About Notch 6

About the show:

Notch 6 is the first and only Podcast (online radio) show dedicated to the world of O gauge trains. Since launching in 2013 this monthly show has covered breaking news and featured in depth interviews with many of the leading authorities in the O gauge market. Previous guests have included Richard Kughn, Mike Wolf, Howard Hitchcock, Richard Maddox, Bruce Greenberg, Michael Broggie, and others.

About the host:

Derek Thomas in the cab of the recently restored Norfolk and Western J class 611.

Derek Thomas has been a toy train enthusiast since the age of three. He received his first O gauge Lionel set in 1992 at the age of eight. Since that time his O gauge collection and knowledge of the industry have continued to grow.  In 2007 Derek graduated from Olivet Nazarene University, with a degree in communications with a minor in business.

Starting in 2010, Derek began working full time at Stout Auctions, the leading toy train auction house in the country. Having a background in radio broadcasting allowed Derek to start Notch 6, in February 2013. Shortly after starting the podcast, Derek launched The Madison Poster Company. Madison Poster creates tribute posters to classic Lionel dealer art.

He lives in Lafayette, Indiana with his wife: Christy, son: Henry and their puppy Hemi.

What does Notch 6 mean?

The show originally was going to be Notch 8, but when we went to register the domain name it was taken. Notch 6 refers to the position on a diesel locomotive throttle. Notch 6 is roughly about 75% of full power. Host Derek Thomas grew up receiving some cab rides in Conrail locomotives. He always remembered the little selector window above the throttle that showed what notch the throttle was in. You can see the similarity between our logo with the recessed six and the little window to the upper left of the EMD control panel that would show the notch number.

When do new episodes come out?

We put out at least one new episode every month. However, over the past two years we have averaged 25 episodes between catalog specials and other special event coverage. Make sure to subscribe to the show on Itunes or Stitcher to get the latest episode, and visit Notch6.com daily for the latest industry news, videos, and more.

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