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

Direct download: Picnic.mp3
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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
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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
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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.


Direct download: Layout_Design_RoundTable.mp3
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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


Direct download: Episode_76__Todd_Arnett.mp3
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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
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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
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Most people think Shane and Lionel first met in the 1940’s during the height of the big band era but truth of the matter is they really began their relationship on May 27th, 2016.

Did they bump into each other at the Dairy Queen in Liberty, Missouri or were they both standing trackside while rail fanning in Ottumwa, Kansas?? If you don't mind wasting 30 minutes of your life you'll find all the answers you need to know about this tempestuous relationship right here. Enjoy !!

Direct download: Shane_Meets_Lionel.mp3
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Still can't decide what to wear on that big date? Camouflage just isn't working for you?  Well, fear not!  Just in time for Mother's Day, the AML Spring Collection is here to solve all your fashion needs. Once again you’ll be able to impress friends, family and even co-workers with your uncanny fashion sense.

Direct download: The_Tee-Shirt_Show.mp3
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It’s the second installment of Green Bay month and it’s S scale or nothing according to Mike. Once again not far from the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field we discover model railroading is alive and well in Lombardi country.

His Dad worked for the Milwaukee Road, Escanaba & Lake Superior and they both worked for the Wisconsin Central. We also discover there’s more to S scale than just American Flyer. Enjoy !!!

Direct download: Episode_74__Mike_Ostertag.mp3
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This show has nothing to do with model railroading and everything to do with hockey. Shane ”the Young Gun” and Lionel like to talk and they like to talk about hockey. So sit back with a tall glass of warm ice shavings, a bowl of old hockey tape and enjoy!!!

Direct download: Tape_2_Tape_2.mp3
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Do you wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat trying to figure out what CV 29 is?? What if you want a train to run in the opposite direction on CV 29… Make it an odd number. Are you lost?? Me too but Uncle Larry and Shane ”the Young Gun” Mason are here to explain it to you. I don’t think Lionel ever understood what was going on but we’re sure you will. Enjoy!!

Direct download: the_Uncle_Larry_Show_7.mp3
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What do John Colombo, Zimo decoders, Peter Borcherds and hockey have in common?? Well John has a very cool YouTube channel featuring all sorts of locomotives and the sound he manages to get from them primarily using ESU LokSound. Zimo decoders are improving their sound files, plus we found out Peter has entrusted two of his locomotives to our very own Shane ”the Young Gun.”

Eventually though Lionel and Shane start talking about another shared passion, hockey and in particular the NHL playoffs. So if you’re interested in the hobby of model railroading this podcast might just for you but if you don’t like hockey… maybe not so much. Enjoy!!

Direct download: Tape_to_Tape_Episode_1.mp3
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Luke’s Soo Line 2nd Subdivision layout could be described many different ways, spectacular, breathtaking, magnificent or amazing just to name a few but one thing’s for sure if you ever get the chance to see it in person you’ll be amazed. Luke lives just a short distance from the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Home of the Green Bay Packers.

Turns out Luke isn’t a huge football fan (Which is against federal law in Green Bay) but he is a huge fan of model railroading and the Soo Line in particular. He’s also a full time conductor with the former Wisconsin Central (now Canadian National.) Add this all together and you’ve got one great interview. Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_73__Luke_Lemmens.mp3
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Still trying to recover from jamming a coupler pic under your thumbnail?? Confused about 420 day and you celebrated the Montreal Locomotive Works 420E by mistake, can’t decide on a name for your favorite giraffe.

Well these problems will be even more confusing after wasting another hour of your life listening to ViewerMail. So sit back with a big bowl of furby ears, a big glass of old pineapple juice and enjoy !!

Direct download: ViewerMail_Flight_57.mp3
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I found a whole bunch of old tapes in the back of the filing cabinet and turned them into a show. Ralph ”Ralphie Boy” Renzetti and Shane ”the Young Gun” Mason talk weathering. Ron Klaiss talks about the railroad heritage in his family and finally Shane ”the Cosmic Cowboy” Murphy tells us about his experiences at the SoundTraxx installation school.


