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Guys, some success I think.  Here's the link to the pdf version of today's WSJ piece.  A couple of great layouts and train rooms.  I sort of feel like a piker next to some of these fellows.  But they did quote me a lot, plugged "All Aboard!", as well as my train "club," the Railroad Museum of Long Island, some of whom, such as Lenny Joerg and Francis Amendola, helped on the layout. 

It's strange, the print version today has a few different pix (in addition to IDing me as "Ed" Hollander (oh, well) than the first electronic edition yesterday afternoon, and now the PDF has slightly diff pix again.  Too bad, this PDF version is lacking an overall view of the train room which is pretty grand. 

Hope you enjoy,

ron

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I had a copy of his book for years, I can read it over and over again.  I also had a book that followed some boys building a Lionel layout that becomes a club.  Dates from the 1950, and was supported by Lionel as its their trains that are pictured in it.  The cover has a huge image of a 2343 on it with a 675/2025 crossing over it on a high bridge on the back cover.  That is probably what drives my love of the Santa Fe F3's even though I am a PRR modeler by heart.    AD

Ron, this WSJ article and your participation in it, like your marvelous book, All Aboard (which I've enjoyed reading several times), is a great contribution to the promotion of our hobby. That is a very good thing for numerous important reasons. One such reason is that there are people out there (not yet in the hobby), especially during these difficult times, who could benefit from doing something as fun, joyful, interesting and engrossing as model railroading. Arnold

Arnold, thanks for your continued kind words about All Aboard!, and glad you enjoyed the WSJ.  However, regrettably, I’m not as sanguine as you about the future of the hobby.  It was very historical period based, and I fear we from that time are literally disappearing.  Those who are still here are thinking do I want to leave my kids all this mess, convert to cash now (lots of luck), downsize, consolidate, etc. So I fear we’re the last of the Mohicans.  Meanwhile, enjoy your trains, but I fear the Titanic is going down. 
sorry to be so glum

ron

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