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June 27, 2019
Skip Waters, Chris Guenzler and Elizabeth Alkire will review the activities and fun had by all during the recent 2019 NRHS Convention help in Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Promontory, Utah.  Plus, Skip and Chris will reflect on "24 Hours at Saginaw" rail-watching event held in Saginaw, Texas over Memorial Day Weekend and finally, Chris and Elizabeth will talk about the recent trips with the steam locomotive 261 and the excursions held this past weekend.  Lots to talk about, so join us and listen in!
May 25, 2019
Your host is Skip Waters, organizer of the 14th Annual "24 Hours @ Saginaw" 2019, a 24 hour railwatching event sponsored by the North Texas Chapter, NRHS.  Joining us will be local guests attending "24 Hours @ Saginaw" as we share the fun and exciting activities happening at the Saginaw Chamber of Commerce depot in Saginaw, Texas.  Lots to hear and talk about.  Join us and our regular callers at 10:00 AM Pacific, 12:00 Noon Central Time. The call in telephone number is 646-668-8094 .
September 16, 2018
Join us for a special edition of LTT as Skip Waters and Chris Guenzler review the trips and events from the 2018 NRHS Annual Convention held in Cumberland, MD.  Trips were taken in three states of Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Hear about each event our hosts were part of and relive the events that took place. Please listen to Chris Guenzler's show about the 2018 NRHS Conveniton review with the link below... http://www.blogtalkradio.com/chrisguenzler/2018/09/16/the-nrhs-convention-2019-cumberland-maryland
June 14, 2018
Join us for a special edition of LTT as Skip Waters and Chris Guenzler review the trips and events from the 2017 NRHS Annual Convention held in Nashville, Tenneesee.  Trips were taken in three states of Georgia, Kentucky and Tennesee.  Hear about each event our hosts were part of and relive the events that took place.
May 26, 2018
Your host is Skip Waters, organizer of the 13th Annual "24 Hours @ Saginaw" 2018, a 24 hour railwatching event sponsored by the North Texas Chapter, NRHS.  Joining us will be local guests attending "24 Hours @ Saginaw" as we share the fun and exciting activities happening at the Saginaw Chamber of Commerce depot in Saginaw, Texas.  Lots to hear and talk about.  Join us and our regular callers at 10:00 AM Pacific, 12:00 Noon Central Time. The call in telephone number is 646-716-7106
January 20, 2018
Please join us, as special guest Bob Alkire joins us to discuss the fatal events which took place near DuPont, Washington, in December 2017. Bob will discuss the history of the line, the right-of-way involved in the recent incident and its inaugural run that never reached its final destination. We also talk about facts that have come to light in the past month, including the lack of PTC and how the incident occurred during it inaugural run.  We will also discuss our thoughts of what will change or be modified in the future of passenger rail in the country.
October 24, 2017
After a year of being off the air, and many listeners asking, the Let's Talk Trains Show is back! What better way, than to be at the SilverRails Model Trains Show, held in LaPlata, Missouri, on October 21st.  First, we will talk about the new format of the show, and our newest sponsor of the show VirtualRailfan.com. Then we will have the President of the APRHF, Bob Cox, join us to talk about the happening around the APRHF, including updates on the Lookout Point Park, TrainParty, APRHFStore, and being able to help the APRHF via Amazon Smile at no extra cost to you. Sit back, and enjoy our show!
May 27, 2017
Your host is Skip Waters, organizer of the 12th Annual "24 Hours @ Saginaw" 2017, a 24 hour railwatching event sponsored by the North Texas Chapter, NRHS.  Join us with local guests attending "24 Hours @ Saginaw" as we share the fun and exciting activities happening at the Saginaw Chamber of Commerce depot in Saginaw, Texas.  A Hot Spot to watch Trains in North Texas!  Lots to hear and talk about.  Join us and our regular callers at 10:00 AM Pacific, 12:00 Noon Central Time. The call in telephone number is 646-716-7106.  It's Time to Watch Trains!
December 23, 2016
Chris Guenzler talks about his 2016 train trips plus other events he has done. He won't talk at his 2016 NRHS trip which he already covered on another show.
June 23, 2016
Bob continues his series on preservation with Scott Lothes, the Executive Director of the Center for Railroad Photography and Art.  Scott will talk about the Center and its history, the annual Converstions weekend, the Center's collection of photographs, photo preservation in general and how the Center preserves and details the information on their collections.
May 28, 2016
Your host is Skip Waters, organizer of the 11th Annual "24 Hours @ Saginaw" 2016, a 24 hour railwatching event sponsored by the North Texas Chapter, NRHS.  Join us with local guests attending "24 Hours @ Saginaw" as we share the fun and exciting activities happening at the Saginaw Chamber of Commerce depot in Saginaw, Texas.  A Hot Spot to watch Trains in North Texas!  Lots to hear and talk about.  Join us and our regular callers at 10:00 AM Pacific, 12:00 Noon Central Time. The call in telephone number is 646-716-7106.  It's Time to Watch Trains!
May 21, 2016
T J Gaffney has worked on several preservation projects in the Port Huron, Michigan area.  He joins Bob Alkire for a live broadcast for a conversation about historic preservation, his company Streamline Historic Services and his job at Conrail.  Join us a t 10:00 AM Pacific/1:00 PM Eastern at 646-716-7106.
May 12, 2016
This month's On The Road episode, we head west of our headquarters state of Missouri to Kansas. down the Kansas Turnpike and over lots abandon raibeds to the town of Wichita.  Wichita, Kansas used to be a center of rai for the plains, with all the cattle drives ending Wichita. Now freighttrains still rumble through but most don't stop. Passenger Servive ended years ago, a some folksare trying to restart service. The town still has it's Union Station, is semi good repair, with developers tryng to bring new life into it. Wichita is home to one of the world's biggest builder's of locomotives. Chance Rides makes a replic steam engines for lots of zoo and amusement parks. For the model train lovers, the town's Floral gardens, Botanica, the Wichita Gardems, has a beautiful railroad garden where we will be set up for this episode. Make sure you join us for this what should be interesting show.
