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The hit PBS series Tracks Ahead has a unique appeal for train lovers of all ages. Now broadcast on more than 200 PBS stations across America, Japan, host Spencer Christian (formerly of ABC's Good Morning America fame) presents the best of steam locomotives, railroad stories, model trains and art.

 

         
 

 

Tracks Ahead Season 9 has been scheduled for release in early 2015.  If you have not seen it, nor heard about it, please contact Milwaukee Public TV at www.mptv.org or by calling (414) 271-1036. 

The original producer of the first eight seasons (that's around 450 segments and miscellaneous items) - namely me - is retired.  And tired.  And thankful not to be worrying about fund raising, budgets, travel vagarities, weather and crews.  It has been a great adventure working on the Tracks Ahead project.  People always say, "For a job, pick one that mirrors your passion."  Good advice, but how do you do that?  How do you know HOW to do that?  I was fortunate enough to have this project thrust on me by the late Chuck Zehner.  Tracks Ahead allowed me to marry multiple personal passions:  trains/railroading in all shapes and forms, travel, meeting new people, seeing new things, and getting out in the field.  It was a blast!

I hope that I have been able to offer some insights into how television is made, and the problems and successes that go along with it.  Making good TV is time consuming and takes a great deal of preplanning.  There is a saying in TV production titled "The 7 P's".  It means "Prior Proper Planning Prevents P** Poor Production."  How true, how true.  And did I mention that it was all a lot of work?  Oh boy, you have NO idea.

Perhaps you have scanned through my ramblings and travelogues over the years, and perhaps not.  If you did, I hope you enjoyed them.  If not, well, that's OK as well.  For me, rereading them brings back a lot of memories which would otherwise have been lost in the dusty corners of my mind.

But all things must come to an end.  And that would include this website.  Yes, I know it is old and creaky.  It probably mirrors the creator.  I will leave it up for a few more months, and then surrender the domain name to someone who probably has other uses for it.

Finally, thanks to all of you for your suggestions, comments, and desire to promote railroading in all forms.  As I said, I've met so many, many wonderful and enthusiastic people in my quarter of a century with this project.  It has been tons of fun, and a really wonderful adventure.

All the Best,

David Baule (address will disappear with the website)

Does your station carry Tracks Ahead?  This list is pretty old, but may give you a starting point.  Check here

If there are any segments hanging around for viewing (other than pirated on YouTube - curses on you - posters and YouTube), view them here.

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