Listener Request From Josh

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I received this email from Josh Gilbert who writes to us from Clarksville, Tennessee.

Hello Ron, I love the podcast and never miss a show. I do know that you have a lot of links on your main page. Can you take a moment and explain the ones that are important and what they do? Also, what is the difference between an HTTPS address and HTTP? – Josh

Very happy to do this. I thought this would be better as a blog than on the show so that you can follow the links to see what they are for yourself. First, let me say that at the bottom of every blog post and the show notes are most of the important links. Also, there really are only two locations for the show. The main website and then the blog page. Most of the links are shared between the two. The one exception is the archive page which is hosted by archive.org. 

Here are the important ones:

http://ronsamazingstories.com – The podcast is hosted by Liberated Syndication (Libsyn). They do all of the work of distributing the show. From here it goes to places like iHeartRadio, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher Radio, Spotify and many other locations including YouTube. There is a simple blog page, but that is most of the show’s material is at the second site.

https://ronsamazingstories.blog – This is the site where all of your comments, stories and informational material originates. When you send me a comment or submit a story you are taken to this location. Also, each week I repost the show notes here (Libsyn automagically does that for me too – BTW). This is the true location of Ron’s Amazing Stories. Also, it is the only place where you can subscribe by using your email address.

https://archive.org/details/archived-RAS-episodes – This address simply is the archive of the first 100 shows. I have donated these episodes to the public domain.

As for the difference between HTTP and HTTPS?  HTTP stands for HyperText Transfer Protocol. It is the underlying procedures used by the World Wide Web. It defines how messages are formatted, and what actions your browser should take in response to various commands. The “S” on the end simply means that the site is secured. You will note that the Libsyn site is not secured. That is because it would cost me cash to secure it. Since there is nothing at the site that requires your input securing it is redundant and is enforced at the blog site. 

Well Josh. I hope this answers your question.

-Ron

This Week’s Podcast: On the podcast this week Sylvia Shults is back with what I am calling a Ghost Stories With Sylvia Extra! This time we have double the stories and double the emails from you! You can listen to this podcast on Thursday at Ron’s Amazing Stories, download it from Apple Podcasts, stream it on Stitcher Radio or on the mobile version of Spotify. Do you prefer the radio? We are heard every Thursday at 10:00 pm and Sunday Night at 11:00 PM (EST) on AMFM247.COM. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link

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The Toil Bridge Revisited

Last week on the podcast we had an epic listener story called, The Toil Bridge Train sent in by Alexander Short. Podcast friend and monthly co-host Sylvia Shults not only loved the story but knew it quite well. She is currently writing a new book that includes the complete story of that ill-fated train and includes the ghostly encounters that followed. She also informed me that that bridge was called The Tay Bridge not Toil and it really happened on December 28th, 1879. Which matches perfectly with Alex’s dream or time slip encounter. Following is an article I found on The Courier – UK division that ties up the tale with a bow. 

The Diver - The Train from the Tay Bridge Disaster 1879Forgotten Tale of the Tay Bridge Disaster Engine 
by Graeme Strachan (June 27, 2015)

An unusual fact about the Tay Bridge Disaster is that the locomotive once again crossed the Tay before it was withdrawn in 1919. Engine 224 was a spare in Dundee when it was called out to work a mail train to Burntisland on December 28, 1879, after the regular engine from Ladybank failed. The southbound crossing went without issue but disaster struck on the return journey which was due to arrive at Dundee a little before 7.30pm. Shortly after 7.13pm, the Tay Bridge collapsed but driver David Mitchell and ‘stoker’ John Marshall had no warning of the impending disaster. The original crossing had been the longest railway bridge in the world but during the storm, the wind was said to have blown the iron girders in the central section away “like matchwood”. Fifty-nine people are known to have died, although there was confusion over the numbers killed as many bodies were not discovered for months.

The locomotive, North British Railway (NBR) 224 built by Thomas Wheatley at Cowlairs Works, survived the disaster. Despite the fall, the locomotive had been protected by the bridge girders which formed a cage around the train as they fell together. In April 1880, an attempt to recover it failed when the chains broke and two days later a second attempt also failed because the salvage equipment broke after the locomotive had been brought to the surface.

One week later, it was recovered and stood on the bank of the Tay until it was sent to Cowlairs on its own wheels for repairs, after which it was returned to traffic. The first person to drive the Diver was Robert Marshall whose brother, John, 24, had been the fireman on that fateful night.

A new double-track bridge was designed by William Henry Barlow and built by William Arrol & Co, 18 meters upstream of, and parallel to, the original bridge. The foundation stone was laid on July 6, 1883, and the second bridge opened on June 20, 1887, and remains in use.

Train drivers became reluctant to take the train across the new Tay Bridge believing it to be unlucky or a bad omen. However, on the 29th anniversary of the disaster, the engine was used to serve the exact same route as it had that fateful night making the crossing to Dundee across the new Tay Bridge. The Diver was in service until 1919.

