One of the great trends in the rise of the internet in everyday life is Podcasting. For the uninitiated, a podcast is an internet "radio show" intended to be downloaded to your mobile device (originally the iPod - the "pod" in "podcasting") to be listened to at your leisure. Podcasts are available on a nearly infinite variety of subjects, from gardening to politics to music and comedy, and model railroading is no exception! There are several podcasts (available for download via iTunes) on our hobby - one of these is "A Modelers Life," curated by noted modeler and former Model Railroader staffer Lionel Strang and his associates Jim Rindt and Bruce Wilson. While the show is focused on model railroading, it focuses more on the "back stories" of guests - how they got into the hobby, personal lives, etc.
I recently had the good fortune to be featured as a guest interviewee on Episode 46 and a followup segment known as the "Kelly Questions," created by Reading Modeler member and contributor (and W&N fan) Bruce Kelly of Oregon. This podcast is VERY entertaining and well worth a listen. Check out their webpage here, and look for the podcast on iTunes! You can also visit their Facebook page here!
In addition to spending a fair amount of time working on my Reading Company Crossline layout (one of these days I'll have to put a photo album together), I've been continuing to tinker with some emerging technology and its model railroading applications:
1. Last Christmas my family gave me a Cricut Explore as a gift, after I saw a video review on TrainMasters TV that showed how this gizmo could be used not just for cutesy scrapbooking projects, but also for model railroading as it can cut wood up to 1/16" thick. I haven't had the chance to really play with it, but I'm planning to now - I have some ideas for model railroading goodies that could be made from cardstock or chipboard, so it's time to get serious about opening up my Christmas gift and putting it through its paces.
In response to several inquiries, we have re-activated the "original" Reading Modeler Company Store so that individuals can order any items that they desire. Unfortunately, updating the Company Store has taken significantly longer than anticipated due to family and work commitments, along with working on the layout. We are still planning to update the store to a better user interface and some new products that we've got in the works, but for now, the original store is back up and available - and as a further bit of good news, we've restocked our entire inventory, so anything you might want should be available! As always, click here to go there, and thanks for your patience!
The purpose of this website is to provide an "electronic interchange" where individuals interested in model railroading and railroad history pertaining to the Reading Company and related railroads can obtain and share both prototype and model-related information. Just as cars are set out and picked up at the interchange, we hope that the content presented on the site will be dynamic as well, with new content continually being added as information is shared.