The Book is Finished!
That's a bit of an exaggeration, actually. But I have supplied
all the material to the publisher before the contracted deadline.
What happens next is up to them - I'll keep you informed.
This means, of course, that my weekends are now free to start regularly
updating the site again. I've got my summer holiday coming up
soon but things should pick up from mid July. My plans are as
- Add more colour pictures. As well as Birmingham there
will be Trams and Buses (although, sadly, no local trams in their
primrose and cobalt blue livery) and Birmingham Local Stations.
I'll add a little to each category so everyone is happy!
- Vastly expand the Railways section. I'll add more local
pictures first. After that, there will be a few more themed pages
(like the Severn Railway Bridge) that are interesting to research and
fairly easy to put together. In the long run there will be more
pictures from around the country.
- Some photo's from the suburbs of Birmingham. I had to
leave a few out of the book since there just wasn't enough room so
these will appear first.
When I get around to more general railway pictures, I will need some
method of organising them. The common approach elsewhere seems to
be railway company related. I have no desire to try and get
involved in the tangled web of inter-related railway companies!
Instead, I'll be splitting them into general catagories like engines,
sheds, junctions and signals. The benefit of this is that it may
encourage hardened GWR fans to look at LMS pictures and vice versa (and
it's easier for me!). I shall be relying on feedback from rail
fans to help provide useful captions.
I think I've got enough to keep me busy for the next 2 years at
least. Thank you for your patience during the last five
months. It will be rewarded, I can assure you.
17 June 2006