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Re: PC: Re: PC Roster

Hi--yes, he would have to round up all the slides and such again, or, better yet, go more for color ones and less for the B&W this go around. While 13-D doesn't require a whole lot of imagination, the color pics would sure help in seeing the best way to weather model locos for PC--I don't think just hosing them with Grimy Black really qualifies. Doing one of these books can really be quite a project. One prominent and prolific author I know has been working on a BN Color Guide for over 3 years. I'd love to see one for the SCL, but that is a different list to bug people on. Keep hope (for the PC) alive!

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------Original Message------
From: Jerry Jordak <jer -AT- smellycat.com>
To: penn-central -AT- smellycat.com
Sent: January 22, 2001 3:19:18 AM GMT
Subject: Re: PC: Re: PC Roster

Patrick wrote:
> I told him about the sky-high prices on the PC Power books on eBay (one
> is now up to $71) and suggested that there was a market for a revised
> second edition. He talked about how difficult it is to create a second > edition of such a work, and that offering second editions could hurt
> the sales of releases because folks might decide to wait for later
> printings. Both valid points, and I have to agree with him. 

How about instead of a revised second edition he just reprint the
original version? Three reasons for this: a) I don't know how much you
could change the original...just about all the data you'd ever need was
in it, b) the poor saps paying $71 on eBay would probably rather pay $45
or $50 for a brand new copy, revised or not, and c) it would be a lot
easier for Mr. Yanosey and Company to reprint. (I'm assuming on the
last point--I don't know if they would need to get back all of the 
original slides and prints that were in the original book, or if there's
some "master" sitting around that they can print off again. My ignorance
of the publishing world is showing here.)

> While I am all for capitalism, free markets, etc., it kills me to pay
> well above market for books such as PC power just because I was not in
> the hobby when it came out.

All I can say is that I'm thankful for what had to have been good
foresight was I was in high school and shelled out $45 plus S&H to
order my copy of _Penn Central Power_. To me, at the time, that was a
rather large sum of money, but I'm glad I bought it when I did.


Jerry W. Jordak                   It's not the trains that amaze me--
mailto:jer@smellycat.com          it's the fish heads.
http://prozac.cwru.edu/jer/                       -- Mark Bailey
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