April 18, 2016
Fred Frailey is a columnist, Feature Writer and blogger for Trains Magazine for which he has written for 37 years. Fred has spent a lifetime as a newspaper and magazine writer and editor; and will soon be divididng his time with his wife Cathie between the Colorado Rockies and an island off the Atlantic Coast of Georgia.
April 9, 2016
The APRHF's Let's Talk Trains program travels to Rosenberg, Texas to be part of the Rosenberg Railroad Museum's 2016 RailFest. Join us as we find out about Rosenberg and it's Railroad Museum. We learn about the history of the town and the railroad that runs through it. This will be a LIVE episode So listeners can call in and give their stories about Rosenberg and ask questions. Join us for an interesting program.
March 25, 2016
Bob and Elizabeth host this week as they talk about their visit to Winterail.  After 38 years in Stockton, Winterail has moved to Corvallis, OR.  It promises to be an interesting weekend as we head to Portland to ride Tri-Met's Westside Express, photograph stations on the way to Corvallis, attend the Friday night Pizza party and Slide Show, spend Saturday attending the various Winterail programs and swap meet  and finish the weekend riding behind McCloud River 25 on the Oregon Coast Scenic on Sunday.
March 12, 2016
Allan "Al" Harper returns to Let's Talk Trains to recap the American Heritage Railways and Rail Events happenings as ShuttletrainTED takes a trip on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad. Al makes three big annoucements and then we talk to Bryson City, NC mayor and Swain County Chamber of Commerce.  The Executive Director of the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad and the On Board Conductor visit to bring us up to date on the 2016
March 5, 2016
This episode of the APRHF's Let's Talk Trains Show, Kansas City Nathan is at the helm with special guests, Robert & Kandace Tabern, of the APRHF Rail Rangers, who have a VERY EXCITING announcement for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of railroad excursion history.  With the APRHF Rail Rangers in full swing, in 2016, Robert & Kandace Tabern will be announcing the events and historic excursions around the Midwestern United States---be sure to listen to these upcoming events, as well as one BIG opportunity to be part of history! During the second half of the show, we will have Brian Klein of the Kaw Valley Junction Railroad Association talking about the different aspects of model railroading, looking back at where the hobby has been and where it is heading.
March 1, 2016
On this episode of APRHF's Let's Talk Trains, we visit with Doug Alexander, whom was selected to ride last month's Amtrak's Inspection Train from New Orleans, Louisiana to Jacksonville, Florida. We started out by asking him describe his passion for trains and passenger railroading. Then we asked about heavy passenger rail in his area of the country. We then moved on to have him revisit his trip on board the inspection train. A litte background... Doug Alexander is a fourth-generation native of Atlanta, Georgia where he grew up and still lives with his family. Doug has been an active proponent of rail transportation literally since childhood. His first effort, at age six, was to design a tram system for his summer day camp. The bulk of Alexander’s career has been spent in marketing and market communications, though he spent six years as Rail Program Manager for the nowdefunct Georgia Rail Passenger Authority, and five years in various positions at the Georgia Department of Transportation. Alexander also served eight years as a city-wide elected member of the Atlanta City Council, from 1994 until 2002. He was vice-chairman of the Council’s Transportation Committee and served on Georgia Municipal Association’s Transportation & Community Development Committee, ultimately chairing that committee for two years.Alexander earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Boston University with additional studies in journalism at the Univ. of Georgia and architecture at Harvard University. His hobbies include sailing, model railroading and photography. He lives in Atlanta with his wife, Anne, and their sons, Wilson and Julian and their dog, a beaglebasset mix named Rainey
February 13, 2016
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.
January 21, 2016
Bob Cox, president of the American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation will discuss several aspects of the organization including such topics as history, purpose, programs, achievements and future plans.
December 5, 2015
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/
November 15, 2015
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
November 14, 2015
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
October 31, 2015
From his South Saint Louis County home on the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River and the railroad that runs along it. We check in with Ken Patterson. Ken is world famous for his modeling scenery skills and his photograpghy. His pictures have graced several magizine covers, and inside catalogs. Ken has a way of photograpghy that make observers wonder if it is a real live scene or just one that he created.  Ken has been around model trains most of his life. He discovered that there was money to be made in the hobby and he took off looking into developing a career. Hear what makes Ken tick, this time on APRHF's Let's Talk Trains.
October 24, 2015
During our Mississippi swing, we stopped off and discovered that the Vicksburg National Military Park had a railroad running through it, and has since before the war.  So I asked the National Park staff if we could do a follow up inerview. What I learned was amazing, just as the spot in the park that overlooked the railroad. Join us for this week's program.
October 17, 2015
On this episode, we head south for our annual Mississippi visit. This time, we pull into McComb, Mississippi. The town of McComb is home to the McComb Railroad Museum. The town owes it's beginnings to the railroads, as do many of Mississippi towns. The McComb Railroad Museum is housed in the current Amtrak Station and has a vast collection of railroad artifacts and some rolling stock. We visit with McComb's vice-mayor, about what the railroad and the railroad museum currently means to the area. We will also find out how he personally supports the museum. Then we visit with the museum's director, Winnie Howell. Ms. Howell will educate us on why she decided to save the depot and the town's railroad history. Several of the museum's volunteers will stop by to tell us what resoration projects they are working on.  Amtrak's Area Station Manager will closeout the episode to talk the role Amtrak plays in the town.   Join us for a information packed show.
