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We were hoping to think of some sort of profound introduction to the latest episode of the Uncle Larry Show but unfortunately that's not going to happen, so do your best not to fall asleep during the show.

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When James started his YouTube channel, it was primarily to show his cousin the progress he’d made on his layout and never thought it would turn into a major model railroading video resource one day.

His channel is primarily a variety of info about model railroading in HO scale. He responds to questions without imposing his own modeling practices on viewers, he simply offers up his experiences and techniques as something that may be used by anyone.

His multi video series "How to build a layout from start to finish," proved to be very popular. His relaxed descriptive approach to modeling will assist those new and old in this great hobby.

 

Direct download: Episode_50__James_Wright.mp3
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Freaked out because you’ve discovered your neighbor lives right next door to you. Concerned that your purple cow named Phillip is getting old.

You my friend need a distraction and we have just the solution, another edition of ViewerMail. By the time you’re finished listening, all your troubles will seem like long lost friends.

So sit back with a frosty cold mug of A&W root beer, a fresh bag of pork rinds and let us make you feel like some week old danish.

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Episode 49 features Andy Dorsch a regular contributor to ViewerMail and all round good guy. His Mascoutin Valley Railroad is a proto-freelanced HO Scale model railroad set in the early 1980's based in Wisconsin and the upper peninsula of Michigan. 

Andy’s love of railroading was inspired by the Chicago and Northwestern Marshline Branch Line that ran behind his parents house !! Everytime a train passed Andy could be seen in the backyard running alongside in his underwear.

When it comes to the world of model railroading Mike Confalone and his Allagash Railway is a favorite. To find out more about Andy’s railroad check his blog at:

http://mascoutinvalleyrr.blogspot.ca

Direct download: Episode_49__Andy_Dorsch.mp3
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Can’t decide what to do with your time… Neither can we… So why not waste it listening to us answering more of our voluminous viewer mail.

Grab yourself a warm glass of ice cream, a bowl orange peels and just imagine how much simpler your life would be if you’d never found us.

And remember… If your parachute doesn't deploy don't worry, you have the rest of your life to fix it.

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We made to 100,000 downloads. Thanks to everyone who’s participated and took the time to listen to our little podcast.

So sit back with an ice cold glass of swamp water, a bag of stale pretzels and enjoy this special podcast celebrating the achievement.

Direct download: 100000_DownLoads_.mp3
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Tired of duct taping yourself to the front swing because you’re afraid of being carried off by a swarm of rabid sparrows… Well just grab Toto, come on inside and listen to another exciting session of the Kelly Questions.

This time Rick Green takes a try at the questions and proudly falls short of saying anything interesting. We think it’s a great show and Rick is a great contestant.

Enjoy.

Direct download: Kelly_Questions_-_Round_13.mp3
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Tim Harrison is the caretaker of the Model Railcast Show a weekly podcast with an irregular schedule… He’s also an avid Dr. Who fan, father of six and all around good guy. Tim blames Craig Bisgeier for any inconsistencies that may occur during production of MRCS.

This episode was originally recorded in July of 2015 and was actually intended to be Tim interviewing the AML crew but things quickly got out of hand, again due in part to poor organizational skills on Craig’s part.

We also recorded the show thinking someday it might be entertaining enough to release it as a stand alone episode on the AML network. That day never arrived but we decided to release it anyway.

So for those of you who’ve never heard it before, enjoy and for those that have already heard it… Well, uhhh… Listen again. J

Direct download: Episode_48__Timothy_Harrison.mp3
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Having a bit of a lazy day, sitting in your underwear looking for jobs online and wondering why your boss looks so angry.

Confused by the bank teller that hands you normal sized bills after you asked for large ones.

Well fear not friends, ViewerMail is here once again to confuse you, amuse you and make your time on spaceship earth seem like a complete waste.

So sit back with a cold glass of gravy and some month old bananas and enjoy.

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What would you get if you mixed a Union Pacific locomotive engineer and avid model railroader together?? You’d end up with an interesting fellow named Tom Gasior.

Tom’s story is fascinating to say the least and with plenty of stories about how he became an engineer and real railroading with the UP as well talking about his own Splitrock Mining Company Railroad. 

Enjoy !!

Direct download: Episode_47__Tom_Gasior.mp3
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Tired of transferring the dishes from the sink to the dishwasher just so you can gain access to the garbage disposal. Well fear not we have a better way to waste your time.

It's the Uncle Larry Show... Good luck Skippy you're gonna need it.

