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MY TRAVELS WITH WOODIE, by W.C. Greene, D. Ericson, and H. X. Kephart
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MY TRAVELS WITH WOODIE, by W.C. Greene, D. Ericson, and Herb Kephart is one of those books than are just hard to categorize, but a fun read. This book recounts the model railroad and railfan adventures on several trips made by the intrepid trio of authors. Greene and Ericson were (and maybe still are) CIA field agents, and their activities brought them to several corners of the world. Kephart, a retired billionaire, tagged along and took the photos.

At $39.95 a copy, the book is a real bargain with several stories and photos not found anywhere else.  For example, Ericson’s recounting of an operating session on the Vatican’s O scale Schweizerische Nationalbahn, SNB (or Swiss National Railroad) was fascinating to see and learn about, and Ericson’s recounting of Bishop Bartolomé de las Casas’ attempts at dispatching the multiple passenger trains and the hilarity that ensued kept me up reading all night.  Other surprises abound, for example, very few people knew that Kim Jong-il was a model railroader? Yet, the book has a whole chapter describing the large C scale (C scale being North Korea’s designation for Communist scale, what we in the West call OO scale) Santa Fe-themed 4,000 square foot layout, with excellent photos by Kephart. There are bittersweet moments in the book, too. Although it was a joy to see photos and the authors’ descriptions of the three original 1880s South Park Mason Bogies that are temporarily stored at Area 51 in Nevada, it was sad to hear that the lack of space in the Smithsonian has prevented them from being put on public display.

Well, as you can tell, I am enthused by this book, and recommend you all get your own copy!

Keith

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Not to forget the chapter about Mr. J. Page, the pioneer in pressurizing basements in order to eliminate those supporting columns. Their being in the way always forced the modeler to install unnecessary sharp curves.



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Thank you Keith. I might mention that when buying this new work, you will AUTOMATICALLY recieve membership in the NMRA-National Monkey Railroad Assn. and become a MMR-Monkey Model Railroader which title you may use to astound and confuse other modelers.

BTW-no personal checks accepted, just debit card numbers and pin numbers...and that little 3 digit number on the back of the card. Happy railroading and see ya'll in Fiji.

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Keith

Thank you for my Andy Warhol ''`Moment  of Fame''

(I think)

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Traves with Woodie. Humpf!. Title has some unexpected possibilities... Jose.



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I sent money for 10 copies to your paypal account.



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Presumably this must be a review of Volume 2 by Keith as I already have a copy of Vol 1 which I have used for many years to prop up my 3 legged workbench - about the best use I could find for it.

Regards,                     Michael

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Hi Michael.

Yes you're right; volume 2 it is.

Volume 3 is underway already, so I hear.

' Picturesque Railroad Building Meth-Labs Of The South West '

Sure to be a 'must have' for railfans...
...and law enforcement agencies alike !

Preorder NOW, is my advice !

Si.



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Woodie,
I'd be happy to volunteer as the main photographer for volume four.
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Kieth,

Here's a list of contributing authors you'll need to include:

Jack Daniels
Samuel Adams
Adolph Coors
Adolphus Busch
Willie Nelson (if you catch my drift)

All four were integral in the making of this book and deserve their rightful recognition, as I'm sure Woodie, Herb, and Ericson will attest.

Don't forget the tale where W.C. Greene and Ericson valiantly defended a Russian railroad invasion in Alaska.
The USSR can keep our Decapods, we have Pacifics and Challengers!

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