Direct download: Episode_72__Old_Tapes.mp3
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Don’t understand why the lady at the dry cleaning store can’t find your favorite Hawaiian shirt you dropped off over 10 years ago. Can’t figure out why your neighbors grass looks better even though you spread three bags of fertilizer in the fall of ’97.

Well fear not, these questions and thousands more won’t be answered as you stare blankly at the wall while listening to another exciting edition of ViewerMail. So sit back with a big bowl dried palm tree bark, a tall frosty glass of watered down windshield washer fluid and enjoy!!

Direct download: ViewerMail_Flight_56.mp3
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Episode 71: Eric Hansmann - I’ve known Eric for over twenty years and have followed his journey through life with great interest so it seemed obvious we should share his story with the millions of ModelersLife listeners.

Eric hosts two great blogs, one is about designing, building and operating layouts and the other about Resin Car Works. So if you’re interested to find out how a guy from Indiana, Pennsylvania ended up in El Paso, Texas via Morgantown, West Virginia this is a podcast you won’t want to miss !!

Enjoy !!

Direct download: Episode_71__Eric_Hansmann.mp3
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Wayne Mollohan wondered if we were ever gonna release his Kelly Questions… We just did !! It’s been almost a year since he went under the microscope of the ”Questions” and we were sure they’d gone bad but when we opened the box they’d gotten even better !!

A Rhode Island resident and a great supporter of his local club the Providence Northern you can find them here: http://www.providencenorthern.com/

Thanks Wayne for being a good sport… Enjoy !!

Direct download: Kelly_Questions_Round_17.mp3
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Ever wonder what it’s like to be a great saxophone player, a movie house projectionist and a signal engineer with the Union Switch & Signal Company?

We did too, so after searching high and low we found just the guy living on Long Island in Wading River, New York.

Dave’s career in signaling began after correctly identifying a crescent wrench, and several years of working for the New York Transit Authority lead to his present career designing signal systems.

He models the Long Island Railroad, loves volleyball and some day hopes for world peace. There’s lots to take in so listen carefully as Dave takes on an epic journey of his life. Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_70__Dave_Barraza.mp3
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A quick preview of whats available over in the Patreon site which requires a minimum of $2 bucks to listen.

Enjoy !!

Direct download: Free_Preview_1.mp3
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So you’ve just realized you can’t say the letter “P” without separating your lips… And you embarrassed because you just tried it.

Convinced fish are just aliens from outer space. Wish you hadn’t used your CA glue to keep your hair in place on date night??

Well fear not chaps and chapettes, ViewerMail is here once again to make all those problems seem like a blessing after wasting your time listening to three of the most confusing people on the planet.

So sit back with a big bowl road salt, a greasy class of warm bacon fat and enjoy !!

Direct download: ViewerMail_Flight_55.mp3
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We here at the ole’ AML Network are huge fans of todays millennial railfans and model railroaders like Nick Ozorak. He has a great podcast called the “the Roundhouse” and was gracious enough to spend some time with us.

Being raised on a steady diet of Canadian railroad equipment, O-scale trains and the weekends spent visiting tourist railroads with his father made him the railfan he is today.

Nick’s podcast is full of adventures from across the railroad community, presented in the most entertaining and professional manner possible.  


Direct download: Episode_69__Nick_Ozorak.mp3
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RSS… Really Simple Syndication… I didn’t know that !!

So who do you call when you need to know stuff?? Apparently Chris Atkins, the star of Episode 23. Chris is here to help us understand life and other stuff.

He’ll also gives us an update on his layout, traveling around the country to different operating sessions and everything you need to know about moving a helix.

Turns out there’s no angry way to say bubbles.

Enjoy !!

Direct download: The_Atkins_Diet.mp3
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This podcast is about Patreon and a new direction for the podcast… Some of the regular gang is here to help Lionel explain what’s happening with his limited ability to harness the english language.

ModelersLife has become quite successful (averaging almost 3,000 downloads per week) and rather than get involved with advertisers or make the show available on a subscription only basis this seemed like a good way to make more content available.

So sit back and listen while Lionel trys to explain what’s happening and you end more confused than ever.

Direct download: the_Patreon_Show.mp3
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I know what you’re thinking… How do those guys with the big layouts do it, where do they find the time, where do they find the energy. Do they have help? Do they ever get tired or ever wonder if they’d taken on more then they could handle.