Direct download: the_Uncle_Larry_Show_2.mp3
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What's that you say… You’re tried of laying on the floor all dressed in brown pretending to be a potato… Well fear not kids, we’ve got something that will make that boredom seem like a long lost friend.

It’s time once again for the Kelly Questions… That’s right what better way to waste a half hour of your life than right here with us.

So sit back with a giant mug of luke warm salt water, an open can of Pringles you found under the bed and enjoy !!

 

Direct download: Kelly_Questions_-_Round_12.mp3
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Well here it is, another ViewerMail, completely unedited and when/if manage you to get all the way to the end without doing harm to yourself, you’ll be asking… Seriously, this is a show??

This time we really out did ourselves… We chose the road less travelled and we’re completely lost. So sit back with a fresh can of bubbly ginger ale, a big bag of lettuce and let us irritate you to sleep. Night, night!!

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Tom Jacobs, the subject of our 46th episode, is a descended from several generations of Reading Company employees and like most of us, he’s had a keen interest in trains since childhood. Tom has also served as President of the Reading Hisitorical Society from 1998-2002, a non-profit corporation dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of the Reading Company.

Tom has been interested in trains since he first began riding the RDC cars from Reading, Pennsylvania to Philadelphia with his grandmother and the rest is history. He recently began construction of a 20’x 36’ layout in it’s own dedicated building and was gracious enough join him on this epic adventure.

So sit back with an ice cold long neck bottle of Yuengling beer, a giant bowl of microwaved marshmallows and enjoy.

Direct download: Episode_46__Tom_Jacobs.mp3
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It's time for another edition of ViewerMail and if your mail has been mis-delivered, we’ll open it anyways. Just to find out what you're all about and what bills you haven't paid.

So sit back with a big glass of warm dishwater and some stale apple pie while we call Pizza Hut to get the number for Domino’s

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Join us as we travel to Rogue River, Oregon to visit with Superfan Number #1 and the creator of the Kelly Questions... Bruce Kelly.

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Rick Green, is a Canadian comedian, satirist, writer and model railroader extraordinaire. I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Rick personnally for more than 20 years but I’ve known of Rick for more than 30 years. He’s best known for his role as “Bill” on the Red Green Show which ran for eleven seasons.

In 2009 Green wrote and directed the documentary about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in adults, entitled ADD & Loving It!!

On February 3, 2015, he was inducted into the Order of Ontario, the province's highest civilian honour.

But enough about me… It’s time to sit back with a big glass of luke warm ice tea and cold bowl of macroni and cheese while you listen episode of a ModelersLife.

Direct download: Episode_45__Rick_Green.mp3
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So what is the Uncle Larry Show… We’re not sure but when he started talking about an electric fly swatter it sounded like a show.

Take a listen and decide for yourself.

Please keep in mind if at the end you decided you’ve wasted your time we accept no responsibility.

Direct download: the_Uncle_Larry_Show_1.mp3
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Yup, it’s time…Once again we correspond with the fans. Why?? Because at least one of us can read.

This time we get some special help from our very own special Uncle Larry. Some viewers couldn’t remember what they wanted to say and we discuss why N scale is so tiny.

Enjoy and we’ll put you on list !!

Direct download: ViewerMail_Flight_31.mp3
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Episode 44: Barry Silverthorn and videographer extraordinaire, travelled to China witnessing first hand, model railroad manufacturing.

Imagine lugging enough cameras and equipment to make a 90 minute documentary halfway around the world to a place so foreign you can’t have kids until the government lets you.

It’s a fascinating story and one we felt had to be told.

Direct download: Episode_44__Barry_Silverthorn.mp3
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One again it's time to answer viewer mail, when you’re done you’ll smile and think to yourself… Well that’s an hour of my life I'll never get back. Listening to Jim, Lionel and the mailroom boy Bruce answering viewer mail is similar to having a car door slammed on your hand… There’s lots of pain and the feeling lasts for days. So relax with a warm beer and some stale Ju-Jubes as we sift through all our mail and try to make sense of world events. 

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Episode 43: Sara Kelly – This is the third time we’ve talked to Sara keeping up with the progress on her Model Citizens movie. A journalism professor with more than two decades experience has been shooting the movie for some time and is now hard at work on post production.

We talk with about her experience and what happens next, so sit back with a large mug of warm apple cider and enjoy.

Direct download: Episode_43__Sara_Kelly.mp3
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Sick of watching Starsky & Hutch reruns, well fear not, it’s the return of ViewerMail… What’s that you say, “it’s about time.”

We weren’t able to get Huggy Bear but Bruce the Mailboy will be spreading the love once again.

