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...
Season 2 of Channel 5's Great Model Railway Challenge has drawn to a close. The show has been divisive amongst enthusiasts, with some lauding the appeal to the general public while others criticise the format, but what is it like to be part of such a programme and what do the contestants think of it? I sat down with Callum Willcox and Adam Ashford of The Railway Video Division, runners-up in Season 1, to find out.
Garratts were one of the most successful articulated locomotive types worldwide. In this episode, we briefly cover the history of Herbert W. Garratt's brainchild, followed by a chat with Huw Jones of the Welsh Highland Railway, who works full time keeping the NGG16s in traffic. Huw tells us about the idiosyncrasies of the Garratt design, and what makes them different to a regular loco.
In Episode 11 we sit down with Chris Eden-Green, creator and presenter of long-running series Steam Locos In Profile, and chat about how Chris came up with the show, the production process, views on preservation and volunteering, as well as producing online railway video in general.
Many thanks to Chris for being on RAILWAY MANIA!
Please note: this podcast is audio-only. Visit Chris’s YouTube Channel to see Steam Locos in Profile and many more videos.
Fox: It's another full three-week cycle completed, dear ERS Followers and Friends, so...you know what that means, surely by now...? That's right: more ERS Novel goodness in the form of another Story Arc to arise in ERS #9 "Dockside Engines"...
Feb 22, 2020 0:02:40 GMT
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Feb 22, 2020 1:38:20 GMT
travelsonic: IRRESPECTIVE of the completely valid feelings that come (though how many reskins were distributed versus merely being made and showcased? Anyone know)
Feb 22, 2020 1:39:18 GMT
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Feb 22, 2020 8:56:07 GMT
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Feb 22, 2020 14:13:44 GMT
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Feb 22, 2020 14:14:31 GMT
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Feb 22, 2020 14:29:19 GMT
Chris: Is it completely finished now then, or are there hopes to do more?
Feb 22, 2020 17:40:44 GMT
OJ: I think it's completely finished going by rumours. It had a good ending.
Feb 22, 2020 17:46:41 GMT
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Feb 22, 2020 18:22:07 GMT
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Feb 22, 2020 18:33:18 GMT
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