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happy to report that Trackside is now being aired in
host Dave Reed travels to
We’ve updated the “Contact Us” page with our email address. Also, access stations in Fargo, ND and Sauk Centre, MN hope to have the Trackside series airing soon.
Updated home page.
Hello friends and thanks for checking in with our website. Like we said on the front page, we’re back to work putting the finishing touches on a new set of programs. As of this writing we have the raw footage for 5 new programs on the editor and ready to go. We’ve also mastered a significant number of programs to DVD for distribution to those stations that can use them.
So much for the technical
stuff, you want to know about new train programs. Over the past year, we’ve been busy in that
department. In the next day or so
we’ll be updating the Programs page complete with video frames from all our
new programs including steam locomotives Pere Marquette 1225, Canadian
Pacific 2816, Soo Line 1003 and Nickel Plate Road 765. More trains from
This summer we plan on
making a trip to
Please stay tuned and feel free to drop us an email.
We’re not making the jump to high definition television just yet, but over the summer we’ve been upgrading our studio so we’re ready. Many of our older programs have also now been digitally archived so they can be duplicated and sent out to stations more quickly and inexpensively.
This summer we followed Pere Marquette 1225 across Michigan (we even found sister locomotive 1223 in Grand Haven), checked out Wisconsin & Southern’s 25 anniversary party in Janesville, Wisconsin, returned to the Agawa Canyon, and even sent Dave back to Russia. Look for these stories and more this fall and winter on your local access station.
Several things to report this month, so here goes.
1). Trackside will soon
be airing on
2). Host Dave Reed is scheduled to be in Owosso, Michigan for the Steam Railroading Institute’s Pere Marquette 1225 excursion from Owosso to Cadillac, MI. Many thanks to the SRI’s Dennis Baird for making this one happen. Be sure to check out the Steam Railroading Institute’s website at http://www.mstrp.com for more information.
3). Dave just returned from a photo shoot this afternoon. These photos will be used for various publicity pieces and press releases.
4). Be sure to check out
Rich Einhorn’s “The Train Show” airing on RFD-TV. Rich’s program is based in
Trackside has completed its current nationwide run on RFD-TV with the exception of one program. Many thanks to Patrick Gottsch, Al Stein, and the staff at RFD for all they have done for us. And a special thanks to the staff at our home station, Aurora Community Television for all their help with the video transfers. When we get more programs produced, RFD has express an interest in airing them too along with Program 135, Agawa Canyon Odyssey/Nickel Plate Road 597, which has not aired yet.
No, you weren’t having a problem with your web browser the last couple of weeks. In fact our main page on our Trainweb.org site was down. Trainweb has fixed the problem (couldn’t upload files) and we are now back in business. Of course the site going down coincided with our conclusion on RFD, so the timing was perfect.
Trackside returns to
Community Access Television in
We can see the time down the road when we can just email a station our latest program, they load it onto a server, play it back over the air at the appropriate time.
Almost all the newsletters have been mailed. If you didn’t get yours, please let us know.
Might as well start of
the New Year with a new video frame on the home page. So we grabbed this distinguishing shot of
Canadian Pacific’s restored
New newsletters go out this week. If you’d like to be on the list, shoot us an email at Trackside.Online@worldnet.att.net
A Merry Christmas and joyous New Year to all our friends and viewers out there. We’re a little late, but put the Christmas cards in the mail yesterday, so if you’re on the list, you should get them soon. Also, the latest edition of our newsletter is finally ready and be mailed out in the next week or so.
We are also getting ready
to begin distributing Trackside to stations via DVD. It will take a little experimentation to
see what works for them and what doesn’t, but it looks like
The page for Program 137 has FINALLY been fixed. All of the appropriate images should now be displayed.
The digital re-mastering project remains underway and the series continues to air via Dish Network and Direct TV on RFD-TV.
We are in the process of digitally re-mastering our entire program series. These will have the newer Operation Lifesaver public service announcements and revising the end credits to our latest format. Along the way, some of our older programs are being rebuilt shot by shot with new footage being added along the way.
Look for these to air on
The page for program 136 has been updated with more technical info regarding the locomotives in the photos.
