The Atlas model railroad forums this week included a message from a modeller who was planning a trip across Canada, looking for both lineside information and something to read while aboard. Meanwhile, on the viasig Yahoo!group, a group member was wondering what VIA Rail books were currently available.
In both cases, I humbly suggested Trackside with VIA: The First 35 Years. Turns out the modeller had already planned on taking a copy of my book on his cross-Canada journey, and has booked a bedroom in the Park car near the dome and the morning muffins. And the book list compiler soon had suggestions for half a dozen VIA-related books from me.
While train trips can include reading a good book, a newspaper, or dozing (depending on length of the trip), there's nothing like reading something railway-related. For my next trip on VIA I have some Trains and Railfan & Railroad magazines saved up to read, accompanied by a hot coffee or a cool Sleeman's (depending on the time of day).