Where we have been and where we are going, to e*Train …. and beyond!
By Carol R. McGinnis, TCA 95-41066 Winter 2016
With the Winter 2016 edition, Carol has undertaken the role of e*Train editor. You may also view her request for authors here.
I am really excited about 2016 and the movement I feel among young and old to share their knowledge and experience with these little toy trains. I owe a big thanks to Bob Mintz, who single handedly edited, published, promoted, authored, and did so much more to make e*Train what it is today. His guidance and wit have carried this publication to the masses, and it is anticipated that this effort will continue.
I see the e*Train as a link to the X and Millennial Generations and then beyond, to those who are now growing up with the Internet. In the meantime, TCA will promote and encourage the GI, Silent, X and Baby Boomer Generations. As a Baby Boomer myself, I have seen the impact of the internet, the World Wide Web, and a computer on many people. These “things” can be seen as a fancy typewriter with super powers to those of us who have been around the block for a while. We can be intimidated, and some of those around us can be put off.
In the meantime, our children and grandchildren are growing up in a much different world. It is one where information is available with the click of a mouse, where pictures and text are readily available, but where learning can still take place at the kitchen table, now with a computer and an internet connection.
With that in mind, TCA can provide vital, historical, background, and contemporary information on a wide selection of subjects and venues. Authors come from within the ranks of TCA, and also come from venues of interest like the Whippany Railway Museum and the B&O Railroad Museum. Searching these archives of TCA will be a continuing source of historically accurate information moving forward.
Moving forward I see e*Train as TCA’s format moving into the next era. Thank you for your past contributions and for your future support.
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Pictures seen above: Some of Carol’s favorites: A Brittains circus set, PrideLines Toonerville Trolley, and an MTH Pittsburgh PCC.