I have always enjoyed travel by train. Often on my trips I have taken photographs, and this book is a review of some of the best trips and photographs I have taken over the years.
Fortunately, I grew up before steam locomotives had gone, and a love of steam has stayed with me my whole life. I was too young or too far away to photograph the end of steam in the United States, but this book does contain pictures of some of the tourist trains or special excursions that were steam powered that in later years I was able to enjoy.
There are photographs of Amtrak trips to Florida and California, railroading in Minnesota, California, and Colorado and an emphasis on Maine where I spend my summers. The back door of my cottage at Moosehead Lake is just 20 yards from the former Canadian Pacific right of way.
Why "Casual Railfan"? I fear this book will disappoint the dedicated railfan, as I have never been interested in the details: how many engines of a type produced, when, how they were numbered, and so on, all important minutiae of the serious fan - although, if you look closely, you might find a detail or two.
Just enjoy the photos.
Lieberdavid is a retired high school mathematics teacher with a life long interest in photography. A birthday gift of a Kodak Brownie from a sister got him started. Later he switched to 35mm and took pictures at school and of trains, another interest. Eventually he upgraded to the Leica system. The color enlargements turned out better than he had thought possible with 35mm. He has used Leica film cameras, single lens reflex or rangefinder models, and lenses exclusively for more than 30 years. Photographs of family and friends are of course usual subjects, but much of the material of his photography comes from travel experiences and a continuing interest in railroading. Favorite subjects are Maine, Thailand, and trains. Lieberdavid lives in Thailand for most of the year but spends summers at his Moosehead Lake home in Maine.
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