February 28, 2020
Update on the restoration efforts of East Broad Top Railroad, information about a classic Santa Fe unit in Tooele, Utah, and how to implode a tank car—which is something you should not actually attempt. But it’s still cool.
February 15, 2020
Instead of restoring an existing locomotive, The Pennsylvania Railroad is building a new steam locomotive with blueprints from 1956! Plus, Nevada Northern Railroad restored a classic Hy-Rail from that same year! Get your Flux Capacitor ready for this episode that, for some reason, is preoccupied with the year 1956!
December 17, 2019
Schon went to a model train show in Milwaukee and, of course, found time to go trackside and look for CN trains. Todd discusses his N-scale woes as they exchange holiday gifts, plus an update on Heber Valley Railroad’s latest locomotive acquisition.
October 25, 2019
With the holidays approaching, perhaps you have a rail fan on your list. We have the latest on what is coming from the top model train manufacturers. Also, if you are just getting into model railroading and are curios, we have information on how to get started. And if you have kids that want trains, we have some pointers on where you should start. Plus, Todd and Schon talk about their favorite trains from their personal collections.
October 18, 2019
Union Pacific’s amazing Big Boy returned to Utah, and Todd and Schon were there to … well … geek out when it rolled past. We also have updates on new passenger cars and possibly a classic F7 unit arriving at Heber Valley Railroad. The Boise, Idaho plant where UTA’s Frontrunner locomotives are manufactured is closing! What will happen with Motive Power?
August 29, 2019
Schon Norris took an Amtrak to the California State Railroad Museum and didn’t want to come home! Hear about all the cool stuff they have on display, including a Southern Pacific cab-forward locomotive. Todd Nuke ‘Em is overly excited about a classic Santa Fe yellow-bonnet locomotive that now resides in Tooele!
June 7, 2019
The legendary UP 4014 and 844 have come and gone. This event, along with the Spike 150 events, brought tens of thousands of people to Utah. Todd and Schon discuss the fun they had, plus the unprecedented crowd that accompanied the locomotives on their way out of town. They also talk about future Big Boy excursions and the new Stadler train manufacturing plant in Salt Lake City.
May 9, 2019
Schon and Todd are on-site at Union Station in Ogden, Utah, for the Spike 150 celebration. We were fortunate enough to interview Union Pacific Heritage Fleet Operations Director Ed Dickens who describes the tremendous work that went into restoring the Big Boy locomotive. We also caught up with our friends from Trains magazine. They talk about their experience riding in the cab of Big Boy, plus the upcoming Big Boy DVD and special issues of Trains magazine. For all things related to the 150th Anniversary of the Golden Spike, go to
May 1, 2019
We get into some hardcore foaming with our guest Nathan Anderson from Union Pacific. Find out why Union Pacific cares so much about the history of railroading and the work that went into restoring the Big Boy! And find out why Nathan has the best beard for railroading. For all the details about celebrations near you, go to!
April 29, 2019
Senior Public Historian for the State of Utah Brad Westwood joins Todd Nuke ‘Em and Schon Norris to talk about the history of the Transcontinental Railroad and its impact on Utah and the nation! Remember to find the celebrations near you at!
April 26, 2019
Todd Nuke ‘Em and Schon Norris are joined by Doug Foxley, the Spike 150 Chair. Did you know that over 150 events are planned to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Golden Spike throughout Utah? Doug has details on all of them, including how you can see THE Golden Spike and other historical items, including a document signed by Abraham Lincoln that will be in Utah for the celebration. There is so much planned for this party that has been in the making for 150 years! You do not want to miss this episode!
April 12, 2019
After 60 years, the glorious Union Pacific Big Boy will be back on the rails in a month! Todd and Schon have the latest on the schedule, events, and even news about an excursion on this historic rail journey. Schon visited a new rail museum, and Todd discovered a new scenic railroad in Oregon that he plans to visit. It’s time to get your choo-choo on!
February 15, 2019
Trains magazine editor Jim Wrinn and digital editor Steve Sweeney join Todd and Schon for an update on the upcoming festivities surrounding the 150th anniversary of the transcontinental railroad. Find out what to expect when Union Pacific rolls out the Big Boy locomotive!
February 8, 2019
Todd and Schon are back, talking about UP 4141’s recent visit to Utah, plus updates on UP 4014’s restoration. And Todd found a new scenic railroad to investigate!
January 8, 2019
Two former Amtrak locomotives that have been on display at Ogden’s Union Station have left Utah. We’ll tell you about their new home. Plus we talk about our rail-fanning goals for 2019, and Todd raves about his HO-scale Rio Grande tunnel motor!
December 18, 2018
Description: We discuss the recent Union Pacific funeral train for George H.W. Bush and the commemorative UP 4141 locomotive, and we get excited for the new HO-scale Taco Bell building!
