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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Thanks North Star! I can see you've found my main thread in the modelling section
That's right everyone, it's time for another episode of RAILWAY MANIA.
Making a Scene (with Gordon Gravett)
Episode 8's special guest is expert modeller Gordon Gravett, who joins us in this episode of Railway Mania as we discuss scenery on model railways, how to construct a scene, good methods and tips, what to do when a project goes wrong, among many other topics...
Sleeper Agent: Don't think he's logged in for a while, certainly he hasn't posted in over a year.BTW how did you insert those icons? Seen some people use non SiF emojis as well but I can't get them to format when occasionally trying with the keypad symbol buttons instead
Sept 9, 2019 16:43:22 GMT
Mr. Coffey Pot: I have another special video premiere for tonight at 9 PM UK time of my recent trip to the Midland Railway and the Star Tugs exhibition coach! youtu.be/v77oKMgee24
Sept 9, 2019 19:25:28 GMT
pugsy: Im a few hours late but happy Friday the thirteenth, there wont be another until December
Sept 14, 2019 14:12:12 GMT
NikeScot: Hi, could anyone tell me the diameter of the face of a golden bear Thomas??
Sept 14, 2019 16:37:39 GMT
engine87546: Did u seen the where wolves out since it was a full moon as well
Sept 15, 2019 0:44:51 GMT
Old Fusspot: Alan B'Stard and I have added a Twitter page for our new podcast, Talking Thomas! Check us out there, on Anchor, or on Spotify! twitter.com/TalkingThomas1
Sept 15, 2019 17:26:13 GMT
Sleeper Agent: Did ask on Twitter NikeScot but no nibbles i'm afraid, surely someone here owns a Golden Bear Thom! Trying to access the Real Lives of Thomas site but it's down again for the umpteenth time, can anyone provide a link for the archive site as I can't find it
Sept 15, 2019 21:14:56 GMT
Sleeper Agent: That's the badger thanks, just couldn't re-find it on Google Edit it doesn't actually state when Awdry's first James model was built beyond '1950s', does anyone know of the precise year?
Sept 16, 2019 7:48:40 GMT
Sleeper Agent: Never mind found it on the wayback site, 1951 if the Feb 94 issue of Model Railway Enthusiast can be trusted.
Sept 18, 2019 21:12:36 GMT
Vought Sikorsky: Do any of you lot remember Best of Times...Worst of Times? I legitimately forgot about it until just recently when I was searching through the old SIF Productions page & found it. Quite a nice venture it was.
Sept 18, 2019 23:53:09 GMT
ScarletSpider: I got £1060 after tax today for the last month of wages. Noice
Sept 20, 2019 1:58:47 GMT