to load up the truck, fill the cooler with soda, pack up the burgers, buy the foot longs and forget the mustard or relish. It’s time to turn the five second rule into the two minute drill as we get ready for another fun day of real fanning and hot dog eating.

Once again for the AML Annual BBQ is here with all the best analysis and plays to watch for with your favorite panelists on the Pre-Game show.

Direct download: the_BBQ_Pre-Game_Show.mp3
Category:Model Railroading -- posted at: 12:45am EDT

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to own a full size passenger car?? We found just the man to answer all your questions, Kevin Moore of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has been playing with full-size railroad cars for decades.

The Berlin sleeping car is one of the most magnificent private passenger cars on the rails today. Built by Pullman for the Union Pacific during the 1950’s, the 11 room sleeper was originally named the “Lake Placid.” So jump on board and enjoy another exciting episode of a ModelersLife.

Direct download: Episode_102__Berlin_Sleeping_Car.mp3
Category:Model Railroading -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

It’s time once again for another exciting round of the, “Kelly Questions.” Three innocent bystanders donned the tin foil helmet and allowed themselves to be strapped into "the chair" while doing their best to answer all of the questions in a fair and honest manner.

There’s no doubt that by the end of this podcast Mike Wichowski, James Mattern and Jason Quinn will seem like old friends you could easily borrow $20 bucks from. So sit back with a big bowl of shredded wire casing, a tall frosty glass of air conditioner condensation and enjoy!!

Direct download: Kelly_Questions__Rounds_36-37-38.mp3
Category:Model Railroading -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

A lifelong model railroader, who enjoys track planning while becoming a fan of railroad prototype modeling. Trying to replicate the appearance and operations of real railroads as accurately as possible in miniature presents some interesting challenges.

Few modelers have enough space to reproduce prototype track layouts with the distance required. Bob says half the fun of it is creating a track plan capturing the essence of a prototype in a manageable space is unique to every plan and layout builder.

 With almost 100 layouts plans featured on his website: bobstrackplans.com and a wealth of knowledge about the hobby you’ll be glad we decided to interview Bob. Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_101__Bob_Sprague.mp3
Category:Model Railroading -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

It’s time to get ready once again for the annual AML picnic. When planning such a massive undertaking as this you’ve got to call in your crack staff. Unfortunately we don’t have a cracked staff but we were able to get three of Wisconsin’s most prolific barbecue planners.

We’re ready to go, we’ve got Badger Burgers, Ripon’s finest hot dogs, buns and condiments what else do you need for a great day of train watching in Rochelle Illinois.

Direct download: Rochelle_Picnic_Show.mp3
Category:Model Railroading -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

Well we made it, 100 episodes!! What a great journey this has been and it all started with the host of Model Rail Radio, Tom Barbalet so we decided who better to chat with almost four years later but the man himself.

Tom is a great sport and a supporter of the show so what started out as a thirty minute interview ended as an hour and a half conversation. Thanks Tom and it won’t be long until we’re talking to you on episode 200. Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_100__Tom_Barbalet.mp3
Category:Model Railroading -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

Stop the presses, shout it from the mountain tops, let everyone know at long last it’s here. The final part of twenty-seven part Mike Deverell trilogy. Mike discusses his involvement with NMRA video program and how much he's learned from others and how much he enjoys the connections he’s made through the hobby.

Direct download: Mike_Deverell_Part_4.mp3
Category:Model Railroading -- posted at: 2:12am EDT

All the news that is the news is right here at your fingertips thanks to Model Railroad News editor Tony Cook. From Walters to Athearn, Tony has once again travelled the globe searching out just what you need to know to enjoy the hobby to it’s fullest.

 

Direct download: AML_Product_News_June_8th.mp3
Category:Model Railroading -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

Have you ever wondered what would happen if your dad owned a hobby store?? What if you knew a guy who’d been exposed to trains his entire life and still can’t get enough.

Just imagine what a podcast would be like if you interviewed somebody who was a locomotive engineer at the age of 19, is currently a conductor on the California Zephyr, building a live steam railroad around his house, a fantastic N scale layout and a garden railroad all at the same time.

That guy would be Adam Pinales from Utah, another great find for the AML network and a fun interview to listen to. The only advice we can offer is to pay attention because you just don’t know what’s going to be said next. Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_99__Adam_Pinales.mp3
Category:Model Railroading -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

Blaine Hadfield is launching a new company manufacturing high-end freight cars as he describes what it takes to get started and we’re there on the ground floor to hear all about it as Blaine opens the doors on the latest exciting adventure in his life.

