All modelers have a life but what do we know of it. This podcast is as much about the people in model railroading has it is about the hobby itself. I've met so many interesting people in the hobby over the years I decided it would be fun to share their back stories with everyone else. So come along with me, Lionel Strang as we discover just how many fascinating folks there are in this great hobby of ours.
There’s all kinds of fascinating people working at New Jersey Transit and our next guest insists he’s not one of them. A long time fan of the of the Susquehanna Railroad and regular operator of Dave Abeles’ Onondaga Cutoff he’s got plenty of interesting insights to share.
An operator on several layouts in the New Jersey area, works in a department with only two people and accomplished photographer.
Grab yourself a bowl of shredded waybills, frosty cold glass of Susquehanna railroad yellow and
Everybody loves a good convention and this year’s NMRA National Convention in St. Louis promises to be a great one. There’s always lots of layouts to see, prototype tours, great clinics, an excellent train show and lots of friends to meet.
The AML nation talks about our plans as our very own Martyn Jenkins comes all the way from Australia just to make sure we have a good time. There’s some about registration that leads to a great discussion. So pull up a chair for some very intriguing questions. En
These days it seems as though the problems of the world are just to big to comprehend and keeping your head above water is almost impossible.
It’s time to rely on the AML Nation to once again pick you up and get you back on your feet.
The gang at HQ wants to help spread positive vibes and happiness around the world. We love helping you and others feel better, so have a listen to find out what the gang is thinking this week on another edition of, “Let’s Hug it Out.”
So just imagine being a conductor on Amtrak’s California Zephyr through all of this mess. We couldn’t either, so we decided it was time to check in with our favorite, brass locomotive rebuilder, Ford Mustang restoring guy, bidet tester and all-around good guy. Enjoy.
There’s nothing like getting emotional when making a podcast especially involving the AML Nation. It's kind of a nothing day around HQ, so many of the staff sent home with enough sushi to last till dinner time.
So here’s some words of wisdom from the man with his very own cubicle on the 48th floor of the Stewart L. Sterling building.
This podcast is best enjoyed with a large plate of week old gas station sushi and some left over Yuengling.
So many aspects of model railroading and can be considered an art form and weathering your locomotives and freight cars is no exception. This aspect of the hobby continues to grow in popularity as the search for realism seems endless.
We’re checking in with one of the hobby’s premier grime creators to find out what he’s been up to lately. So grab yourself a bowl of shredded dee-cals, a tall cool glass of splattered engine grease and enjoy.
We can’t even imagine what it’s like to be in the New York City tri-state area right now but as you’re about to find out, there’s lots of people that have to carry-on regardless of the situation.
The show must go on as they say for our next guest who’s managed to himself right in the middle of the fray and decided to do his best regardless of the situation. We here at the ole’ AML Nation think you’re going to find this to be a very special podcast. Enjoy!!
It’s times like this when we truly need each other and so once again we’ve gathered together the very best that the AML Nation has to offer. We can’t guarantee you’ll feel any better but we can guarantee the next two hours will feel like two weeks.
Forget all your problems and worries as we take on a journey to find out what condition your condition was in. Grab yourself a bowl of Fruity Pebbles, a steaming hot mug of last weeks coffee and enjoy !!
We know what you’re asking yourself, waz' happenin' in Plattsburgh, Missouri right now?? AML Nation reaches out to every corner of the globe and a sleepy little town north of Kansas City is no different.
It's the podcast you’ve been waiting for, an in-depth look into a fast-paced world of model railroad news. It’s non-stop action for this magazine editor, keeping his finger on the pulse of the world.
So grab yourself a big bowl of shredded set up sheets, a tall cool glass of printing ink and en
It’s time to fly the friendly skies of the AML Nation with our very own flight attendant. An emergency podcast about folks so easily forgotten while doing their job tirelessly, we here at HQ in Busted Knuckle, decided we needed to more about one of our loyal listeners.
Deciding the scale you’re best suited for is tough, experimenting with Arduino‘s, giving N scale a try and then ending up back where she started.
