Railfans, Their Cameras, and Camera Stores

Today we will explore the close relationship between railfans, their cameras, and their favorite camera stores. Nowadays, photography has truly become both easy and democratic, in the sense that most people now carry around with them a cell phone that is capable of taking surprisingly good pictures. You see the results immediately, so there is … Continue reading Railfans, Their Cameras, and Camera Stores

The CTA, the CA&E, and “Political Influence”

Always on the lookout for new sources of information about electric railway history, I recently stumbled on one in an unlikely place- a book about politics. Political Influence by Edward C. Banfield, originally published in 1961 by the Free Press of Glencoe, “examines the structures and dynamics of influence in determining who actually makes the … Continue reading The CTA, the CA&E, and “Political Influence”