Blaine’s commitment to customer satisfaction will be second to none, relying on his experience from ten years in the industry giving the model railroad consumer more than what they’ve paid for. With an emphasis on information about the product and real-time delivery it’s obvious Arrowhead Models is going to have an impact.

Direct download: ArrowHead_Models_with_Blaine_Hatfield.mp3
Category:Model Railroading -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

It’s time once again for the another episode of the wildly popular AML Product News. You’ve told all your friends, you’ve told all your neighbors, you’ve even told grandma this is the one show she doesn’t wanna miss.

So put down your glue gun stop work on that Santa Fe resin box car kit and hang onto your hat for the most informative podcast on the Internet. Enjoy!!

Direct download: AML_Product_News_May_25th.mp3
Category:Model Railroading -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

He’s host of AML’s Product News, editor of Model Railroad News, editor of HO Collector and associate editor of Railroad Model Craftsman. He’s one of the hobby’s most significant journalists, spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of model railroading.

Completely relaxed in front of the microphone Tony’s one and only true love is the Lincoln Continental and preferably the Mark IV. Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_98__Tony_Cook.mp3
Category:Model Railroading -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

Ever wondered what it would cost to take your own private railcar to an NMRA convention and return to the days of deluxe rail service on board Kevin Moore’s premier BERLIN sleeping car from Chicago to Kansas City this summer. We’ve added facts to our website describing in detail this once in a lifetime trip.

Plus we find out why Amtrak has decided these private railcars have become so burdensome, they’ve almost been considered a non-necessity as these fine recreations of the American rail scene are being forced out of rail travel from the American scene while making it a difficult as possible for these car owners to operate.

Direct download: Take_the_Train_to_KC.mp3
Category:Model Railroading -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

Want to find out how to chill a bottle of wine in just three minutes, still looking for that giant shark photo off the coast of Australia or thinking about how to become a professional bridesmaid.

Well it’s all here in another addition of product news with your favorite Model Railroad News editor Tony Cook. So sit back was a giant bowl wedding rice, of steaming hot cup of boiler paint and enjoy!!

Direct download: AML_Product_News__May_11th-2018.mp3
Category:Model Railroading -- posted at: 10:18pm EDT

It’s another great story intertwining model railroading with everyday life. A native of Pennsylvania, this is the heart warming story of local boy makes good. Maintaining a very active blog, hosting an extremely well laid out website with millions and millions of visits, while building a fantastic layout.

Jerry’s truly a nonstop whirling dervish, always something on the go, the kind of model railroader I always hoped to be. Never wasting a minute of valuable time as he works toward finishing his fantastic HO scale Pennsylvania Railroad layout set in the 1950s. This interview has lots of interesting information and plenty of model railroading stories to keep you entertained as you travel the highways and byways of life. Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_97__Jerry_Britton.mp3
Category:Model Railroading -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

It's time for another visit with Mike Deverell and his Colorado Front Range Railroad. We pick up where we left off on our last visit as Mike describes using his new laser that he purchased in order to build structures specifically designed for his railroad.

We learn about Sears homes which were basically giant 1:1 shipped to a town by the railroad and constructed buy a local crew. He also describes extensively using flats to create city scenes that will be well lit during nighttime operations.

It’s another great visit with Mike that I’m sure you’ll enjoy.

Direct download: Mike_Deverell_Update_Part_3.mp3
Category:Model Railroading -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

It’s time once again for AML’s Stanley Cup playoff breakdown, yes that’s right it’s the show you been waiting all season for, Tape 2 Tape. Get ready to arrive at the net with the puck in a bad mood.

All your favorite AML hockey analysts are here with their expert predictions and playoff analysis to save you the time of watching any games. There will be plenty of hooking and slashing as we sort out who’s finally victorious and hoists the cup.

So get yourself a big bowl of old hockey tape, a glass of melted center ice and enjoy.

Direct download: Tape_2_Tape_-_2018.mp3
Category:Hockey -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

After a well deserved spring break of frolicking on the beaches in Daytona our favorite Model Railroad News editor Tony Cook, is back what another episode of product news.

Walters announces another locomotive, the always popular trivia question as well as some of the most important product announcements in the hobby. Enjoy!!

Direct download: Product_News_April_27th_2018.mp3
Category:Model Railroading -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

Some say it’s the most realistic throttle for operating model diesel locomotives ever produced… We say it’s not a proven product until it passes the Shane test.