These questions and more are answered by Mike Deverell and Tom Jacobs both excellent modelers and very determined guys. 


Direct download: Episode_68__Deverell-Jacobs.mp3
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Convinced you’re tongue swells when not telling the truth…

Convinced those hay bales you see lying in the farmers fields are tractor eggs…

Convinced the flux capacitor in ’65 Rambler is in need of replacement.

Well it’s time to put all your worries aside and concentrate on ViewerMail as our intrepid heroes once again use invisible ink to sign the mortgage cheque.

So sit back with a tall glass of melted trailer grease, a big bowl of wet shredded paper and enjoy !!

Direct download: ViewerMail_Flight_53.mp3
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Bernie Kempinski is a noted model railroad author who’s written dozens of magazine articles and several books on the subject, many of them on layout planning. He is an active model railroader with his O Scale U.S. Military Railroad Aquia Line that’s set right in the thick of America’s Civil War.

Bernie has also built many models on commission for museums and individuals. A former U.S. Army captain, Bernard works for the United States government in Washington, D.C.

Direct download: Episode_67__Bernie_Kempinski.mp3
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The third in our series of discussions about the future of the NMRA. Will it survive without embracing the new digital world, can it survive under the current fee structure, what about the future of the NMRA magazine? These questions and more are covered in a lively discussion with some ModelersLife regulars along with Peter Borcherds view from the British Region 

Agree or disagree, either way. Enjoy !!

Direct download: Roundtable_Number_3.mp3
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Just realized you’ve been mistakenly using Preparation H for toothpaste.

Dressing up as an M&M and running through the mall yelling, “the Skittles are coming the Skittles are coming,” got you arrested.

All your Facebook friends came for a sleep over??

Well fear not ViewerMail is here and won’t help you solve any of your problems but will help put you to sleep,

So grab a big bowl of grapefruit peels, an icy cold glass of windshield washer cleaner and enjoy !!

Direct download: ViewerMail_Flight_52.mp3
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I don’t remember how long we’ve known Joe Sacco but it’s a long time. His kits have been some of the best in the hobby for as long as I can remember, all of them are made in the USA and most of them are made in or near his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

As a model railroader with a fondness for urban structures, Jim felt the selection of existing structure kits in the eighties was rather small, so he decided to take a huge risk and go into the model railroad business.

A great deal of time and research has been put into every kit, many of the structures are molded from hand made patterns that capture the look and feel of actual buildings. Jim takes great pride in our products and want them to be of the highest quality possible while still being affordable to modelers.

And let’s not forget all the years Jim spent in drag racing. Enjoy!!

Direct download: Episode_66__Jim_Sacco.mp3
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So you've been focussing on clearing up your skin, growing more hair and shrinking that bulging waist line but need to take a break?

Well fear not my friends ViewerMail is here to take your mind off your troubles and add more confusion to your life.

So sit back with a big bowl of sidewalk gum, a tall glass of ice shavings and enjoy!!

Direct download: ViewerMail_Flight_51.mp3
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It's time once again for our annual state of the hobby address by none other than Joe Fugate the founder and publisher of the popular on line magazine Model Railroad Hobbyist.

The interview focusses on the success of the magazine, the effect that social media and the new digital world is having on the hobby overall. Plus we talk about TOMA "The One Module Approach" as well as a wide variety of other topics.

Joe also announces that his original Siskyou Line are coming to an end only to be replaced with a new and better Siskyou Line 2.

Enjoy !!

Direct download: Episode_65__Joe_Fugate.mp3
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Let's not kid ourselves, you've been dying to hear another episode of the Kelly Questions and you've been dying to hear more from our very own Uncle Larry.

Well it doesn't get any better than this, Uncle Larry answers the Kelly questions.

So sit back with your favourite sniffing glue, a bottle of warm cider, a box of chocolates from last year's employee Christmas party and enjoy !!

Direct download: Kelly_Questions_-_Round_16.mp3
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Do you like trolleys, would you like to meet a guy that loves trolleys?? Well you’re in luck, Episode 64 features Kevin Marks, a man who’s love of trolleys may be second to none.

