What do you notice about these two pictures? What do they have in common? What makes them different? (This sounds like back-to-school time, doesn't it?) Well, they're at about the same location - the timetable west end of Winnipeg Union Station. Brian Schuff took both photos. The Hotel Fort Garry looms over the nose of each locomotive. Decades show how VIA has changed, from a standardized paint scheme to cool wraps, in this case exhorting Quebecers to donate a few more 'piastres' to the provincial government and maybe find the golden egg (Quebec provincial election tonight, politicos! Tune in to SRC or CBC for the results!)
These photos also show how far this second book on VIA Rail has progressed. Over the last year-and-a-half, it's gone from scribbled notes to completed computer files, nearly ready for the printer. Photos have been sourced, selected, scanned, formatted and fully captioned. I've received many, many messages of support, interest and offers of assistance that are altogether quite overwhelming. Thanks to all! Going with the school theme, this is what I did on my summer vacation.
Who said MLW's didn't make it to Winnipeg. Duh, steaming!
I expect to have some more very good news, very shortly.
My first book is now available at four new locations:
-Canadian Express Line, Brighton ON
-The Right Track, Bracebridge ON
-Doug's Trains, London ON
-Flying Yankee Enterprises, Littleton NH, USA
Thanks to these retailers for stocking my book.