It’s been reported in some circles that modelers can operate just like a real engineer with the new ProtoThrottle because the controls feel and perform just like the prototype.

So take a listen while Model Railroad News editor Tony Cook and our very own Shane “the Young Gun” put this product to the test.

Direct download: Shane_Show_4__Proto_Throttle.mp3
Category:Model Railroading -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

It’s part two of Blair Kooistra month here on the ‘ole AML Network, a resident of Fort Worth, Texas, Blair has made outstanding contributions to the photographic interpretation of North America's railroading. He’s photographed railroads extensively since high school and his work has been widely published, with 15 articles in the Trains magazine index and he was recognized in its 50th anniversary issue (November 1990).

He remains active as a photographer, concentrating on shortlines and heritage railroading and traveled twice to Australia where there is still access to facilities and railroaders.

“Overall Kooistra’s work is among the most significant railroad photography of the post-steam era,” writes Scott Lothes, president of the Center for Railroad Photography & Art 

Direct download: Episode_96__Blair_Kooistra_Part_2.mp3
Category:Model Railroading -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

This is a bonus episode in the eighteen part Blair Kooistra trilogy as he describes in detail his stunning 27 minute black-and-white video tribute to the west end of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad and its employees, photographed during its last years of operation, 1977-1980.

Blair returned decades later to the Pacific Northwest to complete the stories of the people who made the Milwaukee Road special. This is a great companion piece to a video that makes railroading more romantic than Harlequin romance novel.

Direct download: Kooistra__a_Dying_Transcontinental.mp3
Category:Railroading -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

If it moves Blair will photograph it, he’s such an interesting guy we declared April, Blair Kooistra month at the ‘ole AML Network. He started out as a photojournalist had his first article in Trains magazine published before he was and now works as a dispatcher for the BNSF.

Living in Texas he decided it was only natural to Australian railroads but his Walla Walla Valley Railroad was featured in Great Model Railroads 2005. It’s another great interview and Blair is an interesting guy so enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_95__Blair_Kooistra_Part_One.mp3
Category:Model Railroading -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

More Springfield interviews featuring the ScaleTrains.com guys. Always easy to talk with, the boys from ScaleTrains.com don’t disappoint. So pull up a chair and listen to what Shane Wilson, Paul Ellis and Todd Arnett have to say.

Direct download: Springfield_Interview__ScaleTrains.com.mp3
Category:Model Railroading -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

Once again it’s time for our intrepid reporter Tony Cook Editor of Model Railroad news to bring you all the latest happenings in the world of model railroading. If you want to have your finger on the pulse of the hobby you’ve come to the right place.

So grab yourself a warm bubbly glass of printer ink, a big bowl of shredded hospital gowns and enjoy !!!

Direct download: AML_Product_News_3-23-18.mp3
Category:Model Railroading -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

Can’t get enough of Springfield interviews??... That’s good we got plenty !! George from SoundTraxx is always gracious enough to take the time to tell us what’s new in Durango, Colorado and this time was no different.

George joined SoundTraxx in 2008 as a lifelong modeler and a “walking encyclopedia” of train facts and DCC know-how. He considers the model railroading community as “one big club.”

 Enjoy!!

Direct download: Springfield_Interview__SoundTraxx.mp3
Category:Model Railroading -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

“The Broomfield” is sweeping the nation like a new dance craze. Tired of doing the Macarena, the Locomotion or even Chubby Checker’s beloved Twist?? Then it’s time for you to get on board with all the other “cool” kids at your school and start doing “the Broomfield.”

While you’re at take a listen to our latest episode and have the time of your life!! Enjoy !!

Direct download: Episode_94__Kenny_Broomfield.mp3
Category:Model Railroading -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

Just when you thought there wasn’t enough… There’s more!!! It’s Bruce the Mailboy, Tony Cook (Model Railroad News editor) and AML’s very own Lionel. (the Evil Overlord) It’s a last minute show that took over 2 months to release but we froze it so it’s still fresh.

Enjoy !!

Direct download: Product_Review_with_Tony_Cook.mp3
Category:Model Railroading -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

All the news that is the news… Ever wondered which railroad bought the most of General Electrics B36-7’s well then you’ve come to the right place, find out about this and all the other important news of the day in model railroading right here with Model Railroad News editor Tony Cook.

Enjoy !!

Direct download: AML_Product_News.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

Another Springfield interview this time with Christina Ganzer-Zambri the NMRA’s marketing consultant from the exhibitors lounge at the Amherst Railway Society’s show at the Eastern Exposition grounds in Springfield , Massachusetts.