It’s no Honey Boo Boo but that’s why you’re listening. So sit back with a glass of cod liver oil and a block of moldy cheese while your favorite mouth breathers once again deal with chapped lips and dry mouth syndrome.

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It’s Episode 42… Time to take your popcorn out of the microwave and learn some new weathering techniques from the man they call Ralphie Boy.

Whether your corn is buttered or unbuttered it matters not because when it comes to weathering your model railroad rolling stock, ya’ gotta make it pop.

So sit back with glass of cabernet and a bag of barbeque pork rinds and enjoy.

Direct download: Episode_42__Ralph_Renzetti.mp3
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It’s Christmas with the Moore’s, we’ve been wanting to talk with Troy and Bonnie Moore for quite sometime considering they’re the first husband and wife Superfan duo. We found out all sorts of interesting things including their use of smart phones in conjunction with their Digitrax system.

As an added bonus we talk with Jim Scorse of the NCE Corporation just because.

So sit back with that bag of barbeque chips that’s been sitting open on the counter for the last week and enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_41__The_Moores.mp3
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What's that you say, you've missed the Kelly Questions... Well fear not, there back and better than ever. This time we test our old friend Ralph (Ralphie Boy) Renzetti and he comes through like a rusted 40 foot box car with wobbly wheels on a forgotten siding.

So sit back with pitcher full of warm beer and enjoy !!

Direct download: Kelly_Questions_-_Round_11.mp3
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         It’s time for our annual state of the hobby address with Joe Fugate, editor and publisher of Model Railroad Hobbyist. I was sure we’d been doing this for several years but Joe was convinced it was only our second time.

         We covered all sorts of interesting subjects and Joe was an excellent guest as always.

         So sit back with a steaming hot bowl of cookie dough ice cream and enjoy Episode #40, Joe Fugate.

Direct download: Episode_40__Joe_Fugate.mp3
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Barry Silverthorn videographer extraordinaire invites us into his home, theme song and all. He tells us how to saw completed models in half and explains his workbench gets clutter. Enjoy !!

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ViewerMail Flight #28 – I can’t for the life of me figure out what the American Motors Corporation was thinking when they designed the Pacer. But nevertheless here’s another valuable AML show as we once again motivate modelers all over the globe to work on their layouts.

ViewerMail is similar to the Swedish delicacy Surstromming, a Baltic Sea herring fermented with just enough salt used to prevent it from rotting. When opened it releases such a pungent aroma that it usually needs to be eaten outside. Sounds about right.

Direct download: ViewerMail_Flight_28.mp3
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This episode we talk with Shane Wilson, who's not to be confused with Shane Murphy “The Cosmic Cowboy.”

Mr. Wilson is president of ScaleTrains.com, a brand new company in the model railroad hobby industry. Learn all about what it takes to start from scratch, while dealing with manufacturers in China… It’s fascinating.

So sit back, open up a fresh tin of Spam and prepare to be enlightened.

Direct download: Episode_39__Shane_Wilson.mp3
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Jim talks about the first two shows he attended with his new employer JMD Plastics and we discuss all the fun we had at Milwaukee's TrainFest. we also discuss meeting Chris Atkins from Texas and visiting the North American Prototype Modelers (NAPM) layout.

Sit back with a big steaming hot bowl of Roasted Root Vegetable soup and enjoy !!

Direct download: Jim_Rindt_UpDate-December_1st-2015.mp3
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Bruce the Mailboy wants to be a Master Model Railroader and Miles is convinced he can do it. So listen in while the secrets of being an MMR are unveiled right before your eyes.

Direct download: Miles_Hale_-_Master_Model_Railroader.mp3
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The United States Postal Service can trace it’s roots back to 1775 when Benjamin Franklin was appointed the first Postmaster General and for more than 200 years ran without a hitch until it began handling all of the ModelersLife correspondence. Often referred to as a gooey mess buy by today’s mail service, the AML Network as managed to bring a well run efficient operation to a mere standstill.

So sit back with your favorite hot beverage and a big bag of barbeque chips as the boys try to solve the problems of the world.

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Hey everybody, it's time for part two of the 93 part Miles Hale trilogy. In this episode we learn about his model railroad business and his desire to give back to the hobby. So sit down with a large mug steaming hot homemade squash soup and enjoy.

Direct download: Episode_38__Miles_Hale_Part_2.mp3
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It’s time for another Jim Rindt update as his first train show approaches with his new employer JMD Plastics. Jim discusses all things Jim and the preparations for live shows. Enjoy!!

