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Trains: Tracks of the Iron Horse - Issues Forums

November 2005 to July 2006

The George Bush Library is pleased to sponsor this program featuring prominent authors, museum professionals and business leaders who will discuss a variety of contemporary and historic issues related to the railroad industry.

Issues Forums begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Bush Library Theater and usually last between 30 and 45 minutes. At the end of the presentation, speakers spend 15-20 minutes answering questions from the audience. After the question and answer period, guests are invited to a coffee and cookie reception in the library rotunda where they can mingle with the presenter. In some cases, presenters will sign copies of their books which will be available for purchase.

The Issues Forum is free to the public. Reservations are not required but are recommended to secure a seat. For reservations, please call 691-4015.


Thursday, November 17, 2005
Speaker: J. Parker Lamb
Topic: Railroad development in Texas with maps and original slides from Dr. Lamb's collection.
About the speaker: J. Parker Lamb is retired from teaching mechanical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of several books about railroads including Katy: Diesels to the Gulf; Steel Wheels Rolling: A Personal Journey of Railroad Photograph; Classic Diesels of the South: A Railfan's Odyssey; and his most recent book Perfecting the American Steam Locomotive. Dr. Lamb also writes for Railroad History and has several bylines in Trains magazine. After his talk, a limited number of Dr. Lamb's books will be available for sale. He has agreed to inscribe copies of his books for Issues Forum guests. If you already own one of his books, please feel free to bring it with you to the presentation.

Thursday, January 19, 2006
Speaker: Brian Marsh
Topic: Overland Models and the hobby of model railroading
About the speaker: Brian Marsh is the President and CEO of Overland Models, Inc.

Thursday, February 23, 2006
Speaker: Fred Frailey
Topic: Contemporary railroading in the United States
About the speaker: Fred Frailey is the editor of Kiplinger's Personal Finance and a noted writer on contemporary railroad subjects with several Trains magazine bylines to his credit. He is also the author of four books including Southern Pacific's Blue Streak Merchandise: Six Decades of the Great American Freight Train; Zephyrs, Chiefs & Other Orphans: The First Five Years of Amtrak; A Quarter Century of Santa Fe Consists and Twilight of the Great Trains.

Thursday, March 30, 2006
Speaker: John Fike
Topic: Then Came the Railroads: Through the Indian Territory to Texas
About the speaker: John L. Fike, Ph.D., P.E. is an Associate Professor in the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University.

Thursday, April 27, 2006
Speaker: John P. Hankey
Topic: Preservation and interpretation challenges at contemporary railroad museums
About the speaker: John Hankey was formerly the curator at the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. He has written extensively on preserving American railway heritage in Locomotive and Railway Preservation. Currently, Mr. Hankey works as a consultant assisting railroad museums with redesigning exhibits and preserving the legacy of American railroads.

Thursday, May 25, 2006
Speaker: Bob Withers
Topic: Presidential travel by train
About the speaker: Bob Withers is currently a reporter for the Huntington, West Virginia Herald-Dispatch. He is the author of The President Travels by Train: Politics and Pullmans which is based on his years of covering presidential campaigns and collecting campaign memorabilia. The Bush Library will be offering copies of Mr. Wither's book for sale following his talk and he will be available to inscribe each copy.

Thursday, June 29, 2006
Speaker: Bill Howes
Topic: Planning and operating the Eisenhower funeral train
About the speaker: Bill Howes was the last Director of Passenger Operations for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad prior to the creation of Amtrak in 1971. In that capacity, Mr. Howes was charged with handling President Dwight Eisenhower's funeral train in 1969. His photographic record of that trip is one of the few comprehensive examinations of a presidential funeral train. During his presentation, Mr. Howes will share his personal recollections and slide collection.

Thursday, July 20, 2006
Speaker: Mark Reutter
Topic: "Century Gone: The Rise, Fall, and Return of Railroads in the 20th Century"
About the speaker: Mark Reutter has been a reporter for The Baltimore Sun and has published in The Wilson Quarterly, Barron's, and The Nation. He is currently a business and law editor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also the author of Making Steel: Sparrows Point and the Rise and Ruin of American Industrial Might and is the editor of Railroad History, the journal of the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society. After his talk, a limited number of Mr. Reutter's book will be available for sale. He has agreed to inscribe copies for Issues Forum guests. If you already own one of his books, please feel free to bring it with you to the presentation.

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