The Model Railway Show – Episode 0024

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What a difference eight years makes

In this episodeā€¦

Tim Warris, owner, Fast Tracks.
John Johnston, director, Canadian Association of Railway Modellers.

Hand-laying a business

It’s rare in this hobby, but sometimes an idea for one’s own layout can take your life in unexpected directions. Just ask Tim Warris.

Tim is the founder of Fast Tracks, a business devoted to helping hobbyists build better hand-laid track.

He speaks to Trevor about how the business started, including the role played by the CNJ’s Bronx Terminal, which he is now modeling in HO scale. He also describes some of the tools and materials Fast Tracks offers and sheds some light on what’s coming next for Fast Tracks.

Canadian crossroads

About the same time Tim Warris was launching Fast Tracks, The Canadian Association of Railway Modellers – CARM for short – was also born.

Established in 2003 by those who organized that year’s NMRA National Convention in Toronto, this organization’s goals include fostering fellowship among Canadian hobby enthusiasts, as well as those from elsewhere who model Canadian railways. CARM also aims to promote the hobby in Canada, and facilitate the exchange of ideas and skills.

Membership was strong in the early years but has since fallen off. One of the organization’s founders and a current director, John Johnston joins Jim to offer his thoughts on the challenges facing CARM and its future. There are many lessons for hobby associations of all sizes – especially those serving vast territories.

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Trevor speaks with Tom Barbalet from Model Rail Radio about the power of podcasting.
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