Direct download: Jim_Rindt_Update-November_10th-2015.mp3
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It's time once again for our intrepid hosts to answer ViewerMail even though they have know idea how to use a letter opener. Ever wonder what's it like to milk a goat well you won't find that out here but you be able to listen to a couple of mouth breathers wade through the latest mail.

So sit back with a couple of cheese tea biscuits and a warm glass of milk and enjoy the action.

Direct download: ViewerMail_Flight_26.mp3
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Welcome to Episode 37, I knew Miles would be an entertaining guest before I even asked him and wasn't disappointed and neither will you be. In the first part of the 87 part trilogy Miles describes his long journey to becoming a layout builder. This interesting stuff and best enjoyed while munching on a burrito. Have fun !!!

Direct download: Episode_37__Miles_Hale_Part_1.mp3
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It gets closer and closer until Jim's first train show in Minnesota with JMD Plastics. Preparations continue and Jim describes how he tries to buy everything before it gets out the door.

Direct download: Jim_Rindt_Update-October_31st-2015.mp3
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Ever wonder who these folks are that create some of the great model railroading YouTube videos out there. Well here's your chance to meet one of the best. Luke Towan from Australia has only been in the hobby a few short years and is already starting to make an impression.

Enjoy !! 

Direct download: Episode_36__Luke_Towan.mp3
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Our first Jim Rindt update was so popular we decided to give it another try. Jim talks about building cabinets and getting ready for upcoming shows. He also manages to pronounce Minnesota correctly.

Direct download: Jim_Rindt_Update_Oct_9th-2015.mp3
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Ever wonder what it's like to spend your Saturdays helping to restore a steam locomotive, live in Alaska, plan your dream model railroad and drive an 80,000 pound bobsled while admiring the northern lights?? Well here's your chance to find out as we discuss all of this and more with former F1 ace Stewart Stirling.

Stirling was not keen on us calling him Steve but he was more than happy to share all the details of his life in Alaska over the last 40+ years.

So sit back in your favorite easy chair with some crispy bacon, the beverage of your choice and enjoy the show.

Direct download: Episode_35__Stewart_Stirling_3.mp3
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Hey kids, know what time it is ?? That’s right it’s ViewerMail time, as refreshing as a frosty mug of root beer.

So sit back with a big plate of nachos, processed cheese and napkins to wipe the stains off your shirt. Please enjoy the show but try to avoid pizza with pineapple slices.

Direct download: ViewerMail_Flight_25.mp3
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A new series entitled, "What's on Your WorkBench??" and our first victim... Err... I mean guest is Larry Eggering an electronics genius from Jacksonville, Florida. 

Larry enjoys long walks on the beach, sunsets and desires peace for all mankind.

Enjoy !!

Direct download: WorkBench_1__Larry_Eggering.mp3
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Episode 34: Something a little different we interview our very own Jim Rindt who recently took a trip to Durango, Colorado home of the SoundTraxx.

Jim took a course on to install these fine decoders and ride the Durango and Silverton. We here at AML world Headquarters were especially proud of the fact Jim made the entire round trip from his home in Wisconsin without losing one single sock.

Direct download: Episode_34__James_T._Rindt.mp3
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Jim has started a new job in the model railroad industry and we decided it would be fun to follow along and get regular updates. So here it is the first ever "Jim Rindt Update."

Enjoy !!

Direct download: Jim_Rindt_Update_-_Sept._15th_2015.mp3
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Tom Barbalet decided to try his luck at the Kelly Questions. We were fortunate enough to find and about Ninja pj's and who's DNA he has in his home. He fixes more than he breaks and has plans. He's one of those community organizers types and managed to leave our very own Jim Rindt speechless on more than one occasion.

 

Direct download: Kelly_Questions_-_Round_10.mp3
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Once again it’s time for ViewerMail… Those lovable mouth-breathers that make you squint when they talk. The kind of fellows who'll have you asking yourself… Did I hear that right??

You just never know what you’ll be forced to listen to but after this edition of ViewerMail is over you’ll probably realize that whatever these guys have to say... Could probably wait till there smarter.

Direct download: ViewerMail_Flight_24.mp3
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Shane Brother Shane... The Cosmic Cowboy. Ever wonder what it's like to meet a model railroader that doesn't sit still. Well now's your chance. We learned about Shane from Chris Atkins the star of Episode 23, he'd purchase a Texas & Pacific section house from Shane on a piece of property that just happened to have enough room left over for a house. 

Shane is one of the most interesting people you'll meet and his enthusiaum for the hobby is infectious. So we hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did doing it !!