Kevin is a big fan of the Chicago, North shore and Milwaukee, also known as the North Shore line on the western shore of Lake Michigan... Well now I'm confused. 

We cover a wide range of topics and discover Kevin’s love of track work and fine dining.

Enjoy !!

Direct download: Episode_64__Kevin_Marks.mp3
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Convinced your donation of a glass of water to the local swimming team was enough.

Convinced dolphins are so smart that within a couple of weeks captivity they can train humans to stand at the side of a pool and throw fish at them.

Convinced you’re great at multi-tasking because you can procrastinate and be unproductive at the same time.

Convinced you’ll be happier after listening to ViewerMail Flight #50. Well, 3 out of 4 ain’t bad.

Sit back with a warm glass of dishwasher fluid, a bowl of tomato crumbs and enjoy !!

Direct download: ViewerMail_Flight_50.mp3
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Roundtable discussion about the future of the NMRA featuring Vice-President Clark Kooning.

All sorts of topics are discussed from a better fee structure to the NMRA YouTube channel.

The NMRA could embrace modern digital marketing and information distribution techniques... And on and on.

Enjoy !!

Direct download: RoundTable_Number_2.mp3
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George's Trains located in Toronto, Canada is one of the largest and oldest established stores for model trains in North America.

A family business, George's Trains is based on traditional values of honesty, fairness, and integrity.

George Olieux began tinkering with and repairing model trains for others just after WWlI and opened George’s Trains in 1962 with a style of doing business based on common sense, customer service, and honesty.

George's sons, Richard and John, entered the business in 1981 and 1984 respectively, and carry on the George's Trains legacy today.



Direct download: Episode_63__Georges_Trains.mp3
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It's time once again for some words of wisdom from our very own Uncle Larry sitting in his underwear, eating Cheetos from his favorite beanbag chair.

Larry tries to explain splain technology to Lionel with a little help from his friends.

Good luck Larry, you're gonna need it. 

Direct download: Uncle_Larry_Show_5.mp3
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Once again it’s time for ViewerMail whether you need it or not. Just like the stale soda you found in your car… You know it won’t be very good but you drank it anyway.

So sit back with an ice cold mug of glass cleaner, a bowl of dried orange peels and enjoy !!

Direct download: ViewerMail_Flight_49.mp3
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What can you say about a man that's had a lifelong interest in trains spent have his life as a fireman and has lived in more places than a traveling salesman. Not much but if you listen to Episode 62 I'm sure you'll be just as fascinated by this story as we were.

Enjoy !!

Direct download: Episode_62__Bruce_Kelly_Part_Deux.mp3
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Convinced that chocolate is the salad because Coco comes from a plant. You’ve decided the only way to protect those six pack abs is with a layer of fat. The long distance relationship you've been having with your fridge is to difficult so you’ve moved it to your bedroom. You're sitting at the corner of cool and awesome waiting for the bus of life to go by. Still haven’t found a way to say bubbles with a mouth full of pizza.

Well not to worry that fearsome threesome, those doers of good, the boys from down the street are here with another episode of ViewerMail. So sit back with some ice cold windshield washer fluid, a big bag of toast crumbs and enjoy !!

Direct download: ViewerMail_Flight_48.mp3
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Once again it's November which means it’s Marty McGuirk month except we didn't interview Marty and changed to Bruce Kelly month.

This is part one of the 26 part Bruce Kelly trilogy. Bruce is a model railroader who is pursuing all sorts of activity in the hobby after retiring from a 30 year career with the fire department in Westport, Connecticut. He’s just one of those guys that the longer you talk to him the more interesting he becomes.

We’re sure you'll enjoy listening to us listening to Bruce.

Direct download: Episode_61__Bruce_Kelly_Part_1.mp3
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It's time for another exciting version of, “What's on the Workbench,” featuring Mike Deverell. If you’re pinned down behind enemy lines and you see a Huey helicopter coming across the horizon to the rescue it's more than likely piloted by Mike.

Mike has a very successful series of videos on YouTube about his Colorado and Front Range Railroad located in the large building behind us home in Gig Harbour Washington. During the 2010 census the population of this beautiful spot was declared to be 7,126.

Mike discusses a variety of topics while all the while being the perfect host.

