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Update on 1/24/2019

As I mentioned on the Home Page, yes, I'm finally getting around to re-creating this website in a mobile-friendly format.  Now that I've sold my web design company and have retired, I will have some extra time on my hands.

Why did I retire?  In a word, burnout.  In another word, my health.  In early 2018, I was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. The outlook isn't good - it's a fatal condition with no cure other than a lung transplant.  I'm taking medications that are supposed to slow down the progression of the fibrosis (scar tissue building up in my lungs) and I hope it will give me a few more years.  Under "normal" circumstances, "they" say that life expectancy after diagnosis is about 5 years.  Mileage may vary.

I have met with the doctors at the lung transplant center in Phoenix, Arizona, and, while I have a long ways to go before I need to start thinking about a transplant, it is now necessary for my wife and I to travel from Oregon to Arizona every six months until I am eventually placed on a transplant list.  Once that happens, we will have to stay in the Phoenix area for the duration, until a compatible donor lung(s) become available and for a year after the transplant.  Then we will once again revert to traveling for checkups every six months from then until I draw my last breath.

Anyway, please be patient during this changeover process... enjoy what you see and come back soon and re-visit from time to time to check out the latest changes and updates!  I don't have a lot of energy anymore (I'm now 62 and the IPF has already started taking its toll on my body and emotional well-being, so I'm not going to be in any rush).

What will take me the longest to do will be to caption every image and give locations where the images were taken.

 

What can you expect to see here?

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.

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 admittedly 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, expect 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.

While I still have most of the original photographs and slides and could take the time to rescan them at larger resolutions, I honestly just don't feel like all my time and effort is worth it anymore, especially when all I get out of it is the pleasure of sharing this history with people and the occasional email of thanks for bringing back memories of a certain place and time. But hey, it will give me something to do, right?

Very Truly Yours,

Craig Bass
Klamath Falls, Oregon
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