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About Bill Phoenix

Bill Phoenix is an avid amateur trombonist and nuclear engineer whose career began at Idaho National Laboratory and took him throughout the United States and England, starting up commercial nuclear power plants. He and his wife, Kathie, returned to their roots in southeastern Idaho in 2003.


One thing people quickly learn about me is that I have “railroad blood.” My fascination with trains has been lifelong. When I was a toddler, my father Chilton Phoenix, a World War II vet, was studying law at Stanford University.

One day I wandered away from the student housing where my folks were living. Soon after, the search party my mother organized found me a few blocks away, in diapers, with my little red wagon, waving to a commuter train. Dad had once taken me there to see trains and wave at the engineer, so I knew the way. Continue reading

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