The All Aboard Podcast by All Things Trains

The All Aboard Podcast by All Things Trains

All Aboard!! Join us where we talk...All Things Trains...including the business of railroading, the coolest trains and locomotives, and even the best places to eat while chasing trains. All Things Trains Chairman Phil Bell brings you each episode from the E. Hunter Harrison Chair at the Bell Institute for Advanced Railroad Studies.

Episodes

May 20, 2024 33 mins

Many rail enthusiasts love the 1st Generation EMDs, such as the E8, F7, F3, and GP7. We talk about the Electro-Motive Division itself, and why these locomotives are so significant.

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1. Erie #5012, an example of the Electro Motive Corporation's early days building self-propelled railcars. http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=3865931


2. A Chuck Zeiler photo of CB&Q #9908, the &quo...

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We all love to talk about "preserved" rail equipment...but what is rail preservation and why does it drive so many people absolutely crazy? Today, Phil covers good, bad, and absolutely fugly examples of railroad preservation and how it can be improved.

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Show Bibliography:

1. Discover the Joy of the Strasburg Railroad. Eden Resorts. Accessed May 15, 2024 https://edenresort.com/experiences/attractions...

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For nearly 4 months, Norfolk Southern was engaged in a bruising battle with activist investor Ancora Holdings, which ended in a draw on Thursday, May 9th. Tune in to find out what happened and the outlook for the Thoroughbred of Transportation. #RobberBarons #StopLookListen


The All Aboard Podcast is a proud part of The All America Network

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Past NS-Anocra Episodes:


-Episode 033: NS. vs. Ancora-Taki...

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Railroads, along with their suppliers and customers have an extensive advocacy network in Washington, DC and in all 50 states. This episode discusses some of this organizations and why it is critical for railroads to be engaged in public policy development.

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1. Association of American Railroads: www.aar.org


2. American Short Line And Regional Rail Road Association: www.aslrra.org


3. GoRail: www.gorail.org

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Tune in for Phil's review of Fifty Years of Amtrak Trains by David C. Warner and Bruce Goldberg, as we conclude Passenger Train Week. Also, Phil gives his thoughts on the sale of Kalmbach Publishing's train-related magazines.

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1. Fifty Years of Amtrak Trains: https://kalmbachhobbystore.com/product/book/83264


2. Fifty Years of Amtrak Trains: https://www.amazon.com/Fifty-Years-Amtrak-Trains-Compreh...

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To celebrate Amtrak's 53rd Birthday, we talk about several trains which Amtrak is no longer running, to help tell the carrier's story. Stop, Look, & Listen! #RobberBarons

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1. All Aboard Episode 042: Who REALLY Shot the Passenger Train: https://rumble.com/v4sdgjb-all-aboard-episode-042-who-really-shot-the-passenger-train.html


2. Fifty Years of Amtrak Trains: A Comprehensive Survey of Am...

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Since Amtrak's 53rd birthday is happening this week, Phil talks about who really shot the passenger train, and his answer may surprise you!

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If you like public policy, tune in to my friend Amanda Head's podcast, Furthermore. A link is right here: https://www.furthermorepodcast.com/

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Show Bibliography:

1. All Aboard Episode 035: ConRail Back In The Day: https://youtu.be/1JvbgwyZD2Y?si...

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Episode 041 (Shouldn't Paint So Fast...Or Should You?) Covered the Southern Pacific Santa Fe non-merger, and it meant we needed a clearer explanation of the procedures for railroad mergers, so-called "Poison Pills" which provide defenses for companies facing hostile acquirers, and "Junk" bonds. So, we give you a quick hit here to cover all of these.

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The Southern Pacific Santa Fe would have been a great railroad...but it never turned a wheel. Find out why that is, and if Phil thinks it should be part of America's transportation picture in 2024.

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If you love public policy and want to hear from leading voices, check out Furthermore with Amanda Head. She is a great friend of the All Aboard Podcast and is one of the best young voices in the media. Tune ...

