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History is Hard

As I put the finishing touches on my Aptos Station article, it has become abundantly clear that writing history is hard work. People jokes about how sitting in a seat and writing is hardly the same as physical labor, but they are more incomparable than one being harder than the other. After writing this final article, which is sitting at five single-spaced pages, it has become clear that summarizing the entirety of a town’s history… Read More »History is Hard

Unexpected Sequels

Writing history has often unexpected consequences. Sometimes you discover dark secrets and the reasons why they were hidden. Other times you reveal new information that completely changes how humans view something. And often you find out that a single book is just not enough… When I began my blog in 2012, I did not anticipate a book. I was desperately looking for a better-paying job that used my talents and the local train blog I… Read More »Unexpected Sequels

Local Parallelism

When I began researching local railroads, my goals were very simple and geographically isolated: I wanted to write blog posts about the railroad routes that were directly related to me. Since I lived and grew up in Felton, that meant first and foremost the Roaring Camp Railroads line to Santa Cruz. Naturally, this topic would conclude at the Boardwalk. However, I also wanted to investigate the route over the mountains to Los Gatos. I didn’t… Read More »Local Parallelism

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Station Summaries

Welcome to a new series of short articles I’m planning to write regarding the process of writing my next book, Santa Cruz Trains: Railroads of the Santa Cruz Coast. I am hoping to have this book released sometime in mid-2019, so you can look forward to that in the coming future. As I write this new book, I thought it would be a good idea to document my journey through the writing process. I did… Read More »Station Summaries

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Press Release: Second Revision available now + new Addenda content

Second Revision Now Available! Haven’t purchased a copy of Santa Cruz Trains: Railroads of the Santa Cruz Mountains yet? Or do you have a gift to buy for a friend or family member for Christmas? Well, good news: a second revision to the Santa Cruz Trains is now available for purchase from CreateSpace. This version includes around 30 minor corrections and fixes as well as some behind-the-scenes layout reformatting. In addition, a new page has… Read More »Press Release: Second Revision available now + new Addenda content