October 5, 2015
If you have ever traveled through the Springfield, Illinois area recently, you probably missed a great little railroad museum, just south of Springfield. The town of Chatham, Illinois has preserved their Chicago and Alton depot. The depot sits next to the Amtrak/UP line that runs from Chicago to St. Louis. The line is getting an upgrade to 110 mph for the higher speed program.  The museum is a great example of what can be done, when like minded people come together and preserve history.
September 26, 2015
Let's Talk Trains visits Monticellp Railroad Museum. Learn about the history, the future and the current restorations going on.
September 5, 2015
We recently asked a St. Louis Fire Department Captain to come to the Route 66 Railfan Center in Pacific, Missouri and give us some insight in how they prepare and deal with problems along the rails. Fire Captain Ali Shahriary. Ali is also very interested in trains. Ali got started in model trains at a young age. He now models N-Scale. Ali is a Captain of a Engine Company in Northwest St. Louis City.  The Fire Chief of St. Louis has expressed his concerns about the railroads not fully cooperating with the department about tar sand shipments, but, they have  been great training firefighters about hazardous loads.
August 6, 2015
On this episode of the American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation's The Let's Talk Trains Show, Kansas City Nathan is on the road, at the Spring Creak Model Trains Show, which took place in Deshler, Neb., over the 4th of July holiday. We will be talking to different clubs, as well as a few guys who do "Proto Freelance Model Railroading" and what it actually is...  Also, we have the President of the APRHF, Bob Cox, the Rail Rangers Executive Director & Chicago Coordinator, Robert Tabern, and Assistant Chicago Coordinator, Kandace Tabern---who will be talking about the newest APRHF project: Rail Rangers.
July 18, 2015
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.
July 10, 2015
The Amazing Chris Guenzler returns to talk about the 2015 NRHS Rutland Convention Trip. Learn about everything he did before, during and after that event. Chris will tell you about Tourist Trains he rode, Trolley Museums he visited,  finishing up the Amtrak system again, getting to La Plata and the trip home all by rail. Many surpises were had and will be shared with you on this unique show. The Amazing Chris Guenzler returns to give you this special 90 minute show. Join us for the fun!
May 30, 2015
This week, on a very special edition of the American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation's The Let's Talk Trains Show, a lot of railfans will be traveling towards Roanoke, Va. as Norfolk & Western No. 611 steams back to her birthplace. During the show, KC Nathan will be on the train--with 611 leading the way--as Skip Waters will be at the controls to make sure that we don't have any major issues. Be sure to check in either late Sunday, or Monday, as KC Nathan will have a recap show, including additional interviews from the event.
May 23, 2015
Your host is Skip Waters, organizer of the 10th Annual "24 Hours @ Saginaw" 2015, a 24 hour railwatching event sponsored by the North Texas Chapter, NRHS.  Joining us will be local guests attending "24 Hours @ Saginaw" as we share the fun and exciting activities happening at the Saginaw Chamber of Commerce depot in Saginaw, Texas.  Lots to hear and talk about.  Join us and our regular callers at 10:00 AM Pacific, 12:00 Noon Central Time. The call in telephone number is 646-716-7106
May 16, 2015
On this week's program, we will take a look at how our nation's railroad's are viewed by the media, legislators and the unions. With the recent tragic crash outside Philadelphia, PA and reports that followed, we will talk with some people that deal with those areas, and how they interpret what is happening and what should be happening.
May 9, 2015
Just like "24 Hours @ Saginaw" we are attending "12 Hours @ Temple" for NATIONAL TRAIN DAY!  A 12 hour extravaganza railwatching event to be held in Temple, Texas on the Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum grounds.  It's also the Amtrak Station.  There is a lot planned when attending this event, Let's Talk Trains plans to share as much as we can for the short 2 hours we are there.  Listen in or better yet, come join us for some real rail fun!  And don't forget to call in and tell us what you are doing on NATIONAL TRAIN DAY 2015!  Your host for this event is Skip Waters.
April 25, 2015
This week, on the American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation's "The Let's Talk Trains Show," Kansas City Nathan travels two-hours east to the Missouri State Fairgrounds, in Sedalia, Missouri, for the Trails End event (www.thetrailsend.org). The event celebrates the men who drove cattle from Texas to the closest railhead towards Chicago. The fairgrounds are built right along the former M-K-T route, which is now the KATY Trail State Park. One of the major events going on at the fairgrounds is the Trails End Model Train Show & Collectible Show, which is being ran by members of the APRHF.  Be sure to join us!
April 18, 2015
A few weeks ago, the APRHF's Let's Talk Trains podcast put out a call for people passionate about trains and what they mean for the world to join our team. This week, ShuttletrainTED introduces us to one of our new hosts. Her name is Hayley Enoch. She is from the big state of Texas. Hayley has shown that passion especially the steam era. She has a very well read blog called Friends of the Flange, that attracted over 32,000 page views over the last three years. That blog is how we found her. Her followers continued to ask us to learn more about her and have her join us. As a result of that lobbying, we are excited to have Hayley onboard. She will be doing some every interesting and topical shows in the upcoming months, including covering the first public excursion of 611, since it's rebuild in Spencer, North Carolina.
April 4, 2015
This week on the American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation's The Let's Talk Trains Show, Kansas City Nathan and co-host APRHF President Bob Cox, will be discussing the world of railroading communications via signaling. Joining us this week, as our Featured Guest, will be Lindsey Fowlers, who worked for the ICG in the Signal Department in Illionis & parts of Missouri.  Join us, as we talk about the history of signaling, why different versions of signalling throughout the country, and so on.
