At We Are Railfans, we've found that railfans and enthusiasts can pop up from all walks of life and so when we heard Absolute Radio presenter Richie Firth going through multiple unit photographs on one of this shows, we knew he'd be a perfect guest for the We Are Railfans podcast!
Richie has won numerous awards in radio and even attempted to break the record time for visiting every London Underground Station. In our latest podcast episode, Sam talks to him about growing into railfanning as a hobby, the importance of EMUs for commuters and their interest for railfans, and how simulation can help people indulge their interests as a solo hobby.
They also chat about Richie's own podcast Richie Firth: Travel Hacker as well as the links there might be between some of music's biggest stars and their interests in trains and modelling in particular.
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Richie's first railway memories were of slam-door Class 421 EMUs near Eastbourne and Polegate. The example is at Clapham Junction. Photo © Steve Jones 2011. CC-BY 2.0 Image cropped to 16:9 format.
As a daily commuter and railfan, the variety of rolling stock during the morning rush hour can make or break the journey. The comfort of the newer Class 720 interior (above) is appreciated after tough days in the office, but the nostalgic character of the less refined Class 317 (below) is sometimes a treat for the inner enthusiast. Photos by Superalbs, CC-BY SA 4.0 and Twingle600, CC-BY SA 3.0
Feature image courtesy of Adam Lucas / Richie Firth
Allen Jackson drops the signal to allow us to proceed to learn more about how semaphores are used on prototype and model railways.
Part two of Colin Alexander's fascinating look into the Golden Age of Streamlining.
Hornby, is a renown institution within the rail hobby, producing model railways for over 100 years. Their new 10-part series, A Model World, will air on Monday nights at 9pm on UKTV Yesterday, from 11th October, with all episodes available for catch-up on UKTV Play. This series shows the incredible work and detail that goes on behind closed doors to make each product as realistic as possible, allowing unprecedented access to the offices and their passionate staff. Alongisde this there is a chance to marvel at Britain’s best model layout builders, creating miniature masterpieces in lofts and sheds across the land. These dedicated enthusiasts spend hundreds of hours building perfect replicas of towns, villages and landscapes for their locos to travel through and nothing but perfect authenticity will do in their model world. We talk to Simon Kohler and Montana Hoeren about the new series, how they became part of this enduring hobby and the 100 years of Hornby. You can listen to the episode here: Or via a number of outlets here: https://podfollow.com/we-are-railfans-podcast/episode/d933e98839d2dc5b109eee4f9c99ead0b462a6b8/view Watch UKTV play - Hornby: A Model World https://uktvplay.uktv.co.uk/shows/hornby-a-model-world/watch-online