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February 14, 2020
The East Broad Top, a historic narrow gauge railroad in central Pennsylvania, has been purchased by a new nonprofit organization. Brad Esposito, General Manager for the railroad, discusses the future of the EBT and what it will take to restore…
December 27, 2019
How does someone from the world of air transportation transition into railroading? Bob Lowe, owner of three private railcars, talks about how he began investing in commercial shortlines, what led him to own three passenger cars, and how he uses…
October 25, 2019
Are you planning your basement railroad empire? Curious on how an expert compresses entire railroad locations and operations into a small space? Dan Bourque has designed hundreds of train layouts over the past 20 years, and these can be seen…
October 8, 2019
Many preservation efforts have conquered hardship, but how many can say they have triumphed over a flood? Colin O'Brien of the Mid-Continent Railway Museum walks us through the extensive collection, restoration projects including Chicago & Northwestern #1385, and how they persevered through a devastating flood in 2008.
September 12, 2019
What is the story of the Waynesburg & Washington Railroad, and how is its history preserved today? Jim Weinschenker, railroad liaison at the Greene County Historical Society, introduces us to this narrow gauge Pennsylvania shortline, how its history connected with…
August 20, 2019
How does the Strasburg Rail Road balance its tourist railroading with hauling freight? Steve Weaver, VP of Freight Services, presented at the Heritage Rail Alliance on how the railroad maintains this harmony. This episode is sponsored by Age of Steam Roundhouse, a working roundhouse…
June 25, 2019
What would a competition series about model railroading look like? Kathy Millatt, skilled modeler and YouTube video maker, served as a judge on “The Great Model Railway Challenge”, a British TV series which had modelers build a small layout over…
May 9, 2019
Two Norfolk & Western steam locomotives will be reunited this fall, and you can be there for the multi-weekend event. Stationmaster Steve Barrall shares details about what led to having Norfolk & Western 611 visit the Strasburg Rail Road this…
April 7, 2019
What treasures does the Age of Steam Roundhouse hold? We’re talking with Executive Director Noel Poirier about the steam locomotive collection of the late Jerry Joe Jacobson, the dream of having a full roundhouse and locomotive shop realized, and what…
January 31, 2019
What is the Center for Railroad Photography and Art? President and Executive Director Scott Lothes talks about how this nonprofit’s work to preserve photos of railroading in the past is a key part of rail preservation. Learn more about the…
January 5, 2019
Take a ride in a streamlined dome observation car. See what the newest equipment on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad has to offer travelers!
October 13, 2018
Teddy Wilson, host of the TV Series “Mighty Trains,” talks about the adventures he takes on the show, what was most memorable from Season 1, and what to expect in Season 2! Related Episodes Rapido Trains 50 Years of Australian…
September 21, 2018
What makes the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad unique? We talk with President and CEO Joe Mazur about Budd passenger cars, newly-acquired ex-California Zephyr cars, and what makes their partnership with the National Park Service succeed. Spirit Railcar Our car has…
September 1, 2018
What will it take to bring Erie-Lackawanna SDP45 3639 from the Virginia Museum of Transportation to a new home in Youngstown? Rick Rowlands, President of Youngstown Steel Heritage, announces this new campaign exclusively on The Roundhouse! Support us on Patreon,…
August 15, 2018
What does it take to form a tourist railroad in the 21st Century? Allentown & Auburn Railroad President Mike Bast talks about getting this railroad started and what steam locomotive they will be restoring. Related Episodes Coalition for Sustainable Rail…
July 3, 2018
Does your railroad museum or preservation group has a good succession plan? Strasburg Rail Road President Linn Moedinger shares his insight as he prepares to pass his own job onto the next generation. Related Episodes Strasburg Rail Road – Linn…
May 29, 2018
We count down the Top 5 train movies with Nick Ozorak and guest host Chris Eden Green from Steam Locos in Profile. Will yours be on the list? Related Episodes Rocky Mountain Express Steam Locos in Profile – Chris Eden…
May 8, 2018
Show host Nick Ozorak attended the HeritageRail Alliance Spring 2018 Conference at the Strasburg Rail Road. In this presentation by railroad historian Kurt Bell, we learn about what it takes to engage millennials in railroad preservation. Related Episodes Strasburg Rail…
March 30, 2018