Our program, “Agawa
Canyon Odyssey / Nickel Plate Road 587” is now complete and has been airing
on Aurora Community Television. Our
next new program will feature railways in
We are tentatively
scheduled to be in
As program 135 continues through the post-production process, we’ve updated the photo on the home page. We are about a month behind where we wanted to be on this program due to some bugs that popped up during a software upgrade. Technology is wonderful.
Also fixed some typos on the Programs main page.
We’re happy to announce
that Trackside will soon be coming to public access television in
New newsletter coming soon.
Fixed link for Suburban
Community TV (
Revisions have been made to program pages 135 and 136.
Program pages 132, 135, and 136 have been updated and enhanced.
All Program pages are now online.
We have used up all of our allocated disk space at trainweb.org with programs 104 through 108 yet to be uploaded. More disk space has been requested. All other pages and links are now online.
Program pages 110 through 136 are now online. Program 135, "Agawa Canyon Odyssey / Nickel Plate 587" is in the scripting phase of the production process.
We will be removing all video image captures from our Geocities sites as soon as we get our Trainweb site fully assembled. This is due to a Geocities policy of limiting the bandwidth available for transmission of data. The end result for the user is not being able to access more than three or four program pages before being frozen out of the site.
We are working as fast as possible to bring the Programs pages online. These are the largest and most involved on our site, thereby taking the most time to modify. As of today, Programs 100 through 102 are accessible. More to follow very soon.
Happy New Year!
We would like to welcome all of you now coming to our site via Trainweb.com. We are very happy to be on Trainweb and hope you will come back and visit our site often.
If you have seen our site before on Geocities, you may have noticed it hadn't been updated for a while. This was due to some computer problems that prevented us from opening any of our pages to make any changes. We now have that problem solved and will once again be updating our site on a regular basis.
While moving our site we also took the opportunity to update most of the pages on it. If you find anything not working or not making sense (a distinct possibility) please let us know so we'll get fix it.
We are diligently working
on an exciting new group of programs we hope our viewers will enjoy. Feature
stories will include the last excursion of Frisco 1522, camping out in the
This past weekend we had
the good fortune to catch Soo Line 1003 head up Circus World's Great Circus
Train on a deadhead move from
Program 131 will also represent our first digitally edited and mastered episode. It will also be the first program to digitally incorporate computer graphics.
Also, program 102, "Alcos On The Belt Railway Of Chicago" has been re-edited once again. This was done to incorporate more information about the BRC mainline itself as it traverses through Chicagoland.
Just a reminder, Trackside returns to Batavia Access Television on Friday, July 5th. Also, Dave and Ken will be walking with the Wheaton Community TV group again this year in the 4th of July parade. If you happen to be there, be sure to say high.
We are glad to announce that soon you'll be able to get your own copy of some the segments you've seen on our shows. Click here and send us an email if you'd like to find out more.
Special versions of a couple of our programs are also available through a partnership with Machines Of Iron. Check out the links displayed on the right hand side of the screen.
This past weekend we were
fortunate enough to be part of two very successful excursion trips powered by
Look for footage from both trips as part of upcoming episodes of Trackside.
Many thanks to our friends at the Chicago NRHS and those of you who stopped to say "hi" on the train. We are very grateful.
And for those of you out there keeping score, Program 131, "On The Road With Soo Line 1003 / Camera Day At Rochelle" is the next up in post-production. We have an equipment upgrade to perform first, then we'll be ready to roll.
Trackside producer Ken Brown and host Dave Reed would like to personally thank a whole host of people who have made it possible for us to get some great footage for some upcoming shows. They include the members of the Camerail Club, The 20th Century Railroad Club, Chicago Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society and the Chicagoland members of the North American Railcar Operators of America. You'll be able to see the results we came away with on upcoming new shows very soon.
This weekend we are in
the process of videotaping the second half of our program "Challenger
Across The Heartland" featuring Union Pacific 3985. Our trip this time
took us from
Next weekend, it's
Milwaukee Road 261 and a trip to
The next program in production is "On The Road With Soo Line 1003". Hope to have it done over the next couple of months.
Welcome to Trackside Online, the official website for the television series Trackside. Be sure to come here often for the latest news and information about the show.
Want a tape? Some variations of our programs are available through Machines Of Iron. Click on the links below to get to their website.