Direct download: Episode_33__Shane_Murphy.mp3
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Here it is, the one you’ve been waiting for… It’s the final episode of the 157 part Smokin’ Joe D’Amato trilogy.  I didn’t think the guy was ever gonna leave, after drinking all our beer and devouring all our snacks (including 2 bags of Ruffles All Dressed potato chips) he’s finally done. 

This episode covers Joe’s position at Micro Trains and we learn all about N-Scale. Plus some thoughts on Z-Scale.

So sit back and relax… I’d offer you some refreshments but…

Direct download: Smokin_Joe_DAmato_Part_4.mp3
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A hard hitting in depth documentary about what else Superfan #1 Bruce Kelly does when he’s not listening to ModelersLife.

Direct download: Bruce_Kelly_Listens_to_Other_Podcasts___.mp3
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It's Episode 3 of the 118 part Smokin' Joe D'Amato trilogy. In this exciting episode we follow Joe back to Florida where he immediately realizes he's made a mistake shortly after crossing the Alabama-Florida border. He spends the next decade revamping the world renowned Disney World as well helping all of mankind.

So sit back, relax and kick your feet up as we travel the adventure better known as Smokin' Joe D'Amato's life.

Direct download: Episode_31_Smokin_Joe_DAmato_Part_3.mp3
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Once again it's time for your favorite mouth breathers to answer ViewerMail. With absolutely no idea what to say, they give advice and heartfelt thoughts to listeners all over the world.

Unfortunately they ran out of time before opening up the phone lines for the much anticipated discussion about the Oxford Comma which has some very vocal proponents. Some folks staunchly oppose the use of the Oxford Comma. This would no doubt make for great discussion and we'll hopefully reschedule for a future date.

 

Direct download: ViewerMail_23.mp3
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Here it is Smokin' Joe D'Amato Part Deux... This story justs gets better and better. We travel through the 80's with Joe and discover more and more how he became one of the best model builders in the country.  Fortunately Lionel doesn't talk to much so it's a great interview.

Direct download: Smokin_Joe_DAmato_Part_2.mp3
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Well here it is, what you've been waiting for all these long weeks, another edition of ViewerMail. Don't worry this edition of the mail isn't any better than any of the rest. So sit back, relax and don't bother to take notes.

Direct download: ViewerMail_22.mp3
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This month we start a new series featuring Smokin' Joe D'Amato. I first met Joe through SuperFan #1 Bruce Kelly and the more we talked the more I realized this story had to be told.

So sit back, relax and take a listen to Episode 29... Smokin' Joe D'Amato !!

Direct download: Episode_29__Smokin_Joe_DAmato.mp3
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Well here it is, the final episode of JMRI month and we are privileged to have one of the founders of JMRI, Bob Jacobsen.  It's a great story and Clarke's Burgers in Mountain View, California will now be visited by model railroaders from all over the world.

Also in this episode Lionel offers assistance to Bob with his experiments in dark matter.  So sit back relax and find out how it all began

Direct download: Bob_Jacobsen.mp3
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The search continues and this time we pick the brains of Seth Neumann. After purchasing a train set for his wife he was hooked on the hobby. Seth has been involved in all kinds of different aspects within model railroading and is well versed in JMRI.

So sit back, relax and try not to be confused by Lionel's inability to understand anything.

Direct download: JMRI_-_Part_Four.mp3
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Part three in the search for JMRI, this time we talk with Larry Eggering a electronics expert from Jacksonville, Florida and avid JMRI user.

Lionel tries desparately to keep up without much luck but there's much to learn from Larry.

Direct download: JMRI_-_Part_Three.mp3
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We made it… 50,000 downloads. We brought together a cast of characters to help us celebrate. Jim and Tim find true love and Tom is in a snarly mood but in the end Barry finally made to bed.

So come help us celebrate !! 

Direct download: 50000_Downloads.mp3
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Part Two of the search for JMRI. This time we talk to Mike Deverell a seasoned modeler and long time user of JMRI. Mike explains all the advantages of using the software and gives us some of the history as well as what we can expect in the future.

Direct download: JMRI_-_Part_Deux.mp3
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It's an exciting time here at the ole' AML headquarters as we close in on our first female Superfan or is it Fanette. You'll have to wait and see as our crew desparately trys not to offend anyone from the female population.

Also we discuss exactly how to refer to a superfan from Rhode Island.

 

Many other topics are discussed such Airplane movies hockey teams and frozen butter tarts. So sit back, relax, open a wobbly pop and let the dulcet tones of Lionel, Jim and Bruce the mailboy put you to sleep.

