railroads

Jefferson Exchange | November 24, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon November 24, 2014

I Hear That Train A-coming...

Amtrak in its early days.
Credit Drew Jacksich/Wikimedia

There's an old connection between trains and the holidays. 

Think of all the pictures you've seen of model trains running around Christmas trees. 

In the Rogue Valley, Thanksgiving is the holiday associated with trains. 

Because Thanksgiving weekend is the time the Rogue Valley Model Railroad Club and other train groups present the Rogue Valley Railroad Show at the Medford Armory. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 19, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Making Old Number 4 New Again

Medco #4 in its logging heyday.
Credit SORail

The world of railroading has its extremes: speeding bullet trains overseas… and Medco number 4. 

Number 4 is a steam locomotive built in 1925 for use in the logging camps of the Medford Corporation (Medco). 

It is a rare example of a particular type of locomotive, and in the eyes of railfans, worth bringing back to operating life. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 8, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Expanding Passenger Rail In America

Amtrak's "Coast Starlight" en route from Los Angeles to Seattle. The train stops in Redding, Klamath Falls, and Eugene.

If the "Back to the Future" movies had been correct, we'd have flying cars by now. 

But we don't even have true high-speed trains in America… Amtrak's 150 mph "Acela" on the East Coast does not quite count. 

But trains do have plenty of fans, and more riders with each passing year. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 27, 2013
10:42 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Getting The Railroad Show On Track

Yes, it's a MODEL railroad.
Credit Graham Causer/Wikimedia

What IS it about trains? 

They're just like big trucks and busses on steel rails… but the people who love them think of them as far more than that. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 7, 2013
10:42 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Crime On Rails: Murder In Lower 13

Credit Public domain

The famous robbery-turned-murder outside Ashland may be Oregon's most famous railroad crime story, but there are others. 

Including the story of "Murder in Lower Birth 13," which is the title of a presentation on the 1943 crime, November 8th at the Ashland Library. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 31, 2013
10:48 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Getting California's High-Speed Rail On Track

Artist rendering of a possible high-speed rail future.
Credit California High-Speed Rail Authority

High-speed trains zoom across countries in Europe and Asia, but the United States is moving slowly toward fast trains (150 mph and faster). 

California's planned high-speed rail system recently broke ground, amid lingering questions about costs and timelines.  We talk with the High-Speed Rail Authority about plans and progress.

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