 

Enjoy !!

Direct download: Springfield_Interview_-_Christina_Ganzer-Zambri.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

From the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field and Green Bay, Wisconsin it’s AML’s very own Olympic hopeful Mike Wichowski. So why is a cheesehead modeling the Denver and Rio Grande Western?? Simple, he learned to downhill ski at an early age and decided to combine both the speed of the giant slalom with the skill of model railroading to create a twisted monstrosity.

In order to get the best interview possible we enlisted our very own Mike “the Spoon” Ostertag to carefully analysis all of Little Mike’s answers. The whole thing went great until we turned on the mic and started the interview.

Make sure you listen until after the credits to discover the secret of “the Fighting Flopping Bass.” Enjoy !!

Direct download: Episode_93__Mike_Wichowski.mp3
Category:Model Railroading -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

Ever wonder who’s in charge at the big Amherst Railway Society Train Show?? Well who’ve come to the right place, it’s our exclusive interview with show director John Sacerdote. 

We had the chance to visit with John in the show office just long enough to find out all the behind scenes goings on.

Enjoy!!

Direct download: Springfield_Interview_-_John_Sacerdote.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

Just in time for that busy Friday morning drive to work it's the latest edition of product news with Model Railroad News editor Tony Cook. 

Don't forget to take notes for the always popular Q&A after the game in the Whalers dressing room.

Enjoy!!!

Direct download: AML_Product_News_Feb._23rd_2018.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

Ever want to know how to get full use of the garage for your model railroad or how your wife might let you build a model railroad in the bedroom. It’s all here in the latest episode of a ModelersLife.

Like most of us Steve started out with a layout his father helped him build and now in retirement he enjoys the hobby even more.

Steve models the New York Central on a 4’X 8’ layout that was featured in Model Railroader. Check out his website here: hitopbranchmodelrr.com

Enjoy.

Direct download: Episode_92__Steve_Campbell.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

What can we tell you, our number one superfan Bruce Kelly had some hard hitting questions for Tony Cook editor of Model Railroad News, so we hit record button sent them back to their corners and told them to come out swinging.

Tony wants to meet Joe Fugate and we’d like to figure out the secret of the universe. So here’s a spur of the moment podcast which unlike all the AML shows that strictly follow a script.

So get yourself a tall frosty mug of spent rocket fuel, a big bowl of crushed Geep 9 parts and enjoy !!

Direct download: Conversations_With_Bruce_3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

An interview with Shawn Cavaretta from MinuteMan Scale Models of Nashua, New Hampshire and interesting story of starting out in the model railroading industry with laser cut kits and ending up producing Scale Coat Paints.

So get yourself a warm mug of Pullman Green paint, a crunching bowl of dried brushes and enjoy !!!

Direct download: MinuteMan_Models_at_Springfield.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:09am EDT

All the news that is the news in the world of model railroading with Model Railroad News editor Tony Cook.

It’s the most exciting 10 minutes in podcasting!!! Enjoy!!!

Direct download: Product_News_Feruary_9th-2018.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

Weathering, Chessie System, Ford Mustangs and DCC Trains in Cincinnati are important ingredients to becoming a well rounded model railroader. Especially if you live Indianapolis and have been custom painting locomotives since you were in middle school.

Jason has appeared on Ken Patterson’s show several times describing how to weather cars and he does the same for us here. It’s a great show with tons of information and before you know it you’ll be shopping for your own Shelby Mustang. Enjoy !!

Direct download: Episode_91__Jason_Quinn.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

Shane “the Young Gun” and Ralph Renzetti discuss fading yellow on Union Pacific locomotives and we hear some more updates from Mike Deverell about his Colorado Front Range Railroad.

Direct download: Fading_Yellow_with_Mike_Deverell.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:11pm EDT

This is a special report… Insert dramatic music here.

From the AML headquarters in Busted Knuckle, Kentucky it’s the Amherst Train Show product news show. Find out about all the exciting new products being announced by different manufacturers right here with Tony Cook, Model Railroad News editor.

We’ve searched every nook and cranny of the model railroad world to bring you all the news that is the news just for you to enjoy!!!

Direct download: AML_Product_News_January_27th_2018.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30am EDT

Here’s the last interviews from ChicagoLand RPM with George Bogatiuk III from SoundTraxx and Pete Lakatos the Superintent of the NMRA’s WISE Division. 

Enjoy !!

