Saturday, September 29, 2018

In Print, In Stock!

I'm pleased to say that not a week goes by that I'm not still talking to someone about my four books on VIA Rail. They're all still in print. No small feat, considering the first was published in 2011!

Moving on to Manitoba and Saskatchewan for my next two books, I'll leave this VIA post here for awhile. 

Somebody's bound to see it!


Saturday, April 21, 2018

New Book Review in CRM!

The March-April 2018 issue of Canadian Railway Modeller magazine arrived this week. It includes a review of Trackside with VIA - Research and Recollections. Though it's been a year since my latest book was released, it takes time for a review to percolate through the writing, editing and publication steps and schedules. 

In a letter-to-the-editor reply, the editor writes, " is amazing that we are still able to put out a print copy magazine."In this day and age of social media. I share his amazement that VIAphiles and rail enthusiasts of all stripes are interested in books printed on actual paper. Well, when you do research, such as paint schemes, refurbishing dates and wraps, it sits quite nicely on the shelf in book form. Ready for when you need it.

To those who may read this review and heed its clarion call to learn more about VIA, I say, "All aboard! En voiture!" and most importantly, welcome aboard.

Thanks to CRM editor Morgan Turney and reviewer Russell Morgan.


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Two by Two...

I'm looking forward to gathering with the ARK! The Associated Railroaders of Kingston, next Tuesday night at Denny's. I'll be speaking on a favourite topic - platform scenes at Kingston's VIA station. My talk will include earlier stations, trips made from the station platform, books on the platform, and of course trains throughout VIA's various eras. 

You just know VIA had to figure in there somewhere.

I'll also be mentioning my upcoming two-volume series of books: Trains and Grains!


Saturday, February 10, 2018

1,215 Copies Sold!

This week I sent the last two remaining copies of the first print run of Trackside with VIA: Research and Recollections east and west, to Montreal and Alberta respectively. Don't worry, my printer will be getting an order for more. Printed locally, I'm always able to keep copies of all four books on VIA Rail in stock.

But with this last sale, I ran the numbers (see left sidebar for each volume's sales) and they total 1,215 copies of these four books that have found their way to store shelves, bookshelves and the hands of eager modellers and VIA Rail enthusiasts. Thank you for your support.

This winter and spring I'm working on a new book project. While it takes a slightly different tack, or track, it still includes VIA Rail and will focus on trainwatching in Canada's railfan capital, Portage la Prairie, MB. The project is called Trains & Grains - a two-volume set due out this spring.

CP Rail Action Red 1409 leads VIA's only roadswitcher, 8558 and CP GP-9 8519 into "Portage" on the Canadian on August 22, 1979. And you are there!