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The good ol' Bluebox kit

In the early-1990s I owned and operated a model train shop.  Back in those days there wasn't much you could buy in ready-to-run equipment that was any good. 

Just about every piece of rolling stock came in kit form, and those kits had much more detail, higher-quality paint jobs. These kit-built cars performed way better than ones from companies such as Life-Like and Model Power, where their items came ready-to-run (RTR) right out of the box.

21 Dec 2013

TMTV

Submitting to MyLayout

One of the segments you'll see on TrainMastersTV is called MyLayout.  Our host, Jim Wright, will present video that MRH readers have shot of themselves and their railroads.  Our first MyLayout segment will appear in late-December, and features modeling by Gail and Greg Whayman.

If you would like to be featured in the MyLayout segment, here's what you have to do:

15 Oct 2013

TMTV Station Agent

The Birth of TrainMasters TV, part 1

Well, here we are just days away from the launch of TrainMasters TV.  At this point you might expect to read about how it's been a tiring process, fraught with challenges and pitfalls.  But it hasn't been.  

Certainly I've invested a lot of hours and more money than I care to think about right now, but this project has been one of the easiest and most enjoyable I have ever taken on.

14 Oct 2013

TMTV Station Agent

The Birth of TrainMasters TV, part 2

In part 1, I pitched my idea for a railroad hobbyists' TV series called Wheels on Steel to the TV network and they liked the idea, so I set out to make a pilot short for the series.

I chose United Aircraft's Turbotrain as the subject matter and told the story of the Turbo through Jason Shron whose company, Rapido Trains Inc., produces an HO-scale model of the Turbo.  It took weeks to get around to shooting the segment, and for many months the footage sat untouched while work took precedence.  

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