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From deep in the heart of south, the “Big Easy” comes the true life story of out next victim … Errr… I mean, challenger. Greg is an active member of the Crescent City Model Railroad Club.

Enjoy !!!

Direct download: Kelly_Questions__Greg_Javonillo.mp3
Category:Model Railroading -- posted at: 2:30am EST

Syracuse, New York is the economic and educational hub of central New York state and the home of our next guest who’s enthusiastically promoted the hobby of model railroading most of his adult life. Most recently using a small switching layout to introduce people of all ages to the hobby and actively recruit them for Central New York division of the NMRA.

It’s all about hands-on experience for Ed and his crew as they travel to various train shows introducing people to the hobby. He’s a great supporter of the podcast with a great story so sit back with a tall glass of Congo beer, a big bowl of month old pretzels and enjoy.

Direct download: Episode_111__Ed_Olszewski.mp3
Category:Model Railroading -- posted at: 2:30am EST

You’re convinced the X2F HO scale coupler was actually developed in exploratory labs located deep inside Sector 12 as an attempt to help the Guardians of the Universe protect future colonies.

Let’s go back to 1957, Athearn’s HI-F Drive was gaining popularity through recent releases in their HO scale diesel line and the Hustler made it’s a glorious debut on to the model railroad scene gaining a solid foothold on many layouts and a place in model railroad history.

This is the debut of a new series hosted by AML’s very own Tony Cook, a fountain of knowledge when it comes to the history of this great hobby and the editor of Model Railroad News.

Direct download: X2F_Files_Episode_1__the_Hustler.mp3
Category:Model Railroading -- posted at: 2:30am EST

Chris Adams and Kaylee Zheng review all the comings and goings at the North East Railroad Prototype Modelers meet in Enfield, Connecticut. There were lots of awesome presentations and free flowing exchange of good ideas.

RPM Meets present an excellent opportunity for learning and sharing different techniques with some of the best in the hobby. So sit back, close your eyes and relax as we give you an audio tour of the NERPM Meet… Actually if you’re driving, keep your eyes open.

Direct download: NERPM_Review.mp3
Category:Model Railroading -- posted at: 2:30am EST

Ever wonder what it’s like to be pastor of the First Baptist Church in El Dorado Springs, Missouri and still having time to become one of the rising stars in the dog eat dog world of model railroad video production?? 

It’s a never ending quest here at the old AML headquarters to fine the most interesting people in the hobby.

Ron’s Trains N Things is a YouTube channel dedicated to sharing tools, tips and techniques as Ron Marsh guides you along the way towards a better layout. Ron’s easy on screen demeanor makes it a pleasure to follow along towards this next completed project. Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode__110__Ron_Marsh.mp3
Category:Model Railroading -- posted at: 2:30am EST

It’s often said that weathering your locomotives and cars is essential to creating a realistic appearance for any model railroad. Rob is willing to admit he may never totally master it but to the naked eye he’s one of the premier weathering artists in the hobby.

With customers all over the world in countries such as, Poland, Great Britain, Germany, Switzerland and Australia he’s setting the modeling world on its ear. This is an interesting update with an interesting personality who’s love for the hobby knows no bounds whether he’s rail fanning or completing another weathering job on a priceless model. Enjoy.

Direct download: Checking_in_With_Rob_Arsenault.mp3
Category:Model Railroading -- posted at: 2:30am EST

Broadway meets railway, it’s the Delaware and Susquehanna a proto-freelanced railroad loosely based on the Lehigh Valley. It’s all about operations with plenty of run through traffic and high pressure yard-master jobs. The CTC machine requires an experienced operator to keep the whole thing moving.

There’s lots of discussion about operations, operating sessions on other railroads and the Operations Special Interest Group. So sit back with a big bowl of shredded car cards, an ice cold glass of operator sweat and enjoy.

Direct download: Episode_109__Phil_Monat.mp3
Category:Model Railroading -- posted at: 2:30am EST

It’s time once again for product news with our intrepid reporter Tony Cook editor of Model Railroad News and HO Collector Quarterly. He searched all of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and discovered Walthers has their new F-7 A&B units.

It’s the fastest five minutes in model railroading with train show announcements, open houses and trivia questions. All you need now is a lawn chair, a bowl of shredded magazines, a tall glass of spilled diesel fuel and a chance to enjoy this once in a lifetime podcast.

Direct download: AML_Product_News_Nov._2nd.mp3
Category:Model Railroading -- posted at: 2:30am EST

The future of model railroading is upon us and we’re fortunate enough to have three of its brightest stars right here on this podcast. Kaylee Zheng a well known clinician, Jordan Kramer and Shane Mason associate editor at Model Railroad News, stop by to give us their take on where the hobby’s headed.

Then it’s an interview with Ron Klaiss (sounds like nice) about his new company manufacturing high quality, easily assembled, laser cut kits. Ron gives us some insight as to why he started the company and what he’s hoping to accomplish in the future.

Enjoy !!

Direct download: Young_Guns__The_Future_is_Here.mp3
Category:Model Railroading -- posted at: 2:30am EST

What happens when a century-old house that’s going to become home to one of the greatest model railroads ever built, has a low ceiling and a furnace that could easily rival the “clinker” from Christmas Story. This is a story of one man’s struggle to single-handedly change the appearance of his basement ceiling.

”Straightball” discusses all the options he’s explored and reveals what some of the early results of his efforts have produced. In the end you’ll surely realize as I do that when Andy sets out to do a job he Kilz it. Enjoy!!

Direct download: Andy_Dorsch__Ceiling_Wars.mp3
Category:Model Railroading -- posted at: 2:30am EST

Looking for a new book to read, Northern Pacific refrigerator cars are on your wish list, Budd cars and trivia questions keep you awake at night?? It’s all right here during the fastest five minutes in model railroading with Model Railroad News Tony Cook.

Spanning the globe to bring you the most important news of the day and keep you more informed than a air traffic controller at Chicago’s busy Midway Airport eating a Philly cheese steak.

Direct download: AML_Product_News_October_19th.mp3
Category:Model Railroading -- posted at: 2:56am EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

“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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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 EST

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