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State Of The Channel Erk – Introducing 2 New Podcasts!

Erk is pleased to announce the launch of 2 new talk podcasts on Channel Erk – in part to celebrate 7 years of podcasting. There will be preview episodes to set up the feeds and submission to iTunes. The relevant show pages will be updated when required.

 

Preview episodes for both new shows will feature on the feeds for both shows. This introduction and Channel Erk report features on all Channel Erk shows.

 

Non Channel Erk links mentioned:

 

 

Courtesy Phone 950 x 150 banner March 2014

  • Release Day: Generally non music days (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
  • Frequency: Occasional
  • First episode: May 2014
  • Last episode: New podcast
  • Theme Music: Battle Plane by Territory (Creative Commons) with additional sound byte.
  • Expect to hear: Travel tips, suggestions, features, guests. 
  • Subscriptions are not available at this time. 
  • Not available yet via the Channel Erk Mega Feed
  • Erk To The White Courtesy Phone information

 

Erk To The White Courtesy Phone is a travel based podcast where Erk shares travel stories, tips and news. The show will be released as episodes are recorded. The show was conceived during Erk’s 2014 US trip. The name comes from a scene in one of Erk’s favourite movie, Airplane (known in Australia as Flying High). Erk was amazed with the number of “…. to the white courtesy phone” calls over the PA system at American airports.

 

White Courtesy Phone 1400 x 1400 March 2014

 

 

Erk Power Play 950 X 450 May 2014

 

  • Release Day: Thursdays
  • Frequency: Weekly during Australian ice hockey season (April – September). Occasional during Australian off-season.
  • First episode: July 2014
  • Last episode: New podcast
  • Theme Music: To Be Advised.
  • Expect to hear: Discussion about the sport of ice hockey in Australia (AIHL) and North America (WHL, NHL)
  • Expect to read: Match previews, match reports, opinions. 
  • Subscriptions are not available at this time. 
  • Not available yet via the Channel Erk Mega Feed
  • Erk To The Penalty Box information

 

Erk To The Penalty Box is a new podcast that is based on the sport of ice hockey. Erk properly discovered the game in America in early 2014 thanks to watching the Western Hockey League. After returning to Australia, Erk discovered the Australian Ice Hockey League. Since discovering the game back home, Erk is physically located between the two Sydney based teams.

 

The podcast was originally going to be a project starting in 2015. However, Erk has written articles for the AIHL and Hewitt Sports including opinion, news, game previews and recaps. The podcast will commence after Erk returns from Europe at the end of June and will be weekly during the Australian season (April – September).

 

Power Play 1400 X 1400 May 2014

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On The Rails With Erk

On The Rails With Erk 008 – Passengering With Erk

Welcome to episode 8 of On The Rails With Erk. On this episode, Erk has a confession, an apology, a question & a preview of 2014. On this episode, Erk’s question has more to do with where Erk can sit if he is on duty but not driving his train. The process is often referred to as “travelling passenger” & Erk explains what he could be doing instead of driving the train. There are several reasons why this could happen & Erk has several reasons for travelling how he does if he is not in charge of his train.

 

Erk is going to have a big 2014 of travel & you can come for a ride. Erk will be travelling on the rail systems of San Francisco, Portland, Miami, Atlanta & Chicago (US) during January & February 2014. On his way home, Erk returns home via Asia & will ride the rails of Japan & Singapore. Returning home briefly, then Erk flies to the other side of Australia (Perth) in March. Then comes a trip to England via the UAE & (possibly) Europe in June 2014. […]

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On The Rails With Erk 007 – Puffing Billy, Melbourne

Welcome to episode 7 of On The Rails With Erk. On this episode, Erk goes back in time & rides the Puffing Billy Railway in Melbourne between Belgrave, Menzies Creek & Emerald.  Many of the staff are volunteers (over 900 volunteers!) and the line runs in difficult country in the Dandengong Ranges.  Originally serving as the area’s main transport link, the 100 year old railway is preserved & runs as it would in the 1920’s, there are several services every day with the exception of Christmas Day.