Amtrak has announced major changes prohibiting private charters and excursions to operate. We discuss the issue with Roger Fuehring, the President of the Railroad Passenger Car Alliance (RPCA). Related Episodes The Joliet Rocket Steel City Limited
March 20, 2018
Can you imagine what it would be like to take a jet powered train up to a world-record-setting speed? We’ll talk with Don Wetzel who helped design and pilot the M497 to over 180 MPH back in 1966! Related Episodes…
February 17, 2018
Details emerged this week from a town in Texas that planned to scrap its displayed steam locomotive. Jason Sobczynski talks about the last-minute appeal put together to find it a new home and restore it. Learn about the campaign by…
February 6, 2018
Coalition for Sustainable Rail The Coalition for Sustainable Rail is focused on two projects: researching a plant-based coal substitute, and restoring steam locomotive Santa Fe 3463. Where are they at on each of these projects? President of CSR Davidson Ward…
January 18, 2018
Kylie McLaughlin – General Manager and Asst. Vice President of Operations What does it take to run a shortline railroad in the 21st Century? Kylie McLaughlin answers this question, talks about using ALCOs in modern revenue service, and how women…
December 10, 2017
What can rail preservation learn from a simulator about Titanic? Project Director Tom Lynskey walks us through the research and development of Titanic: Honor and Glory and how it showcases the oceanliner’s history from a very different perspective. Learn more…
November 22, 2017
Growing up with the Pennsylvania Railroad, Bennett Levin would later go on to own a PRR Observation Car used by John F. Kennedy and original E-Unit locomotives. He shares his love of providing rare-mileage excursions, providing Veterans with an unforgettable…
November 6, 2017
How do you create a museum that encapsulates a steel mill in just 1.2 acres? Rick Rowlands, President of Youngstown Steel Heritage, shares his story about founding the museum, collecting priceless machinery including a tank engine, and constructing an industrial…
September 30, 2017
What will it take to save the last operational logging railroad in the US? The Peninsular Railway and Lumberman’s Museum, a new nonprofit organization, has formed to save the Simpson Railroad, and President Josh Kaivo joins us to share what…
September 17, 2017
How do railroads make steel? Bernard Kempinski, author of “The Model Railroader’s Guide to Steel Mills,” walks us through the entire process and how you can create a model railroad steel mill! This episode was a listener request from Donald…
August 27, 2017
We’re traveling aboard a steam excursion taking us back in time unlike any other. Join us as Nickel Plate Road 765 takes its passengers, crew, and reenactors from Joliet to Chicago. For this episode, we’ve ‘backdated’ our sound to make…
August 1, 2017
Bring Back 757! A campaign to return Nickel Plate 757 to its hometown of Bellevue, Ohio is launching today. Vice President of the Mad River & Nickel Plate Railroad Museum Dwayne Fuehring discusses the details of transporting such a massive locomotive…
July 22, 2017
See what happens when the Axis and Allied forces battle for control of a train…all during a WWII reenactment at the Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad. It’s a WWII Train Battle unlike any other! This is our first episode simulcast…
July 1, 2017
The Great Train Robbery is a myth and legend that still impacts popular culture. But what exactly did happen to the Royal Mail train on the night of August 8th, 1963? Author Nick Russell-Pavier walks us through the mysteries, mistakes,…
June 4, 2017
When Orion Newall-Vuillemot needed storage for his Ford riding mowers, he did what any 15 year old would do…buy a 1930s Boston & Maine boxcar, transport it to his house, and begin a full restoration. Hear his incredible story about…
May 21, 2017
Look at his photos and you would assume the work of someone who has spent decades in photography. However, Robin Coombes only began exploring photography seriously in 2006. He shares his perspective on railway photography, historic photo charters, and his…
May 6, 2017
As Chief Designer of MSI’s Great Train Story layout exhibit, John Llewellyn explains the design process, how a train layout can tell a story, and fitting skyscrapers underneath a full-size Boeing 727! Related Episodes: Museum of Science & Industry Part…
April 22, 2017
058: Museum of Science and Industry MSI’s collection includes the Pioneer Zephyr streamliner, New York Central #999, and a replica of Stephenson’s Rocket. Director of Collections and Head Curator Kathleen McCarthy shares how this history is brought to life and…
April 15, 2017
FULL EPISODE Rich Melvin shares a couple of stories from his time as Senior Engineer of Nickel Plate 765, including how he impressed supervisors who underestimated what the steam locomotive could do.