March 28, 2015
This edition of the American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation's Let's Talk Trains Podcast we talk to a Railroader that has retired and is now one of the biggest railfans in Chicago, John Green of Greenrail1 productions on YouTube has worked for the American Association of Railroads (twice), the Union Pacific, Wisconsin Central and retired from Canadian National as a Senior Manager. John will talk about his experiences in the wide variety of positions he has held. After moving on down the line, John will entertain us with a few of his railfan stories. The Mid-Missouri Railfan Facebook group invited the APRHF's Let''s Talk Trains to it's first ever meet-up in Morrison, Missouri along the Union Pacifc's Jefferson City Sub. A double tracksubdivision in East Central Missouri. Coal trains, Intermodal, Grain Trains pass by. We will meet a few and find out what they like best about railfanning. Join us for a very topical program.   Join Us
March 21, 2015
This week, in advance of our visit to the Show-Me Central NMRA Covention in June, we visit with Brad Slone who describes what makes the Convention so interesting, and how the model railroading hobby is growing in the midwest.  During the second hour of the program, we visit with a railfan who's passion for railroads and it's place in United States history, decided to become a railroader. Scott Nauert is continuing the time honored tradition that railroaders of days gone by, have lived by for so many years.Scott has documeted several branch lines abandonments  Mr. Nauert is currently an engineer with a short line serving a Mississipi River Port. He still finds time to railfan and take some great pictures. railroader that encourages future railroaders.
March 14, 2015
This week, on the American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation's The Let's Talk Trains Show, we welcome a man who has worked railroad industry for many years--working several years for a freight railroad and another 25-years as an Amtrak Conductor. Kansas City Nathan will welcome Wes Archibald to the show, to discuss the good, the bad, the happy, the sad, the beautiful, and the ugly of railroad life. We will open up the phone lines to discuss the different aspects of working for the railroad---figuring out truth from fiction. Wes & KC Nathan will talk about some of the folks that have been in the forefront of national news, from greatness to tragedy. During the show, we will remember our friend---our "Official Caller" Ken Ruben, who passed away the morning of Thursday, March 12th.  Join us, this Saturday, March 14th at 12-noon Central/10am Pacific. Call in during the live show (@ 646-716-7106), join us in the chatroom, on Facebook and Twitter.
March 7, 2015
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.
February 28, 2015
This time on the APRHF's Let's Talk Trains Show we will take a look at Model Train Shows.  We will ask you, the listeners, what makes a great train show? What makes a bad one? Does having a swap meet at the show, make the show feet cheap? Why are there not more manufacturers's coming to the shows Should model train shows be produced by for-profit companies instead of the local clubs or historical associations? Should there be more regional cooperation between organizations? Should we just have swap meets and then do a show with just model trains? Should we let attendees operate displays?  Call in at 646-716-7106 and give your views.
February 21, 2015
This week, on the American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation's The Let's Talk Trains Show, we will be talking about railroad preservation. George Li will be joining us to talk about preserving the Northern Pacific Railroad's Cheney, Wash. depot, with the "Save Our Station - Cheney Depot" project that is getting local and national attention. Later, we will have Michael Shymanski, President of the Historic Pullman Foundation, join us to tell us about the great honor to have the President of the United States present to establish the Pullman Historic District as part of the National Park System. Be sure to join us!!!
February 14, 2015
The APRHF's Let's Talk Trains turns it's focus from Illinois to Indiana this week. Indiana Rail Road President/CEO Thomas Hoback recently announced his upcoming retirement. We will visit with him to get his story along with his railroad's story. We will find out how the Indiana Railroad came to be and what it has become. Join us live or in the archives. Join in the conversation at 646-716-7106 or in the chatroom.
January 31, 2015
This week, on the APRHF's Let's Talk Trains Show, we welcome the Executive Director of Missouri Operation Lifesaver, Rick Mooney. With all the press about Bravo Network's "Work Out" star, Greg Plitt---who was killed while trespassing on the right-of-way, shooting a commercial for an energy drink---and the recent influx of trespassing injuries and deaths in the media, such as when professional photographers take unsuspecting clients to get Senior Photos or modeling photo shoots. This brings to mind what WE all can do to educate the public on how dangerous the tracks are. We will discuss ways that we---as railfans/model railroaders/rail-buffs---can help spread the word on railroad safety and ways to help end these tragic events, for all those who are involved. To lighten up the mood, during the Second Half of the show, APRHF President Bob Cox and Kansas City Nathan discuss modeling Amtrak passenger trains throughout the years. Bob & KC Nathan will talk about the different ways to model the American passenger rail service, from it's very beginnings to the present day. Since Bob is the station caretaker at the LaPlata, Mo. Amtrak Station, who else would be better than to talk about this!?! Be sure to join us, on Facebook, Twitter, and as always the chatroom on LetsTalkTrains.com.
January 24, 2015
Terry Respondek describes how he built his Shortline Railroads from one engine. Terry also details why he decided to become a railroad executive. Call in and ask him questions. The call in number is 646-716-7106.
January 17, 2015
This episode of The APRHF Let's Talk Trains, features railroader Dale Jenkins. Mr. Jenkins stops by fills us in on the various positions he has held with several railroads. He has been called out of retirement to serve the railroads again. Mr. Jenkins has held such titles as leverman, operator, Sunday ticket agent, train order agent, corn field agent, Special Agent, On Board Services Director, General Superintendent. He also has time to co-found the Illinois Traction Society,Volunteer and Board member of the Monticello Railway Museum. He is also the author of the Illinois Terminal Railroad history It will be an interesting episode, be sure and join us in the chatroom, on Facebook, or on Twitter.
