Will this ever be The Rebirth of Craig's Railroad Pages?
Well, now that I've had to retire and closed my business, I might finally get around to rebuilding this old website and replacing it with a new, mobile friendly one. It will be a 'work in progress,' if you will. However, due to my health, it may not ever get completed. I will do what I can. Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis takes a lot out of a person. And I'm only in the initial phases of it.
Within this website you may eventually see many photographs I have taken and some artwork I have created of railroad subjects in the western United States of America from the 1970's through the present, as well as a little prose and other writings about things railroad.
But when you get right down to where the wheel meets the railhead, part of me asks,"why bother?"
Most of the photos were taken over 30-40 years ago. That in itself is a good thing for those wanting to see what things were like "back in the day," but I lacked photographic skill back then. Also, factoring in that the 35mm 3.5" x 5" prints of the era were scanned to digital format before Y2K and therefore sized at about 600px x 400px or 640 x 427 for the lower resolution monitors of the era, there's really nothing much to see for the most part except low quality small size photographs taken by a then-enthusiastic rail fan of whatever happened to be rolling in the area he was in at the time.
So I may decide to leave out the old pics and only feature those photos from the near past that are better quality and scanned at a larger resolution.
Sure, I still have most of the original photographs and slides and could take the time to rescan them at larger resolutions, but that will take time and effort and I just don't feel like all my time and effort is worth it anymore, especially when all I get out of it is the occasional email of thanks for bringing back memories of a certain place and time. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the accolades, I really do, but they don't go very far in helping to fund my retirement (and upcoming medical bills).
What do YOU think,, dear visitor? If you've been here before when the site had its old format, you have already seen pretty much everything. Do YOU want me to put in the time and effort to do what it takes to finish this new version of an old website? Should I dump the old small pics and only include decent newer photos?
Now, I'm not standing here holding a cardboard sign saying "Anything Helps God Bless," because frankly on the list of things important to my life right now, this website isn't ranking all that high. But if you would be willing to toss a few bucks my way via PayPal to help fund this project (and offset some of my upcoming medical bills), let me know. I'll even start a list of donors and add your name to it!
Railroad subjects represented by my photography within this website may eventually include:
- McCloud Railway
- Modoc Northern Railroad
- Oregon California & Eastern
- Portland Traction Company
- Santa Fe
- Southern Pacific
- Union Pacific
- Virginia & Truckee
- Wichita Tillman & Jackson
- Yreka Western
• And more: Depots, structures, museums and other railroady subjects
In the meantime, here's a free puzzle for you to play to bide the time: