RE: "The Mayor"
Thanks to all for the good wishes. It is fun to share thoughts, even when we may disagree, about a common theme. Although we are a widely diverse group in many ways, the common bond seems to help bring us together here on the boards. When I first came onto AOL a decade back there were message boards there that fostered this type of communication. Somehow a small group of about a dozen to twenty folks kinda gravitated together and shared thoughts about a lot of things. Over the years that group has faded out entirely, but I have great memories of visiting with some folks in Atlanta(Fat Matt's Rib Shack), and being visited in SoCal by others.
OC- We had planned to attend the B & O Show in the Museum this Spring, and were disappointed then the weather destroyed so much of our rail heritage with that storm. There are literally thousands of "Train Freaks" in the country, enjoying that hobby in many forms- Photography, Model RR, Roadtrips, etc. We met folks from most of the European Countries, Japan, Australia and New Zealand all of whom came to the USA to photograph the historic rail spots Like Cajon and Tehachapi. There is a "Rail-cam" set up at Tehachapi now that puts a foto of every passing train onto the net, so folks can watch them even if they can't journey to SoCal. Several towns have Train-Viewing Parks overlooking rail-lines.(Rochelle, Illinois comes to mind) It is a fun 'sport'