April 9, 2017
In this shorter episode, Vice President Kevin Phalon and Treasurer Richie King, (both under 25 years old) join us to discuss the Tri-State Railway Historical Society’s purchase of Morristown & Erie 19, an ALCO C424 built in 1964.  They tell…
April 2, 2017
We’re riding on the Hoosier State! We take one last ride while Iowa Pacific was operating the train to experience the wonderful equipment and on-board service. Along the way, we talk to the crew to hear about what they’ve taken…
March 11, 2017
Have you ever wanted to own a private railcar, and what is it like to travel in one? AAPRCO President Bob Donnelly describes the organization, what cars he co-owns, how he enjoys the annual convention trains, and the difference between…
February 12, 2017
Australian iron ore trains are the ‘Mad Max’ of railroading. Jim Ward takes us through his 50 years of working for a variety of Australian and New Zealand railways, his favorite types of locomotives, and the longest train in the…
January 28, 2017
One of the best parts of the winter holidays is that it brings community businesses and organizations together to create unique events.  We follow the Western New York & Pennsylvania Santa Train, talking with the crew and the community along…
January 22, 2017
The Bessemer & Lake Erie has been hauling iron ore to fuel America’s steel production for over 100 years.  Learn about its history and why it means so much to local railfans and workers as we begin to explore its…
December 17, 2016
What is the National Model Railroad Association, and how do they help the hobby?  President Charlie Getz talks about the organization, the work they do, and where the hobby is headed for the future. Related Episodes: Rapido Trains – Jason…
November 27, 2016
Southern Railway 4501 Documentary Director Evan Lofback set out to create a Ken Burns-like documentary about the return of mainline steam excursions in the south and the people who made it happen.  In particular, this professional feature-length film features Southern…
November 12, 2016
Luxury Rail Travel invited us to ride a former Pennsylvania Railroad observation car from the 1950s.  Make yourself comfortable in the lounge as we travel from New York to Pittsburgh on the Steel City Limited, talking with crew and passengers…
October 10, 2016
We’re going for a Nickel Plate 765 cab ride!  Climb aboard as we talk with the crew and hear the sounds of this massive locomotive at work.  Notably, we interview Rich Melvin on one of his last runs in his…
September 3, 2016
How does the National Park Service bring railroad history to life? Debbie Conway talks about the Steamtown NHS, its history, and details her plans for what she wants to see in the future. 2016 Roundhouse Survey & Northeast Corridor Giveaway!…
August 13, 2016
What does it take to promote and celebrate Amtrak’s past and present?  Lead Brand Communications Specialist Matt Donnelly joins us to share how he built his career with Amtrak, the story behind the Heritage Units, and what trips he has…
July 31, 2016
What compels someone young to enter the world of print publishing in the 21st Century?  We talk with Rudy Garbely (founder) and Richard King (author) from Garbely Publishing about their work and the histories they are exploring.  In particular, we…
July 10, 2016
“If you’re a railfan, here you’re not strange.  Here you’re a part of the gang automatically.  You fit right in, and that makes our guests very comfortable”. We chat with Tom Davis, innkeeper for the Station Inn about his 22…
June 26, 2016
Barry Scrapyard 297 British steam locomotives were sent to Woodham Brothers scrapyard in Barry.  213 survived into preservation.  How did one man make all of this possible?  Author, historian, and preservationist Roger Hardingham shares the incredible story of Barry Scrapyard,…
June 11, 2016
Ride along with us as we travel on Budd Cars from the 1950s.  We’ll be traveling from Pottsville to Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, talking with passengers and crew, and exploring the history of the anthracite region.  Here’s your ticket, so climb…
May 22, 2016
K&L Trainz How do you digitize a steam loco?  Steve Lerro of K&L Trainz talks with us about creating 3D computer models of steam locomotives for Trainz Railroad Simulator, how he hired famous voices for his promo videos, and why…
May 7, 2016
Illinois Railway Museum Have you ever been to a railway museum that covered steam, diesel, and electric railroad history?  Marketing Director Ed Rosengren takes us on a virtual tour of the Illinois Railway Museum, discusses their newly purchased turntable, and…
April 24, 2016
039: Teen Restoring a McKeen Railcar McKeen Railcar – Madison Kirkman At the age of 15, Madison Kirkman embarked on a journey to save and restore one of the last remaining McKeen Motor Cars in existence.  Now 17, he shares…
March 26, 2016
