Robert Tabern, APRHF Vice President
Robert Tabern currently resides in the Chicagoland area with his wife, Kandace, after calling Illinois, Arkansas, Indiana, and
Wisconsin home over the years. He spent almost two decades working in broadcast journalism, holding various on-air,
behind-the-scenes, and management positions at commercial radio and television stations across the country. Robert now works
full-time in the travel industry, designing new group motorcoach and rail tours. He first became a member of the APRHF following
a visit to La Plata in August 2010 and experiencing the warm hospitality of Silver Rails Country. Between 2012 and 2015,
Robert served as the Chicago Coordinator for the APRHF-sponsored Trails & Rails program that operated on the Southwest Chief
between Chicago and La Plata, Missouri. He became Executive Director of the
APRHF Rail Rangers
program upon its creation in July 2015, and continues to manage the organization's onboard educational efforts on private rail
cars. Robert looks forward to serving all branches of the APRHF during his tenure as Vice-President and hopes to begin boosting
Kandace Tabern, APRHF Secretary
Kandace Tabern currently resides in the Chicagoland area with her husband, Robert, after calling California, Arkansas, and
Wisconsin home in the past. Kandace spent most of her career working as a registered pharmacy technician, but now enjoys
managing the many aspects of
Outside the Rails,
a company featuring nearly one dozen railroad route guidebooks written by Kandace and Robert. She became a member of the APRHF
in 2012, while taking on the role of Assistant Chicago Coordinator of the APRHF-sponsored Trails & Rails program that operated
on the Southwest Chief between Chicago and La Plata, Missouri. Kandace became Chicago Coordinator of the
APRHF Rail Rangers
program upon its creation in July 2015, and continues to work hard to promote this important outreach branch of the APRHF.
She is especially proud of the Junior Rail Rangers program, which she co-developed to help children and teens appreciate their
experience on private rail cars. As part of her Secretary duties, Kandace looks forward to managing membership renewals.
Amy Cox, APRHF Treasurer
Amy is the manager of the
APRHF Silver Rails Event Center in La Plata, MO.
She is also the main help to keep things going in La Plata. She now handles the money and the books within the organization.
Sr. Coordinating Producer and Lead Host,
APRHF Let's Talk Trains Radio Talk Show, 2008-Present,
Nathan has a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Sports Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi,
in Hattiesburg, Miss. He has been involved with the Let's Talk Trains Show since 2003, as a regular calller, and in 2008
after the death of the show's founder/host, Richard Hamilton, was one of the people to decide to keep the show going.
Nathan was named the Sr. Coordinating Producer and Lead Host of LTT in 2013. The show has grown from an average of 1000
listens per month, to an average of 2500-3000 listens per month. Nathan is a Charter Member of the APRHF and represent
the APRHF at different events including National Train Day, at Chicago Union Station and recently, the inaugural run of
N&W 611 on May 30th. Nathan has been and continues to be a long-time supporter of railroad history especially passenger
Jason Haxton Museum Director at A.T. Still University
since 2001, Kirksville, Missouri.
Truman State University Administrator.
Jason Haxton has worked on several projects with the
Smithsonian Institute Museums,
served as a researcher/benefactor with the state capitol of Missouri, and a lecturer with
Missouri's Arts Council.
He is a member of several local historical groups.
Jason Haxton facilitates exhibits that have served almost 3-million visitors across the USA
and travels frequently overseas with exhibits to Germany, Russia, Australia, Canada, and England.
He has received federal grants for curriculum development for schools across the nation,
and for preservation & protection of artifacts.
President, Southwest Rail Passenger Association,
Co-Chair and Organizer of the annual
California Passenger Rail Summit since 2014,
Executive VP of Rail Passenger Association of California & Nevada
A California State Representative (Members of the Council of Representatives) of the National Association of Rail Passengers