USRJ S3 Ep27 Fort Worth to Mineola

Fort Worth to Mineola-  US Rail Journeys Series 3 Episode 27

‘Fort Worth to Mineola’ covers the 120 miles between these two cities. The journey has a schedule of 3 hours.

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Fort Worth:

We arrive in Fort Worth early. The station dates from 2002 and is an intermodal transit centre in downtown Fort Worth serving TEXRailTrinity Railway Express, Amtrak , and Greyhound intercity buses. The station is also the main transfer centre for Fort Worth’s buses.

There are toilets, vending machines, a passenger service kiosk, and a Subway sandwich shop.

There are five brick bas-reliefs depicting a former black-owned commercial district that existed at the station site from the Civil War to the 1940s. The reliefs are by Paula Blincoe Collins.

There is a restored interurban car from the Northern Texas Traction Company on display.


Dallas Union Station, officially the Eddie Bernice Johnson Union Station is an  intermodal railway station. The third busiest Amtrak station in Texas, behind Fort Worth Central and San Antonio, serves DART Light RailTrinity Railway Express commuter rail and Amtrak.

The station is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The first floor of the station houses an Amtrak ticketing window, waiting room, and privately rented offices. The second floor contains the restored Grand Hall and several meeting rooms named after railway companies that previously serviced Dallas. 

Towards Mineola:

I’m travelling on the 5th July, maybe that’s why it is very quiet! Is everyone recovering from yesterday’s celebrations? Once we leave Dallas we travel through farmland until we reach the outskirts of Mineola where the episode ends. I’ll tell you about Mineola in the next episode.

Next up:

If you enjoy these podcasts please join me in a couple of weeks as we continue our journey on the Texas Eagle.


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TH2023 Ep11 03 Sarah Bernhardt

Season 2023 – Talk 11 03- Sarah Bernhardt

In ‘Sarah Bernhardt’ Jo Watson tells us about the life of the legendary French actress.

Please note: this talk was given in June 2023, the centenary year of Sarah Bernhardt’s death.

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Early years:

Sarah Bernhardt is born as Henriette-Rosine Bernard in Paris on 22 October 1844. Her mother is a courtesan with a wealthy or upper-class clientele. For a long time there is no record of her father, however his family pay for her education, insist on a Catholic baptism, and arrange for a large sum money when she comes of age.


She becomes a stage actress and stars in some of the more popular French plays of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. These include La Dame aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas filsRuy Blas by Victor HugoFédora and La Tosca by Victorien Sardou.

She also plays male roles, including Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Rostand calls her “the queen of the pose and the princess of the gesture”, and Victor Hugo praises her “golden voice”. She makes several theatrical tours around the world, and she is one of the early famous actresses to make sound recordings and to act in films.


She is also linked with the success of artist Alphonse Mucha, she publicises his work and he creates posters of her. Mucha becomes a sought-after artist because of his Art Nouveau style.

Listen to the podcast and hear the whole story from Jo.

Unfortunately I have not been able to remove all the coughs and some external noises.

About this podcast:

This is an edited recording of a talk given to the Farnham u3a World History  Group .

It is frequently not possible to use all of the images presented in the original talk because of copyright reasons.

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