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Ch. Title Description # Day Date Time Length RPT CC DVS AD MD
10.1 Digital Command Control A revolution in model railroad control is allowing multiple train operation on the same track. Also: the "up north" feeling is caught, in an outdoor railroad in the woods of Northern Michigan; an award winning California photographer is met; and the Utah Belt Railroad in a Missouri basement is visited. Spencer Christian hosts.
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603 MO 09/08/14 06:00pm 00:26:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST
10.1 Ireland Steam Tour The beauty of the Irish countryside is experienced on a steam trip through the Suir Valley; a couple in Iowa has turned their front yard into a wonderful garden railroad display; the Hesston Steam Museum in Indiana is visited, and Shirley Burman discusses the role that women have played in railroading. Spencer Christian hosts.
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604 MO 09/15/14 06:00pm 00:26:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST
10.1 Fairplex Tracks Ahead visits a southern California railway historical society, one of the oldest garden railroads in the country; enters the magic world of the Sunset Valley Oregon Railroad; visits a toy and train museum in Vermont's scenic Quechee Gorge Village; and rides through New York's Finger Lakes region. Spencer Christian hosts. (8 of 13)
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808 SA 09/20/14 05:30pm 00:26:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST
10.1 Amusement Park Trains The history of amusement park trains, which are still in use today, is examined. In California, an operating steam railroad brings back the look and feel of a hundred years ago. A nostalgic trip is taken, back to the days when Lionel catalogues were on Christmas wish lists; and the Montana State Fair's connection to trains is explored. Spencer Christian hosts.
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605 MO 09/22/14 06:00pm 00:26:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST
10.1 Arkansas & Missouri Railroad Tracks Ahead visits Arkansas--home of Wal-Mart, Tyson Chicken, and a combination freight passenger railroad; meets a train collector whose displays enhance his operating layouts; rides behind a restored steam engine in Kansas; and, visits a piece of resurrected history in Nevada. Spencer Christian hosts. (9 of 13)
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809 SA 09/27/14 05:30pm 00:26:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST
10.1 The White Creek Railroad The White Creek Railroad, located on 100 acres in western Michigan, is riden. A railroad-themed Arizona B&B is visited, a retired NASA engineer shows what he does for relaxation, and an exhibit is shown that is billed as the most comprehensive display of toy trains in America. Spencer Christian hosts.
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606 MO 09/29/14 06:00pm 00:26:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST
10.1 Adobe Mountain Railroad Park One of the largest model railroad clubs in the country is toured, where there's a gauge for everyone! A mountain top in the Peach State is visited, where a husband and wife have built a dream layout; an Idaho rail line is driven up the scenic gorge of the Payette River; and, a look is taken at a huge 7 and a half inch gauge railroad operation.
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810 SA 10/04/14 05:30pm 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
10.1 Grand Canyon Hotels A number of historic and opulent old railroad hotels near the Grand Canyon show their stuff; the sights of Pennsylvania come to life in miniature; a 5-minute railroad trip is taken between Tacoma, WA, and the Stampede Pass; and a dedicated group of volunteers in eastern Oregon is preserving the steam heritage of the gold fields. Spencer Christian hosts.
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607 MO 10/06/14 06:00pm 00:26:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST
10.1 Western Pacific Railroad Museum Tracks Ahead travels into the Sierra Nevada Mountains to visit a museum dedicated to the Western Pacific Railroad. A G gauge layout especially adapted to the harsh Arizona climate is highlighted; a great European collection and layout is visited; and, a New England tourist destination which started out as a sled dog ranch is visited.
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811 SA 10/11/14 05:30pm 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
10.1 Holiday In Cincinnati Several fantastic holiday-themed layouts in Cincinnati, OH, are visited. The designer of a museum-quality model railroad tells how it came to be; a holiday excursion is taken, as the Grand Canyon Railroad brings the Polar Express to life; and an owner moves tons of rock to create a garden railroad. Spencer Christian hosts.
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608 MO 10/13/14 06:00pm 00:26:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST
10.1 California Zephyr The route of the California Zephyr is rode. The layout uses some very special equipment in its operations. In Dearborn, Michigan, The Henry Ford Museum and Railroad is visited. A ride is taken through the scenic lakes region of New Hampshire. (12 of 13)
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812 SA 10/18/14 05:30pm 00:26:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST
10.1 Carpathian Logging Railroad One of the last steam logging railroads in the world is experienced, deep in a Romanian mountain valley; one of the oldest zoos west of the Mississippi is visited; a Lionel collector is introduced, who is as interested in the stories of the people behind his items, as he is in the items, themselves; and a trolley museum in southeastern Wisconsin shows off its contents. Spencer Christian hosts.
