Re: Stauffer books

rwitt_2000 <rmwitt@...>

--- In STMFC@..., Denny Anspach <danspach@...> wrote:

The value in Stauffer's books is in the photos- which in aggregate
are indeed hard to find most anywhere else without a lot of work.

Far too often, Staufer had never a clue as where the border lay
between in-your-face political and social comments, blatant
unsupported opinion on any subjects, and good solid data relating to
the railroad subject at hand- and he made lavish use of this
ignorance. As a result, the writing can be abysmal and/or
stupifyingly shallow, to say the very least- and frustratingly, I
have never thought that he actually ever cared.

That said :-) , I value each and every one of his books, if for the
only reason that there is nothing else out there to substitute- and
the photos are pretty absorbing.

Denny S. Anspach, MD
5603 Lakeshore Drive
Okoboji, IA 51355
I guess the B&O people were a little more lucky as Larry Sagel wrote
the text for the B&O Power book. That said there still were many
errors in the text and captions. Many B&O people contributed and
produced a document with the all the corrections. The B&O Power book
served as a revised version of Sagel's "A Picture History of B&O
Motive Power" which in turn was a compliation of a series of articles
Sagel wrote for the "B&O Magazine".

I often heard the story that Stauffer never revised the books because
he had them all printed at one time stored them in a barn and only had
additional copies bound to replace his stock.

Bob Witt, Indianapolis, Indiana

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