Direct download: Whats_on_the_Workbench_5.mp3
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It's time once again for another exciting round of the Kelly questions featuring our very own Andy Dorsch. As many of you know who follow Andy closely, he's from Ripon, Wisconsin. (Population 7,733) He models in a HO and he's currently working on the 87th version of his present layout.
Just after the birth of his son Henry, Andy announced his retirement from major league baseball but maintains his love of the Milwaukee Brewers and recently declared himself as a lifelong fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
So sit back with a warm glass of watered down orange juice, a brown banana and enjoy !!
Direct download: Kelly_Questions_-_Round_15.mp3
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Once again it's time for our voluminous ViewerMail and this time we've tried something a little different by including Superfan Andy Dorsch. Number one in your hearts and number 11 in your program.

It's World Series time and for all you baseball fans out there a little known fact… Andy played semi-pro ball and in his heyday was known as "Straight Ball" Dorsch.

So get yourself a warm glass of rusty water, a big bag of soggy rice chips and enjoy!!

Direct download: ViewerMail_Flight_47.mp3
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Part two of the 37 part Blaine Hadfield trilogy is just as interesting as the first. It seems like it was put together with duct tape and binder twine but in the end Blaine saves the day and we ended up with another great episode.

Enjoy !!

Direct download: Episode_60__Blaine_Hadfield_-_Part_2.mp3
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Here’s a roundtable discussion about remarks made in the Publisher’s Musing of the August edition of Model Railroad Hobbyist.

This discussion was initiated by our very own Young Gun, Shane Mason. You may agree or disagree but we hope you enjoy the conversation regardless.

Direct download: Roundtable_-_NMRA.mp3
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Once again it’s time for ViewerMail where we answer readers e-mails with little or no regard for our own safety, helping you out with life’s little problems like what to do if you’ve arrived late for work?? No problem, just leave early.

So grab a tall glass of standing water, a plate full of warm stove ash and enjoy !!

Direct download: ViewerMail_Flight_46.mp3
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ExactRail is dedicated to creating fine-scale replicas. Blaine is in charge of product development and ExactRail’s replicas are some of the most acclaimed models.

His story of how he ended up at ExactRail is one I’m sure you’ll find interesting. Blaine loves to talk trains and is happy to share his knowledge.

Enjoy !!

Direct download: Episode_59__Blaine_Hadfield.mp3
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Once again it’s time for another voluminous episode of ViewerMail.

Don’t think there’s time to listen because you’re getting a new dishwasher installed.

Pretty sure the e-mail you sent isn’t readable because Martians sucked all the ink off it. Your itchy teeth will make it hard to concentrate. 

Fear not, our fearless group of mail experts will surely make more than your teeth itch.

So sit back with a tall glass of cool sea water, a bowl of splintered wood and enjoy.


Direct download: ViewerMail_Flight_45.mp3
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Jeremy and Kristen Dummler from Wauconda, Illinois are a husband and wife modelrailroading team.

Jeremy has railroading roots from his dad, grandparents and great grandparents. Several years ago he began modelling the Yosemite Valley Railroad while Kirsten whose dad was a model railroader has interests in railroading from the eastern United States.

These two make a great pair and you’re going like their story.


Direct download: Episode_58__Jeremy_and_Kristen_Dummler.mp3
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So you thought you done with ViewerMail Flight #44, well guess again, due to some administrative errors our faithful mail carriers had to return to the scene of the crime.

But you’re still wondering why doesn’t stick to the inside of the bottle.

Still can’t decide if it’s wrong for a vegetarian to eat animal crackers?

Can’t figure out why abbreviation is such a long word?

Sit down with a glass of Floquil’s Railbox Yellow, some moldy grass and enjoy.


Direct download: ViewerMail_Flight_44B.mp3
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As another flight backs away from the terminal and we prepare for take off whether you like it or not... This Boeing is going!!

It will really boost our ego if you pretend to like it.

If we are forced to make a water landing think of the great stories you'll have to tell.

So sit back with a warn glass of windshield washer fluid, a bag of stale peanuts and enjoy!!