Direct download: Chicago_RPM__Lakatos_Soundtraxx.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:47pm EDT

Working for the Norfolk Southern Railroad has only made the hobby of model railroading more intense for our latest victim… Err… I mean guest, James Mattern

When James isn’t busy as a regular crew member on Tom Jacobs, Reading layout, he’s busy modeling the post war Cornwall Railroad.

So sit back and relax with big frosty mug of diesel fuel as we bring you, “the Mattern Chronicles.”

Direct download: Episode_90__the_Mattern_Chronicles.mp3
Category:Model Railroading -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

All the news that is the news in world of model railroading, with Model Railroad News Editor, Tony Cook.

Enjoy !!

Direct download: Product_News_January_12th_2018.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:38pm EDT

Our very own Chris Atkins tells us all about the big Dallas area train show at the Plano Centre in, you guessed it… Plano, Texas. There are all kinds of things to do and see. Loads of vendors, layouts, clinics, plus tours of individual home layouts.

So visit: dfwtrainshows.com for all the details and there’s even a link to view the bylaws of the North Texas Council of Railroad Clubs.

Enjoy !!

Direct download: Dallas_Area_Train_Show_-_Chris_Atkins.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

It’s our annual state of the hobby with Joe Fugate and this year we’re joined by his wife Patty who’s very much involved with Model Railroad Hobbyist as well as just enjoying the hobby.

Join the editor of the hobby’s leading online magazine and some AML regulars as we look forward to the future of the model railroading.

Enjoy !!

Direct download: Episode_89__Joe__Patty_Fugate.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

Model Railroad News editor Tony Cook guides us up to through all the goings on from around the world of model railroading. Everything from new HO Scale cars to the latest must read books, Enjoy !!

Direct download: AML_News_December_29-2017.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:24am EDT

Nothing says Christmas like barking dogs !!

Take it away boys !!

Direct download: Christmas_Wishes.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

Once again Christmas is upon us and you’re more convinced than ever that gingerbread sleep on a cookie sheet. Excitement is building as Santa’s little helpers are studying hard to learn the elf-alphabet.

This year we’ve circled the globe to bring you some of the nicest Christmas stories you’ve ever heard so sit back with a big bowl of reindeer toe nail clippings, a tall glass of melted yellow snow and enjoy !!

Direct download: Episode_88__the_Christmas_Show.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

Once again Model Railroad News editor Tony Cook keeps us up to date with all the goings on from around the world of model railroading. Everything from new HO Scale cars to the latest must read books, Enjoy !!

Direct download: AML_Product_News_Dec._15th_2017.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

Another interview from the ChicagoLand RPM meet. This time we talk with show organizer Mike Skibbe and the president of ScaleTrains.com Shane Wilson.

Lots of interesting discussion so sit back with a big bowl of crushed poker chips, a tall glass of recycled ditch water and enjoy !!

Direct download: Chicago_RPM_Skibbe-Wilson.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

Christmas is fast approaching so what better time to discuss all the great train sets available on the market. Bruce Kelly, Tony Cook and Shane "the Young Gun" help us decide what to place under the family tree. We also discuss other wonderful presents like the new ESU Cab Control. 

Other topics include ethnic costumes, Lionel's chances of qualifying for the Indy 500 and Bruce's close personal relationship with movie star Paul Newman and his contributions to the final draft of "Cool Hand Luke." 

Enjoy !!

Direct download: Episode_87__Christmas_Trainsets.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

Here's Model Railroad News editor Tony Cook with all the news that is the news in the world of model railroading.

Enjoy !!

Direct download: AML_News_December_1st_2017.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

An AML quickie podcast.

Who was the guy that told Jim Senese about when Chris Atkins said the Kansas City Terminal Railroad was one of his favorites. We don’t know but we hope the AML faithful will solve this mystery.

So sit back with tall glass of dull cote, a big bowl of pan pastels and enjoy!!!

Direct download: Whos_That_Guy.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:21am EDT

Another on the road interview from the Chicagoland RPM Meet using the sexy voicenator 500. Actually it’s the zoom H5 with Shurr hand held mikes but basically it's the same thing.

Lots of interesting information so sit back, put your feet up and try not to panic when you lean over to far.

Enjoy!!!

Direct download: the_LunchTime_Show_3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

In this episode we learn all about the model/prototype railroading life of Dennis Drury a former signal maintainer on the Southern Pacific railroad. Plus we learn a great deal about the Sperry Rail Car Service, hi rail trucks and track maintenance in South America.