November 15, 2018
We’re back with a new episode! Todd talks about the sometimes confusing world of trying to find the right DCC and sound locomotive, and his dilemma in tracking down the Athearn Genesis UP 844 of his dreams. Hint: don’t wait to buy when it is a limited run! Schon has updates on the GP’s that Heber Valley Railroad purchased. They are finally in Utah, but not in Heber.
October 10, 2018
Description: Teddy Wilson, host of the TV series MIGHTY TRAINS, joins Todd and Schon with tales of some of the world’s coolest trains! Teddy gets to go all over the world and give viewers an in-depth experience on these beautiful trains. Hear about some of the coolest experiences from season one of MIGHTY TRAINS, and get a sneak peak at some of what he has in store for season two!
September 18, 2018
Todd returned to Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad and he tells about his recent visit. Schon updates the fire situation on Union Pacific’s line along Interstate 80, and we talk about a railroad that paints their locomotives in local high school colors!
August 28, 2018
On this episode of the Railroad Roll-By Podcast, we talk about the latest Amtrak headlines with their new proposal to run trains on PTC-only lines, and how it could affect the Amtrak network. Then we talk about one of the signature attractions on Amtrak’s California Zephyr, the Moffat Tunnel. All of that and more on this episode of the Railroad Roll-By Podcast!
August 14, 2018
Schon tells all about his epic journey from New Jersey to Utah on Amtrak. Hear about their electric line, the delays, food service, and accommodations. Plus, Schon did a lot of rail fanning along the way.
July 31, 2018
Learn about Schon’s upcoming trip from New Jersey to Salt Lake on Amtrak, and we talk railfan safety after the recent accident with UP 844. And Todd is about to empty his wallet on Athearn’s new HO scale UP 844 with DCC and sound!
July 17, 2018
On this episode, we are joined by Mr. Steve Sweeney, Associate Editor from Trains magazine. We talk about the latest news from Amtrak, Schon’s planned cross-country journey on Amtrak, and the latest Big Boy news. And if a regular train just isn’t exciting enough, Japan now has a Hello Kitty train. Remember to follow our friends from Trains on Twitter: @TrainsMagazine, Facebook: @TrainsMagazine, and their website:
July 3, 2018
On this episode of the Railroad Roll-By Podcast, Todd talks about his recent adventures with food, music and trains in Kentucky. Then the co-hosts take a deep dive into the new Stadler US train factory being built just 10 minutes west of downtown Salt Lake City, and why it's such a big deal for railfans in the state of Utah. All of that and more on this edition of the Railroad Roll-By Podcast!
June 19, 2018
Join hosts Todd Nuke ‘Em and Schon Norris as they discuss all the unique, special, and rare trains that railfans rave about. Learn all about special trains and more on this week’s episode of the Railroad Roll-By Podcast!
June 5, 2018
Heber Valley Railroad has some new locomotives on the way, and we tell you about their three new acquisitions! Todd recaps his visit to Oregon, including details about what he experienced on the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad. Plus, there will be more rail traffic coming through Utah because of a detour!
May 22, 2018
Are you ready for robot trains? In episode 7, we discuss driverless trains, and where they are already operating. Schon provides guidelines for safe and responsible rail-fanning, including how to find out when the next train is due. Todd talks about the classic locomotive in the movie Stand By Me, and how you can see it in operation at the Oregon Coast Scenic Railroad.
May 8, 2018
On this episode of the Railroad Roll-By Podcast, we discuss why railroads sometimes exchange locomotives with other railroads. Then Todd announces the newest item on his model railroad wishlist. In conclusion, we then talk about the recent birthdays celebrated by both Amtrak and Utah Transit Authority’s Frontrunner, and reflect back on our personal experiences with the commuter service from its beginning days. That’s all in episode 6 of the Railroad Roll-By Podcast!
April 24, 2018
In this episode, Schon and Todd tell you which resources are best for keeping track of heritage unit schedules, plus we cover model railroading and the different ways layouts are created. We also tell you why SP 4449 was seen steaming along the Columbia River Gorge.
April 10, 2018
In this episode, Todd and Schon talk about Union Pacific’s big infrastructure investment and the railroad’s plan to improve service. And just how much does a train cost? We take a look at some of the used equipment that is for sale. Hint: a caboose is quite affordable!
March 27, 2018
On this edition of the Railroad Roll-By Podcast, Todd talks about his childhood in Hooper, Utah, and how the D&RGW railroad became one of his favorite fallen flags. Schon and Todd discuss the recent train show that took place in Ogden’s Union Station. Then our producer, Dylan, joins the fun by playing a whole bunch of train horns and whistles and leaving Schon to guess what they are. That’s all in store for episode 3 of the Railroad Roll-By Podcast.
March 13, 2018
In episode 2 of the Railroad Roll-By podcast, we discuss copper thefts, French Fry steam locomotives, and then we take a deep dive into discussing Todd’s Model Railroad dilemma. All of that concluded with a little chat about the now-retired Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey circus trains, and where the railcars are now.
February 26, 2018
On the First episode of the Railroad Roll-By we meet Todd and Schon!
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