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  • 02:01

    Rail Passenger Car Alliance National Convention on Lets Talk Trains

    in Hobbies

    The American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation's Let's Talk Trains travels to the 2014 Railroad Passenger Car Alliance convention in Branson, Missouri this week. We will learn what the Alliance does for Passenger Car Owners and what it means for the railfan.


    Founded in 1982, the Railroad Passenger Car Alliance was created as a resource to owners and operators of privately owned railroad passenger equipment. The primary goal was to coordinate efforts for pooling their equipment for mainline steam excursions. The popularity of the organization quickly grew and today includes over 400 members.


    As mainline steam excursions ceased, the organization changed the mission statement to include promoting the preservation and operation of historic railroad equipment, addressing the issues facing equipment owners and working with the nation's railroads and Amtrak to facilitate the operation and movement of member's passenger cars.


    Today R.P.C.A. is a growing and forward thinking organization led by a Board of Directors who are railroad industry professionals, and are capable of thinking outside the box. Dedicated to preserving a unique and enjoyable mode of transportation.

  • 00:57

    Shady Lane Greenhouse and It's Trains

    in Hobbies

    During our recent visit to Milwaukee for Trainfest, (see previous episodes). We discovered about a half hour north, of the Trainfest location of the Wisconsin State Fair Grounds. The Shady Lane Greenhouse has very Two very nice G-Scale train layouts. We visited with the owner and creator of the layouts. He takes us on a tour around the layout.


    For more about the layouts go to: http://www.shadylanegreenhouse.com/train-exhibit/train-videos/


    For the address and phone number: http://www.shadylanegreenhouse.com/


     

  • 01:31

    LTT Visits With Passenger Train Journal's Editor Mike Schafer

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    On this episode of the American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation's "The Let's Talk Trains Show," we visit with the editor of the White River Production's Passenger Train Journal, Mike Schafer.


    Mike is a well known railroad photographer, travelled all over the U.S. and Canada. Mike has written books about railroads and the people that work with railroad. 


    Mike starts off with a recap of his railroad passion, We discuss different Amtrak/Via passenger routes. Mike describes how an issue comes together. 


    Join us for this prerecorded program.

  • 02:00

    Applied Imagination: Who are they? What are they?

    in Hobbies

    Ever been to a botanical garden and seen their trains running around a layout? Christmastime many, more public gardens, department stores have found a way to bring visitors into their facilities. TRAINS. THe company, Applied Imagination has filled that niche for many of them.On this edition of Let's Talk Trains we will interview spme of the most creative people I know. Jion us for a LIVE show.

  • 01:58

    Holiday Themed Trains All Around

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    Since the movie Polar Express, Christams trains modeled on the Polar Express have become almost as big as Thomas for museum fund raising efforts. Not just museums, but shortline railroads and even some Class I's have joined the effort.  Bob and Elizabeth will talk about many of these activities on Saturday's show.  In addition to talking about many of these trains, we'd like to hear about what is taking place in various parts of the country.  Please call us with your activities at 646-716-7106 or join us on the web at www.letstalktrains.com.  The show starts at 10:00 AM Pacific/1:00 PM Eastern.

  • Planes, Trains and Automobiles and two hotels!

    in Entrepreneur

    Join me as I share a journey on went on in May 2015 from Toronto to Atlanta.


    I took a drive from the Toronto to Buffalo and it began a trip that was full of  twist and turns and lots of great experiences


    Planes, Train and Automobiles and two hotels


    If you see the movie of the same name with Steve Martin and John Candy you definitely enjoy this story!


    Get a paper and pen and prepare to take some notes...


    http://www.jimpagiamtzis.blogspot.ca/2015/05/journey-to-planes-trains-and-automobile.html


     

  • 02:01

    Engineer Dockins Visits With APRHF's Let's Talk Trains

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    The youngest engineer to ever operate an Amtrak train over Donner Pass visits the American Passenger Heritage Foundation's Let's Talk Trains program. Jonathan Dockins and his mom Dee Dee, stop by to talk about their adventure and how it all came to be, They will lead us through the trip of a lifetime. We will also find out what has happened since coming back home to the Jackson, Missouri area. Join us by calling in and asking questions to Engineer Dockins at 646-716-7106. 

  • 00:10

    The Classic Khmer Adventure On Wheels-Cambodia's Bamboo Train

    in Travel

    I was staying in Battambang, Cambodia. While I was there I had to visit one of the area’s most famous attractions, the bamboo train. The bamboo train gets it’s name from the  bamboo deck or floorboard used that rests on top of the wheels that can transport anything from chickens and rice to people. In Khmer it’s called a Lorry and has been used since the Khmer Rouge shutdown of most regular train service in the country.  


    The Bamboo Train Station. Now where is the first class lounge? I could use a bloody mary about right now! Waiter?  Actually the place is quite charming and surprisingly not touristy feeling at all. At least not at the starting point in O Dambong, about 4 km from Battambang.


    The bamboo train solves the biggest problem of a single track train line. What do you do when two trains meet from opposite directions? In the case of the bamboo train? Simple-move one off the track. This experience alone makes this one of the world’s all time great train rides.


    A little heavy on the photo gear I know but I’m a one man show right now.


    Farewells from the departure crew and we’re off. 


    The bamboo train was not the first flatbed type service in Cambodia. During the civil war of the 80’s and 90’s flatbed trains were used as mine sweepers ahead of the rest of the train. Service was free, risky but popular. 


    And here we go about 3 minutes into the ride and our first stop. Wow, now that’s taking service station to the next level. The first lorries or bamboo trains were actually hand driven with a pole, kind of like an Italian gondola. Small motorcycle or tractor engines, like this one were added later. The wheels? They’re actually from abandoned tanks! Yes get your ass off the deck so I can do my job, thank you! Excerpts from "Great Train Rides Of The World-Cambodia's Bamboo Train".

  • 02:01

    LTT On The Road: TrainFest Day One

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    The APRHF Let's Talk Trains Show will be attending the America's Largest Operational Model Train Show:TrainFest. We will be broadcasting LIVE from Noon to 2 p.m.from the exhibition floor. We wil get to talk to the show director and several  exhibitors. We will have a jammed packed two hour show. You can call in and ask quetions of our guests at 646.716.7106

  • 02:02

    LTT On The Road: TrainFest Day Two

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    The APRHF Let's Talk Trains Show will be attending the America's Largest Operational Model Train Show: TrainFest. We will be broadcast LIVE from Noon to 2 p.m. from the exhibition floor. We will talk to show director and several exhibitors. We will have a jammed packed two hour show. You can call in and ask quetions of our guests at 646.716.7106

  • 00:22

    Urban Teen Magazine's Celebrity Re-Air Interview with Madison Deaver!

    in Entertainment

    Madison has a love for music that comes from her soul and you can hear it in her voice. Madison believes in music that can change your emotions – songs that make you laugh, that make you move and that make you think. She has covered everything from Pop Rock to R&B to Country yet in each song there is something special in her voice and in her arrangement that makes it uniquely her own.


    While Madison’s true passion is music, she is a triple threat artist. She is a competitive dancer and trains and competes in the styles of Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, and Hip Hop. She placed in the Overall Top Ten in the Senior Division at several dance competitions in 2015 with her Jazz and Lyrical solos. She is also a working actor who just recently completed an independent horror film called Moon Creek Cemetery and another film, A Life, Taken, that has been touring the independent film circuit for over a year.