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Rufus Estes was born a slave in 1857 in Tennessee, and experienced first hand the turmoil of the Civil War. He began working in a Nashville restaurant at the age of 16, and in 1883 took up employment as a Pullman cook. In 1897, he was hired as principal chef for the private railway car of U.S. Steel magnates (the fin-de-siecle equivalent of today's Lear Jets for corporate travel). There he served succulent fare for the rich and famous at the turn of the 20th century. (Summary by Denny Sayers)
 
Opening with an introduction to the life of the most famous Englishman of all, William Shakespeare, Edith Nesbit captures the reader's imagination in her inimitable way. Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare is a compendium of stories that re-tells some of his most famous plays. As the author of some of the best-loved children's classics like The Railway Children and The Story of the Treasure Seekers, E Nesbit always felt that children should be introduced to Shakespeare in an easier and more e ...
 
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For the first time, Railway Age and Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corp. sister publication Marine Log join forces to discuss the global rail and marine intermodal logistics scene with Bill Shea, CEO of DCLI (Direct Chassis Link Inc.) and Chairman of supply chain technology company Blume Global, and Pervinder Johar, Blume Global CEO. They offer their …
 
Canadian Pacific President and CEO Keith Creel, Executive Vice President Operations Mark Redd and Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer​​​John Brooks discuss CP’s proposed merger with Kansas City Southern with Railway Age Editor-in-Chief William C. Vantuono. Podcast Sponsored by Trinity Rail.…
 
To cap off another group of 20 movies, Brendan and Jason discuss Alfred Hitchcock's suspense-filled The Lady Vanishes. How well does the movie age? Is it odd that the first 20-30 minutes are essentially a screwball comedy? Is this one of the oldest movies to pass the Bechtel Test? Plus - Jason makes a stand for "up-front credits," the guys discuss …
 
This week, the guys return to master filmmaker David Lean to talk about his final film on this list: Oliver Twist. To start off the conversation, they talk about all of the various adaptations of the classic Dickens novel and the only one they watched in full (the one with an animated orange cat) and then they break down the long and problematic hi…
 
One month after Canadian Pacific and Kansas City Southern announced their intent to merge into CPKC (Canadian Pacific Kansas City), CN made a counter-offer it said is a “superior proposal” that “will result in a safer, faster, cleaner and stronger railway.” KCS, while moving forward with the CP deal, is now considering CN’s proposal. CN President a…
 
This week, Brendan and Jason discover the darkest side of Michael Caine's personality with the gangster classic Get Carter. They talk about the difficulty in building an entire movie around such a despicable character with no redeemable qualities, the difficulties in overlapping dialogue, the bleak ending and much more. The guys also roll the dice …
 
The trek continues with Brendan and Jason talking about Ken Loach's 1998 release about class differences and, more specifically, addiction with My Name is Joe. The guys connect this film to similar techniques found in the work of Mike Leigh and Robert Altman, they discuss the thick Scottish accents, they question the existence of welfare spies, the…
 
The European Commission has designated 2021 as the European Year of Rail and is planning a series of events and initiatives throughout the year to promote rail as a sustainable transport mode. In this episode, IRJ Editor-in-Chief Kevin Smith’s guest is Philippe Citroën, Director General of the European Rail Industry Association (UNIFE). Citroën rev…
 
Back to the list! The fellas go back in style by talking about the cultural touchstone Trainspotting. They get into the definition of the 90s Indie Hit and University Movie genres, they analyze the critcism of this movie allegedly glorifying drug use, both guys gasp in horror at all of the content involving the baby, they marvel at the breakneck ed…
 
Shift5’s mission is to make the world’s fleets smarter and safer. Shift5 is a product company that deploys hardware and software onto civilian and military platforms—from rail and aircraft to maritime, space, and weapons systems. In this podcast, sponsored by Shift5, CEO and Co-founder Josh Lospinoso and President, Chief Growth Officer and Co-Found…
 
To cap off Brit Picks, the guys take a pick from loyal listener Suzy Cuthbert and talk all about I Know Where I'm Going, a Powell and Pressburger movie that is NOT on the BFI Top 100! The dynamic duo talk about the very modern opening credit sequence, the amazing whirlpool special effects, the character of Bellinger never being on-screen and much m…
 
PTC has made much progress at reducing railroad operational risks, but optimizing safety and efficiency never stops. As railroads continue to innovate, further improvements and operational advancements will be deployed. Safety HMI (human-machine interface) technology, combined with continued human factors design considerations, can mitigate known h…
 
IRJ Editor-in-Chief, Kevin Smith is joined by Carlo Borghini, Executive Director of Shift2Rail, to discuss the successor to the Shift2Rail European railway research program, Europe’s Rail. The European Commission (EC) confirmed a proposal to proceed with the program in February 2021. Borghini discusses what Europe’s Rail will look like and its pote…
 
This week, it's Brendan's turn to present a Brit Pick... and he brings it in the form of the Joe Cornish film Attack the Block. The guys discuss various aspects like the authentic acting style of the leads and how the film humanizes them, the film's commentary on race and "bad neighbourhoods," John Boyega's stoic, raw star-making performance, the d…
 
