Saturday, June 16, 2018

It's Been 2 Weeks...and 30 Years!

The 2 weeks? Since Trains & Grains was launched. Copies are on their way to Niagara Falls, Guelph, Regina, Winnipeg, Carberry, Carstairs, Calgary, Lethbridge, Barrie and several right here in Kingston!

My rather modest sales goal has been eclipsed. Ten copies? Try thirty with more orders on the way!

The 30 years? Since the baseball-jersey that started it all was launched. My brother aired out his blue & white (my 'matching' one was green & white and gone to T-shirt heaven) which he still has. (See top photo by D.J. Gagnon).

Trains and Grains....who knew that those three rhyming-words would come back in vogue over three decades later? Oh, and just FYI...the Trains books are keeping pace nicely with the Grains books. That means that there is just as much interest in grain-hauling trains as there is in grain-holding elevators.

Thanks very much for your interest, support, and book orders so far!
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Sunday, June 10, 2018

The Five W's of Trains & Grains

Blog partner John Longhurst just published an interview he kindly conducted with me recently. John's interview post gives the prospective Trains & Grains reader more information on the what, why, when, who and whatever else one might be wondering about. 

Thanks to John for sharing the good news about Trains & Grains. I should mention that John models both grain trains and grain elevators on his HO scale layout which is often the subject of his blog posts!

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Trains & Grains Now Available!

The books have arrived! To order, see sidebar at left. I usually ship within two business days of receiving your order. I'd like to thank everyone who contributed, commented or supported this Trains & Grains project in any way!

Sample pages! Volume 1: Data, text, observations and photos. Portage la Prairie 1976 to 1986! Click for larger versions of each sample page.

Sample pages! Volume 2: Photos and text. Grain elevators 1976 to 1986! Click for larger versions of each sample page!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Background is Green!

The background is green. That means the books have been prepared, published and printed.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Roll the Presses!

It was seven months ago when I officially launched this book project. Now I'm proud to tell you that both books are with the printer. Preparing for the launch!

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Monday, April 30, 2018

The Numbers Game, and, You'll Be The First to Know

I've been a little too cryptic lately in these update posts. Two questions to stress right now:
  • How large a print run?
  • How will you know it's done?
I'll guess at the first bullet point. I'll include contributor complimentary copies and expressions of interest in Volume 1 - TRAINS and Volume 2 - GRAINS. There will be no formal expressions-of-interest from me. No pre-booking. No pre-publication. I've predicted 10 copies and I'll be thinking hard about that number.

For the second bullet point: I spoke to my graphic designer on the weekend. Volume 1 is just about done, and Volume 2 is 50% done. And yes, faithful reader, you'll know when they're ready. Between rolling the presses and availability, there'll be final pricing, marketing and getting ready to fill orders.

I am still promising Spring 2018 availability!
Seems do-able.
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