A New ‘Seal of Approval’ for Doc Christmas

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This is the seal for the ’12 Trains of Christmas’ This will be on new editions of the book, and represents the search for and participation of railways, train clubs and other interested parties in the creation of the movie for ‪#‎DocChristmas‬.

If you know of a railway, club, location or anyone that might want to help bring the story to the big screen, send them over to http://www.12trainsofchristmas.com and have them contact us!

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TrainTalk.TV and Doc Christmas Attend Spring ATRRM Conference

Rikki Puz, Steam Engineer, Wins the Railroad Cribbage Board Draw!

Rikki Puz, Steam Engineer, Wins the Railroad Cribbage Board Draw!

A couple of weekends ago I finally got to meet some of the wonderful people who run some of the great railroads whose events we’ve been carrying on TrainTalk.TV for the past 6 years.

The Spring Conference of the Association of Tourist Railroads and Railroad museums was held in Golden Colorado April 14 & 15 and hosted by the Colorado Railroad Museum. The twice yearly ATRRM conferences are a gathering for these organizations to share ideas, stories and successes to help each other keep their railroads rolling along smoothly and safely.

 

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Though a regular feature at the fall conference, this year’s spring conference included vendor tables so TrainTalk and Doc Christmas took one together to discuss the reboot of TrainTalk.TV and to introduce the members to the story of Doc Christmas. I’m happy to say, most people seemed to like the idea of the story and picked up a copy of the book.

 

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Some people couldn’t wait and started reading right away.  I didn’t hear how he liked the ending, but he was well into the story by the time I left on Thursday. I have since heard from several others at the show that have read the story.  They are all positive reviews and I will share some of them with TrainTalk viewers in time.

 

Because of the Supertrain show and other commitments, I was unable to attend any of the other conference events or even meet all the people there.  I’m embarrassed to say I never even made it to the Colorado Railroad Museum for a tour I do hope they will have me back sometime for a tour.

I met some very interesting people at the show, including the winner of our draw, Rikki Puz. A qualified Steam Engineer, Rikki is a incredible lady andI hope we can do a story on her one day soon.  She is also the Youth Coordinator for the ATRRM and probably the perfect role model for young people looking to get involved with Steam Railroading and preservation.

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I was rather disappointed to hear that management at Heritage Park in my home town of Calgary had turned down hosting the fall conference. But, if my fall schedule of Doc Christmas book signing permit, I will attend the larger ATTRM conference in Georgia in November and will be sure to allow time to take in some local attractions for TrainTalk.TV viewers.

 

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iTinkr Studio Shows Off First Film Set for Doc Christmas Film

Doc Christmas took another step forward this week with the construction of a full size replica of the interior of a model train station for the film.

The ‘miniature’ set will be unveiled at Canada’s largest train show –  Supertrain on April 16 and 17 before being used to film parts of the teaser trailer for the feature film.

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“There are a few challenges with Doc Christmas”, said Author / Filmmaker Neil Enock. “There may be a couple of spoilers here, sorry. The story does embody the major theme that ‘Trains deliver Christmas’.  Since there are model trains in the story and part of the story actually takes place on a model train layout, we needed a full size model station to bring it to life.”

The portion that will be shown at Supertrain has been reduced to fit into the allocated space at the show. Train fans, both large and small, are invited to come in and take a selfie of themselves ‘inside’ the model station. Neil will be on hand to sign copies of his book, and may be convinced to pose for a somewhat more interesting photo that syncs well with the story. (you will understand if you watch the attached video).

iTinkr Studios says that it is far too early to have any dates set for the film, but development work is moving ahead in key areas that require outside-the-box thinking. The station model and it’s unique construction methods were the first thing, a worldwide location search is already underway for the ’12 Trains of Christmas’ that are depicted in the story and design work has commenced on what Tinker is calling a Digital Pantograph that will be required to film some of the scenes of the story.

Neil added, “I’m hoping to involve the train community and my readers – not only in the story, but in the journey  of the development of the film. Just look around at any train show at the kids visiting and the people running the displays. These folks bring magic to life every day. I hope they see some of that same magic in the story Doc Christmas and can lend their talents. The whole journey to the book and the movie so far has been a team effort. Even this video… we finished the set one day, woke up the next morning and decided to film a quick commercial for the train show – completely unplanned, but the team brought it together.”

iTinkr and Doc Christmas will be at Supertrain running in Calgary at the Genesis Center April 16 & 17.

Doc Christmas is available at bookstores around North America.  See the dealer finder at Doc Christmas or buy online at the iTinkr online store.

Neil Enock is a Calgary based author / filmmaker and host of TrainTalk.TV. You can reach him through his website at www.neilenock.com.

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What are the 12 Trains of Christmas?

One of the main and wonderful things about Doc Christmas , is that in the story, trains deliver Christmas. That means that all presents, everywhere, (or at least the majority of them), come by train.

The 12 Trains of Christmas has been set up as a place where we can coordinate the search for locations for filming of Doc Christmas and it’s 12(+) train locations. If you know of a place, club or railroad that would be a good fit for one of the 12 trains of Christmas then please let us know and we will contact them and see if they fit the bill.

As a footnote it’s nice to know that there are so many trains in the story that almost anywhere could be one of the 12 trains of Christmas. There is a very real possibility that there can be multiple versions of the film as well – localized if you will.

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