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  • 140: Short Line Railroad History Meets Classical Music

    140: Short Line Railroad History Meets Classical Music

    Mark Rheaume, composer of “That’s the Way the Railroad Went” discusses how he created a 38 minute piece of music incorporating interviews documenting the Central Iowa Railway Company, a short line with a brief existence in the 1970s. Related Episodes…


  • 139: Lionel Artist Angela Trotta Thomas

    139: Lionel Artist Angela Trotta Thomas

    What is it like to paint official portraits of Lionel Trains? We are talking to Angela Trotta Thomas about her Lionel and real railroad paintings, her process of creating a scene, how she infuses her work with nostalgia, and her…


  • 138: Behind the Scenes of N&W 611 Excursions

    138: Behind the Scenes of N&W 611 Excursions

    How did the idea for the 2023 excursions in Central Virginia come about? What logistics are required to put excursions together? Is converting Norfolk & Western 611 to oil burning being discussed? How can you become involved in future excursions?…


  • 137: The Future of the NMRA

    137: The Future of the NMRA

    National Model Railroad Association (NMRA) President Gordy Robinson and Social Media Manager Lucy Dormont join us for a full conversation about the challenges facing the organization and the work they are involved with to bring it into the future. This…


  • Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum

    Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum

    Learn about the preservation work that Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum is involved with, the opportunities and challenges of being based in central Portland, and how they use events to maximize their community outreach. This episode is sponsored by Strasburg…


  • 135: Reading 2100 – American Steam Railroad

    135: Reading 2100 – American Steam Railroad

    Rob Gardner, President of American Steam Railroad Preservation Association, provides updates on the restoration of Reading Railroad T-1 2100 and what is planned for the future. This episode is sponsored by Strasburg Rail Road Mechanical Services and Rail and Road Auctions. Related Episodes…


  • Puffing Billy Railway – Sustainability and Success

    Puffing Billy Railway – Sustainability and Success

    The Puffing Billy Railway is a world famous tourist railway near Melbourne, Australia. CEO Peter Abbott speaks with us about the importance of the people connected to it (staff, volunteers, and community), how the railway works to overcome challenges, and…


  • 133: Yosemite Valley Railroad – Modeling a Historic Rarity

    133: Yosemite Valley Railroad – Modeling a Historic Rarity

    The Yosemite Valley Railroad was a connection between the Southern Pacific and Yosemite National Park that brought tourists in by the thousands, and it also hauled a considerable amount of freight. Jack Burgess is dedicated to understanding the history and…


  • 132: Train Time! Interview with Director Stephen Low

    132: Train Time! Interview with Director Stephen Low

    IMAX film director Stephen Low talks about the process of making Train Time, a documentary looking at the operations of BNSF Railway. He shares how this project was different from Rocky Mountain Express, the methods used to capture some of…


  • 131: Flour by Rail Project

    131: Flour by Rail Project

    The Flour by Rail Project is a unique effort to present Buffalo NY’s industrial history in conjunction with its railroads. Charlie Monte Verde, VP of Genesee Valley Transportation and Luke Irvine, Director of the Buffalo USA Foundation, talk about this…