He’s had a fascinating journey including a short stint applying his model railroad skills in the 1:1 world of railroading.

Check out his article about using JMRI to create switchlists in the October, 2013 Model Railroad Hobbyist magazine. 

Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_86_Dennis_Drury.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

So once again the Young Gun has done damage to himself, I don’t even like hearing about it. Listen to Shane talk about his encounter with the belt machine.

We’re joined by some of the other AML regulars and Milwaukee’s Trainfest quickly approaches. Take a chill pill… Speed kills Del.

Enjoy !!

Direct download: the_LunchTime_Show_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

It’s Episode 85 with Steven Haworth. (pronouced hey-worth) He’s an avid Rio Grand Southern modeler with a great blog at: http://rgsrr.blogspot.ca/

I’ve had the chance to visit with Steven and he’s an interesting fellow so we here at the ole’ AML headquarters in Busted Knuckle, Kentucky are sure you’ll have fun listening.

Enjoy !!!

Direct download: Episode_85__Steven_Haworth.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

Mike Deverell attempts to bring us up to speed on what’s happening with his Colorado and Front Range Railroad but as usual we talk to much and barely scratch the surface.

Enjoy !!!!

Direct download: Lunch_Time_Show_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:45am EDT

Still not sure what happened at the Oscars, wish you could get today’s headlines three months late. You’ve always been curious about the origins of Pancake Tuesday, what’s the March Equinox, when is Easter?

You’ve been trapped on an escalator for three hours just four steps from the top. You don’t know what President Trump’s last name is, This is the show for you. Just a few guys sitting around discussing life’s little problems.

Enjoy!!

Direct download: Just_a_Show_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

The model railroad world is a buzz with all the excitement created by the release of the Tier 4 Gevo models from InterMountain and ScaleTrains.com.

Both models are very nicely done, we talk with both Shane “the Young Gun” and Tony Cook the editor of Model Railroad News. There’s lots to learn, when comparing the models from two different manufacturers side by side.

You’ll even get a chance to learn about the “flaming loop” an industry standard when it comes to testing model railroad locomotives. 

Enjoy !!

Direct download: Episode_84__Gevos_Gevos_Gevos.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

It’s time to hear from ” the Young Gun” again as he discusses LokSound from ESU with our very own ”Ralphie Boy.” It’s a excellent review of the LokSound products plus the usual banter between Ralph the old guy and Shane ”the Young Gun!!”

We also name drop… Ken Patterson, Matt Herman and Bob Fallowfield to name a few. Enjoy !!

Direct download: Shane_Show_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:23am EDT

It's a preview of the Kelly Questions Rounds 21-22-23. You can download the episode on our Patreon page. Just go to amodelerslife.com and follow the link.

Direct download: Kelly_Questions_21-22-23_Preview.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

It’s a roundtable discussion about all things NMRA with the president Charlie Getz, marketing director Christina Ganzer-Zambri, NMRA Facebook guy and division representative for the Scotland division Gordy Robinson. Some of our show regulars all of whom have been deeply involved with the NMRA at some level, Bruce the Mailboy, Chris Atkins (the Atkins Diet) and Superfan #1 and creator of the much loved “Kelly Questions,” Bruce Kelly.

It’s a good discussion with plenty of topics to choose from, the aging membership, the discount program now available for members, internet vs hobby shops, putting the magazine on the internet plus a host of other topics are covered in this very interesting episode. 

Enjoy !!

Direct download: Episode_83__Charlie_Getz__Company.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

The Model Railroad Open House is an annual event that’s almost 50 years old which showcases model railroads in Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. Jerry Britton volunteered to take over organization of the great event recently and has created a great website for everyone to use.

Layouts are open in November, which coincides with National Model Railroad Month in conjunction with the Garden State, New Jersey, Philadelphia, South Mountain, and Susquehanna divisions of the NMRA.

Enjoy !!

Direct download: the_Model_Railroad_Open_House.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

Mike Skibbe has gone from child laborer at a hobby shop to the guy who keeps everybody happy at the Naperville RPM meet. But it’s not in Naperville anymore it’s now moved across the street to Lisle, Illinois and it’s official name is Railroad Prototype Modelers Conference Chicagoland.

Mike is also an original member of the N scale Modutrak group, a collection of like minded modelers working to build a highly realistic N scale modular layout. Mike is fond of the phrase, better modeling through peer pressure but don’t fooled this just a group of guys trying to elevate each others modeling.