Grab yourself a bowl of stale airline pretzels, a tall glass of warm water and enjoy
It's an emergency chat with one of our regular contributors as we slowly make our way through this difficult time. Everything you wanted to know about being apprehensive when adding scenery to your layout is right here in one simple, easy to use podcast.
Chris is never afraid to share his thoughts in order to help other modelers, it's an interesting chat with an interesting guy. Enjoy!!
Just like the great American cowboys discovering new territories west of the Mississippi, model railroading continues to uncover new frontiers that need to be settled. It’s a unique discussion and definitely food for thought.
And if that’s not enough we have another exciting round of the Kelly questions with a dynamic new challenger eager to show the world they can go on up against the best.
So grab yourself a big bowl of shredded cowhide, a tall glass of stagnant pond water and enjoy!!
When you’re having no fun and you’ve got the blues, what can be done, instead of eating a bun. Hey look, we’re poets and don’t know it.
You could probably do with something to take your mind off all the turmoil and uncertainty that has surrounded us through these troubling times. So here it is, the AML Nation to the rescue with a whole lotta nothing.
Grab yourself a big bowl of shredded test kits, a giant glass of leftover party beer and enjoy.
The Chicago Great Western Railroad has been beautifully reproduced with an artistic feel some say is second to none. Jason has managed to faithfully capture the operation and geographical feel of the railroad.
As a locomotive engineer he’s a keen observer of realism and he’s managed to develop the skills and technique needed to recreate an amazing representation of the CGW in miniature. You can see more with Scott Thornton’s video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFE8GSGsqRs&t=480s
Just when you thought he was gone, the “Young Gun” has returned to restore law and order in the AML Nation. This time he headed west to ride the rails on the Durango and Silverton, then it’s a quick visit to the SoundTraxx world headquarters and a chat with George the Goalie.
After a quick trip to the zoo, it was time to be eastbound and down but it wasn’t long until our hero had a run-in with the law. It’s eighty-three minutes of nonstop action that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Enjo
In just 114 days until the world will descend on the sleepy little town of Robesonia, Pennsylvania it’s an opportunity to experience the coming together of humanity and the AML Nation. The planning and logistics for this event is overwhelming and we’ve decided to give you an insiders look at all that goes into getting ready for such a tremendously popular event.
So grab yourself a big bowl of shredded bed sheets, I’ll tall glass of three day old beer and enjoy !!
If you build it they will come… It's the final part of our thirty-seven part trilogy with childhood friends building a dream to share it with others. We never even touched on remote dispatching or frequent visits from Rapido trains, so there’s more to come.
Our long journey into night concludes with this episode about the Onondaga cut off, night operations play a big part on this railroad that runs twenty-four hours round the clock. There’s no rest for the railroad and no rest for the loyal crew. E
Just when you thought there couldn’t possibly be more, it’s part three of the Springfield interviews. We’ve got it all right here in one neat little package, a college professor, a flight attendant, an online magazine editor, a car dealer and a full size railcar collector, all on one great show.
Everybody that’s anybody stopped by the official ModelersLife booth this year to say hello, so grab yourself a big bowl of in flight snacks, a steaming hot mug of casting resin and enjoy!!
Here’s a story about a couple of guys that want to manufacture HO scale free cars. They’re not going in blind with a couple of decades of experience and established racial relationships in China they’re ready to produce some unique freight cars.
But anyone in the industry can tell you that manufacturing cars can be a difficult process so this is a whole new approach and one we thought is worthy of reporting on. So check out prototype Junction.com and see for yourself. Enjoy.￼￼
It’s part two of our thirty-seven part trilogy detailing the growth of the Onondaga Cutoff. How our intrepid hero manages to survive the many obstacles life threw at him with his trusty sidekick Jack always faithfully by his side.
This is a great story of human endurance, working towards a goal, friendship, a love of music and a hobby that brings joy to millions of people around the world. This is the continuing story of one man’s determination to achieve a childhood dream. Enjoy
Stop the presses, sound the alarm, put down your coffee, grab your favorite crayon and get ready to take notes. It’s another year of on the spot interviews from Springfield, the Amherst Show or just simply “the Big E.” We met so many fans at the AML booth (formerly City Classics) at this year's show.