Want to ride a train to the Grand Canyon?  Grand Canyon Railway CMO Eric Hadder talks about the trip you’ll experience, the historic nature of their steam locomotives, the return of #29, and how he entered the railroad industry.  …
March 12, 2016
Where steam has reigned for two decades, Gen. Superintendant John Garner shares the details about maintaining and operating locomotive #734, restoring C&O 1309, and how their foundation works to connect people to the industry. Western Maryland Scenic Railroad John has…
February 28, 2016
Snowdonia: Railway Board Game What does it take to design a board game about building a railway?  Game Designer Tony Boydell talks about his game Snowdonia, how it was inspired by a real cog railway, and how these games bring…
February 6, 2016
Ozark Mountain Railcar How do you sell a passenger car? We talk with John Suscheck, Founder and CEO of Ozark Mountain Railcar, about being a railroad equipment broker, the challenges and rewards of buying this equipment, and how the phases…
January 23, 2016
Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart What does it take to run a hobby store in the 21st Century?  John Kavulich, President of Niagara Hobby & Craft Mart in Cheektowaga NY, joins us to discuss the triumphs and trials of the…
January 18, 2016
Fire Up 2100 – Jason Sobczynski As Chief Mechanical Officer of the ‘Fire Up 2100’ campaign for steam locomotive Reading 2100’s restoration, Jason discusses the status of the restoration and his extensive work in the steam locomotive preservation field.   Hear…
November 14, 2015
Thomas the Tank Engine & Rail Preservation Thomas the Tank Engine is beloved by millions of children around the world, but we tend to think of it solely as a ‘kid’s show’.  Today, we talk with Ryan Hagan, administrator for…
November 1, 2015
Are you ready for a steam-powered adventure?  We’re attending Strasburg Rail Road’s Steampunk unLimited weekend to learn more about the Steampunk culture and the many ways it connects to railroading.  This episode includes interviews with performers, vendors, and convention attendees,…
October 10, 2015
Chris shares how his love of trains led him to create Steam Locos in Profile, why he enjoys presenting on-camera, and how he successfully crowdfunded his Season 1 DVD. This episode is sponsored by the Strasburg Rail Road. Click here…
September 26, 2015
Western New York & Pennsylvania Railroad – President Carl Belke talks with us about his 40+ year career in the railroad industry, including his tenure at the Delaware & Hudson, why he prefers ALCOs, and how the WNYP participated in…
September 12, 2015
Jointed Rail – Founder Mike Cyr Train simulators are serious(ly fun) business.  Mike Cyr, head of two train sim development companies (Jointed Rail and Crosstie Studios), joins us to discuss his history with producing content for Trainz Railroad Simulator, what…
August 15, 2015
Milwaukee Road 261 – Steve Sandberg The Chief Operating Officer of the Friends of the 261 (owners of steam locomotive Milwaukee Road 261) joins us to talk about the history of preserving this locomotive, its role in the film ‘Public…
August 1, 2015
We’re traveling behind steam locomotive Nickel Plate Road #765 from Youngstown to Ashtabula and back.  On the way, we’ll talk to crew from the Fort Wayne RR Historical Society, passengers, and spectators.  Here’s your ticket, so climb aboard! Nickel Plate…
July 24, 2015
Strasburg Rail Road – Andrea Biesecker As the Assistant Contract Administrator, Andrea talks about working for the Strasburg Rail Road, explains the work she provides for steam locomotives, and describes the ‘Culture of Steam’. This episode is sponsored by the…
July 11, 2015
Firewoman and engineer Rikki talks about being part of ‘The Lone Ranger’ movie crew, working on steam locomotives big and small, and her advice with connecting to a tourist railroad. This episode is sponsored by the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical…
July 4, 2015
Ever wonder what it’s like to be the editor for Trains Magazine?  Jim tells you what he looks for in a good railroad story! Jim Wrinn Interview Jim began reading Trains Magazine at the age of 6.  His parents bought…
June 28, 2015
NRHS Convention, Batman breaking the law, Bessemer & Lake Erie, and more!  I’m riding solo today to talk about my latest adventures and share some photos! News Amtrak has donated AEM-7 #915 to the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania.  This veteran…
June 13, 2015
Steam locomotive in IMAX!  Starring CP 2816, Rocky Mountain Express tells the tale of constructing the Canadian Transcontinental Railroad.  Director Stephen Low joins us to discuss his career in documentary filmmaking, what led to the creation of this film, and…
June 6, 2015
Canadian Pacific #2860 has led an interesting history, and at 75 years old it is about to embark on a new chapter.  West Coast Railway Association’s President Emeritus Don Evans visits us to share details about this locomotive’s restoration, what…
