The Frog is finally pleased and able to announce that The Port Huron & Detroit Railroad and Connections in Color 1982-1984 is officially in print and available via Laughing Frog Images and the Laughing Frog Images CreateSpace estore!
This book has been in the making for over 30 years – at least in my mind! Way back on the last day of the PH&D in December of 1984, the notion that I would be able to scan my PH&D slides at 5000dpi, use software to help compensate for shooting in bad lighting and for my primitive abilities with Kodachrome 64, and self-publish a book was beyond imagination.
This project started out with the intention of being a fine-art book, with a hard cover and printed on high-gloss paper. As the project grew, so did the price. While my intentions were noble, it became apparent that I might not purchase my own book because it was so expensive! So, the project went on hiatus while I searched for a new publishing option.
The passing of the PH&D didn’t get much notice. Keep in mind that this was back in the days without the internet, without message boards, without email, and cell phones. So, in a way, this story has never been told. Telling the story in a way that is accessible to anyone is important to me. And the research continued.
I finally found a publisher that offered a way to tell the story in color and at a price that most everyone could afford. Granted, I had to give up the hard cover and high-gloss paper – it’s a soft cover book on trade paper (and the photo reproduction challenges that go with it), but the story could finally be told. Naturally, the project that I’d started was in a format that was not compatible with CreateSpace, so I had to start all over again.
And here we are on April 18.
After more digital proofs than I care to think about, and several physical proofs, it’s finally “real”. I have learned a new appreciation for editors and proof readers, as every time I reviewed a proof, I found something else. I have now either found everything, or looked at the book so much that I’m blind to any remaining errors. Somehow, I know when I receive my print copy, something is going to jump out at me…
For the people of the PH&D that I got to know from 1982 to 1984, those still with us, and those who have passed, I am pleased to share with you The Port Huron & Detroit Railroad and Connections in Color from 1982 to 1984.