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15 Oct 2013

TMTV Station Agent

The Birth of TrainMasters TV, part 1

Well, here we are just days away from the launch of TrainMasters TV.  At this point you might expect to read about how it's been a tiring process, fraught with challenges and pitfalls.  But it hasn't been.  

Certainly I've invested a lot of hours and more money than I care to think about right now, but this project has been one of the easiest and most enjoyable I have ever taken on.

14 Oct 2013

TMTV Station Agent

The Birth of TrainMasters TV, part 2

In part 1, I pitched my idea for a railroad hobbyists' TV series called Wheels on Steel to the TV network and they liked the idea, so I set out to make a pilot short for the series.

I chose United Aircraft's Turbotrain as the subject matter and told the story of the Turbo through Jason Shron whose company, Rapido Trains Inc., produces an HO-scale model of the Turbo.  It took weeks to get around to shooting the segment, and for many months the footage sat untouched while work took precedence.  

07 Oct 2013

TMTV Station Agent

The Birth of TrainMasters TV, part 3

In part 2, my Wheels on Steel TV show idea got shelved by the TV network. Now what?

For many months, nothing happened.  Then one day a conversation about the growth of the internet got me thinking:  If I can't get a broadcaster to pay me a modest $25,000 per episode for a show about trains, maybe I can get 25,000 people to each give me a buck?

Bang!  That was the answer.  

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