Direct download: ViewerMail_21.mp3
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JMRI, these are four letters I'd heard several times over the last few years but really had no idea what they meant. To find out what these letters mean and they mean I turned to our good friend Jim Scorse. Next we talked with Ron Klaiss a capable model railroader who's just embarked on his journey with JMRI.

There will be a quiz when we're done so pay attention.

Direct download: The_Search_For_JMRI_-_Part_1.mp3
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Ever wonder what would happen if the boys didn't get any mail... Well here's your chance to find out.

It's the beginning of the slim your wallet campaign... Do they have Costco hot dogs in Australia??

Direct download: Viewer_Mail_20.mp3
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Ever wonder what it would be like to have a Texas & Pacific section house devoted to your very own model railroad?? Well now you can find out, as Chris Atkins describes how it came to be that a section house ended up on the homestead.

Of course that was after Chris managed to talk his wife into letting him have a layout in the living room.
 
We also discuss why there aren't any basements in Texas and find out why Chris is no stranger to snow.
Direct download: Episode_23__Chris_Atkins.mp3
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Just when you thought it was safe to come up from the basement it's time for another edition of ViewerMail. Those lovable stooges Jim, Lionel and Bruce have once again figured out how to waste an hour of your life.

 
This time the boys are excited that they actually have a girl fan… If you listen carefully you can hear the nervousness in their voices.
 
So sit back with your favorite brown beverage and try to make sense of it all.
Direct download: ViewerMail_-_19.mp3
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Hey kids… Know what time it is… It's time for another round of the Kelly Questions, this time featuring that lovable N-Scaler… Toni Ryan !!!

 
Toni begged us to let him try the questions so eventually we gave in and here he is all the way from Vancouver, Washington.
 
Want to know why his name is spelled with an i instead of a y... Just ask his Mom.
 
Sit back play along and see how well you score.
Direct download: Kelly_Questions_-_Toni_Ryan.mp3
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Wait, wait I've just been handed this bulletin… Directly from AML world headquarters… Episode 22 featuring Washington state's own Mike Deverell !!!

 
Mike is a cool guy with a lot of cool STUFF and he tells us all about it here on ModelersLife. He tells us about his dedicated model railroad building in the Puget Sound area. He also describes his uncanny ability to land Huey helicopters without the motor running.
 
He has a great YouTube channel featuring his second layout the Colorado Front Range. Just search Mike Deverell on YouTube and you're there !!
Direct download: Episode_22__Mike_Deverell.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:35pm EDT

Whew… I'm exhausted… It's part three of the Lex Parker chronicles. In this episode our hero tries desperately to figure out a way to wrangle a ride with Lex in his Corvette.
 
We continue to learn more about his layout building techniques and he tries to convince us his house is actually a rectangle on a pie shape lot.
 
There will of course be a quiz at the end so listen carefully.
 
Thanks for watching !! :-))
Direct download: Lex_Parker_-_Part_Three.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:17am EDT

Stop the presses it's here !!! Part two of the Lex Parker Trilogy. Now find out all of Lex's deepest darkest secrets right here on ModelersLife. 
 
Plus learn some cool stuff about Lex, his model railroading and how he got his start in the hobby. 
Direct download: Lex_Parker_Part_Two.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:10pm EDT

Well I got some good news and some bad news… First the good news, the long wait is over… Now the bad news, just like a bad cold sore on your lower lip that reduces you to a diet of strained soup for several days... We're back. 

 
That's right, it's time for another edition of Viewer Mail with those lovable muppets Jim, Bruce and Lionel.
 
Find a comfortable spot with a frosty mug of your favorite root beer because the mail was piled high at it's gonna take you a while to get through all.
Direct download: Viewer_Mail_18.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:38pm EDT

I know what you're saying… "Hey, how come there's been no new episodes this month?"

 
The explanation is simple…  There was a disturbance in the force. I don't do anything without the force, Skywalker strongly advises against it.
 
But that's all been cleared up now so it's time for Part One of the Lex Parker Chronicles. Lex is a fascinating guy and an awesome modeler so we ended up doing a three part interview him with all crammed into the month of May.
Enjoy !!
Direct download: Lex_Parker_Part_One.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:39pm EDT

You've heard about it from your friends, you know it exists and finally it's here. Round eight of the Kelly Questions featuring non-other than AML Superfan #2 Peter Burr. 

