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US Rail Journeys

These podcasts cover travels across the United States using Amtrak’s train services.

Series 1 covers journeys on the Coast Starlight, the Empire Builder and the California Zephyr. These journeys took place in September and October 2017.

Series 2, covering journeys in March and April 2019, will be published in October 2019. The rail journeys covered include the Southwest Chief, the City of New Orleans, the Sunset Limited, part of the route of the Coast Starlight and the Pacific Surfliner. The journeys cover some 6,322 miles taken by train and rail replacement bus (after the train broke down in Carbondale, Illinois – see here).

For many isolated communities the Amtrak service, often a single train each day in each direction, is the only rail passenger service that they have.

The individual podcasts are here

Click here to visit the Amtrak Home Page

Life on the Watercress Line

The Watercress Line is a preserved heritage railway. 

It runs from Alton to Alresford in Hampshire and was built by the Alton, Alresford and Winchester Railway Company to connect to the existing lines at Alton and Winchester. It opened on 2 October 1865. The line earned its name because it carried much of the watercress grown on local farms.

British Railways closed the line in 1973; the section between Alton and Alresford was bought by the Mid-Hants Railway, a registered charity, and now services run throughout much of the year. In addition there are a number of ‘special feature’ days that will be covered in these podcasts.

The individual podcasts are here

Click here to visit the Watercress Line Home Page

Talking History

A series of talks by members of the Farnham U3A History group.

These talks frequently cover little known or unusual topics during the period between 1800 and 1920.

In the 2018/19 season the talks cover topics such as ‘How the West was Won’, The Boer War and other Colonial Adventures, ‘Spending a Penny’ and many others.

The talks are published on a monthly basis throughout the year .

The individual podcasts are here

Click on here to visit the Farnham U3A Home Page

Click here for details about the History Group

Talking Business

A series of talks from SFRD Services Limited, a consultancy specialising in advice on business process improvements and also the planning and implementation of commercial systems projects.

The talks are based on over 40 years experience gained working in the UK and overseas for large multinational organisations. These organisations are involved in the manufacture of products used across many industries, in healthcare, research and also the consumer sector.

These talks may help your company to avoid the mistakes made so often by others.

Potpourri – a little bit of everything

The purpose of this category is to publish one off  podcasts.

These podcasts do not fit in to the other categories on this site and  will be published on an occasional basis so keep your eyes and ears open for them.

The individual podcasts are here.

Current podcasts to listen to in this category:

  • The Mike Hawthorn Grand Prix de Farnham
  • The Dean Forest Railway

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