January 3, 2015
This is the Amazing Chris Guenzler final LTT Show that he will host. What railfan trips are you planning in 2015? Call in this week and let everyone know where your headed, what are you planning on doing while your there? Will you be riding, photographing or just watching?  Do you plan to go to Steamtown?  Strasburg? Sandpatch?  Horseshoe Curve?  Cajon Pass?  Winterail?  Summerail? the 2015 NRHS Convention?  How about the 2015 La Plata Railfan event? Any others?  Do you work with a railroad museum?  Do you ride tourist trains?  Be sure and call in to 646-716-7106, or post your plans to our Facebook or Twitter pages. The Amazing Chris Guenzler will be hosting this week's episode, so call in and let Chris know what your itinerary is.
December 27, 2014
Join all of our LTT Hosts, as we remember the Twelveth Season of the American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation's "The Let's Talk Trains Show."  The Hosts will tell which programs stood out for each of them, this year, and what each host has planned for 2015. Listeners can also comment on their favorite show(s) as well, by going to our Facebook Page or Twitter Page and letting us know. We will read some of those comments on the air.  Be sure and tune in this week!
December 20, 2014
On this edition of the American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation's Let's Talk Trains, we will discuss the role model trains play at Christmas. Model Trains have been a part of Christmas as long most of us can remember. From going to the local department store window to the President's park, Model trains can be found in lots of places. Please join us as we wander around the country with Christmas trains.
December 13, 2014
This edition of the American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation Let's Talk Trains we discover what a modern day Pullman does, why they do it. We find out about the perks and the challenges of being a modern day Pullman.  Join us in the chat room at: www.letstalktrains.com.
December 6, 2014
The Amazing Chris Guenzler will be Interviewing Elizabeth Alkire during this weeks show. We will learn how she got into trains, all the things she has done and many more. We will learn about here city pin collections and how train trips come into that, We will learn what steam engines she has ridden behind  and some of the unique things she has done. It will be a very entraining show and we should have some very good laughs as the Amazing Chris Guenzler interviews one of our favorite hosts of the Lets Talk Trains show. Join us for a very interesting show.
November 29, 2014
On this editon of the American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation's Let's Talk Trains will digest some leftovers. So in otherwords, we will talk a whole range of guests. APRHF's Trails To Rails, Santa train from Laplata, Missouri, The difference between Amtrak and VIA, The Great Dome, but wait, even more...Model Railroad Building Bulders,Hobby Store Owners, New Passenger Rail Creation in Memphis. Be sure to join us in our new chatroom at www.letstalktrains.com in the lower right.
November 22, 2014
Model Railroading has been a popular hobby for many decades. This week, Kansas City Nathan, a model railroader himself, will be discussing the Model Railroading in the 21st Century. Long gone are the cracker-jack boxcars or half-hearted attempts to create quality locomotives and other rolling stock. Today, we have highly detailed models that are ready-to-run and highly detailed, to the point that rivet-counters are drooling! A newcomer to the hobby is 3D printing. This and much more will be discussed, we invite you to join in the conversation by calling 646-716-7106.
November 15, 2014
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.
November 8, 2014
This week, Chris talks about reaching his 1,400,000.0 rail-mile, why it took so long, and what he will be up to next.  We will have some guests on join us and Chris will relive his past trips with you. We will talk about the Chris' trips in the United States, Mexico and Canada, as well as tourist trains and along with rare-mileage trips. He will tell you all about what he has done since we last shared with you on this show. Join us for a very interesting show this week. You can listen live  or in the archieves.
November 1, 2014
Let's Talk Trains attends the 100th Anniversary of Kansas City's Union Station Celebration. Bob Alkire, KC Nathan and ShuttletrainTED all are on board this week, as we visit with KC Mayor Sly, Visit KC President, Union Station President, 100th Anniversary Gala leaders.
November 1, 2014
LIVE Streaming of the Re-dedication Ceremony of Kansas City's Union Station.  Note: the Actual Ceremony got started late, so the filler music plays for the frist five minutes.
October 31, 2014
A World's Class Exhibit detailing the History of Kansas City's Union Station makes it's debut to the public during this LIVE broadcast from the station.
October 25, 2014
Don Phillips joins Bob and Elizabeth on this weeks APRHF Let's Talk Trains show.  We will be talking about railfan photography and Amtrak.  Please join us at 10:00 AM Pacific, 11:00 AM Mountain, 12:00 NoonCentral, 1:00 PM Eastern at 646-716-7106 or on the web at http://www.letstalktrains.com.
October 18, 2014
This week we travel to Corinth, Mississippi for a prerecorded episode. We learn about the city from the Mayor and Convention & Visitor Bureau Director. The Corinth Crossroads Museum Director stops by with to fill us in on what the museum has to offer visitors and railfans. SInce it was the Anniversary of the Battle of Corinth, the National Park Service's Corinth Civil War Interpretive Center was a must and we talk with a staff member about it's role in telling the story of the battle and why the railroads in the area made it was so important.
October 11, 2014
This week's show goes international as Bob and Elizabeth travel to the Surrey, British Columbia suburb of Cloverdale where the Fraser Valley Heritage Railway Society is headquartered and we are volunteers. The FVHRS owns and operates B.C. Electric Railway interurban car 1225 on a 4.5 mile stretch of former B.C. Electric trackage now operated by the Southern Railway of British Columbia (SRY). We will be talking with the board members and some volunteers about the restoration of 1225 and 1304, as well as current and future plans. Please join us at 10:00 AM Pacific / 1:00 PM Eastern on Saturday, October 11th
October 4, 2014
Conductor Larry rejoins the Amazing Chris Guenzler for many new stories about his days on the Southern Pacific Railroad. Chris wil get Larry to tell us more from the old days of railroading  including derailments, going dead on the law, the use of trainorders and other long lost parts of railroading gone by. We will have our regional callers plus another special caller. Join us for this unique and exciting show that will take place on this weeks  Lets Talk Trains Show. The current state of the NRHS and the future convention in Rutland will be discussed.
