Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Railway WEB Magazine. Some of you may know that I have been the webmaster of the German Railways web site since its inception at the beginning of 1996. Although the site now hosts some American information too, from time to time, its nice to see what is going on in the rest of the world.
Several visitors to the German and North American railway web sites have offered to provide occasional articles, but I am always on the lookout for fresh material. The only criterion for inclusion is that the article must have something to do with railways, real or model, no matter how tenuous. I will happily publish articles on European, Asian, North or South American railways. In particular, I would like to make "Out-n-About" a regular column on "railways in my area". If you would like to write a few paragraphs on what goes on railway-wise near you, or you have a favorite train-watching haunt, please let me know.
Please note the magazine is not a commercial venture. Authors are not paid for articles, nor are visitors charged to read them.
The first issue of the Railway Web Magazine seemed to go down guide well, several people commenting on a nice mix of articles, so it looks like the idea is going to work.
Not as many articles have been forthcoming this month, but those that I have received are, how shall I say, large, so there shouldn't be any real cause for me to complain about "lack of material". However, as usual, I cannot expect just a few people to keep providing all of the material, so (here it comes).
Moritz Gretzschel has come up with a gem of an article this issue, only problem being that I'm not likely to get another like it for a while. So, get your fingers on your keyboards and send in your articles for future issues. Moritz's and John's articles are quite large, but don't feel you have to write pages and pages of information to submit, I'd be just as happy with a few well thought out paragraphs. Think about it, if I only have two articles to publish they may not be of general interest, but if I have six, there is a fair chance that someone will find something of interest in one of them. And don't feel worried if your English is not up to scratch (Moritz thought his wasn't, but I can't find fault with it). If you want, I'll happily "clean up" your words, it is material and ideas which I am looking for.
Firstly my apologies. I had hoped that the Railway Web Magazine would be issued regularly on a monthly basis but that has not been possible for a number of reasons. Firstly my job at work changed and I found myself working flat out for 6 months, and frankly by the time I came home, the last thing I wanted to do was sit in front of a PC. That project is now finished and I am starting to catch up, but it is a slow process. I am actually writing this October issue in mid November, only because I wanted to "reserve" the November issue for the Köln trip, i.e. put it in the correct month. Therefore some of the material I had saved up is going in to a previous issue. OK, perhaps it doesn't make too much sense but what the heck.