May 30, 2015
Train simulators are often thought of as means of replicating modern railroading, but how can they be used to convey railroad history?  Content creator and route builder Paul Charland (Fonda Johnstown & Gloversville Railroad, Dominion Atlantic Railway) talks with us…
May 23, 2015
Did you know about the Simpson Railroad?  This logging railroad in the wilderness of Washington state is the last in the United States.  Now, the Simpson Railroad faces an uncertain future due to the company which owns it shutting…
May 17, 2015
Summer is almost here.  What should you pack for your next railfanning trip?  I share my Top Ten suggestions, along with introducing you to the Rail U.S.A. maps by Bella Terra Publishing.  We’ll also be discussing the recent derailment of…
May 9, 2015
As you know, preserving railroad history of the 19th Century is difficult due to the limited amount of equipment which has survived for so long.  Steam Into History Inc. provides a unique opportunity for you to connect with the Civil…
May 2, 2015
Ever since it was announced that Reading T1 #2100 would be restored to operation, many of you have raised questions about the condition of the locomotive, what the restoration will require, and what the future of the locomotive holds.  Kelly…
April 25, 2015
The Association of Tourist Railroads and Railway Museums (ATRRM) is the result of a recent merger between two rail preservation organizations.  We learn more about what they do, how they help organizations in the industry, and why they want to…
April 18, 2015
Wales is a country of beautiful countryside, and with equipment that is over 150 years old the Talyllyn Railway takes you back in time in this landscape.  General Manager Chris Price talks about how the railway became the first preserved…
April 11, 2015
Known by many for making the American Freedom Train of 1976 a reality, Ross Rowland has been involved in the formation of several railroad projects over the past 50 years.  Here he reviews his past history, tells us about how…
April 4, 2015
The Fire Up 611! campaign has been a tremendous success so far, with the locomotive nearing completion to operation. Chief Mechanical Officer Scott Lindsay provides us an update on the restoration of this locomotive, an overview of the campaign beyond…
March 29, 2015
The Roundhouse is Our House, and having topics requested by you on the show is highly important to meet that goal.  Many of you have been curious about what it is like to work for a Class I Railroad, so…
March 28, 2015
The Roundhouse is Our House, and having topics requested by you on the show is highly important to meet that goal.  Many of you have been curious about what it is like to work for a Class I Railroad, so…
March 21, 2015
There is no doubt to the significance of President Lincoln’s role in American history.  David Kloke tells us about completing the funeral train and building Leviathan, a 19th century 4-4-0 steam locomotive. News Huffington Post ran a great article about how…
March 14, 2015
Can you imagine starting up your own model train manufacturing business?  What models would you produce, and how would you run it?  Jason tells us about the founding of Rapido Trains, an HO and N-Scale manufacturing company, and why humor…
March 7, 2015
In the heart of Lancaster County, the Strasburg Rail Road provides a unique railroad experience for the public.  Steam locomotives pull wooden coaches through beautiful farmland on a regular basis, and events like Day Out with Thomas and Steampunk Unlimited…
February 21, 2015
If you are a railfan, you’ve been to a train show.  They are a unique opportunity to meet people in the hobby, buy new and used equipment, and take in the beautiful club layouts.  I have always had fun going…
February 14, 2015
What is it like for someone outside of the hobby of model railroading to explore it, capture it on film, and create a feature-length documentary about it?  Filmmaker Sara Kelly shares with us her experience working on “Model Citizens” over…
February 12, 2015
Nickel Plate Road #765 has become a steam celebrity in the railroad and railfan community.  What is it like to be this locomotive’s engineer?  Rich Melvin shares his experience as Senior Engineer of NKP 765, as well as being CEO…
February 10, 2015
If you were asked by a railroad to be their company photographer, would you say yes?  Casey Thomason works for one of the largest Class I railroads in the country and shares what life is like being on the road,…
February 7, 2015
As we embark on this railroad journey, it’s important to establish who I am, what the show is, and how you will become part of it. Related Episodes: The Scrapper Who Saved Steam Strasburg Railroad – Andrea Biesecker News Our…
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