Railfanning Review: Pivotal Moments on the Northeast Corridor

A while ago, I spoke to the Tri-State Railway Historical Society about my book on the Northeast Corridor.

I titled my presentation “Pivotal Moments on the Northeast Corridor.” These presentations are fun to pull together and present, but the challenge is how to pack so much information about the Northeast Corridor’s history into a short presentation.

Do you focus on the engineering marvels, the early railroads that built the line, the line’s electrification or the people who made it possible? I tried to pull in a few points about each.

I wanted to share some highlights from that presentation, even if I’m delinquent in doing so. Luckily, I think this information is evergreen and as interesting today as when I presented it.

This podcast is an edited and condensed version of my presentation. Although some information didn’t make the final cut, I plan to use it in future episodes.


  • Intro: “Waiting on My Train to Come,” recorded live at the Southeastern Railway Museum on August 2, 2020. Written by Todd DeFeo, (c) 2006, 2020 by Todd DeFeo (ASCAP). From “A Guy Walks Into a Train Museum.”
  • Outro: “Long Gone,” recorded November 24, 1998. Written by Todd DeFeo, (c) 1998, 1999, 2022 by Todd DeFeo (ASCAP). From “Running Home.”

Sound Effects

  • Diesel Horn: Recorded at the Southeastern Railway Museum on November 14, 2020.
  • Steam Train: 1880s Train, recorded September 12, 2020, in Hill City, South Dakota.

Show Notes

  • This is an edited and condensed version of a presentation to the Tri-State Railway Historical Society, recorded on July 15, 2021.

Podcast produced by Joe Nevark.

Railfanning Review Podcast

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