Love/Hate Relationship

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Posted by Firelock76 on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 5:39 PM

Oh yeah, "String Lining" over on the "Trains" Forum.  It's gone from the original subject to 100% Canadian content!  Which I'm getting a big kick out of, by the way.

I'm learning a lot!

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Posted by MidlandMike on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 9:40 PM


What is wrong with continuing to discuss the Rutland on this thread?


Out of respect for the OP, starting a new thread for a changing topic would be good etiquette.  Also identifying topic titles appropriatly respects the time of viewers who migh be interested in Santa Fe but not Rutland, or vice versa.

I appreciate that you have taken the time to separate your different trolley threads on this forum and clearly labeled each ones subject.

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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, November 01, 2017 4:38 AM

Canadian coverage has been largely neglected by Trains over the years and Mexico is almost non-existant.  A pity.

Subject changing is still the democratic way of expressing people's Freedom of Speech and works for me on Classic Trains blog sites with no problem.  Take it away and what would we have left except Donald's tweets but that's another story altogether and thank goodness won't be found at Classic Trains!  

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Posted by Overmod on Wednesday, November 01, 2017 9:04 AM

Out of respect for the OP, starting a new thread for a changing topic would be good etiquette.

And not just for viewers at the time; it becomes difficult to find content without search if the thread title gives you no clue what the thread actually contains.  That is why topic evolution is different from actual thread drift...

Of course there are also situations where democratic community response shows little effective respect for the OP.  The time-honored convention on the Trains Magazine forum for this was to start a discussion of the various joys and characteristics of root beer.  Seeing that was a bit like seeing the water pitcher brought out at a Parisian party.  Note that this is not 'jamming' free speech or interfering with the OP's rights.

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Posted by daveklepper on Wednesday, November 01, 2017 9:15 AM

Trains used to have a disproportionat amount of coverage of Canadian material when steam was lingering longer than in the USA, N&W excepted.  And we loved it.  But look, now Canada has only two major railroads, and the USA has seven, because the two Canadians are also USA.  Than there is comparitive populations.  I don't think any of us have any prejudices one-way or the other on USA and Canadian content, what ever is interesting is interesting.  Mexico suffers because of the language difference and the complete or almost complete elimination of long distance passenger service.

Of course, personally I am intersted in railroads everwhere.  And I am happy to read about new metros and light rail lines in Iran (mostly in Trams and Urban Transit of the British Light Railway Transort Association), notwithstanding what that country's leaders say and do.


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