Everybody says "Happy New Year" this time of year. Well, let's start 2017's Trackside Treasure posts off on a happy note. In past posts, we've had the Company Photographer captioning some classic era publicity photos returning again a few months later then one year later for a third post, and even some early VIA LRC publicity photos! VIA puts a photo or two each week on their Facebook page, including Discount Tuesdays. No captions. Each photo is just a springboard for passengers to complain to VIA. My train was 5 minutes late! WiFi didn't work! VIA fares are too expensive! First-world problems, people! LET'S MAKE IT HAPPY, PEOPLE!
Trackside Treasure reader Mark Perry sent along personalized Happy New Year greetings. At Dauphin:
as did Ray Farand:
My one-and-only New Year's resolution is to bring forth a newly-created book! This one will be called Trackside with VIA: Research and Recollections. As the title suggests, this will be chock-full of some digging into VIA's past - plus some personal observations and reflections on VIA from on board and from trackside. You can expect a high degree of 'retro' but also updating from my previous books (the last was 2012, after all - come one!) for the VIAphiles of today. As part of my resolution, I pledge photos, a colour section, and good value. This is one resolution I plan to keep! The timeline is a bit elastic, but I'm aiming for spring, when hope (and new books) spring eternal!