KBTC's Full Focus showcases Northwest railroads

Friday, June 1

Railroads brought people, industry and vitality to the western United States - and such was the case for Washington's "twin-cities" of Chehalis and Centralia. During the late 1800s, trains carrying freight, lumber and passengers abounded and the cities flourished.

Businesses and hotels sprung up around the rail lines, and in 1912, two new train depots were built to help keep up with demand.  Bootlegging, bordellos, presidential stumping and Japanese-American deportation make up part of the life mosaic of these depots. One hundred years later, these train stations are ready for a grand centennial celebration.

This episode of Full Focus explores the history and influence of the Chehalis and Centralia train depots. Watch "Railroad Ties" on Monday, June 4 at 8:30 p.m. on KBTC public television. This broadcast of Full Focus: Railroad Ties is part of KBTC's special fundraising programming, and contributors will be offered tickets to ride the Chehalis-Centralia Railroad. 

KBTC is a service of Bates Technical College in Tacoma. The public television station serves Western Washington with three transmitters and one translator.

By antenna over the air:

KBTC 28.1, 28.2  (Tacoma)
KCKA 15.1, 15.2  (Centralia)
K41KT-D /channel 41  (Grays River-Lebam)
K24IC-D  /channel 24  (Bellingham and North Puget Sound area)  

Cable carriage: 

Comcast channel 12 - Pierce & King Counties  (Channel 3 in Tacoma)
Comcast (HD) channel 108 - Bellingham, North Puget Sound area
Comcast (SD) channel 71 - Bellingham, North Puget Sound area
Click! (SD) channel 3 - Tacoma
Click! (HD) channel 503 - Tacoma
Rainier Connect channel 10
Broadstripe channel 28 (varies by area)
Verizon FiOS channel 28  

Satellite carriage:

Dish channel 28 (may appear as 8620)
DirecTV channel 28 (may appear as 970)