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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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