We also learned how to pronounce Des Plaines and Illinois. Enjoy!!!

 

Direct download: Episode_82__Mike_Skibbe.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

Wait… Just wait right there. 

In a hurry because life seems to busy, can’t decide between 1% or skim. Your dinner's ruined because your macaroni is sticky. Not sure whether or not to leave the ketchup in the fridge or the cupboard.

Well fear not, ViewerMail is here once again to make your life seem meaningless.

So sit back with a big bowl of shredded newspaper, a warm glass of freshly squeezed fish bait and enjoy !!

Direct download: ViewerMail_Flight_54_Re-Release.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

After falling behind on all things podcast, like Facebook notifications, updating the website, updating Patreon and finally getting the podcast itself broadcast, I’m happy to report we’re all caught up… For now.

So Shane “the Young Gun” and I decided we’d talk about this and that plus a few other subjects such as how to make realistic tarps on open loads to celebrate. There’s always something to gab about here on the ole’ AML network and here’s another 30 minutes of your life you’ll never get back.

Enjoy !!!

Direct download: All_Caught_Up.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

It’s none other than our very own Shane Murphy “the Cosmic Cowboy” back once again to regale us with stories of model railroading railroading in the great state of Texas.

This time Shane is here to tell all about his adventures in the world of live steam. His knowledge on the subject is boundless and his adventures in the world of live steam are great to listen to… With or without brakes. 

Enjoy !!!

Direct download: Episode_81__Shane_Murphy.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

A quick 30 minute show of the events of the past couple of weeks and why the show seems disorganized on both the free site and on Patreon.

If you’re wondering why a 63 year old man would walk over 115km/70miles this might be the show for you. If you’re not interested this is still a good way to waste 30 minutes of your life. Enjoy !!

Direct download: A_Conversation_About_Walking.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:17pm EDT

This is a re-release of our very first Patreon Podcast and the first ever Shane Show. Enjoy !!!

Shane the "Young Gun"  could be a show all on his own so the first offering on our Patreon Page is the first ever "Shane Show." 

I know you'll enjoy this because Shane is full of energy and always has something interesting to say.

Direct download: Shane_Show_1_-_Re-Release.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:30am EDT

We bought some new portable recording equipment, a Zoom H5 and the Sexy Voicenator 500 microphone a.k.a. Shurr SM 58. We tried it out at the AML barbeque with some decent results and decided it would be fun to try interviewing some folks at the NMRA Train Show in Orlando, Florida.

 It turned out pretty good as we talked to the folks at Peco Track, White River Productions, the Coach Yard, ScaleTrains.com, Gordy Robinson from the British Region of the NMRA, YouTuber Bob Olson and a couple of real live model Railroaders.

I hope you have as much fun listening as I did talking. Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_80__NMRA_Train_Show.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

In this episode Chris relays his experiences at the Layout Design and Operations weekend in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Operation weekends are becoming more and more popular all across North America such Minn Rail, Prairie Rail and the always secretive Pro Rail.

Chris also shares his views on an array of subjects such as Social Media, places to eat and friends nicknames with an in-depth discussion on nicknames and how they come to be. The Layout Design Sig had a presence in Tulsa and Chris was happy to get plenty of solid input on his layout design. 

Enjoy!!

Direct download: the_Atkins_Diet2_Re-Release.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

What does an avid New Haven Railroad fan, bicycle racing, Connecticut State Legislature, pineapple pizza and brownies have in common?? Well if you haven’t guessed already we’re talking about Chris Adams and his Connecticut Valley Branch Railroad.

Chris is a fabulously interesting guy as you’ll find out, he maintains a website, a blog, has operating sessions, rides around Old Saybrook on his bike, is actively creating a photo library for New Haven Railroad Historical & Technical Association, (NHRHTA) Chris and the gang have catalog at least 11,000 images so far all the while eating brownies prepared with care by his wife Debby.

There’s lots more to tell but it would be just easier to just pull up a chair and listen. Enjoy.

Direct download: Episode_79__Chris_Adams.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

This is a re-release of our once a month podcast committed to the $5 and up level subscribers on our Patreon site as a thank you for their support.
 
The regular AML gang discussing all things model railroading and a few other topics as well. 

We don’t actually start referring to the show as the Virtual Hobby Shop (VHS) for a few episodes but that’s what we’re calling it.

Enjoy !! 

 
Direct download: Virtual_Hobby_Shop_Number_1_-_Re-release.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

Ever wonder what the DC-Car System is??... Me neither but when Uncle Larry started talking about it, we here at the ole’ AML Network got interested so we figured it would be worth listening to.

