Presenter - Kevin Phalon
Topic - Documentary films "The Eternal Space” and “Part of the Job”
Kevin Phalon is the current Sergeant-at-Arms and a URHS delegate for the Tri-State Railway Historical Society. Outside of the railroad preservation, Phalon vigorously pursues his career in television production, working freelance production jobs and producing documentary and promotional films. His presentation will be two parts, each consisting of a screening and discussion of two very different railroad documentaries:
"The Eternal Space: Rebuilding Penn Station on Stage" - In 1910, the Pennsylvania Railroad opened the biggest and greatest train station in the world to the people of New York. In the 1960s, in what is considered to be the greatest act of civic vandalism in the city's history, that building was torn down to make room for the new Madison Square Garden arena. Now, 50 years later, a dedicated creative team has brought the original Penn Station back to life on stage at New York's Theater Row. This short documentary will show what it took to recreate one of the largest public spaces in the world on stage in a one-of-a-kind two-man play.
"Part of the Job" - For the seemingly innocuous jobs of railroad conductor and engineer, there is an unspoken horror that these employees face every day. Dozens of pedestrian fatalities happen every year, but for the engineers and conductors who see them occur, it is an intensely personal and traumatic experience. This documentary interviews railroad employees and experts to learn about the untold story of what it is like for engineers and conductors who experience this risk every day.
Join Phalon and Tri-State in this exclusive viewing of these two new films. As always, attendance is free, and all are welcome!