Monthly Archives: August 2016

Jim & Debbie McKimmey

“We started volunteering in September, 2014. Jim grew up riding trains in west Texas, and has always loved them.  He was interested in volunteering somewhere, but didn’t realize there was an opportunity in this area until he met Bert [Dockall]. … Continue reading

Steve Barry

“When I was in college, I had the opportunity to hire on with Amtrak in the Northeast Corridor. I figured it was good pay and decent work while finishing school. On my very first day, after a round trip to … Continue reading

John Phalen

“My career goal was to work for the Nickel Plate [Railroad]; however, when I graduated college the Norfolk Western had taken over the Nickel Plate and railroads were in decline.  The Austin Steam Train Association [ASTA] has allowed me to achieve … Continue reading

Linda McDonough

“One morning I was getting ready for work. KUT was on the radio, and I heard a spot that showcased ASTA. I had been thinking about volunteering somewhere, and that ad caught my interest. I emailed the volunteer coordinator, went … Continue reading

Maurice Beckham

While health issues have kept Maurice Beckham away from the trains for a while, ASTA volunteers and passengers alike share years of vivid memories of the railroad’s No. 1 ambassador of good cheer to our riders. Whether he was crafting … Continue reading

The Mehalic Family

Matt started volunteering on the train in 2012.  Growing up in Western Pennsylvania, his family’s home was 20 yards from the main line between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. This along with owning model trains as a child has always sparked an … Continue reading

Charlie DeWeese

“Saturday mornings are always entertaining with Charlie! His quick wit and knowledge of the train make him an invaluable member of the ASTA Family!” Diane Ducote, Ticket Agent In 2011, Charlie joined ASTA as an Office Support volunteer after he … Continue reading