Early on March 21, the big announcement came: Canadian Pacific Railway will acquire Kansas City Southern in a cash and stock transaction worth $29 billion in U.S. dollars. The combined Class I will be named Canadian Pacific Kansas City, CPKC. If approved by the United States Surface Transportation Board, the merger will be the first Class I transac…
 
To start off Brit Picks, Jason presents the 2014 comic book/action flick Kingsman: The Secret Service starring Taron Egerton and Colin Firth. They dive into this problematic hit head-first by discussing Samuel L. Jackson's reasoning for his character's unique speech pattern, the controversial church scene and how it relates to the previous presiden…
 
Currently, rail carries 23% of all Nevada freight tonnage. Targeted rail improvements could op-timize existing freight networks to improve travel time reliability, reduce vehicle emissions and support Nevada’s economic development., according to the Nevada Department of Transporta-tion (NDOT). The Nevada State Rail Plan, prepared by Strategic Rail …
 
This week, the guys take a look at a movie that was almost our pilot episode! Yes, it's The Man in the White Suit from director Alexander Mackendrick and starring Alec Guinness. The guys talk about how the movie covers every side of the issue in equal measures, the guys compare the debate in this movie to the Keystone pipeline, they discover that m…
 
Direct Chassis Link, Inc. (DCLI) is the largest provider of marine and domestic container chassis to the U.S. intermodal industry. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., the company owns, leases and manages more than 154,000 marine chassis and 89,000 domestic chassis serving customers involved in the global movement of containerized goods. DCLI Chief Co…
 
Time to let our hair down for a good old-fashioned family dramedy! Brendan and Jason take a look at Lionel Jeffries' 1970 film "The Railway Children" (#66 on the list) and discuss the vignette-style narrative of the film, Jason questions the poverty of the titular family, they take a comprehensive look at 1905-era Russia, they talk about the Beverl…
 
After talking about some smaller films lately, the guys talk about what may be the most popular film on the entire list - Monty Python's Life of Brian. Along with the endless quotable dialogue, the guys also discuss the beautiful production design that elevates said comedy, a dicey scene in regards to trans representation, the left-wing political s…
 
Continuing on with the BFI Top 100 list this week, Brendan and Jason examine the 82nd best British film The Draughtsman's Contract, which is a film focused on power dynamics and also one that surprised them on every level. They get into the discussion on who the true masterminds are in the film, go through a few of their own theories about Statue M…
 
In this Rail Group On Air podcast, part of our series with the Commuter Rail Coalition, North County Transit District Executive Director and CEO Matt Tucker, BNSF Assistant Vice President Passenger Operations DJ Mitchell and CRC Executive Director KellyAnne Gallagher discuss the San Diego Pathing Study with Railway Age Editor-in-Chief William C. Va…
 
Nearing the bottom of the barrel of the list but is #98 a deserving place for this week's film, the low-budget alternative to Trainspotting - Gillies MacKinnon's Small Faces. The guys discuss the film in great detail including discussion of the chilling performance by Kevin McKidd, getting drunk at adult parties, the saddest nightclub in Glasgow, s…
 
On the list this week is #38 with a bullet! The guys break down the 1991 Irish hit The Commitments about a fictional all-white soul band out of Dublin! They discuss Alan Parker's very unique and un-Hollywoodlike casting process, the strength of the musical performances, the bittersweet ending, they debate how much truth is contained in Joey the Lip…
 
The first lines of Riyadh’s six-line, 176-km metro network are due to commence operation in the final quarter of 2021. As the world’s largest single-phase metro project nears its conclusion, IRJ Editor-in-Chief Kevin Smith speaks with Carter Rohan, project director for the Riyadh Metro Transit Consultants (RMTC) project management consultancy (PMC)…
 
The second Merchant-Ivory film on this list is next on the podcast as Brendan and Jason discuss A Room with a View. They discuss Daniel Day-Lewis making something human out of a seemingly cartoonish character, Charlotte perfecting the art of martyrdom, the homoerotic bathing scene and much more. Plus: they debate how much of the film is winking at …
 
Join the boys for another heist as Brendan and Jason dive into another Ealing Studios comedy with Charles Crichton's The Lavender Hill Mob. They talk all about Alec Guinness playing against type and his fascinating physical acting, the US market forcing a rewrite of the original ending, Audrey Hepburn making a very early appearance, the shots that …
 
New Jersey Transit met the December 31, 2020 federally mandated deadline for implementing Positive Train Control. NJT President and CEO Kevin Corbett discusses the project’s complexity, and the “come from behind” coordination and cooperation it took with numerous stakeholders to reach the finish line with time to spare, with Editor-in-Chief William…
 
Bond. Not James Bond. Is it already time for more Michael Caine!? You bet your bottom dollar! Your hosts talk about The Ipcress File, a spy film that has often been described as the anti-James Bond. They talk about the new concept of grocery stores, the sloppy but geniune fight scenes, how the finale brings movies like The Manchurian Candidate and …
 
