Category Archives: Record Breakers

Historic Rail Line Opens in Santa Cruz

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This week we are in Santa Cruz aboard Iowa Pacific for a ride on the newly re-opened 32-mile Branch Rail Line in Santa Cruz County.

This is the most recent train to rumble through the central coast but certainly not the first. Today we’re going to learn a bit about local railroad history, from Sandy Lydon.

We’ll also meet, Richard Hatfield, a different kind of engineer - one who’s battery powered motorcycle has set new world record; Jill Alexander, a Santa Cruz woman who is the only U.S. designer to be invited to U. K. Fashion Week and Laura Stachel, a local doctor saving lives around the world with her solar power plant … that fits into a suitcase.

America’s Cup Winner, John Kostecki Prepares to Defend Title in San Francisco Bay

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Professional sailor and America’s Cup winner John Kostecki has been a force in his sport for the past thirty years. Raised near Marin and a master of the tricky San Francisco Bay waters, Kostecki is a former Olympic sailor who captured a silver medal in the Soiling Class at the 1988 Games in South Korea. A former Rolex Yachtsman of the Year, Kostecki was part of the crew aboard Oracle that defeated the Swiss boat Alinghi to recapture the America’s Cup in 2008. The victory marked the first time the oldest trophy in American history has returned to these shores in 15 years. Kostecki is currently the Tactician for Team USA Oracle, as this country prepares to defend the America’s Cup in San Francisco Bay.

Spy for a Day-a Look at Antique Spy Gear

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This week we are at History where we'll take a look at San Jose’s famous Electric Tower, just one of the many amazing things you’ll discover walking around grounds here.

The tower we'll show you is a replica of the original, which was built in 1881 to ‘light up’ the downtown area. It was hailed as the ‘Seventh Wonder of the West’. Legend has it that the designer of the Eiffel Tower visited San José’s Electric Light Tower when he was looking for ideas.

In this episode, we’re going on a journey back in time to take a look at early spy gear. We’ll see all kinds of technology used by spies throughout history.

We’ll also meet an energetic pair of paddle-pounding Olympians from Milpitas;
a NASA scientist who is re-inventing the way we do planetary exploration and one of the youngest female engineers to fire up a steam engine!

You can watch the show on KQED Plus on April 17 at 7pm.
Episode 503

Melani Clark, One of Very Few Women to Run a Railroad.

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Melani Clark is the CEO of Roaring Camp Railroads in Felton, California. One of the just a few women in the country running a rail line.
Founded by her father, Norman Clark, Roaring Camp is 180 acre historic, old western theme park. Complete with several 100 year old steam engines.
And Clark is not just the railroad's CEO, she also takes her turn in the cab as a fireman. A job she started at just 19. At the time, she was one of the youngest female fireman in the country.