Direct download: ViewerMail_Flight_44.mp3
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The YouTube Model Builders is a team of individuals sharing their knowledge about all things Model Railroading. 
It’s a non-profit group that includes a monthly live show called "YouTube Model Builders LIVE!," a free eMag, "YouTube Model Builders eMag" and "YouTube Model Builders Presentations". 
They like to assist new modelers and discuss the hobby while trying to inspire individuals by relaying their own experiences through YouTube. 

The eMag is produced bi-Monthly primarily to promote their YouTube Channels. The magazine is produced as a high quality ad free publication at no cost to you, the viewing public.

Enjoy !!

Direct download: Episode_57__JD__the_YouTube_Model_Builders.mp3
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Convinced you’re a potato because you both have skin.

Almost positive you were a pillow in another life.

You’re only one salty stick away from brilliance.

Well fear not my friends it’s time once again for ViewerMail. So sit back with a dried guava roll, a warm cup of vodka and enjoy !!

Direct download: ViewerMail_Flight_43.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

Peter Borcherds is a British modeler from South Africa modeling Rochelle, Illinois in the United States midwest… Yeah we’re confused to. Truth of the matter is Peter is an outstanding N-Scale modeler with a passion for intermodal railroading. He’s that also one of those guys who can figure out electronics and all those other do-dads that make the lights go on and off.

A regular contributor to the ModelersLife Facebook page and we suspect an agent for MI-6. Peter is an excellent photographer having spent many days photographing trains in and around Rochelle.

We’re you’ll enjoy listening to this interview as much as we did doing it.

Direct download: Episode_56__Peter_Borcherds.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:14am EDT

Still waiting for the wonder kids in Silicon Valley to invent downloadable salsa?? You’ve decided sleep is just a time machine to breakfast. Convinced calories are tiny creatures that live in your closet and sew your clothes tighter at night.

Well fear not friends once again it’s time waste another hour of your life listening to a podcast that makes no sense.

So sit back with your feet in a big bucket of warm motor oil and enjoy.

Direct download: ViewerMail_Flight_42.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:53pm EDT

My name is Shane Mason is a very active model railroader, railman and a member of the Heartland N-trak of Kansas City. Shane posts all kinds of videos on his YouTube at “thebrakeman17”.

Shane has a thriving business installing DCC decoders in N-Scale locomotives. He’s only in his early twenties and living proof that the hobby is not dying.

So sit with big glass coconut juice, a bowl of chocolate covered cat hair and enjoy.

Direct download: Episode_55__Shane_Mason.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

Tried of visiting the drive thru at McDonald’s in your cardboard car ?? You’re lonely because you and your imaginery friend Mickey have had a falling out ?? Still convinced the 40th president of the United States was Chuck Norris ??

Well fear not another episode of ViewerMail has arrived just in time. So sit back with a tall glass of pineapple cider, a big bowl of sour dill pickles and enjoy.

Direct download: ViewerMail_Flight_41.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:58am EDT

Got some time to waste? Well who better to do it with than Uncle Larry.

You know him, you love him… He comes to every wedding… It’s the short bald guy that sweats.

So sit back with a refreshing glass of used motor oil, a bowl of lip balm and enjoy.

Direct download: the_Uncle_Larry_Show_4.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:05am EDT

Andy Dixson is our first interview from over home. (Lionel’s mother was English and she always referred to Britain as, over ome.) Andy was first introduced to the AML crew through all of his various posts and photos of British Steam.

As a young boy, Andy played a major role in the development of the Thomas the Tank Engine series.

He’s a graduate from the school of life, Former heavy metal head banger and currently building a three level layout featuring big American diesels.

When he’s not working on the layout or racing around the Welsh countryside photographing steam locomotives, you’ll often find him camping with his wife Catherine and son Issac.

Direct download: Episode_54__Andy_Dixson.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:46am EDT

You finished giving your unicorn a bath, cleaned out all the bunny cages, cleaned up the basement, disposed of the body and you’re not sure what to do next.

Well you’re in luck, it’s time once again for ViewerMail.

So sit back with a nice cold glass of cider, a big bowl of relish, some mayonnaise and enjoy.

Direct download: ViewerMail_Flight_40.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:39am EDT


This episode is about the fascinating journey of one man in the hobby of model railroading. Bill Brillinger has worked in several different facets of modeling. This has lead to a very successful company called Precision Design offering laser kits, custom decals and many other interesting products.