If who’ve ever wondered what model railroading with cars and trucks might be like, the DC-Car System is an interesting addition to the hobby. Find out about Faller’s depth cutting tool, special paint and motorized cars and trucks. Independently control lights, infra-red transmitters and receivers plus all sorts of other interesting stuff.

We also discuss how cool the possibility of exploding trains would be… The Addams family would be proud !!... I’m telling you this hobby is way bigger than any of us can imagine.

Direct download: the_Uncle_Larry_Show_8.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

This is our second visit with Tim Warris the owner of Fast Tracks and it seemed like an ideal time to talk with him again as he begins a new adventure as the owner of Mt. Albert Scale Lumber.

Additional space at the home office in Port Dover, Ontario was acquired to accommodate the unique requirements needed. Tim has also retained the services how Gerry Cornwall, (the previous owner of Mt. Albert) who will be helping to ensure a smooth transition and help develop a unique line of structure kits.

This is a really interesting story with lots of twists and turns, enjoy

Direct download: Episode_78__Tim_Warris.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:10pm EDT

It's a preview of our first ever AML get together at Rochelle, Illinois.

Direct download: Picnic.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:53am EDT

The “WhizKid” and “Straightball” are going Free-mo. The Ashland and Oshkosh has been born, give these guys some lumber a few wood screws, a Kreg Jig, some track and you never know what they're going to come up with. 

There's already a track plan that's been posted on our Facebook page and they're inviting each and everyone of you to join in and create your own modules to be part of the layout. Operations is definitely part of the future plans with a Tac-O-Nite mine and an ore dock being at the center of the action. They describe in detail their plans in this podcast so enjoy.

Direct download: Ashland_and_Oshkosh_Free-Mo_Layout.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

Born in Woodstock, Ontario Bob enjoyed nothing more as a young boy then heading down to the CP rail yards near his home to watch trains. Now as an adult he models CP's Galt Sub in what can only be described as spectacular fashion.

It's October 1980 on Bob's layout rekindling childhood memories and reproduce the high volume of traffic during that time.

This is a great interview as Bob tells us all about his 12 x 30' basement layout which includes branch lines to St. Thomas, St. Mary's and Tillsonburg.

Bob is an excellent modeler willing to share as much information as possible in the true spirit of the hobby, so please enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_77__Bob_Fallowfield.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

This podcast was originally aired on our Patreon site on April 6th, and we're making available free to all those interested in the podcast.

It's not impossible to build a model railroad layout without a trackplan but it's considerably more difficult. Creating a trackplan can be one of the more enjoyable aspects of building your own model railroad but unfortunately it's not something you need to do on a regular basis.

So we decided to have a roundtable discussion exploring the pros and cons of layout design. We explored just a few of the many aspects that can be during the design process and had fun doing it.

Enjoy!!

Direct download: Layout_Design_RoundTable.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

It’s the second installment of ScaleTrains.com month. In this episode we speak with Todd Arnett who is the Norfolk Southern expert for this very ambitious model building company. Todd is an enthusiastic modeler form the Charlotte, North Carolina area with an interesting story and gives us more insight into ScaleTrains.com

Enjoy.

Direct download: Episode_76__Todd_Arnett.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:26pm EDT

Still trying to get that old Kool-Aid stain out of your favourite leisure suit? Convinced dinosaur farts could have been a huge source of renewable energy. Service dogs are convinced your dog is unemployed. As a child of the 70s your math teacher insisted you wouldn't have a calculator everywhere you went only to discover he was lying to you all along.

We can take your mind off your troubles and easily help you waste an 98 minutes of your life simply by listening to ViewerMail. So get yourself a big bowl of toaster crumbs, a tall glass of luke warm puddle water and enjoy.

Direct download: ViewerMail_Flight_58.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:18pm EDT

It’s the beginning of ScaleTrains.com month so a return interview with company president Shane Wilson seemed like the logical place to start. Lots of progress and excitement has taken place since we last visited with Shane. There’s been the release of SD40-2’s, Big Blow in N-Scale, the UP auxiliary water tenders, airslide covered hoppers, the tank car disaster and they even announced the Tier 4 GEVO.

It’s great to hear all the adventures that come from running a model railroad company. ScaleTrains.com is off and running making a place for themselves in the hobby so come along and journey with us. Enjoy.

Direct download: Episode_75__ScaleTrains.com.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am EDT