The AML Nation is becoming stronger with so many listeners stopping by to say hello. So get yourself a steaming hot bowl of salted hot dog water soup, a tall glass of last years Insta-Set and enjoy!!
Not everything in life is simple to understand but when it comes to this modeler and his love of the Denver & Rio Grande Western it seemed only natural that he’d throw himself into modeling Conrail in upstate New York during the 1990’s.
The Onondaga Cutoff, is a proto-freelanced railroad that’s gaining recognition for innovative thinking and exciting round the clock operations. It’s the beginning, of a thirty seven part trilogy, introducing you to a railroad that’s becoming a force in the hobby
These Kelly Questions have been hermetically sealed on a shelf in the corner of Scott Thornton’s garage beside his collection of belly button fluff. NO ONE, knows the contents of these questions except for the modeler simply known as “Kelly!!”
What happens when a Milwaukee Road fan from Minnesota tests his knowledge against some of the most difficult and mind bending brain teasers ever asked.
So grab yourself a chair, a big bowl of shredded surveys, a tall glass of steamed rain water and enjoy!!
Amherst Railway Society Railroad Hobby Show is run by a community of people who share a fascination with railroads and can find it’s roots all the way back to the mid-1950s, when a small group of University of Massachusetts students and faculty shared a common interest in railroads.
The Railroad Hobby Show occupies four buildings at the Eastern States Exposition, draws 25,000 people. John Sacerdote has been show director for over 15 years and is always excited to talk with us about the upcoming show.
This edition of Product News spotlights a new craftsman structure kit company looking to make a big splash into an already crowded pool. Mine Mount Models will enhance any layout with timeless designs.
Ron’s love for model railroading is clearly evident in the fine kits he produces, with an emphasis on well thought out instructions to help each individual builder produce the finest model possible. It’s a great interview with a look into what it takes to get started in this industry. Enjoy!!
There’s lots of recordings to broadcast and we found these ones in the office of Kevin “Hard Part” Marks under what was left over mushroom Swiss burger from Bazil’s Pub.
We’ve already done a recap of the Great Cadillac Run a few months ago but these interviews are a must listen. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to run a model railroad store in the middle of Nebraska you’ve come to the right place. This is a collection of individual recordings from all sorts of interesting people acros
The featured guest has a long history in the hobby, is well known for his Siskiyou Lines Railroad and is the founder of Model Railroad Hobbyist, an online magazine which became one of the leading magazines in the hobby during it’s short ten year existence.
Joe discusses the migration of advertisers, finding layouts to feature in the magazine, plus Running Extra, an online magazine. seeking paid subscribers. It’s another great guest, so grab yourself a nice cozy spot beside the radio and enjoy!!
Rapido Trains is introducing another exciting model into the world of HO scale railroading. Following the French built Turboliners in the 1970’s Amtrak turned to Rohr Industries to build Turboliners for use along the Empire Corridor.
The equipment was retired from active service by 2004 but Rapido has brought them back to life using original blueprints and field measurements. Powered units with reliable drive systems and of course the DCC models feature accurate sound remastered from original videos.
Get ready to learn everything you need to know about photography, what exactly a HEMTT is (Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck.) Take a trip down memory lane with the Missouri Pacific or discover the joys of operating a GP-15.
We discuss everybody’s favorite condiment as we investigate some the most compelling issues of the day, right here in on another exciting edition of the Kelly Questions. So grab yourself a big bowl of shredded 36 mm film, a cool tall glass of used developer fluid and enjoy!!
It’s Christmas and with the new year almost upon us, Bruce the Mailboy tells us it’s to early to get excited about the new decade. We can hardly contain our excitement for the future and all we have planned here on the 48th floor, in the Joe Cummings Studios high atop the Stewart L Sterling building in downtown Busted Knuckle, Kentucky.
We want to wish all of our listeners a very merry Christmas, so grab yourself a big bowl of shredded walnut shells, a steaming hot mug of last year‘s eggnog and e