Railway Age’s 58th Railroader of the Year, Canadian Pacific President and CEO Keith Creel, talks with Editor-in-Chief William C. Vantuono about his career, and his mission at CP, in this audio version of the video interview. Creel has been instrumental in Canadian Pacific forging a leadership role in the industry, while acknowledging the railroad’s…
 
Back to the list we go! This week, the guys discuss a popular genre on this list: the kitchen sink drama. Yes, it's the gritty more realistic version of Chariots of Fire as directed by Tony Richardson - The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner. The guys talk about the unreliable narrator and point of view muddying other characters, they debate if…
 
Back to the list we go! This week, Brendan and Jason discuss the mad-cap romp that is Peter Collinson's original classic The Italian Job. They discuss Noel Coward's controversial Mr. Bridger character (at least for some critics), they break down the amazing stunt driving in the finale, they debate if this movie really set the format in stone for a …
 
Stopping by this week is the ghost of Jimmy Stewart, who stops by to discuss the weird Republican-heavy politics in Heaven and then read one of his incomplete poems. Next week: The guys go back to regular episodes with a discussion of The Italian Job (#36 on the BFI Top 100). Full List: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BFI_Top_100_British_films Facebo…
 
Railroad Financial Corp. President and Railway Age Financial Editor David Nahass; Cowen and Company Managing Director and Railway Age Wall Street Contributing Editor Jason Seidl; and Cowen and Company Transportation Equipment Analyst Matt Elkott join Editor-in-Chief William C. Vantuono to offer their perspectives on 2021, a year in which the world …
 
It's an off-week... kinda. This week, Brendan and Jason receive a visit from southern Santa Claus, who stops by very briefly to spread some holiday cheer. Next week: Another guest will likely stop by for a bite-sized episode. The guys will return on January 4th with a discussion of The Italian Job (#36 on the BFI Top 100). Full List: https://en.wik…
 
Jim Derwinski, Commuter Rail Coalition Chair and CEO/Executive Director, Metra; John Cline, CRC Government Affairs Director and Principal, Cline Strategic Consulting; Chuck Spitulnik, CRC Counsel and Partner, Kaplan Kirsch Rockwell; and KellyAnne Gallagher, CRC Executive Director, discuss access, capacity, and public convenience and necessity issue…
 
Merry Christmas/Happy Hanukkah/Joyous Kwanzaa/Happy Festivus to the rest of us! To bridge the gap between And Now for Something Completely Similar and going back to the list, Brendan and Jason get all festive and talk about the musical adaptation of Charles Dickens with Ronald Neame's 1970 film Scrooge. They talk about Albert Finney's dual performa…
 
Cogniac is a startup enterprise-class AI image and video analysis company providing enterprise-class software for automating railroad visual inspection tasks. Based in San Jose, Calif., the company has landed two contracts with U.S. Class I railroads and a Mexican client in the past year. Cogniac is also working with the AAR to help reshape and mod…
 
And Now For Something Completely Similar... In quite possibly one of the worst examples of how to remake an international film on American soil, Bruce Willis and Richard Gere star in The Jackal, which Brendan and Jason attempt to make sense of and keep their sanity. They discuss Richard Gere's Irish accent, the addition of unnecessary characters to…
 
Industry 4.0 (also known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution) is a reality. Railroads, including their partners in the transportation supply chain, are at the beginning of their journey to establishing true end-to-end digital continuity. For example: Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT); Positive Train Control (PTC) and Enhanced Train Control (ETC)…
 
And Now For Something Completely Similar... It's another case of a great director (or directors) with a weird oddity in their filmography as Brendan and Jason discuss the Coen Brothers' remake of the Ealing comedy classic The Ladykillers. During this discussion, your hosts talk about how they appreciate the unique spin on the original story and als…
 
And Now For Something Completely Similar... Great directors can often have humble beginnings as Brendan and Jason examine the third film by Alfonso Cuaron and a modern re-telling of Great Expectations (#5 on the BFI Top 100) starring Ethan Hawke and Gwyneth Paltrow. They talk about Cuaron regretting having made the film, the relentless voiceover, s…
 
Sometimes it seems like lightning strikes and we see a significant jump in the capabilities of technology. Such is the case with PS Technology’s Precision Train Builder™ (PTB), a suite of abilities that enables railroads to enhance safety using physically accurate simulation. This ability is leading to improvements in both accident analysis and tra…
 
And Now For Something Completely Similar... The long-awaited sequel has arrived! In a follow-up to Hope and Glory, John Boorman wrote/directed Queen and Country, a film about his teenage/young adult life. The guys discuss the film and talk about several things like David Thewlis' surprising character turn late in the film, the questionable choices …
 
Industry 4.0 (also known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution) is a reality. Railroads, including their partners in the transportation supply chain, are at the beginning of their journey to establishing true end-to-end digital continuity. For example: Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT); Positive Train Control (PTC) and Enhanced Train Control (ETC)…
 
And Now For Something Completely Similar... The guys revisit your favourite aging lothario as they tackle the 2004 remake of Alfie starring Jude Law. They talk about the 'softening' of the title character, changing the setting to Manhattan, Sienna Miller's mesmerizing performance, the "abortion" scene, Cher's new recording of the theme song and muc…
 
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