Conversations with Brian Solomon

A biweekly podcast with Trains columnist Brian Solomon
Railroad author and photographer Brian Solomon produces this exclusive biweekly podcast for Trains Magazine. You can catch his column monthly in the magazine or his daily railroad photography blog at briansolomon.com/trackingthelight.

Conversations with Brian Solomon, Episode 27
Trains' passenger columnist Bob Johnston joins passenger train aficionado Craig Willett to discuss rail issues with host Brian Solomon. On tap: trespassing and rail safety, passenger rail funding, timekeeping, and more.

Conversations with Brian Solomon, Episode 26

Brian talks with private railcar owner Clark Johnson Jr. about his private car Caritas. They talk about the purpose of private cars, buying and remodeling the 'Caritas,' touring the country, and the operations of private cars.

Conversations with Brian Solomon, Episode 25
Travel overseas with Brian for a chat with Ken Fox of the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland! You'll learn about the RPSI's operations and tips for planning your own trip to Ireland.

Conversations with Brian Solomon, Episode 24
Trains' passenger columnist Bob Johnston is back in the studio with retired engineer and passenger train aficionado Craig Willett and, of course, Brian Solomon. They talk about the passenger train dining experience, both on the beloved trains of the fallen flags and today on Amtrak.

Conversations with Brian Solomon, Episode 23

Conversations is going historic this week! Brian talks with former Milwaukee Road employee Craig Willett and railroader Marshall Beecher, the son of a Milwaukee Road engineer, about the late, lamented Midwest railroad.

Conversations with Brian Solomon, Episode 22
Listen in on Brian's conversation with Dan Howard, volunteer coordinator and trainmaster for Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum in Lenox, Mass.

Conversations with Brian Solomon, Episode 21
"Conversations" goes in a new direction! Brian sits down with industry veteran Dan Bigda to discuss his career, toy trains, working with Neil Young, favorite locomotives, and more!

Conversations with Brian Solomon, Episode 20

Trains' Lead Illustrator Rick Johnson joins Brian in the studio this week for a look at how the magazine's maps are prepared. Listen in and learn about how The Magazine of Railroading comes together each month!

Brian talks with Associate Editor Brian Schmidt and Digital Editor Steve Sweeney about railroad photography. What do the editors see as overplayed in the genre? How can you get your photos in Trains Magazine? Listen in today and learn!

Conversations with Brian Solomon, Episode 18
Brian talks with photographer and Trains' columnist Chris Guss about aerial railroad photography. Learn about the equipment and techniques that will make your photos take off!

Brian talks to rail industry professional Dan Bigda about freight cars. Learn about the fate of the plan 50-foot boxcar, the life cycle of a freight car, how car repairs are tracked, and much more!

Conversations with Brian Solomon, Episode 16
Brian sits down with Trains' Digital Editor Steve Sweeney to discuss the late, lamented Erie Railroad, a favorite of both.

Conversations with Brian Solomon, Episode 15
Trains' own staffers join Brian in the studio this week to talk about their own interests in railroading: Production Editor Angela Pusztai-Pasternak and Associate Editor Brian Schmidt finish their conversation in the second of two parts.

Conversations with Brian Solomon, Episode 14
Trains' own staffers join Brian in the studio this week to talk about their own interests in railroading: Production Editor Angela Pusztai-Pasternak and Associate Editor Brian Schmidt.

Solomon talks with Trains' former Senior Graphic Designer Drew Halverson about train-watching and railroading. Topics include favorite paint schemes, the true meaning of the West, and what's cool in modern railroading.

Conversations with Brian Solomon, Episode 12
Brian Solomon sits down with Trains' passenger columnist Bob Johnston and retired Amtrak engineer Craig Willett to talk about the national passenger carrier. This is the third in a multi-part conversation that began in Episode 2 and also included Episode 8.

Brian continues his chat with Bob Bentley of the Massachusetts Central to discuss shortline railroading in New England. This is the second installment in a multi-part interview.

Trains' Associate Editor Brian Schmidt and locomotive correspondent Chris Guss join Solomon this week to discuss cameras and railroad photography.

Brian talks with rail industry veteran Dan Bigda about issues in the industry and, specifically, the railcar supply business. This is the first in a multi-part conversation.

Brian Solomon sits down with Trains' passenger columnist Bob Johnston and retired Amtrak engineer Craig Willett to talk about the national passenger carrier. This is the second in a multi-part conversation that began in Episode 2.

Conversations with Brian Solomon, Episode 7
Brian talks with Trains' Senior Graphic Designer Drew Halverson about the art of railroad photography. Topics include favorite places to visit, differences between the U.S. and Europe, and perspectives on time.

Conversations with Brian Solomon, Episode 6
Brian sits down with Bob Bentley of the Massachusetts Central to discuss shortline railroading in New England while a train rolls by their meeting spot.

Conversations with Brian Solomon, Episode 5
Brian Solomon talks with David Swirk, the new owner of the legendary Conway Scenic Railway in New Hampshire.

Beebe and Clegg are names synonymous with early railroad photography and familiar to most any railfan today. Brian talks with photographer and author John Gruber about their legacy in the 21st century.

Conversations with Brian Solomon, Episode 3
Brian has a lively chat with Trains' designers: Art Director Tom Danneman and Senior Graphic Designer Drew Halverson about railroad photography, train-watching out West, and the cameras they use.

Conversations with Brian Solomon, Episode 2
Brian Solomon sits down with Trains' passenger columnist Bob Johnston and retired Amtrak engineer Craig Willett to talk about the national passenger carrier. This is the first in a multi-part conversation.

Conversations with Brian Solomon, Episode 1
Trains' columnist Brian Solomon interviews Associate Editor Brian Schmidt in his inaugural podcast. Learn about Solomon's new book on European railroads and his background as a professional railfan.
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