This Week’s Podcast: On the podcast this week Sylvia Shults is back for more ghost story fun. We also have two more of your stories and a brand new Not So Important Times In History. You can listen to this podcast on Thursday at Ron’s Amazing Stories, download it from Apple Podcasts, stream it on Stitcher Radio, or on the mobile version of Spotify. Do you prefer the radio? We are heard every Thursday at 10:00 pm and Sunday Night at 11:00 PM (EST) on AMFM247.COM. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link

Ron’s Amazing Stories is produced and hosted by Ronald Hood:
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Blog Page: https://ronsamazingstories.blog/
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An Update on Ron!

Get Well Soon!I received this email from Jeff Owen from parts unknown. He posted it to the blog site.

Ron, I’m very sorry you had to spend time in the hospital, but I’m glad you’re back and I wish you a speedy recovery. Thanks for all that you do. I love your podcast! Jeff

I have received quite a few get well cards, notes, emails, and even a loaf of bread from folks and I can’t thank everyone enough for it. People like Sylvia, Rich, @MackCares777, Mark, Tony, and Michelle have all made this past week bearable knowing that I am not alone in this. My home church chimed in with help above and beyond anything I could imagine. Thank you, Pastor Ted and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. I also need to thank my family for calling every day to cheer me up and to tell me that everything was going to be okay.  So thank you, Mom, Jim, JoAnne, and Bobbe

I think last week was one of the toughest I have faced in a long time. I did have my followup appointment with my doctor yesterday and for the most part, the news was all good. We have a solid plan for recovery and I am already feeling better.  So there you have the update on me.

-Ron

This Week’s Podcast: There will be a new podcast this week. On the show, we have emails from you guys. Also a story about bigfoot talking on Mount Rainier, and much more. You can listen to this podcast on Thursday at Ron’s Amazing Stories, download it from Apple Podcasts, stream it on Stitcher Radio, or on the mobile version of Spotify. Do you prefer the radio? We are heard every Thursday at 10:00 pm and Sunday Night at 11:00 PM (EST) on AMFM247.COM. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link

Ron’s Amazing Stories is produced and hosted by Ronald Hood:
Email: ronsamazingstories@gmail.com
Blog Page: https://ronsamazingstories.blog/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ronsamazingstories/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RASpodcast

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No Work Today, I have a Bug!

No Work TodayI know that I said in the past that there would be no more replays, but this week we have a replay. You see I got to spend a night in the emergency room and that has left me pretty down. The recovery is going slowly, but there is a plan in place. The good news is that this has nothing to with COVID 19. So, no worries there. I plan to be back in the recording studio next week, but if not I hope you will understand.

The replay I have decided on is probably my favorite show from last year. It is the 400th episode that features Jim Harold as co-host and we talk about UFOs. Jim and I listen to four amazing tales which include Oh My Orbs, UFO, Close Encounter, and My Seventh Summer (Sent in by my brother!). All stories were sent in by you. In fact, we have nothing but your stories in this one. I hope that you will enjoy it.  

-Ron

This Week’s Podcast: You can listen to this podcast on Thursday at Ron’s Amazing Stories, download it from Apple Podcasts, stream it on Stitcher Radio, or on the mobile version of Spotify. Do you prefer the radio? We are heard every Thursday at 10:00 pm and Sunday Night at 11:00 PM (EST) on AMFM247.COM. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link

Ron’s Amazing Stories is produced and hosted by Ronald Hood:
Email: ronsamazingstories@gmail.com
Blog Page: https://ronsamazingstories.blog/
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/RASpodcast

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New RAS Family Member!

KNPL LogoWe have some exciting news. I am happy to say a hearty welcome to the RAS family. KPNL out of Portland, Oregon has added us to their station’s Sunday line up.

KPNL stands for K-Paranormal. They are a Digital Broadcasting Station that plays jazz, blues and folk music with a paranormal theme or has supernatural ties. Monday through Friday beginning at 5pm PST you can hear your favorite podcasts late into the night. On Saturdays, KPNL hosts a beard and mustache lifestyle podcast from The Talking Beards. And on Sundays, you will hear your favorite Old Time Radio broadcasts.  KPNL has special immersive broadcast nights that can only be heard on their website. You can find out more about them and listen to their content by heading to their home website.

Welcome to the RAS family KPNL.

-Ron

This Week’s Podcast:

You can listen to this podcast on Thursday at Ron’s Amazing Stories, download it from Apple Podcasts, stream it on Stitcher Radio or on the mobile version of Spotify. Do you prefer the radio? We are heard every Thursday at 10:00 pm and Sunday Night at 11:00 PM (EST) on AMFM247.COM. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link

Ron’s Amazing Stories is produced and hosted by Ronald Hood:
Email: ronsamazingstories@gmail.com
Blog Page: https://ronsamazingstories.blog/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ronsamazingstories/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RASpodcast

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