Friday, January 29, 2021
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
I am excited to announce the presale for my new book - Guide to Signals & Interlockings , now listed at Kalmbach Media: https://kalmbachhobbystore.com/product/book/12824
This book is the culmination of 2 years of effort from a variety of contributors and reviewers, as well as the art and editorial team at Kalmbach. Writing the text and assembling the photos was a major part of evenings and weekends for me through much of the chaos of 2020 and in many ways was a bright silver lining to a difficult year. Special thanks are due to many: Eric White, Lisa Schroeder, Hal Miller and Carl Swanson at Kalmbach, Tony Koester, Jerry Dziedzic, Mark Hemphill, Dave Barraza, Joe Relation, Rich Wisneski, Jack Trabachino, Bill Darnaby, Nick Anshant, J. Alex Lang, to name a few. The greatest thanks are due to my wife Kristen and my kids Susie, Teddy, Pete, who had to deal with a lot of nights of me being distracted and preoccupied! I am grateful for all the support of each of these people.
In a small reminder of life going on, it is listed with a shipping date of March 8, 2021. March 8 is the birthday of my late sister who would have turned 43 this year, and who without question would have been thrilled with this. She wasn't a train person, by any means, but she was a family person that would have been very excited for her big brother. It's something worth reflecting on.
It is still surreal to see the cover for sale online, at a site I have admired for years. I am really pleased at how nicely the Kalmbach team made this look, and am very excited to see it in print! I am hopeful it will help readers understand railroad signaling more, and that it will inspire beginners and advanced modelers alike to work and include signals where prototypical on their railroads. It is an exciting time in the hobby and I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute at this level.
Wednesday, January 13, 2021
This coming Saturday, January 16, we will again be doing live operations with remote operators on the Onondaga Cutoff. Just click on https://www.facebook.com/onondagacutoff/ on Saturday night at 9.
This time, we will follow a popular request to film with the lights down to simulate night time. While that reduces visibility, it does add a different mystique to the sessions, and so we will take a chance and see how it goes! I think we can all use a break from the political frustrations and selfish chaos we see too often in the news. There is no better way to do that than to spend time trackside with friends.
If you miss the live event, the video will still be stored and available for you going forward on the OC Facebook Page.
Hope to 'see' you there!