It thrills me to announce the launch of RAILWAY MANIA, a Podcast aimed at fans of Railways of all kinds. My aim is to provide enthusiasts with something entertaining and maybe even educational. Hopefully it's something you can pop on in the background whilst you are modelling, for example.
The focus is mainly going to be on the UK scene but will encompass the world when the subject demands it.
Railway Mania will cover everything from Model Railways to the Prototype, Mountain to Underground Railways and everything in between.
Episode 1 is around the 12 minute mark to give a light introduction, future episodes will likely grow in length. The main thing is that one should be able to pick it up and put it down at any time.
In between podcast releases I'd like to fill up the gaps with more videos.This one's actually a re-release but I hope if you haven't seen it before, you enjoy it! It's from back in 2014 at The Great Goodbye in Shildon.
I mixed a bit of classical music in with Joe Duddington's retelling of the steam speed record attempt.
Episode 3 of Railway Mania features an interview with Pat James, who came in to the hobby as an adult without having had a model railway as a child. The second half focuses on the challenge of coming out to your friends and family as a railway enthusiast, and why some people find it hard to do so.
WAR. Conflict is at the heart of this episode, which focuses on the US Army Transportation Corps and the War Department's railways during the build up to the invasion of Normandy in 1944, and the challenge of how to land hundreds of trains in hostile territory, ready to roll.
Every story from history has its 'goodies' and 'baddies', but how much of our perception of these events is influenced by the storytellers? Today I'm joined by Simon A.C. Martin, who is working on a book about the engineer Edward Thompson, who took over from Sir Nigel Gresley as Chief Mechanical Engineer on the London and North Eastern Railway at the height of World War Two. Thompson has often been criticised for his designs and decisions, but how much of this is justified? Simon is looking to set the record straight using contemporary reference material.
In 2017, 60163 Tornado made history by being the first steam locomotive to officially hit 100mph in the UK since 1967. Huw Parker of the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust tells how this came about, what it was like on the night, and what's been going on since the speed run.
Steam railways are often run by armies of volunteers, but some people can be paid for it! Today we're talking to Will Stratford, who has been working on the Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways (often branded as 'best railway in the world') on his day-to-day experiences.
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OJ: Sad news everybody. Peter Fonda has died. He was 79. RIP.
Aug 16, 2019 22:39:38 GMT
Zorgoth: You're kidding? I didn't even know he was ailing (or was it just natural causes?) Either way, that's real disheartening to hear. R.I.P. Mr. Fonda.
Aug 16, 2019 22:53:19 GMT
Dungeon Master: To quote Scooter, "IT'S THE WEEEEEK-EEEEEEEEND!" -- and so, the next instalment of ERS #9 "Dockside Engines" has now dropped! This latest instalment opens the second Book of the novel and introduces the -next- element of the story behind Tidmouth Harbour.
Aug 17, 2019 0:06:35 GMT
Dungeon Master: Head on over to the ERS Library - Novels section to find out more! Bon appetite.
Aug 17, 2019 0:15:29 GMT
Odd: i would like to wish a very happy birthday to 01Salty, no doubt one of the best artists in the fandom, cheers!
Aug 17, 2019 9:03:24 GMT
TheIsraeliSudrian: He died of respiratory failure due to lung cancer. R.I.P.
Aug 17, 2019 17:49:21 GMT
Ian: It's been a while since he last penned for the series, so it's great to see the latest ERS offering from long-term SiF member stuart7 is now available to read in the Library... and we're off to Wales for this one!
Aug 18, 2019 14:12:47 GMT
Madness: Happy belated Birthday to 01Salty .
Aug 19, 2019 22:13:24 GMT
gambo1946: is it wrong that i have only seen Fonda in magic railroad? i unfortunately haven't seen easy rider. But it is really sad that he has passed, at least he was almost 80, that is a reasonably long life, and he is back with his dad, Henry, two screen legends
Aug 20, 2019 3:25:55 GMT
gambo1946: -back together
Aug 20, 2019 3:26:10 GMT
ScarletSpider: My friend has decided to downgrade from Bluray to DVD. I just got.. a Bluray player, Batman: The Animated Series, Superman 5 B;u-Ray collection, Justice League Dark, Flashpoint, Dark Knight Returns, Killing Joke, Bad Blood,
Aug 20, 2019 11:24:40 GMT
ScarletSpider: Throne of Atlantis, and New Frontier for a total of £50
Aug 20, 2019 11:24:41 GMT
gambo1946: today is my 18th birthday, my sister hannah's too, officially a grown up
Aug 20, 2019 23:13:02 GMT
Ten Cents Too: Happy Birthday to you and your twin!
Aug 21, 2019 22:29:18 GMT