Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Now what?

And now for something completely different...If you're a fan of Monty Python's Flying Circus, you'll remember this phrase, often used on that classic television programme to indicate the advent of a new sketch.

I've tossed around the idea of a new project in the last couple of posts here.  A huge question mark looms...what is that something that's completely different?  In other words, what more is there to say about VIA Rail Canada that hasn't already been said?  Well quite a bit actually, I would suspect. 

As other VIAphiles know, there's a lot of interest in VIA, its trains, its evolution and its relatively short history, in large part due to Rapido Trains' ongoing releases of VIA equipment.  There were some very interesting trains on CN and CP tracks over the past 35 years, with blue and yellow painted on them somewhere...VIA trains.

Trackside with VIA - The First 35 Years includes nearly all of my VIA observations since 1976, but ultimately there's more to say.  Much more.  So naturally I'm open to suggestions.  If you were able to pull a book off the shelf and read about some aspect of VIA that was previously not available, what would that be on those pages?

Now that familiar word, that always heralds a new journey...


  1. Being a south of the border Via fan who spent many years in Toronto and still travel back quite frequently,I must say i have enjoyed your book and its wealth of information on consists. Thanks Eric.
    A L Pettet

  2. Good to hear from you, Alan, and thanks for your kind comments. As a VIA fan myself, the key thing was to produce a book that includes information that's handy for reference.

  3. Personally, I'm hoping for a book on Portage La Prairie and it's railroads (Hint Hint).

    But I will gladly go for another VIA book as well.


  4. Ian, I have to award you an A+ for persistence. Don't worry, I haven't forgotten about Portage.

    In the immediate future, it's just a matter of finding out what's currently not available about VIA, and the very limited published material on VIA leaves lots of room for more.

    Thanks for your comment,