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Premiering its first episode in 1990, Tracks Ahead has aired nearly 125 shows, highlighting thousands of miles of tracks from all corners of the globe. Hundreds of visits to model train layouts in personal basements and garages, dozens of stops at museums, historically significant rail sites and train attractions and countless interviews with interesting, talented, artistic and visionary railroad experts. Tracks Ahead is a favorite among train enthusiasts because it gives rail fanatics a chance to visit exotic rail destinations they may only read or dream about. Tracks Ahead presents the best of steam locomotives, railroad stories, model trains, scenic rail journeys and art. It also appeals to the staunch "railheads" as the program also features the technical aspect of trains and layouts. Hosted by Spencer Christian, the Milwaukee PBS series is broadcast on more than 200 PBS stations across the country.

Kevin F. Pulz

In 2012, Pulz was named Senior Producer of Tracks Ahead. Since joining Milwaukee PBS in 1988, his credits have included producing and/or directing popular series such as Garden Paths, Great Lakes Gardener, Wisconsin Paw and Beak, Interchange, Smith and Company, Business of Wisconsin as well as numerous specials and documentaries.

Pulz also serves as Program Coordinator for Television Instruction at the Milwaukee Area Technical College and has been the Executive Producer for student-produced programming on Milwaukee PBS since 2006.

David Baule

Over 25 years ago, David Baule co-created Tracks Ahead and he has served as a producer on the series ever since. To recognize the quarter-century that Baule has brought Tracks Ahead to train fans episode after episode, season 9 features Baule's favorite segments from throughout the series' history. The Classic Trax segment is woven through each new episode and takes long-time viewers and new rail fans on trips to ride trains from Argentina to Japan, and visit legendary personalities, incredible layouts, and inspiring train stories.

 

Chuck Zehner

The originator of the Tracks Ahead concept was the late Charles E. (Chuck) Zehner, Jr. He was always interested in trains and was a fixture of the "rail" fan community in Milwaukee for many years. Although he had little experience in television and, in fact, worked on Tracks Ahead at night after his full-time job, Chuck and his partner on the series, Producer David Baule, made an effective team. Baule brought his television skills and Zehner brought his story ideas. "We're a regular Barnum and Bailey," Zehner once said. 
 
Chuck Zehner died in December 2000. But his vision of bringing the excitement of railroading to a vast audience lives on in each episode of Tracks Ahead.

Contributing Producers/Directors

Mark Bergner
MATC e-Production Instructor and Milwaukee PBS Director
 
Liddie Collins-Siegrist
Current Producer of Milwaukee PBS' Black Nouveau
 
Raul Galvan
Milwaukee PBS Executive Producer and Manager of Program Production 
 
Dan Jones
Milwaukee PBS Producer/Host
 
Lois Maurer
Producer of Milwaukee PBSAround the Corner with John McGivern
 
Glenn Riley
MATC Television Instructor and Current Director of Milwaukee PBS' ¡Adelante!

Freelance Producers

Tess Gallun
Shireen Ghalib
Brooke Maroldi
Morgan Smith-Kauphusman
Sitora Takanaev