Sunday, February 19, 2017

What's in this book?

As I prepare the material for my fourth book Research and Collections for my graphic designer, I have a list to share with you of just what's in this book. If it fits. If I have more room, I'll add more.

Trips aboard VIA to Vancouver, Calgary, Portage la Prairie, Winnipeg, Prince Rupert, Ottawa, Quebec City from 1980-2017
Business Class
Kingston platform sights and sounds
Trains to Churchill
Swapping sleepers at Winnipeg
Canadian consists at two locations
Vice-Regal Car Trips
More Rescue trains
IC3 Flexliners in VIA service
Working the Canadian
Modelling VIA
F-unit Paint Transition Data
Discovered Consists
2011-2017 Update and Consists
Refurbished LRC cars
F40 Wraps
F40 Rebuild dates
Locomotive Roster
Car roster
10-page colour section
180+ photos supporting the text and data.

As always, I need my books to be data-packed, photo-filled, interesting to read and good value for the money. This one will be.

Coming April 2017

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Contributor Profiles #2, 3, and 4

No time for lengthy blogging about this. Too busy. Doesn't mean I'm not incredibly proud of the contributor team who will be adding so much GOOD STUFF to this book.

  • Tim Hayman
  • 'Diesel' Don McQueen
  • Mark Perry
and previously announced:
  • Mark Sampson
Great to have all aboard!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Contributor Profile #1

I thought I'd do some biographical sketches of the contributor team for my upcoming fourth book on VIA Rail: Trackside with VIA: Research and Recollections. Each of my books has been graced with a great team of generous contributors. This one is no different.

But as soon as I started penning each profile, I figured anyone reading this would want to know more about just what the contributors were contributing. All this takes time and my time right now is being devoted to tying everything up with a big blue & yellow ribbon. So, in the interest of brevity, I'll just leave you with a name for the first contributor.

That name is...
Mark Sampson.


Sunday, February 5, 2017

Caption, my Caption

175 Photos! The good news is, I've chosen and grouped the photos for Trackside with VIA - Research and Recollections. The bad news is, now I have to write captions for them! Newsy captions. Content-filled captions. Correct captions. Accurate captions. Not-guessing captions. Not that it's not fun. It is.

Side question - how many dozen F40 and P42 nose photos can one possibly look at. Answer - not too many. Variety is the spice of life and the same is true of VIA photos. I call it VIAriety. Well over 100 are from the F-LRC-Turbo era. The remainder from the F40-P42 era.

And I'm expecting a vital addition from a valued contributor. A keystone of sorts.


Ditch-liqht-equipped Super Connie at Saskatoon in 1979. D J Gagnon photo

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Photos Matching Text

With LRC
Photos matching text
Lots of fun

Haiku above! The blogging is suffering a bit as I immerse myself in the book creation process. Text pieces and spreadsheets of data are 99% complete. Storyboards started. Now scanning, editing and matching photos to each piece. 

The feeling of anticipation is palpable. Much as the arrival of a Skyline in Toronto for the Rapido product launch at Exporail must have been (photo).


Saturday, January 14, 2017

Why a Book?

Commenting on his book The Revenge of Analog - Real Things and Why They Matter, author David Sax said that writing a book was "a terrible business idea. But you do it because you have an idea you want to solidify into something." Something more than a social media post. Having just received a finished copy of his book, which he cradled affectionately, he said, "I can literally rub my hand over my name. That's worth however many g**d*** years I put into this thing!"

Now that sounds like a book I'd like to read!


Saturday, January 7, 2017

This Bud's for You. This Book's for Me.

Is it self-serving and indulgent to say that this fourth book is for me? Yes. Because it's really for you. My first book: Trackside with VIA: The First 35 Years (above) compiled and organized all my 2,700+ VIA consists garnered trackside from 1976-2011. My second book: Trackside with VIA: Cross-Canada Compendium (below) is what others asked for. More of a national focus, more text, more photos, more colour - and it got so big it spawned my third book, the Consist Companion.
Yet this pending book's for me. It is VIA history, operations, consists, photos, data and text that matters to me. That interests you. That I want to share. It can still be national, text, photo, colour and all those good things. Yet it still explores those niche areas of VIA that no-one else writes about. That no-one else experienced and if they did, they didn't share it very widely. Who else would publish this material? And where else would you find it?

It's research. It's recollection. It's review. It's remembered.

It's for me. And it's for you. And it's coming down the track.
And I can't wait.