This is a great story. Enjoy !!

Direct download: Episode_53__Bill_Brillenger.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:24am EDT

Hang on to your hats kids it’s another Lincoln Homer… Well actually it’s ViewerMail but it’s still a grand slam.

Still trying to recover from a failed attempt at ordering a taco in McDonald’s. Sad that your over ripe banana costume is constantly being confused as a giant pepperoni.

Well fear not my friends all hope is lost and there’s nothing left to do but listen to the boys from the AML Network.

So sit back with a lovely glass sour goats milk, moldy cheese curds and enjoy.

Direct download: ViewerMail_Flight_39.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:30am EDT

It's SuperFan number 9 Wayne Mollohan, a resident of Rhode Island it was difficult to make the conversation last longer than 10 minutes.

All kidding aside Wayne was a great guest with lots of interesting tales about the Providence Northern Model Railroad Club.

Enjoy !!

Direct download: Episode_52__Wayne_Mollohan.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:16am EDT

Frustrated trying to count all of the hairs on your head??

Disappointed because you still can’t say the letter “P” without moving your lips.

Well here at the ole’ AML Network we have just the remedy to put the spring back in your step and a smile on your face. It’s another edition of ViewerMail but be prepared it still just as boring as the others.

So sit back with some apple cider from the angry orchard, a big bag of soggy pretzels and enjoy.

Direct download: ViewerMail_Flight_38.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:57pm EDT

Ron Klaiss is the owner of the Mine Mount & Seaside Railroad is an HO/HOn3 logging and coal mining railroad based in the Appalachian mountains.

Ron is an excellent modeler (with one L) so there's plenty of craftsman style structures on the railroad, lots of backwoods scenery, tons of wooden trestles, a shipyard scene, small towns, a small engine service area...etc.

You can find out lots more about the layout on his YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/myowngod2

Ron lives in New Jersey with his son Aidan and his wife Michelle.

Enjoy !!

Direct download: Episode_51__Ron_Klaiss.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

It’s time for a visit with long time AML listener Toni Ryan… We stop by unannounced to find out what Toni is working on and discover he’s making great progress on his N-scale Free-Mo modules.

Find a nice cozy spot while you relax with a wobbly pop and pretzels.

Let the fun begin.

Direct download: Whats_on_the_Workbench_4.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:46pm EDT

It’s time for another round of Kelly questions and this time Tom Jacobs trys to get a respectable score.

Check out his website here: http://www.readingmodeler.com/

Enjoy !!

Direct download: Kelly_Questions_-_Round_14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:28am EDT

Still puzzled about why you never see water and ships in the same bottle?? You’ve become so proficient at time saving techniques you have nothing to do.

Well fear not my friend just when you thought you’d seen and done it all another edition of ViewerMail has been delivered to your doorstep.

So sit back in your favorite beanbag chair with a big bag waffle cut potato chips, a fresh bowl of white lithium grease and a cool refreshing soda while we waste more of your valuable time.

Direct download: ViewerMail_Flight_37.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

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.

Direct download: the_Uncle_Larry_Show_3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:18am EDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 2:30am EDT

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.

Direct download: ViewerMail_Flight_36.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am EDT

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:


Direct download: Episode_49__Andy_Dorsch.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:58am EDT

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.

Direct download: ViewerMail_Flight_35.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

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.


Direct download: Kelly_Questions_-_Round_13.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:40am EDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

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.

Direct download: ViewerMail_Flight_34.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 8:32pm EDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 3:30am EDT

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!!

Direct download: ViewerMail_Flight_33.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:05am EDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 2:33pm EDT

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

Direct download: ViewerMail_Flight_32.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:08am EDT

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

Direct download: WorkBench_3_Bruce_Kelly.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:25am EDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 11:08pm EDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 11:37pm EDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 2:02am EDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am EDT

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. 

Direct download: ViewerMail_Flight_30.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:44am EDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 9:47pm EDT

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.

Direct download: ViewerMail_Flight_29.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00am EDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 12:35am EDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 11:21pm EDT

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
Category:general -- posted at: 1:10am EDT

         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
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00pm EDT