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Size really does matter in railroading, so we're talking about three railroads: The Pittsburgh & Lake Erie, the Sandersville Railroad, and the Richmond Fredericksburg & Potomac, which were small in size but big in impact...which continues today. All Aboard!! ______________________ Rail Road Development Corp: RDC Perspectives (scroll down to end): https://rrdc.com/our-philosophy ______________________ Show Bibliography: 1. P&L...
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For our first Magazine Throwback, we review several parts of the March 1990 issue of Trains Magazine, including the then-new partnership between the Santa Fe and trucker J.B. Hunt, railroad crew size changes, and the funeral train of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. All of these are relevant in railroading today, so you won't want to miss out.

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  • Podcast Reference: All Aboard Episode 025-The Regional...
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Last Saturday (April 13, 2024) was the Pennsylvania Railroad's 178th Birthday. So today, we reflect on the Pennsy itself and how it continues to have an impact on our daily lives, beyond the tracks.

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Reference Episodes:

-Episode 010: Book Review, William & Henry Walters

https://youtu.be/VON8ezjJ9Bs?si=e-9OTD3R1j_JK5OV

-Episode 005: Railroad Regulation & Industrial Evolution

https://youtu.be/ulEF...

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The American-European Express and the Rocky Mountaineer are some of the most exciting stories in luxury passenger rail. Phil talks about them here, and his own attempt to get in the game.

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Show Bibliography:

1. Washington-Chicago: A new dimension. Withers, Bob. Trains Magazine. March, 1990. P. 19-21


2. Cruisin' on the AOE. Zimmerman, Karl. Trains Magazine. February, 2000. P. 58-66


3. Grandluxe Rail Jo...

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We all love luxury trains...but what is a luxury train? How much does it cost to ride? What made it stand out? In this episode, we talk about the California Zephyr, Empire Builder, Broadway Limited, and the 20th Century Limited and the Mid-Century luxury train zeitgeist. _______________________

Show Bibliography:

1. Streamliner Memories.info. Accessed 4/7/24

-GN 50 Western Dude Ranch Vacations

http://streamlinermemories.info/GN/GN...

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Rush Loving,Jr.--a longtime journalist who covered the rail industry extensively over several decades--wrote a great book that outlines the changes in eastern railroading from the late 1950s through the mid-2000s. Phil offers his take on the book and whether you should add it to your collection. _______________________ The Men Who Loved Trains The Story of Men Who Battled Greed to Save an Ailing Industry By Rush Loving, Jr. Indiana...

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Part II of our series on Conrail, where we talk about Big Conrail's component roads, a sweep through its history, and how we got to Big Blue in the first place.

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Show Bibliography:

1. Remembering the Lehigh & Hudson River Railway — a history. Mohowski, Robert E. Trains Magazine. July 30, 2020. Accessed April 3, 2024

https://www.trains.com/ctr/railroads/fallen-flags/remembering-the-lehigh-hudson-river-railw...

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    April 1, 2024 42 mins

    It's Conrail Week! Today we dive in to Conrail as a Shared Asset operator, coupled with a discussion of the fight between CSX and Norfolk Southern, why Conrail didn't exactly go away on May 31, 1999 and where you can find it today. Of note, Phil makes a small mistake when talking about Conrail's division date and the correct date is May 31, 1999. _____________________ Show Bibliography: 1. Conrail...An Evolution of Ch...

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    April 1, 2024 2 mins

    It's Conrail Week, so we'll be talking about Big Blue all week. This video says what we'll be up to...but it's also here for you to share your memories of Conrail. So...tune in, get ready, and let's go!

    Thumbnail Credit: Randall J. Berry via Wikimedia Commons

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    Baltimore, MD's Francis Scott Key Bridge collapsed in the early morning hours of March 26, 2024. We take a look at the Port of Baltimore, the railroads who serve it and speculate on the impact this tragic event will have on freight rail traffic.

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    Show Bibliography

    • MDOT Maryland Railroad Map

    https://www.mdot.maryland.gov/OPCP/railmap.pdf

    • Todd's Railfan Guide to Baltimore, MD Railroad Ya...
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    This is an in-depth explanation of why Ancora Holdings is going after Norfolk Southern, including who Ancora is, what changes they want to make, and why. We also give a shout out to GoRail's Emily Traiforos for her 18 year anniversary in the industry.

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    Show Bibliography

    1. Move NSC Forward (Ancora's Site)

    www.movenscforward.com


    2. Norfolk Souther's News Site News Releases | Norfolk Southern (investo...

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