The Model Railway Show – Episode 0034

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Anniversaries and Tributes

In this episode…

Clare Gilbert, owner, Sylvan Scale Models.
Otto Vondrak, associate editor, Carstens Publications.

20 Years of Casting

Many of us would love to turn our hobby into our living, and for the past 20 years, Clare Gilbert has done just that.

Clare is the owner of Sylvan Scale Models, which offers resin kits for period vehicles, Canadian-specific rolling stock, structures and boats in a number of scales.

Clare joins Jim and describes how, after writing a book on the St. Clair Tunnel, he launched Sylvan while working on boats plying the Great Lakes.

But it’s vehicles – especially the cars and trucks of the 1930s and 1940s – that have really built the business, and Clare shares some news about the future of Sylvan.

Honoring Hal

If anybody deserves the description Railfan for Life, it’s the late Hal Carstens. And now, Carstens Publications – the company that bears Hal’s name – has published a book of Hal’s photographs as a tribute to his life with trains.

The book – Railfan for Life – required the input of many of Hal’s staff, including those working the company’s two monthly train magazines, Railroad Model Craftsman and Railfan and Railroad.

One of those team members, Otto Vondrak, joins Trevor to discuss how the book came about, describe what readers will find inside, and share some thoughts about Hal’s impact on the hobby.

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Next time on The Model Railway Show:

Trevor speaks with Tam Valley Depot owner Duncan McRee about the future of layout and train control.
Jim talks to modeler René Gourley about 3D printing.

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