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609 MO 10/20/14 06:00pm 00:26:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST
10.1 Trans Siberian Railroad, Part 1 The longest rail line on the planet is rode. Arizona is visited, to meet a man who has built a tribute to his native New York. In Cincinnati, a museum is toured that is a testament to a childhood dream; and, a man who never met a model train gauge he didn't like is profiled. (13 of 13)
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813 SA 10/25/14 05:30pm 00:26:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST
10.1 Miniature Wonderland Hamburg, Germany, is visited, to see the largest HO layout in the world. An O gauge layout models the three areas of the Grand Canyon state; a man has become a living repository for the history of the Northern Pacific Railroad; and the hills of Colorado offer a most unusual tourist attraction. Spencer Christian hosts.
WEB LINK
610 MO 10/27/14 06:00pm 00:26:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.2 Digital Command Control A revolution in model railroad control is allowing multiple train operation on the same track. Also: the "up north" feeling is caught, in an outdoor railroad in the woods of Northern Michigan; an award winning California photographer is met; and the Utah Belt Railroad in a Missouri basement is visited. Spencer Christian hosts.
WEB LINK
603 MO 09/08/14 06:00pm 00:26:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.2 Ireland Steam Tour The beauty of the Irish countryside is experienced on a steam trip through the Suir Valley; a couple in Iowa has turned their front yard into a wonderful garden railroad display; the Hesston Steam Museum in Indiana is visited, and Shirley Burman discusses the role that women have played in railroading. Spencer Christian hosts.
WEB LINK
604 MO 09/15/14 06:00pm 00:26:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.2 Fairplex 808 SA 09/20/14 05:30pm 00:26:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.2 Amusement Park Trains The history of amusement park trains, which are still in use today, is examined. In California, an operating steam railroad brings back the look and feel of a hundred years ago. A nostalgic trip is taken, back to the days when Lionel catalogues were on Christmas wish lists; and the Montana State Fair's connection to trains is explored. Spencer Christian hosts.
WEB LINK
605 MO 09/22/14 06:00pm 00:26:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.2 Arkansas & Missouri Railroad 809 SA 09/27/14 05:30pm 00:26:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.2 The White Creek Railroad The White Creek Railroad, located on 100 acres in western Michigan, is riden. A railroad-themed Arizona B&B is visited, a retired NASA engineer shows what he does for relaxation, and an exhibit is shown that is billed as the most comprehensive display of toy trains in America. Spencer Christian hosts.
WEB LINK
606 MO 09/29/14 06:00pm 00:26:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.2 Adobe Mountain Railroad Park 810 SA 10/04/14 05:30pm 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.2 Grand Canyon Hotels A number of historic and opulent old railroad hotels near the Grand Canyon show their stuff; the sights of Pennsylvania come to life in miniature; a 5-minute railroad trip is taken between Tacoma, WA, and the Stampede Pass; and a dedicated group of volunteers in eastern Oregon is preserving the steam heritage of the gold fields. Spencer Christian hosts.
WEB LINK
607 MO 10/06/14 06:00pm 00:26:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.2 Western Pacific Railroad Museum 811 SA 10/11/14 05:30pm 00:26:45 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.2 Holiday In Cincinnati Several fantastic holiday-themed layouts in Cincinnati, OH, are visited. The designer of a museum-quality model railroad tells how it came to be; a holiday excursion is taken, as the Grand Canyon Railroad brings the Polar Express to life; and an owner moves tons of rock to create a garden railroad. Spencer Christian hosts.
WEB LINK
608 MO 10/13/14 06:00pm 00:26:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.2 California Zephyr 812 SA 10/18/14 05:30pm 00:26:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.2 Carpathian Logging Railroad One of the last steam logging railroads in the world is experienced, deep in a Romanian mountain valley; one of the oldest zoos west of the Mississippi is visited; a Lionel collector is introduced, who is as interested in the stories of the people behind his items, as he is in the items, themselves; and a trolley museum in southeastern Wisconsin shows off its contents. Spencer Christian hosts.
WEB LINK
609 MO 10/20/14 06:00pm 00:26:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.2 Trans Siberian Railroad, Part 1 813 SA 10/25/14 05:30pm 00:26:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST
36.2 Miniature Wonderland Hamburg, Germany, is visited, to see the largest HO layout in the world. An O gauge layout models the three areas of the Grand Canyon state; a man has become a living repository for the history of the Northern Pacific Railroad; and the hills of Colorado offer a most unusual tourist attraction. Spencer Christian hosts.
WEB LINK
610 MO 10/27/14 06:00pm 00:26:46 (RPT) (CC) × ST