October 4, 2014
Conductor Larry rejoins the Amazing Chris Guenzler for many new stories about his days on the Southern Pacific Railroad. Chris wil get Larry to tell us more from the old days of railroading  including derailments, going dead on the law, the use of trainorders and other long lost parts of railroading gone by. We will have our regional callers plus another special caller. Join us for this unique and exciting show that will take place on this weeks  Lets Talk Trains Show. The current state of the NRHS and the future convention in Rutland will be discussed.
September 27, 2014
This week we attend the 2014 Go By Train event at the National Transportation Museum located just west of St. Louis. We will visit with museum leaders to find what the event is all about. We will also talk with vendors, historical societies, visit with members of the Choo Choo Bob show.
September 20, 2014
Time has come for the annual battle with the United States Congress for funds to operate and maintain Amtrak. This week, we will look at some of the current ideas that have been floated by members of Congress. We will break down the authorization bill. Your comments are welcome. Please join the conversation online in the chat room or by calling in at 646-716-7106. Is Amtrak worth saving? What would happen to riders that use Amtrak to commute to work, doctor appointments, football & soccer games? Will international tourist still be willing to travel by car to national parks, small cities?
September 13, 2014
This week's Let's Talk Trains we will reach out to our friend Skip Waters to discuss the proposed changes that are being voted on in a few days. We will also discuss the John Hankey Blog on TRAINS.com. We would also like to hear from you on the issue, please call 646-716-7106 to discuss it.  Then for the second half of the show, we talk with Brain Waller, who is leading the effort to save the Eureka Springs & North Arkansas Railroad. Great show, so won't you join us?
September 6, 2014
Conductor Larry joins the Amzing Chris Guenzler this week and we will talk about his days on the old Southern Pacific. Chris will ask Larry  about his early days  at the Southern Pacific including  some rides on some unique motive power no longer used  today. We will move to his days with with the Union Pacific.Larry has plenty of unique stories from the past and a fun time to be working as a railroader. Join us as we relive his duties as a conductor.
August 30, 2014
Have you ever set out to watch, photograph, video trains and just happen to stop somewhere along the right-of-way, and find a special place that someone created, for themselves or the non-railfan that has a model railroad running? During the last couple of months, we have and we will tell you about some of them on this week's American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation's Let's Talk Trains program. Let's discover some interesting places.
August 23, 2014
Listeners of the American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation's The Let's Talk Trains Show suggested we visit the Taltree Arboretum and Gardens Railroad Garden in Valparaiso, Ind. So for this week's show, we will check it out. We will learn from the professional gardeners and model railroaders about their railroad garden. We hope to learn more about the building of the garden, it's operation and what Taltree's visitors think about the layout. Join the conversation about model trains and gardening, the two most participated hobbies in the world.
August 16, 2014
On this week's APRHF's Let's Talk Trains Show, we visit with the people that make the Kansas City Northern (KCNRR) run. We will learn about park's trains and the history of the KCNRR. We will find what makes a ride on a park train so special for so many people, young & old alike. Join us won't you? Call in and talk about your local park train.
August 9, 2014
On this weeks show, the Amazing Chris Guenzler will talk about his favorite trips in North America. He will break down his trips by via Amtrak, Canadian trains, Mexican trains, steam, diesel, electric, tourist trains, rare mileage and NRHS Convention trips.  He will take you all across America, Mexico  and into Canada when riding trains.   He will tell you about trains he has ridden and a few he still needs to ride.  Bart Jennings called in with an updated  on the 2015 NRHS Convention. Join us for an interesting show.
August 2, 2014
The Central Missouri Railroad Association is our host for this week's APRHF's Let's Talk Trains. The CMRRA is having their annual Model Train Show and Swap meet. We will talk about the model rail hobby in central Missouri and how the club is helping preserve the hobby and bring new members into the hobby. Since the train show is held next to the old Wabash, now NS trains, we thought we would invite the Wabash Historical Society to come and pay us a visit too.
July 26, 2014
As a direct request from many listeners requests, this time on Let's Talk Trains sponsored by the American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation, we discuss the Fostoria Iron Triangle Park in Fostoria, Ohio. The railfan viewing area opened last November to great reviews. We will hear from civic leaders and rail supporters on why Fostoria. Have you been there, if so call in and give your opinion.
July 19, 2014
Open lines this week with Skip Waters on the Lets Talk Trains Show.  Call in to talk about your Railfan trips!  Who went to the NRHS Convention? Streamliners in Spencer? Watch the Heritage equipment on the way to Spencer?  Who rode 765 trips?  What other fun trips did you ride so far?  Catch any unique trains this Summer with your camera?  Call in an let me know!  Or, I have a few fun trips to share.  Either way, it's all about you and the LTT listener.  Call in and be a part of the show!  Join us and our regular callers at 10:00 AM Pacific, 12:00 Noon Central Time. The call in telephone number is 646-716-7106
July 12, 2014
This week, Kansas City Nathan is back behind the mic, as we talk about happening in the world of model railroading, railfanning, Silver Rails Country and last but not least the American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation. He will be broadcasting the show from the Depot Inn & Suites, located in Silver Rails Country, centered in LaPlata, Mo. First off, we will check in with our Regional Roundup Correspondents from around the country, and we will talk about major railroad-related news items. Then, Nathan will discuss the recent N-Scale Enthusiast National Convention, which was held in Roanoke, Va., between June 24th and 27th, after being able to talk to a lot of the hobby's major manufacturers, as well as the up-and-coming companies in the model railroad industry; plus all the things he got to experience while in Virginia--which should be on each railfan's "Railfan Bucket List." Next, we will discuss happenings in the American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation, including updates on the facilities, what you the loyal listerners could do to help and volunteer, as well as the different programs that the APRHF supports, including the popular National Parks Services' Trails & Rails program between Chicago, Ill. and LaPlata.  We will then welcome Tom Anderson, of Silver Rails Vineyards LLC, Silver Rails Country's newest feature to the show. We will be talking about wine & railroads and how they go hand-in-hand, both in LaPlata & Silver Rails Country, and throughout the United States. If everything works out according to plan, we may even have a couple of other guests who have railroad-themed wines, from a vineyard 20 miles south of LaPlata, in Macon, Mo.  We will have a interesting show, and we would like to invite you to join in the live discussion! Be sure to call in to ask your questions, present your opinions, and talk trains! ALL ABOARD!!!
