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Old & Weary Department
December 18, 2014

We canít help but notice how many fellas dilly-dally when it comes time to renew their RTR subscription. For the last ten years we have opened the mail, entered the subscription, gritted our teeth, and sent out the current magazine via first class mail. These days, it just costs too much.

The 80 page magazines are too heavy to send out first class mail at the discounted subscription price. So, subscriptions will start with the next issue mailed from the printer. If you miss an issue or two and then renew, your make-up copies will be sold as Back Issues at $22 each postpaid.

Time to renew your subscription? Call us and get it done BEFORE RTR V9 Nos. 3&4 GOES TO THE PRINTER! After the magazine ships to the printer your window of opportunity closes.

If you don't know when your expiration date is--ask us and we'll look it up. So drop a dime, call (815) 538-3060 (10am-7pm Chicago time) and get your subscription renewed! You can use your Visa or MasterCard

Increased International Shipping Rates
April 15, 2013

Due to recent postage increases, we have been forced to increase the cost of shipping magazines out-of-country. Please note price increases for Remember the Rock international subscriptions. Please contact us directly for all other international orders. It is regretful, that we've been forced to do this, but necessary to cover those costs. -- Customer Support

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Features Lessons Learned by Borden Black. The story starts in 2006 with the purchase of a railcar on Ebay. Six years later, the car christened Dearing, left Charlotte with 14 passengers on AAPRCO's Chattanooga Limited. AAPRCO's Executive Director Borden Black McGahee has penned a first-hand account of their first trip. Beautifully illustrated with interior photos of the Dearing. Should be read by anyone contemplating the purchase of a railcar.

An enDearing History by Nelson McGahee. The complete illustrated account of the life and times of the Thompson. Built by Pullman as a 12-1 sleeper and immediately put into service of the Great Northern's Empire Builder, the author traces every move of the car until purchase and conversion to a private railcar. The pictures are worth the cost of the magazine! Includes How I got the GaRR emblem that hangs on the dining room wall, a good story with a happy ending.

The Color of Music by Adam Auxier. There are trains, and then there are trains. Let's say named passenger trains rate a distinction; after all, just having a "name" sets them apart from their freight-laden cousins. Special excursion trains rate an asterisk, as do convention specials, but where do we list a train that carries musicians, art, and when it is standing still, becomes a stage? You decide. A richly illustrated account of the Station-to-Station tour that rolled across America in 2013.

Wishing Upon a California Star by Lovett Smith. An enlightening account of the frustrations and joys of PV railroading by one of PRIVATE VARNISH's most prolific authors. This nicely illustrated essay follows the 12,604-mile journey of the NYC No. 3 Portland from the East Coast to West Coast and back.

Obs Car by Steve Esposito. Editor Steve reviews "Lincoln's Funeral Train" by Robert M. Reed.

Railroad Enthusiasts and Amtrak by Steve Esposito. A couple hours spent waiting at Chicago's Union Station nets Editor Steve an opportunity to see Amtrak's police department at work

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Private Varnish, Volume 34 #2 - 141
Cake, Candles and Clear Signals by Paul Newtson tells of a four-day outing with family and friends, his birthday celebration, and National Train Day participation were just some of the highlights of this Florida expedition. Join author Paul Newtson as they travel in style aboard the Georgia 300 and the Hollywood Beach from Jacksonville to Miami Beach via Tampa.

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Dining Car Flatware Usage by Rudy Morgenfruh. Notable Pullman-car aficionado and historian Rudy Morgenfruh details the use of flatware aboard Pullman cars in the golden era of railroad travel. Lots of silverware photos with appropriate Pullman Company forms are featured in this article along with two sidebars. Sidebar 1: The Great Treasure Trove by Rudy Morgenfruh. You will delight in Rudy's tale of an adventure with Peter Tilp that netted them more Pullman inventory than they could carry. Sidebar 2: Doomed Diners, From china to plastic trays: a love-hate relationship by Karl Zimmerman. The transition from all freshly cooked meals, restaurant style, to airline-style cardboard is outlined in this wonderful article that originally appeared in November 1981.

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