 

Riding a current day suburban electric train to or from Belgrave is a great way to contrast with this train. Allow 1/2 a day as a minimum if you are in Melbourne.

 

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On The Rails With Erk 006 – On The Rails Of Melbourne

Welcome to episode 6 of On The Rails With Erk. Originally recorded in late August 2013, Erk heads to Melbourne, Australia. Melbourne has the largest tram/light rail network in the southern hemisphere & a large suburban rail network.

 

Erk starts near his hotel, riding a route 48 tram from Docklands to Southern Cross station. After some facts at Southern Cross station, Erk rides a suburban train around the City Loop from Southern Cross to Parliament station before boarding another train to Belgrave. We even had a visit from Authorised Officers checking tickets.

 

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On The Rails With Erk 005 – The Train On Platform 5 Is Delayed….

Welcome to episode 5 of On The Rails With Erk. It hardly seems like a month since the last episode but it has. Since episode 4, Erk has been to the Gold Coast for a weekend & well as many shifts on the rails.

 

On the Gold Coast of Queensland, Erk was able to explore some of the construction of the Gold Coast Rapid Transit project.  Stage 1 will open in mid 2014 linking the northern half of the Gold Coast strip (Broadbeach, Surfers Paradise) to the new Gold Coast Hospital & education precinct.

 

The main part of this episode deals with the elephant in the room that every train passenger has an opinion on – “WHY IS MY TRAIN LATE?”  

Music – London Underground by Ace Mafia, supplied by Deuce Management & Promotion.   […]

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On The Rails 004 – On The Rails In Sydney

Welcome to episode 4 of On The Rails With Erk. On this episode, Erk is on location in his home city in Sydney.

 

Starting at Central station, there was a special train display for the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. There was a range of locomotives & carriages from the steam & diesel eras as well as steam train rides.

 

Moving across to the suburban platforms, Erk takes you on a ride on a suburban train ride on a Waratah train from Central to Milsons Point which includes crossing the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Milsons Point has been selected as a trial location for new public transport signage.

 

Returning to Central, Erk went on a hertiage train ride led by steam locomotive 3642 & diesel locomotive 4520 on the rear.

 

Finally, Erk takes you on a railed ride with a difference – the Sydney Monorail. Due to various reasons, the monorail will stop operating on 30 June after 25 years of service between the Sydney CBD & Darling Harbour.

 

Further reading:

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On The Rails With Erk 003 – On The Rails Of Adelaide

Welcome to episode 3 of On The Rails With Erk. On this occasion, Erk is on location in Adelaide, South Australia. Beginning his short trip at the Adelaide railway station, he catches a train to Dudley Park station on the Gawler line. The current Adelaide train system is undergoing a major transformation with 2 lines closed at the time of Erk’s visit in May 2013. The first stages of electrification are underway – currently all trains are diesel powered railcars.

Returning to the city, Erk goes for a ride on the tram system through the city centre. An addition to the Glenelg line since his last visit, the new trams and the extension between Victoria Square & the Entertainment Centre are a part of a wider plan to improve public transit in Adelaide. […]

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On The Rails With Erk 002 – Frequently Asked Questions (Part 1)

Welcome to episode 2 of On The Rails With Erk. Moving on from episode 1,  Erk discusses some of the questions that he is often asked including:

  • How do you steer the train?
  • Can you do anything about the air conditioning?
  • Is it hard to drive a train?
  • What time do you start work?

 

If you have a question that Erk can answer or if you want to answer a question Erk has been asked, feel free to leave a comment on the show notes or email erkpod@gmail.com […]

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On The Rails With Erk 001 – Introduction

Welcome to episode 1 of On The Rails With Erk, the newest podcast to Channel Erk in 2013. This episode is the very first episode and as such, is an introduction. Erk summarises his 19 year railway career in around 30 minutes. In future episodes, Erk will expand on some of the roles that he has discussed on this episode.

As always on this podcast, all opinions are personal & not those of any organisation or operator. […]