The Model Railway Show – Episode 0018

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The WOW factor

In this episodeā€¦

Mike Confalone, editor and publisher, Railroad Explorer magazine.
Boone Morrison, architect, photographer, Narrow Gauge & Short Line Gazette columnist.

A Railfan’s Layout

Mike Confalone is a life-long railfan. His passion prompted him to establish his own company, to publish Railroad Explorer magazine as well as a selection of high-quality railroad books.

But Mike is also a model railway enthusiast. Originally set in Vermont and featured in Model Railroad Planning 2007, Mike has now changed his railroad’s identity and moved it further east. The Allagash Railway now calls Maine home, and while freelanced it has been influenced by the Bangor & Aroostook, Maine Central and other lines serving the Pine Tree State. And, as his photos and, especially, his videos ably demonstrate, the HO Allagash Railway is one of the most inspiring New England-based layouts of all time.

Mike joins Trevor to describe how his railfanning experiences have influenced his freelanced railroad and his layout design.

Presentation Is Everything

First impressions are important. What first impression does your model railway present to your guests – particularly your friends who are not in the hobby?

Boone Morrison is a well-regarded model railway author. He has taken a sabbatical from his column for The Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette but his regular writings often included ideas about effective layout presentation – from layout lighting and backdrops to fascias, room lighting, and overall layout room environment.

Whether it’s a permanent, home layout or a portable production for the exhibition circuit, Boone has many great ideas for improving the story your layout tells – drawn from his experience as an architect, a professional photographer and a film director.

Boone joins Jim to offer presentation tips and techniques.

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Next time on The Model Railway Show:

Trevor talks with Garden Rail editor Tag Gorton about an important milestone for this UK publication and how it’s embracing the digital future.
Jim speaks with Mark Koenig from the Wilmington, North Carolina Railroad Museum about an attempt to enter “The Guinness Book of World Records”.

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