Thursday, May 23, 2013

CRM Reviews my Latest Books

Canadian Railway Modeller magazine features a review of my Cross-Canada Compendium and Consist Companion volumes in the Canadian Book Reviews in the latest issue (T19T1):

"If you have an interest in anything and everything VIA, you're not alone - Eric Gagnon shares your passion! This book, along with its follow-up, Consist Companion, is the second and third published by Eric; the first, was reviewed in T18T2 of this magazine.

Cross-Canada Compendium reveals the history of VIA Rail Canada beginning with its conception in 1976 and up to the present day.  Well-illustrated, with period photographs depicting the early equipment from Canadian National and Canadian Pacific that was in service when the stand-alone Canadian passenger rail line was conceived, the book follows the development of both the material and political aspects of the company.  It shows how, in a relatively short time, VIA overcame many obstacles - most of which are discussed in the book under their own separate headings.

The author's research and understanding of how VIA has matured to what it is today stands out in the writing  and additional information such as graphs and tables of information regarding equipment numbers and types.  There is also an array of colour and black & white photographs throughout the book, along with its colour covers.

The 48-page Consist Companion accompanying the Compendium is similar to the author's first book: it is a listing of consists from western, corridor and eastern VIA passenger trains, and includes some pre-VIA and non-VIA trains such as those from Amtrak that ran in Canada, along with the Rocky Mountaineer - all valuable information for those interested in recent passenger operations in Canada."

"Overall, these two new books are very valuable reference guides."

Thanks to Morgan, John and Russell at CRM for reviewing my book.  As a charter subscriber to CRM, I find something interesting in every issue -  among prototype and model topics!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Hi Ho CRO!

Welcome Canadian Railway Observations readers!

Recently, I worked with Will and Nathan at CRO to advertise my three books on VIA Rail on their monthly online newsletter.  To me, it's one of the the best online newsletters out there, and likely the best one on Canadian railways.  It's great to have CRO spreading the word about my books.

If you're on CRO's main page or VIA Rail page, you'll see the eye-catching banner ad, which will take you to this blog for ordering information.  Be sure to check out the blog sidebar links to find out more about my books. Email me with any questions you might have.

If you're at all interested in VIA Rail's interesting history, you won't be disappointed.

Photo on the Prairies...VIA 6420-6453 by VIA engineer Chris Diddy.  Thanks, Chris!