The Model Railway Show – Episode 0025

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In this episodeā€¦

Tom Barbalet, producer and host, Model Rail Radio.
Joe Fugate, publisher, Model Railroad Hobbyist.

Podcasting for everyone

Two years ago, Tom Barbalet created the very successful Model Rail Radio call-in show and podcast. But he’s no stranger to podcasting.

Tom joins Trevor to explain why he believes every model railway enthusiast can podcast, how he started in podcasting with a venture called Ape Reality, how a podcast about podcasting encouraged him to launch Model Rail Radio, why the MRR T-shirts are seen everywhere (including here), and why you might want to invest in one of these.

The future of model railway publishing

If anybody knows about creating a hobby magazine for the Internet age, it’s Joe Fugate.

Joe’s latest venture – Model Railroad Hobbyist – is an online “e-zine” that can be downloaded and read on a computer, tablet or smart phone. It’s been available – free – for almost three years now and has seen a steady increase in readership and advertisers.

Joe has been well-known in the hobby for many years as an innovator. His HO Southern Pacific Siskiyou Line layout popularized the Mushroom double-deck layout design, in which each deck faces a separate direction, so only one deck may be viewed at any time. And with Model Trains Video, he embraced the power of the moving picture as a way to teach fellow hobbyists about techniques ranging from construction to operation.

In conversation with Jim, Joe describes the birth and growth of Model Railroad Hobbyist and its power to pull various media together to enrich the traditional magazine experience. He also shares some of his plans for the future.

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Next time on The Model Railway Show:

Trevor talks to Chris Lane about the 2011 HOn3 Annual.
Jim speaks with Alex Hristov about the state of TT Scale today.

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