I no longer subscribe to Trains; a reduced budget due to economic conditons makes the reginal Railpace a better source of news, and the historical society publications make more enlightening reading. I do have back isuues as far back as my birth year of 1949, and a complete set 1963-1996, which are a great reference, and a reminder of a very special group of people that produced most of them.
But I saw a copy of the 70th year issue last night, and was favorably impressed. To me, it represents an excellent starting point in a field of interest which has both grown and touches on a number of related subjects. A new reader is encouraged to explore in other directions, and it sometimes provides answers which are obvious to those of us who have been around for years, but are not always immediately recognized by a layman. The complexity is delibrately demonstrated to whet the reader's interest.
I thonk it''s appropriate, somehow, that this new approach appeared at "threescore and ten". Those of us whove been around for a while tend to forget that the number of Americans with firsthand knowledge of both regular-sevice steam power and private passenger operation is a dwindling rapidly; ditto for towers and train orders. Nothing in this society is static, but the railroad represents such a basic application of the rules of both technology and economics that it is likely to be around in some form, and stirring peoples' curiosity, for a very long time,
What a revoltin' development this is! (William Bendix)