MRCS Show #212 Here to There and Operation Christmas Train

And we’re back! Craig makes his triumphal return to the MRCS with exciting new software in hand that can revolutionize the way you’re running your model railroad. Also For out Branchline Dustin Fisher of “Operation Christmas Train” Joins us to talk about his exciting new organization that reaches out to kids in need of a classic and fun Christmas.

Ops2 “Best Shot”: Seth Neumann & It’s a Wonderful Modelers Life: Lionel Strang, Jim Rindt & Bruce Wilson

In this show 211, which was spun off from the planned 211 because of size, we get to talk to Seth Neumann as he answers our questions about how to have a successful op session; I’ll have some links to post ASAP. Seth talks to us about the upcoming NMRA and as a former OPSIG director is uniquely qualified to talk about ops with us.

Then we lighten up and settle into a lively, fun, and enlightening conversation with and about the smash hit podcast “A Modelers Life” as we are joined by its triumvirate of hosts: Lionel Strang, Jim Rindt, and Bruce Wilson. I thought I’d interview them and they also ended up interviewing me. In the end it demonstrates what the AML network is about as you find out some things about us that you might not have known before.

To download direct right click on the media player above and hit “save as” or if that doesn’t work go to and search mrcs0211.

MRCS Show #210 The Rose Knows: Op Special with Mike Rose; and Lawrence & Order SWU (Safe Wiring Unit) – with Larry Eggering

Intro- Craig and Tim give their updates:
-special thanks to Robert Masterson
-Craig covers the Springfield Meet

Roundhouse 1 Op Session Special #1 The Rose Knows
Mike Rose is our first guest in this series which will feature different guests sharing their knowledge on some crucial how-to’s of hosting an op session

Roundhouse 2: Lawrence & Order SWU
Lawrence Eggering relays some vital information on wiring and safety

Closing- Look for Bernie Kempinski’s New Book, and John Losh II’s new Podcast

2:17:00 +

The Model Railcast Show #209 Tragedy, and Stories of Remembering the Rails

With Jim Lincoln and Ramon Rhodes

Just as we were about to release this show the tragedy of Amtrak 188 occurred; as it didn’t seem right to proceed as normal, we wanted to acknowledge this event and discuss the threadbare details- even though at this time much remains to be determined. In any case I was able to quickly grab Jim Lincoln on the fly and get his thoughts on the matter and related issues. Our thoughts, prayers, and well wishes go out to all. I will update the notes asap.

In the main part of our show we are joined by Ramon Rhodes as he goes into all out story mode, giving us a vibrant view of his childhood and trains both model and prototype. In the middle is a branchline with Ramon where we shoot the breeze a little and talk about Ramon’s ideal layout.

Here’s the mp3 download link from our archive, copy and paste in the address bar if the hyperlink doesnt work:

The Model Railcast Show #208: Fifty Shades of Bernie

Bernie Kempinski joined up with me on a crazy week to record a show; Craig shall return for 209.

Crew Lounge- Tim gives a quick update


-Bernie’s Book “Model Railroads Go to War”
-The railroad’s contribution over time to war
-popular misconceptions
-Bernie destroys his whole layout- only really part of it
-plans for new marine terminal
-convergence of old and new
-sidebar on frogs: to power or not
-keep alives


Model Railcast Show 207 Architecture and Urban Model Railroading

With Jonathan Jones

Updates from the gang

Roundhouse 1 with Jonathan Jones

-Jonathan’s background and hobby introduction

-a peak at his current layout

-Urban modeling

-Applying 3 lessons of using architecture and land forms to plan your layout

Classic Chuckle Coupler ~ Tim “marries” the GG1

Roundhouse 2 with Jonathan Jones con’t

-more discussion with Urban centered railroding

-getting the era right, definitions of an era

1 hour 20 minutes

The Model Railcast Show #206 How to Plan Your Model Railroad- with Bob Sprague

Bob joins us to discuss his methods for designing Model Railroads. We discuss:

-Planning your layout around your isles
-The merits of designing with a prototype in mind (if that’s your thing)
-Design principles and tools including this link to Bob’s website¬†!track-planning-tools/c1l71
We also have a branchline piece with Tom Jacobs as he discusses a custom run of hoppers and decals that he had to make for his model railroad