Last "Last Spike" delivered to Ztrack
- Hello fellow Valeasians,
Sometime yesterday, I don't remember exactly when, I sent my last
"Last Spike" column to our good buddy, Rob Kluz, editor and publisher
of Ztrack Magazine.
True, I had said that I would carry on with the column until the end
of 2008 but, try as I might, there was no more creative energy in me
beyond putting together one last LS. According to my calculations,
the final curtain will come down on my association with Ztrack with
the January-February issue. It is only fitting to end on the 8-year
anniversary of my first article in Ztrack way back in January-February
Rob has told me that I am always welcome to contribute to the
magazine. Rob is a very generous person and I thank him for letting
me share my passion with his readership in print and pictures.
Ztrack has been a good supporter of my ambassadorial efforts as well.
Rob has always been enthusiastic about my European AdventureZ and he
has also chipped in as a sponsor along with Micro-Trains, Marklin and
The Z scene has changed enormously over the last 8 years and I am glad
to have been a small part of the effort to give Z some level of
respectability in model railroading circles. As I look back, I think
that I can safely say that it has been a productive and FUN run.
Z scale will continue to develop, thanks to Micro-Trains, Marklin,
Ztrack, AZL and all of the various entrepreneurs who believe in Z. I
don't think that there will be a lot of money to be made in the Z
market but those who do take part will certainly be living their dreams.
Speaking of dreams, I still have to get my behind in gear and finish
the Master Model Railroader "merit badge". In my youth I was a
gung-ho Boy Scout, even achieving the status of "Queen's Scout", the
Canadian equivalent of "Eagle Scout" in the USA. Boy did I have a
collection of merit badges. I have not lost my competitive drive, I
still want to cover my train room wall with Achievement Program
plaques. I have left room for the final AP award and the MMR. I
guess I have no excuses, time-wise!
I also have a first-place medal for procrastination!!! I keep setting
a deadline and I keep finding excellent reasons to reschedule. My
latest deadline for the MMR is to have it done by the 2009 Hartford,
CT, NMRA National Convention and Train Show. That gives me two years
to complete 6 scratch-built cars and make them good enough to garner
87.5 points in merit judging. Two years may seem long to you but I
see July 2009 racing toward me at high speed!
I plan to photograph my attempts at car building and share whatever
stories there are to tell with you. Hopefully, the journey will be
constructive and enjoyable. Only time will tell.
All the best,
- Hey Jeffrey,My best to you and Marthe.You have been a champion to me and many others in our precious hobby of Z Scale Model Trains.I expect to see you at least one more time ( or two ) because you have a built in magnet for train shows and a bon homme zest for friends.My pleasure to know you.Cordially,Mister Dave----- Original Message -----From: Jeffrey MacHanSent: Wednesday, October 10, 2007 7:59 PMSubject: [VECRR] Last "Last Spike" delivered to Ztrack
As I have mentioned in the past, we are all going to miss the "Last
Spike" in Ztrack. You have a great knack for writing and I am really
going to miss it. I hope you take up Rob's offer and send in a story
or two periodically.
I just went to your web site and visited the library, primarily to
print out all the articles you have written. Even though I have read
them some time ago, it is a real joy and inspiration to read them
again. Really enjoyed your tips on making pine/fir trees. Have a
bunch to make for my small 2' x4' layout. Although it is unsceniced
and no structures are in place, the track is layed and will be
heading for the Boy Scout Merit Badge College this weekend. I still
have to insulate some of the track so that I have block control and
wire up the block control toggle switches, it is close to being
sceniced. I will be making much use out of all your tips, tricks,
and techniques as late fall/winter comes rolling in and the outdoor
work slows (assuming snowfall stays on the light side).
Enjoy your time off but let those creative thoughts keep flowing. We
still want to see and article once in a while.
- Jeff, thank you so much and congrats for all the work
you've done here! I look forward still seeing you
within these lines in the future!
All the best,
- I am sorry to see Jeffrey go. But, I understand fully his decision. It is hard to believe eight years have passed. Jeffrey has been nothing but remarkable in his passion and drive to write and share his stories with the Ztrack readers. For this, we all are very fortunate. The final Last Spike is scheduled for the January/February 2008 issue. The March/April 2008 issue just will not be the same.
Jeffrey is correct, the pages of Ztrack are always open to him. I like to think we are not quite letting him off the hook. LOL!
Jeffrey, thank you. You don't know how much your friendship has meant over this years. I think you very much for helping make Ztrack a better publication.
All my best,
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