What I never understand is what is supposed to be the focus of the NRHS?
1. Railroad history (which I thought)
2. photography and photo specials - i.e. creating made up scenes that never existed in real life and look unbelievably staged
3. Steam railroading only (no diseasels allowed)
4. model trains
Going from the coverage off their site, I see mainly number 2, with some 3 thrown in. although there was a small shred of 1.
As far as the publications - I enjoyed the Conrail one, but the last one (about some RR in the west - I forget which) did not hold my interest enough for more than a passing glance. I wish their publications focused on more national issues - let the chapters focus on more regional topics.
Of course their focus on steam will be the death toll for them. I am 23. Steam is only something that exists on tourist roads - it is as much of a novelty as the cotton candy stand. I'm sorry - but I never got to see mainline steam charging with a heavy freight train. (now there'd be something to recreate) I have more interest in the SD60I I just spent 10 hours in last night. And people my age, slightly older, and younger are all in the same boat as I am in.