The score on this round was up and down but in the end Peter actually managed to get one and we were all thrilled. So listen in while this retired doctor from the hills of Tennessee dazzles us with his knowledge and witty repartee !!
Direct download: Kelly_Questions_-_Peter_Burr.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:08am EDT

Well it's time once again for another chapter in the never ending saga that is "a ModelersLife."  This time it's something just a little different, originally it was suppose to be Sara Kelly with an update on her movie Model Citizens followed by a chat with her executive producer but that didn't work out.

So the second have of this show is an interview I did one night with our very own Jim Rindt when he didn't even know it was happening. The whole episode turned out great and I know you'll enjoy it.

Direct download: Sara_Kelly__Jim_Rindt.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:02am EDT

Once again it's time for our illustrious heros to sort through the viewer mail and come up with intelligent answers. That being we'll just hope these guys can read and not waste to much of your time. This episode we introduce a new segment called, "Lionel Doesn't Get It."

Direct download: Viewer_Mail_Number_17.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:02pm EDT

It’s the Scotty Mason show !!! Err… Wait a minute… It’s still ModelersLife, just episode 17 with Scotty Mason. Actually he’s more comfortable with Scott but Scott Mason.com was taken so we all know him as Scotty. So come along as we beam you up to the mothership and listen to us as we listen to Scott answer all those questions you’ve been dieing to ask him.

Direct download: Scotty_Mason.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:45pm EDT

Otto Vondrak who's father's name is Ed but not the Ed you're thinking of, was our guest for the month of March. He tries his hand at the Kelly Questions on the last day of the month and does quite well for a beginner. Play along and see how well you score.

Direct download: Otto_Vondrak-Kelly_Questions.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00pm EDT

You know them, you love them, they come to every operating session… It's the short fat guys that sweat. Once again your lovable trio of mouth breathers read viewer mail and try to figure out the correct answers. 

 

Direct download: Viewer_Mail_March_24th-2015.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:12pm EDT

The main thing we learned about Otto Vondrak during these two episodes is that his father's name is indeed Ed but he's not the Ed you're thinking of. It's all very confusing but well worth the trouble. So sit back, relax and discover why Otto is the guest so nice we had him twice.

Direct download: Otto_Vondrak_Part_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:03am EDT

Well it's a little late but it's still fresh because I've kept it in the fridge. So join us as our intrepid explorers wander into the dark crevices of the viewer mail bag to see what our viewers have to say. Whatever the Podfather, Mailroom boy and Steve talk about you'll eventually realize the time you've spent listening to viewer mail can never be recovered.

 

Direct download: March_9th_2015.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:58pm EDT

Do you find yourself sitting at your desk, staring blankly at ceiling tiles, trying to come up with the next great idea, wishing there was a way to make them pop into your mind faster?
 
If you said yes, the AML Network has great news as we announce the release of "Elevator Music - The Compilation" on high quality audio CD.
 
All your favorite elevator music as heard on a ModelersLife, Viewer Mail and the Kelly Questions.
 
Catchy tunes by anonymous musicians guaranteed to get your creative juices flowing,
 18 minutes of your favorites at the low low price of just $9.95 plus shipping and handling. 
 
 But wait!  If you act now we will throw in "Elevator Music II" at no extra charge because you can never have too much elevator music.
 
 A value of $9.99 absolutely free, just pay separate shipping and handling.  
Don't wait, order now and change the world!
Direct download: Elevator_Music_Commercial.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:06am EDT

This month we talk with Otto Vondrak best known as an associate editor of Rail & Railroad magazine. Otto joined Carstens in 2011 after several years of freelance work for them. He's a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology and a founding member of the RIT model railroad club.

After an hour or so of talking with us, Otto politely asked if could leave but we refused and duck taped him to the nearest support column in the studio. Eventually he stopped screaming and we explained we merely wanted him to do a second hour with us before we'd let him go. Once he agreed not to call the police we recorded part two of Otto's interview to be presented later this month. 

Otto has since been seen wandering the streets of Rochester mumbling to himself.

Direct download: Otto_Vondrak_-_Part_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00pm EDT

It's another round of the Kelly Questions with Craig Bisgeier... We think he was using Coles Notes to study up for the exam.

Direct download: Craig_Bisgeier.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:29am EDT

This episode of viewer mail is brought to you by Jim Lincoln Chevrolet home of the Lincoln Homer. So come on down for a great deal, just past Fuller Field on the High St. Extension in Clinton, Mass. 

Direct download: Viewer_Mail_Feb._24.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:08am EDT

Episode 14, is all about FastTracks and it's owner Tim Warris. Tim explains how and why he started his very successful company. We also learn about his interest in photography and Port Dover's Friday the 13th. 

