Looking forward, looking back. Reviewing what I've posted here over the last year, I relived the entire process of creating my book. First defining a premise for the book, amassing information, formatting, adding photos, printing, taking and fulfilling orders, book reviews and now the last few copies remaining.
It has truly been a great year. I learned a lot. Creating Trackside with VIA: The First 35 Years helped me organize my passenger train consists. It also allowed me to correspond with and meet many VIA fans and railfans in general. Trying something new is always a challenge, but I like a challenge.
Robert W. Bly wrote, "No one has done exactly what you have, or lived the exact life you have lived. The uniqueness you have as a professional and as a human being brings uniquess to your book, which is what makes it worth reading...(he continues "...which is what it makes it worth reading even though there have been many others on the topic before.") which clearly isn't the case when it comes to the history of VIA Rail.
As 2011 comes to a close, I can reflect on a year of challenges, anticipation, activity and even success. If someone told me a year ago that I would sell 340 copies of this book, I would suggest a visit to a specialist. I'd like to thank everyone who supported this process in any way.
Now it's time to look ahead as I anticipate a new project...