July 5, 2014
This week the Amazing Chris Guenzler talks about trips he has taken from 10/24/2013 to 622/2014. He covers both train riding and railfanning trips.  He takes you from California to Oklahoma to Tennessesse to Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas where the NRHS 2014 Convention in Springdale was held on this show telling you about all of his new places and rail adventures. You will learn a lot from listening to this show. Please  join us for an informative programon what Chris Guenzler does..
June 28, 2014
Bowling Green, Kentucky is the next stop on the On The Road series of the American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation's Let's Talk Trains. We will visit the Bowling Green RailPark and Museum. You will learn about the railroad history of Bowling Green, and how they are preserving it's history.
June 14, 2014
On this episode of the American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation's Let's Talk Trains, we find ourselves attending the 2014 NRHS Annual Convention located in Springdale, Arkansas. We will get updates on the events and find out what the NRHS is all about. In addition to hearing from our regional callers, Skip Waters will join us to talk about the NRHS as he is on the Board of Directors for District 7, along with the President of the National Railway Historical Society, Mr. Greg Molloy.  Lots to hear and learn on this episode of Lets Talk Trains!
June 7, 2014
This week's American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation's Let's Talk Trains features three different museums, a Great Northern Railway discussion and details about the Great Northern Railroad Historical Society. We start with a visit to TrainlandUSA, just north of Colby, Iowa, Then we pass through Des Monies, IA and stop in Boone, IA and visit the Iowa Railroad Museum. Next, we head to St. Paul, Minnesota and learn about the James J. Hill House, the founder of the Great Northern Railroad. The get an inside look into the life of a Great Northern railroader. We will wrap-up with look at rhe Great Northern Historical Society, That's all this week on the APRHF's Let's Talk Trains. Be sure and join us in the chatroom, on the Let's Talk Train's webpage. www.letstalktrains.com
May 31, 2014
ShuttletrainTED visits the Discovery Park Of America located in Union City, TN. Discovery Park Of America had their soft opening in July of 2013. A replica of a train station from the 1800’s is on display on the south side of the park. Visitors can see traditional locomotive cars, and stand on the platform, pretending to be well-wishers from days gone by. During this pre-recorded show, we will learn about why they built Discovery Park in Union City and what there is to learn about as far as railroading is concerned.
May 24, 2014
Your host this week is Skip Waters, organizer of the 9th Annual "24 Hours @ Saginaw" 2014, a 24 hour railwatching event sponsored by the North Texas Chapter, NRHS.  Joining us will be local guests attending "24 Hours @ Saginaw" as they share the fun activities happening at the Saginaw Chamber depot in Saginaw, Texas.  We will also have Steve Allen Goen of Wichita Falls, Texas join us to discuss his recent DVD release on the A&M Railroad and what it took to document the ALCO's on the line.  Speaking of the A&M, that is also the site of the NRHS National Convention in a few weeks with LTT host ShuttleTrain Ted.  Lots to hear and talk about.  Join us and our regular callers at 10:00 AM Pacific, 12:00 Noon Central Time. The call in telephone number is 646-716-7106
May 17, 2014
On May 7th, the City of St. Paul, Minnesota and the Ramsey County Railroad Authority finally got an Amtrak to start stopping at their newly renovated Union Depot. The depot opened last year, and is a mulitmodal station. Union Depot held a morning press conference during which various officials made speeches including President and CEO of Amtrak, Joe Boardman and Asst. Director of the FRA, Karen Hedlund. We will listen to President Boardman's remarks, We will also speak to the author of a book on Union Depot, John Diers. The Chairman of the Ramsey County Railroad Authority and the Director are guests,  We also visit with Thomas Whaley, a member of the St. Paul Chamber of Commerce and one of the owners of the St. Paul Saints.
May 10, 2014
Join Bob and Elizabeth as they host on National Train Day.  They will be taking calls from various events around the country in addition to the regular regional reports.
May 7, 2014
American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation's Lets Talk Trains will broadcast the St. Paul Union Depot Press Conference celebrating Amtrak's Empire Builder's arrival to their Union Depot. Amtrak President and CEO Joe Boardman will be among the speakers at a special ribbon cutting ceremony at the St. Paul Union Depot at 10:30 a.m. on May 7. Other speakers include Federal Railroad Administration Deputy Administrator Karen Hedlund and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman.
May 3, 2014
Between May and June, there are three large railway events occuring in the southeast and midwest.  Elizabeth Alkire will be discussing Streamliners at Spencer in North Carolina, the 2014 National Railway Historical Society convention in Springdale, Arkansas and Train Expo 2014 in Owosso, Michigan.  She will also talk about the 21st Century Steam excursions with Nickel Plate Road 765 and other upcoming fantrips. Please join me at 10:00 AM Pacific / 1:00 PM Eastern by calling (646) 716-7106, going to http://www.letstalktrains.com to listen live or http://www.letstalktrains.com/chat to participate in the chat room.
