Neil Enock is an author, actor, screenwriter, filmmaker and creator/host of the million+ viewed TrainTalk.TV iTunes podcast. Neil tells original stories in everything he does from his written work to his hand-made cribbage boards. While Trains have been a part-time hobby since he was a boy, in his first Novel, Doc Christmas, Neil gives trains the full-time leading role in making Christmas happen.
When not writing, Neil can be most often found on one side of the camera or the other, filming something around Calgary with some or all of his family in tow.
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The Journey to Doc Christmas:
I joined a model railroad club to get more involved and learned how electronics worked so I could make the trains go and control them properly. I learned logic and planning in train operations to move multiple trains around the single main line. I learned woodworking for benchwork and modeling skills of all sorts to try and make things look just right.
I decided on my own railroad name, took over a space in the basement and set about creating my masterpiece. Unfortunately, not too long after that I became consumed with school, socializing and, well, things other than trains.
Years later my son’s mother moved into a home beside a ‘Live Steam’ railroad association that was just moving into their new location and getting started on their 5 year plan to build their railroad. She thought I should help out because my son seemed to like trains.
I did, and soon afterwards, myself and a couple of others were elected as officers of the club. We completed the majority of the 5 years’ track work in about 1.5 years. (I really dig my teeth in once I get going).
The train did influence me however, and as part of my business, I started making railroad themed cribbage boards. While I was searching for a way to market them, I hit on the idea of a video podcast about trains as a great idea and TrainTalk.TV was born. After over a million views and not a single crib board sale through Traintalk I was thinking I should let the podcast go.
As fate would have it, on my last episode before TrainTalk’s ‘hiatus’, I ran an item about trying out for an AMC Television show called Hell on Wheels, about the building of the Transcontinental railway across the USA. It was being filmed locally and they were looking for background actors.
I did get the part, albeit only in background, but I ended up on the show for 2 years and ended up being the photo double for the star of the show, Anson Mount. I have since become more involved in the film and television industry at several levels.
Most importantly, hanging about with all these creative people again, I gained the confidence to begin to tell the stories that I’ve had inside me all along. While I am currently writing, producing and directing several film projects, it is only fitting that the first literary project that I will do, is all about the magic of Christmas and the magic of trains.
I do hope you like it!