Direct download: Tim_Warris_Episode_14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:52am EDT

It's time to answer viewer mail or as we like to say around the ole' AML headquarters... An hour of your life you'll never get back. Listening to Jim, Lionel and the mailroom boy Bruce answering viewer mail is just like a Slinky, it's not really good for anything but it still brings a smile to your face. So sit back relax and join us as we sift through all our mail and try to make sense of world events. 

Direct download: February_12th.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:54am EDT

Clark Kooning, longtime NMRA member tells us why he'd be best suited for the position of NMRA President. Clark has held many offices in the association as well as running the succussful Modeling with the Masters program. So take a listen and cast a vote.

Direct download: Clark_for_VP.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:39pm EDT

This month we talk with the creator of TrainMasters TV which can be seen on Model Railroad Hobbyist. Barry is an avid modeller who decided one day to build his own train station. The story's far to complex to tell here so listen in and find out all about it.

Direct download: Barry_Silverthorn.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:37am EDT

Once again those loveable mouth breathers Jim and Lionel answer viewer mail with the help of their trusted mailroom boy Bruce. Various subjects are discussed and apologys given in the never ending quest to educate and entertain the worldwide model railroading public.

Direct download: Viewer_Jan_21st-2015_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm EDT

Our very own Jim Rindt's son Peter takes a crack at the Kelly Questions. Good luck Pete !! 

Direct download: Peter_Rindt.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:44am EDT

Lance Mindheim is owner of The Shelf Layouts Company and a great guy.  He speaks nationally at a variety of prototype modeling conferences and is author of numerous articles for the model railroad press. An engineering graduate of Purdue University, he is a strong believer in the value of simplicity when it comes to model railroad design. Visit his website at www.shelflayouts.com.

 

Direct download: Lance_Mindheim.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00pm EDT

It's been said Viewer Mail from a ModelersLife can bring drywalling to life. Never let it be said those lovable mouth breathers Jim and Lionel can't make household chores less of a chore. So sit back with your favorite beverage kick off your slippers and let us put you to sleep.

Direct download: Viewer_Mail_-_Jan_8th.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:13pm EDT

In this episode we meet Ken Patterson a well respected model railroad photographer. Ken has published more than a hundred magazine covers as well as over a dozen Walthers catalog covers. Ken also builds custom models along with several courtroom models for the BNSF.

Direct download: Ken_Patterson.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:47pm EDT

Clark Kooning talks about the NMRA and trys his hand at the the Kelly Questions !!

Direct download: Clark_Kooning_-_Finished.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:41pm EDT

Once again those lovable mouth breathers Jim and Lionel answer their volumous viewer mail. They discuss religion, commuter trains and even get around to talking about the mail. But as can be expected our heros was again forget to mention the e-mail address.

Direct download: Viewer_Mail_December_26th_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:47pm EDT

We finish off the year with Joe Fugate, the founder and owner of the online magazine Model Railroad Hobbyist. Joe explains why he decided to start the magazine and some of what to expect in the future. This a very insightful interview and one we're sure you'll enjoy.

Direct download: Joe_Fugate_-_Finished.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:05am EDT

Once again we answer our voluminus viewer mail and try not to insult to many people.

Direct download: December_12th_-_Finished.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:05am EDT

This month we talk to North Coast Engineering (NCE) owner and founder Jim Scorse. Jim has had a fascinating life as well as contributing greatly to the hobby of model railroading. He also tells us about his musical career and why the major cities along Interstate 90 are 60 miles apart. 

Direct download: Jim_Scorse_-_Finished.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:18pm EDT

It's the end of Marty McGuirk month. So sad. We decided what better way to end a very successful month on the AML Network with a special edition of the Kelly Questions featuring none other than... Marty McGuirk !!

Direct download: Marty_McGuirk_-_Finished.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:15am EDT

The sound quality was a little rough and the viewer mail was a little thin because we forgot to tell people where to send it. But we still manage to entertain ourselves for thirty minutes while checking out some Facebook posts and discussing the Canadian monetary system.

Direct download: November_26th_-_Finished.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:35am EDT

This is part two of an extensive interview with Marty McGuirk. We learn about Casey Kasem, what influence the Bee Gees and Debbie Boone had on his modeling. The removal of a second deck from his layout and the fact he was once assigned to the U.S.S. Wisconsin an Iowa class battleship also affectionately known as "Wisky"

Direct download: Marty_McGuirk_Part_2_-_Finished.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:42pm EDT