April 26, 2014
The Amazing Chris Guenzler tells you about Eastern Amtrak Routes in this weeks show. We will focused on those routes in the Eastern United States on all routes that Amtrak operates. Learn from him what can be found along these routes and learn all about them. Chris will share his experiences on each route plus what kind of equipment is operated on each of them. Join us for an interesting show about what Amtrak is like in the eastern United States..
April 19, 2014
The American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation's Let's Talk Trains travels to the University of Missouri-Saint Louis to visit the John W. Barriger III National Railroad Library. Established in 1984 as a special collection of the St. Louis Mercantile Library, the John W. Barriger III National Railroad Library stands today as one of North America’s largest and finest railroad history collections.  Named after the noted twentieth century railroad executive, John W. Barriger, III (1899-1976), whose collection forms its heart, the Library has grown to become a major resource for the history of railroad business and technology as well as for the study of railroading’s multidimensional influence on the American economy, society and culture.  Join us as we tour one the world's greatest transportation libraries.
April 12, 2014
The 25th Louisiana Railroad Festival in DeQuincy, Louisiana host this week's American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation's Let's Talk Trains program.  The City of DeQuincy which observed the centennial of its incorporation in 2003, owes its existence to the railroads. The original townsite was laid out in 1896 and 1897 when the main line of the Kansas City Pittsburgh and Gulf Railroad reached here. Over the years the railroad -- the Kansas City Southern and Union Pacific Railroads -- have provided employment for several generations of DeQuincy residents and have been a mainstay of the local economy. Before the coming of the Interstate system and better roads, DeQuincy was the hub for railroad travel, with several east-west and north-south passenger trains coming through each day. The passenger trains are gone now, but the city is still important in the railroad freight industry and continues to be a “railroad town.” We invite everyone to come and help us celebrate our heritage and traditions as a railroad town; visit our beautiful Railroad Museum which was built in 1923 as the Kansas City Southern Depot, and which is recognized as one of the most attractive restored depots in the nation. Join us live in person or live in the chatroom or by calling in to the show at 646-716-7106.
April 5, 2014
Today we are live in Grapevine, Texas on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad learning about Day Out With Thomas and how the Museum of the American Railroad puts on this annual family fun event for North Texas.  Join us! For 68 years, children have been captivated by the courageous adventures of Thomas and his engine friends.  Pulling out of the station for its 19th consecutive ride on the rails, the Day Out With Thomas: The Thrill of the Ride Tour 2014 will visit more than 45 cities in the United States and Canada. Day Out With Thomas is the only place for families to take a ride with a 15-ton replica of everybody’s favorite #1 engine, Thomas the Tank Engine, and enjoy Thomas-themed activities at the Imagination Station, including stamps, temporary tattoos and hands-on arts and crafts.  Each year the tour grows, traveling to new destinations, adding new activities and welcoming new visitors.   Day Out with Thomas is a collaboration between the Museum of the American Railroad of Frisco, Texas and the Grapevine Vintage Railroad in Historic Downtown Grapevine, Texas.  Proceeds from the event go toward historic rail preservation.  The event introduces a new generation of children to rail travel and the importance of rail preservation. On the show today, we will speak to the several guests who have volunteered, planned and put on the Day Out With Thomas event for the Museum of the American Railroad and hear from some of the attendees as well... so stay tuned, there's lots to learn about the #1 Blue Engine and his friends!  And we will take your calls too!
March 29, 2014
On this edition of the American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation's Let's Talk Trains we will get into detail about the up and coming events that our listeners can participate in. be sure and listen in.
March 22, 2014
Now retired Union Pacific Railroader Gary Moreau will fill us in on what being a railroader is about. Gary recently retired from UP as a MOW Supervisor. Gary has worked pretty much all over the UP system, and even at a few of the merger railroads. Join us for an interesting conversation. Gary will also be answering questions from our listeners who call into the call-in line at 646-716-7106.
March 15, 2014
Last year, the American Passenger Rail Heritage Foundation's Let's Talk Trains talked with the Gateway Garden Railroad Club and during that episode, talked with members about plant selection and ground cover for a garden railroad. After many listeners expressed an interest and suggested we do a whole show about choosing the right landscaping and plants. We listened and lined up several garden experts from different parts of the country including Edward Assaf from the Long Island Garden Railway Society,; Mike Kdiman, Kidman Tree Farm and Reindeer Pass Railway Supply; Rae Ann Banks, a member of the Denver Garden Railway Society; Nancy Norris, the Bay Area Railroad Society Outreach Director and contributing editor to Garden Railroad Magazine; and Jane Clarke, the Gateway Garden Railroad Club's Landscape Gardener  to have a round table discussion and take your calls. Tell your friends and join in the discussion.
March 8, 2014
Bob and Elizabeth host this week's show recounting their visit to the Arizona Railway Museum in Chandler.  Bob is a founding member of the Museum and he and his guests will be talking about the Museum's history from its inception to the present day.  One of the highlights of the celebration was a visit by the Amtrak Exhibit Train.
March 1, 2014
The Amazing Chris Guenzler talks about what is along western Amtrak Routes. He will tell you what to see as he covers most of the Amtrak system out west. He will tell you all about each route out west. You will learn just what is out there along these unique western Amtrak routes.  Learn from Chris as he gives his unique insights into each of these Amtrak western routes. He will share the beauty along each of them with you. Join us for this interesting show.
February 22, 2014
Join us as we talk about Streetcars and their comeback. We will talk with Cincinnati officials and then head to the midwest, and visit with Kansas City officials. Join in the conversation at 646-716-7106.
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