RAILWAY MANIA is a podcast covering everything to do with trains and railways. Each episode, Corwin takes you on a bite-sized journey through many topics and tales of the Iron Road, including everything railway modelling to railway history, interviews with fellow enthusiasts and experts. Pop the kettle on and let's talk about trains!
Love Your Railway (with Luke Hudman)
The summer of 2022 has seen the return of the #LoveYourRailway campaign to social media. The North Yorkshire Moors Railway's Marketing Manager Luke Hudman joins us today to tell us the idea behind the campaign, why we should love our railway, and how to get involved.
'Love Your Railway’ brings together over 80 organisations from as far afield as Scotland, Snowdonia, Leighton Buzzard, and the Lake District in the nationwide campaign which shines a spotlight on heritage railway organisations, encouraging visitors to support them this summer.
Spearheaded by NYMR, ‘Love Your Railway’ is a six-week campaign which runs over the summer holidays from 25th July to 4th September, with weekly themes covering conservation, education and research.
Thanks so much to Luke for coming on the podcast!
Music in Motion (with Cheryl B. Engelhardt)
Composer, musician and singer Cheryl B. Engelhardt may be the first person to have created an entire album start-to-finish whilst on a transcontinental railway trip. Travelling from her home in New York to Los Angeles and back, Cheryl used this time to create ‘The Passenger’, a new-age album reflecting her personal experiences.
This episode, we welcome Cheryl onto the show to discuss how the idea came about, the logistics and timing of such a trip, and the creative process of making an album on a moving train.
To hear more from Cheryl and to purchase her music, visit her official website here: https://www.cbemusic.com/
Capturing the Magic of Steam (with Jonathan Guilbert / Gandy Dancer Productions)
We are joined by none other than Jonathan Guilbert, whose YouTube channel ‘Gandy Dancer Productions’ has been an incredible source of inspiration for me and many others over the years.
Jonathan has digitised and edited his colour 8mm and 16mm films, taken during the final years of British steam railways, and used his filmmaking knowledge and experience to make interesting narratives that provide an insight into both trainspotting on BR and the inner workings of industrial steam railways.
Thanks so much to Jonathan for coming on the podcast, see his YouTube channel here:
My favourite playlist, the Astley Green and Walkden Railway Series:
From the Stage and into Steam (with the 563 loco group)
In episode 24 of the Railway Mania podcast we welcome Matt, Will and Nathan from the 563 locomotive group to talk about a special loco that's spent a good deal of time treading the boards starring in 'The Railway Children' stage play and is soon to be restored to working order on the Swanage Railway.
We talk about the loco's history, how it escaped the cutter's torch, its life at the NRM and then the process of de-accessioning which means it will soon be able to turn a wheel in anger once more.
Visit the website for the 563 locomotive group here to find out more:
Thanks to the team for coming on the podcast!
Clash of the Tiny (with Chris Eden-Green)
'Steam Locomotives in Profile' is back in 2021, in the form of a feature length special focusing on IMLEC, The 2021 International Model Locomotive Efficiency Competition.
Model engineers from around the country came together to test the mettle of their creations in a head-to-head 3-day competition.
Chris Eden-Green returns to the podcast to tell us about it.
Check out the IMLEC special here:
If you would like to donate to the 'Steam Locos in Profile in the USA' crowdfunder, follow this link:
All Aboard! (with Julian Holland)
Welcome to this special episode of Railway Mania. Our guest is the author of numerous books on trains and railways and whose latest publication 'All Aboard!' is now on sale, it's Julian Holland!
We talk about the huge variety of railway-related topics covered in the book, and Julian's own experiences of trainspotting during the 1950s and 1960s.
Thanks so much to Julian for coming on the podcast.
'All Aboard: Remembering Britain's Railways' is published by Times Books and available from all major booksellers.
It is surprising there are not more podcasts about railway history. This one is much needed, well produced, and all-round excellent. Keep it up!
Professionally done - in depth
Really pleased I stumbled upon this. An amazing pod with lots of good content. Goes into depth and the questions are intelligent, which is refreshing.
After the horrors of the TV Model Railway show how nice to get a reasoned sensible programme. So far the breadth of subjects has been extremely imaginative. This type of presentation makes you listen to things you might not have originally taken an interest in; which can only be a good thing.