A friend alerted me to this discussion... I'm not even sure I want to venture over to the NHRTHA site to read what mess they've gotten into over there.
I'll say this. I was once a member of the NRHHTA (perhaps the youngest, at 30?) and a great many people were available to help me with my research and provide materials as I requested them. Very helpful folks, I could not have completed my book project without them.
At the same time, I felt unwelcome, and eventually I decided not to renew. So, who's fault is that? Well, mine. No one asked me to leave... I left of my own accord as I felt I had contributed all I could to the cause and that my energies could be better spent elsewhere. I'm not sure I'm ready to lay blame at the feet of NHRTHA. If you go to your friend's party, and you don't have a good time, is it always the fault of the host?
Perhaps there are some at NHRTHA who have an agenda to only discuss events as they happened up to 11:59pm, December 31, 1968. Perhaps there are those who are only interested in producing accurate models. Perhaps there are those only interested in publishing. Whatever is going on over there, it appears there is a perceived hostility coming from somewhere, and no matter your opinion, you'll accidentally bump up against one of the many agendas and get on someone's bad side. Maybe that's why I felt I didn't fit in, I couldn't figure out where to set up camp without causing a disruption in The Force.
I am very grateful to the folks who take their time to share their knowledge with our website, and I hope to encourage others to share here as well. Also, please check our New England Railfan Form, as we have an active bunch over there who post regular updates from the Naugatuck Railroad, the Valley Railroad, and other former New Haven properties still in operation.
My only agenda is the sharing of bona fide information and the advancement of the preservation movement wherever possible.
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