Steel Rails

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Steel Rails

Unread postby MrDockTrack » Sun Mar 25, 2018 5:59 pm

Many moons ago, on a local public access channel broadcasting to the greater Jenison-metropolitan area, some might know the channel as WCET, there was a show called 'Steel Rails'. Somebody with a camcorder filmed trains around the area. This would've been in the early to mid 1990's. Anyone recall this show, or have any idea how to get any of that material placed on youtube? I called the office and they seemed oblivious to what I was even talking about. How disappointing.
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Re: Steel Rails

Unread postby Raildudes dad » Thu Mar 29, 2018 6:51 am

Contact Steamlogger on this board. He was one of the videographers :D
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Re: Steel Rails

Unread postby Eric Berger » Thu Mar 29, 2018 7:01 am

You might try finding out when the next Cable Commission meeting is, and asking them. They might know of someone who'd know about it, or perhaps even know who the production crew was.

That may be your only bet; I used to work in public access as a video tech student in high school (Volunteer -- but it counted toward my grade in the course.) Most of the staff there were volunteers -- high school video tech students. So no one at the office knowing about it really doesn't surprise me, as they probably weren't even born yet when it was on. I think we had one or two paid directors, but those usually didn't stay for longer than two years tops; I remember they literally changed with the wind.

Having said the above, though, I doubt they'd even have copies of the show now. I remember that we'd routinely wipe tapes after so many years, so unless someone recorded it when it was aired, I'd say your chances of finding a copy would be between slim and none.
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Re: Steel Rails

Unread postby Steamlogger » Thu Mar 29, 2018 4:45 pm

RDD is correct with the help of my brother we produced Steel Rails. We made 48 episodes, if my memory is correct, in the early 90's. They were 30 minutes (28 actually) long.
They covered a variety of railroad subjects model and prototype most were local to Grand Rapids, Michigan but some in surrounding states.
We brought tapes to three cable access stations in the Grand Rapids area, Grandville Jenison (WCET), Wyoming Kentwood (WKTV), and Grand Rapids (GRTV). We did all the production ourselves. I have the master tapes here but have not looked at them in some time.
I would like to upload them to You Tube someday. Just need to get the equipment setup and the time.
Have you watched the videos by mygirl22ward https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtWleSydELUL4W3cYVrYlkQ ? He was shooting video around the same time we were.

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Re: Steel Rails

Unread postby Raildudes dad » Thu Mar 29, 2018 5:39 pm

Crazy time warp :) My kids, daughter 7-8 and son 2-3 at the time would sit fixated watching the videos. LOL
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Re: Steel Rails

Unread postby tsinoms » Wed Apr 04, 2018 2:16 pm

Was that the same show that featured stuff from on the CSX Holly Sub and also a view out the back of the PM? Trying to remember those as we used to have them taped. All gone now. :(
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Re: Steel Rails

Unread postby Raildudes dad » Wed Apr 04, 2018 4:14 pm

Mostly Wyoming Yard. They grew up on the first street south of the yard between Judd and Burlingame.
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Re: Steel Rails

Unread postby MrDockTrack » Fri Apr 06, 2018 7:42 am

Great news! Here I was thinking the footage was lost to the ages, or changing technology. Growing up, this show and Rescue 911 were appointment television for me. I hope that this culturally important material can be placed on YouTube for all to enjoy sometime soon. Thanks for the replies.
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