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  • 00:19

    Free Mass Transit

    in Politics Progressive

    The Duke, a.k.a. Michael Dukakis, and I have kicked around transit fares at public hearings, the Rail-volution conference and here on Left Ahead. I say subways, trolleys, buses and commuter rail should be free. The employees should attend to safety and cleanliness, not toll collection.


    The backstory is that charging high fees for fares, while spending hundreds of billions on yet more roads for polluting, cangerous, congesting, din-producing motor vehicles is asinine. Dukakis agrees in principle but thinks passengers ought to pay a nominal fee, like $1 per trip.


    I contend the concept is that mass transit should be so cheap and clean and safe and efficient and reliable that only the most egocentric will drive and inconvenience the rest of us. That would leave the streets and roads to delivery trucks, buses, and bicycles. (cheer here)


    This came to mind once again after this cursed winter. The Boston-area transit failed in every conceivable way. The new Gov. Charles D. Baker produced a puppet task force that started with a major fail. It never asked or responded what we expected from mass transit. Instead, Baker fell back into the same manure pile of doing the same old things, just cheaper.


    No. No. No.


    Let's ask the question of what we do and what we should and what we must expect from our mass transit. Have not fear or doubt. I have answers.

  • Midwest Old Threshers Tour Plan

    in Travel

    How to get the most out of visit to Old Threshers. Never been to Midwest Old Threshers before or wanting to have a new experience during your trip, then check into our touring plan. Midwest Old Threshers in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa is probably the second biggest event in Iowa after the Iowa State Fair. It draws a large number of regular attendees from three states and has a large number of people who, just like Iowa State Fair, camp out and stay all week. It can be a confusing place with groups from the theater museum to steam engines to trains to trolleys to horses to a western town to a log cabin village to a doll collection. So learn what there is to see.


    Midwest Old Threshers Map

  • 00:21

    Ep. 63 - My Aunt Barbara & Uncle Stan Once More

    in Television

    The Bedford & Sullivan podcast is back as the summer heat gets underway!


    On this episode, my Aunt Barbara and Uncle Stan will once more call in to talk about Brooklyn.


    We'll discuss such things as the similarities and differences between Queens and Brooklyn (as Barbara spent a couple years in the other Borough), taking the trolleys, trains and buses, and their take on the mass suburban migration they witnessed in the late '50's.


    So, join us at 6:30pm ET for the latest edition of the Bedford & Sullivan podcast!

  • 00:16

    Milling About with Cap Fendig of Lighthouse Trolleys

    in Entertainment

    One of the most pleasurable reasons to visit St. Simons Island, Georgia is Cap Fendig, affectionately known to all who live there, and if you don't meet Cap you haven't been to St. Simons! Cap joins host Robin Milling at the King & Prince hotel greeting visitors with a clang of the Lighthouse Trolley bell.
    The Trolley Ghost Tour is a treat through the eerie night. Cap shuts the trolley lights, making his way with boyhood sense memory down St. Simons Park amongst 600 year-old majestic oak trees whose hanging Spanish moss gives you the willies.
    His tours take you through the nooks and crannies only someone with family generations dating back to the mid 1800s living on the Island would know. There's even Fendig Road named for Cap's family who came from Germany, fell in love with St. Simons and all it's glory and never left.
    Visit www.lighthousetrolleys.com or www.capfendig.com

  • 00:21

    Orange Empire Railway Museum

    in History

    The non-profit Orange Empire Railway Museum has been preserving Southern California’s railway history since 1956. Home to over 200 historic railway cars and locomotives from Los Angeles and the West, the museum’s 90-acre site in Perris, California


    On October 25 and 26, ride a trolley to the pumpkin patch where you can pick out and decorate your own pumpkin.


    On a typical weekend (other than during special events), two city streetcars are running on the half-mile dual-gauge Loop Line, and another train is operating on the 1.5 mile standard gauge Mainline. The northern end of the Museum Railway is presently at 7th Street, although during certain special events trains operate all the way to the historic 1892 Perris Depot at 4th Street. Future plans call for regular operations to be extended to 4th Street as the depot area is rebuilt into the new Metrolink station and transit center. 


    I have visited this museum before  and really loved it and was more than happy when I was invited out there out to do a show about the trains , trolleys and the history


    I had the privilege of spending the day with Mr. Norman Buchanan who served as my tour guide has we spent a good couple of hours walking around the museum


    I had to prerecord the show and found the recorder kept turning  off  so I will have to do some editing and repost the original show (or series of shows) so please stay tuned


    But I did want to pass along my thanks to the ALL the Staff, Docents, MR. Ken Schwartz for letting me wander around and especially to Mr. Buchanan for being my tour guide

  • 02:01

    Thanksgiving For Railroad Museums on Lets Talk Trains

    in Hobbies

    This week, the Let's Talk Trains host, ShuttletrainTED, visited the Memphis, Tenn. Railroad & Trolley Museum. We learn about how the railroad help shape the past and present Memphis. The Memphis Railroad and Trolley Museum allows visitors to learn about railroading and what the future holds.


    ShuttletrainTED will speak with the regional round-up reporters and take a quick look at what is going on in Rochelle, Ill.

  • 02:00

    Chris Guenzler Remembers All The NRHS Conventions He Has Been Too.

    in Hobbies

    The Amazing Chris Guenzler will tell you about all of the NRHS Conventions that he has attended. From San Jose in 1982, Sacramento 1999, St Louis 2001,  Grand Canyon 2002, Baltimore 2003, Minneapolis 2004, Portland 2005, New Philadelphia 2006,  Chattanooga 2007,  Fort Worth 2008,  Duluth 2009,  Scanton 2010, and  Portland 2011 will be talked about. Learn where trips were run to and other things Chris did around the NRHS Conventions. Join us for this very educational show about all of these NRHS Conventions.


     


     

  • 02:01

    Merry Christmas at Lets Talk Trains

    in Hobbies

    This week the Amazing Chris Guenzler and AC Adam will give you a good show . Christmas Gremlins at the start of the show. We started off with the Official Caller Ken Ruben then Shuttletrain Ted  called in. Bart Jennings chimed in with the NRHS Alaska 2013 Convention information then we did a rundown of events for this unique convention.  AC Adam mentioned his favorite railroad was the old Santa Fe as it was also mine. Ted  liked the old Frisco Railroad. Chris talked about his job and tied it in with trains talking about the old Pacific Electric Bridge across the Santa Ana River.


     

  • 01:00

    Trolleys Left and Right

    in Politics Progressive

    William S. Lind joins us to discuss low-cost rail transit. Americans of all politics should look away from highways and to such systems, he contends. He is director of the American Conservative Center for Public Transportation and coauthor of Moving Minds: Conservatives and Public Transportation.

  • 00:51

    Everyday KC - KC's St Patrick's Day

    in Entertainment


    This week's show is all about St. Patrick's Day in KC! From it's humble beginnings in the modern era with what co-founder, Mike Murphy called the "shortest and worst parade in America" in 1973, to one of the top 10 in the nation! We will talk with the son of co-founder Dan Hogerty, and former Westport club owner, Bill Nigro of KC Strips Trolleys, about the way KC does St. Patrick's Day! 



     

  • 00:51

    Everyday KC - KC's St Patrick's Day

    in Entertainment


    This week's show is all about St. Patrick's Day in KC! From it's humble beginnings in the modern era with what co-founder, Mike Murphy called the "shortest and worst parade in America" in 1973, to one of the top 10 in the nation! We will talk with the son of co-founder Dan Hogerty, and former Westport club owner, Bill Nigro of KC Strips Trolleys, about the way KC does St. Patrick's Day! 



     

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