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The Dork Forest is a show where I, Jackie Kashian, interview everyone and anyone about what they really really like. ie thier dorkdom. Started in 2006, the youtube page has clips (and full episodes). and will lead you to all the information you may ever need re this show and Jackie's standup.

Dec 27, 2011

I’m in Ann Arbor with Fritz Milhaupt, friend of the show. He asked if I’d like to meet his friends who (with him) play trains. They are part of the Operations Road Show project, an offshoot of Rails on Wheels. They’ve been modeling the Wabash Railroad between Layfayette, Indiana and Peru, Indiana between Labor Day and Sept 25th, 1964. Yeah. They are train dorks AMONG train dorks. Yeah.


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Audio leveling by Patrick Brady
Music is by
Mike Ruekberg.
Website design by
Vilmos: who has his own podcast


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Our cast and crew:

Jeff Fryman (homeowner)

John Young (who did most of the talking, and who did most of the carpentry)

Fritz Milhaupt (control systems dork)

Bob Milhaupt (not present, wiring and electronics, built the animated signals)

Al Robertson (not present, made the long stretch of autumn scenery)

Wabash Railroad

Lafayette Station/Monon Station 1961

Nickel Plate Road

Bob Ross - "happy trees"

Lots of Crackling of Papers… much like in real train playing!!

Jeff Fryman (who hosts the railroad, when it's not on the road) was a railroad brakeman in the 60’s

“Staging” Model Railroad.

The Track Plan - Map

Craig Wilson is a guy that made model auto frames to be CARGO

Jack Burgess’ One Day in Yosemite

I’m agreeing like I know what he’s talking about. I’m learning as he talks.

South Milwaukee Railroad Station

National Model Railroad Assoc