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A Railroad Writer in Tucson. by tucsonmike on 8 April 2006 12:52am
 
My weekend has been made. Someone I idolized in childhood now lives out here. His name is Ron Ziel. He writes about steam trains and the Long Island Rail Road (the third oldest continous railroad in the United States). I found out by accident he just moved here. He joined my Entrepreneurs Group. His agent told me to call him over the weekend and he is expecting my call.

I know many of you (including Mr. P) are interested in trains. If he gives me permission, I will put folks in touch with him.
 
Re: A Railroad Writer in Tucson. by tucsonmike on 14 April 2006 5:57am
 
Well, I am supposed to meet Mr. Ziel for lunch next Thursday. This should be interesting.
 
Re: A Railroad Writer in Tucson. by DancingFool on 16 April 2006 2:21pm
 
wow fascinating.
 
Re: A Railroad Writer in Tucson. by annie1988 on 19 April 2006 12:55pm
 
well, congrats!
 
Re: A Railroad Writer in Tucson. by Spursfan on 19 April 2006 1:11pm
 
Enjoy!
 
Re: A Railroad Writer in Tucson. by irishladette on 20 April 2006 4:39pm
 
I've heard of Ron Ziel, but never read any of his works - when I was a kid I wanted to be a train driver - Dublin girl - not a chance, never got my dream train set til a few years ago (36 now)! If you ever get to Switzerland, you will LOVE their trains and hill walking routes. In 9 days I must have been on nearly 30 train journeys from rack and pillion, steam, electric, from things of the Victorian era to 21st century. What's better is that the trains bring you to the top of the mountains and then you can walk down... a dream vacation.
 
Re: A Railroad Writer in Tucson. by tucsonmike on 20 April 2006 7:23pm
 
Well, I leave in 40 minutes. I will let you know how it goes!:-)

Ladette, you could have been a locomotive engineer here. There is a former Union Pacific engineer who is in grad school and now gives lectures. Her name is Julianne Hurst-Williams.

Maybe I will get to Switzerland one day. As long as I don't slip on the ledge at Reichenbach Falls!:-)
 
Re: A Railroad Writer in Tucson. by tucsonmike on 20 April 2006 11:42pm
 
Well, I sat with him for two hours. I think he has sort of adopted me. Interesting man. Mr. Palin would be interested in him. Can't get him on here, he doesn't own a computer! Good old fashioned typewriter. I can post his book titles and some of the stuff he is working on.

For those who read the book Tuesdays with Morrie, it is developing into that, though I had never met Mr. Ziel until today.

Some of you wont be pleased. He is trying to get me to help start the Arizona draft movement for Condi Rice. He is very much a Conservative Republican.

 
Re: A Railroad Writer in Tucson. by montyfreak0234 on 21 April 2006 12:24am
 
Oh, thats cool that someone you idolize(d) lives near you. One of the VonTrapps lives nextdoor to my grandmother.
 
Re: A Railroad Writer in Tucson. by irishladette on 21 April 2006 2:12pm
 
hey tucson, thanks for the update! For your interest there is a funicular railway up to the Reichenbach Falls, and yes I did have a go on it! A pretty ancient contraption with wooden seats and rather like a roller coaster except much slower as it used the car coming up as the brake for the one going down. Having walked 9 hours that day in the valley above the Falls, under the Wetterhorn and Wellhorn, I descended to the spot where Moriarty and Holmes had their supposed fight - how they got there I don't know - but the drop was spectacular and was the perfect place to "kill" Holmes until he reappeared again in a later novel!
And Monty, not sure where you live, but yes the hills were alive with music, I know that Sound of music was filmed in Austria, but the scenery of the Alps is a must to see, add it to you list of things to do!!!!
 
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