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The Quarterly Editor

By Mark Boyd 77-10940                                          Spring 2018   

Mark Boyd.
Mark Boyd, TCQ Editor

e*Train Editor's Note:
We were thrilled when Mark agreed to submit his own story.

As editor of e*Train, we understand both the challenges of projecting TCA members' good work, and the thrill involved in doing it.

The good will and camaraderie make it all worth while, and we salute Mark's years of dedicated service as he continues a proud TCA tradition in an accurate and positive manner.

Becoming the editor of The Train Collectors Quarterly is not something I would have predicted early in my life. I failed my first English class in college. It was my first quarter after graduating from high school. I waited three more years to take that class again during the summer leading into my senior year. I was determined to pass that class as it was a requirement for graduation. I was a music major, but I took many required classes in a variety of subjects over those first three years of college that prepared me for graduation in four years. I worked hard to prepare my first two essays that summer. 

After my second essay, my professor offered me the deal I needed to pass that English requirement. She said I could take a "B" and miss the rest of the classes or continue in the class to earn an "A". Wow, was I surprised.

So, what had happened to change my fortune? I believe I had learned to think in those first three years and became a critical thinker who could express myself in writing. I realized success and it motivated me to continue my study. From there, I received a minor in English, but became a high school music teacher in addition to teaching some 10th grade English classes. I later earned my Master's Degree and my confidence continued to grow as a writer, though I believe I am better at spotting other's deficiencies as in correcting high school English essays and consistencies in editing articles. Being a teacher served me well to become Editor of The Train Collectors Quarterly.

   

I met Bruce and Anna Manson when I joined TCA in 1977. Anna was the Nor-Cal Division Secretary at that time back when applicants needed two signatures for membership and you had to leave the room, so your sponsors could vouch for you to the membership before being voted into membership by the Division. Anna was not a sponsor, but she did sign my application as Division Secretary. Shortly thereafter, Bruce and Anna accepted positions at the new National Toy Train Museum in 1979 and moved to Pennsylvania. We really did not stay in touch very much, but as I attended all the TCA Conventions after becoming the Nor-Cal Division President about ten years later in 1988, we got reacquainted and became friends as Anna remembered me from the late 1970s. Bruce and Anna eventually asked me to write some articles for The Quarterly and our friendship grew over the next decade.

   

In 2005 at the Seattle National Convention, Bruce Manson asked me to consider becoming the Editor of The Train Collectors Quarterly while walking in the parking lot of the Red Lion Hotel south of Seattle. I was shocked. The thought had never even crossed my mind. I was terrified. Did I have any idea of what I was getting into? Little did I know that many pieces were already in place behind the scenes. Bruce had already talked with President Newt Derby and Tom Jaworowski was poised to nominate me to replace Bruce and Anna after their 27 years as Editors of The Quarterly.

I just needed to say yes. I was about  to follow a legend and sensed that I had no clue what I was getting into. Bruce and Anna assured me they would coach me through what I needed to know and help me every step of the way. Our friendship was the strength that I needed to assure me. Now thirteen years later, I enjoy preparing for every issue! I continue to be thankful for Anna Manson's continuing support even through today as a proof reader for all copy before it goes to print.

 

An editor's greatest fear comes just after completing a volume and sending it to the printers. You would think relief, but not so. Now you must start all over again and the worry is whether there will be enough material to fill the next issue. Where will the material come from? I feel very blessed to have appreciative readers and an abundance of material every issue from those readers who are eager to be part of the success of The Quarterly.  I believe readers let you know if they enjoy your product by responding with material for publication. People often comment, "Why don't you do stories on this or that?" My response is always to encourage them to participate by contributing themselves, as I do not invent the stories. The Quarterly is a reader driven publication and it reflects what the readers are interested in. Occasionally I will write a story, but I do not believe The Quarterly is "my magazine," but rather it belongs to the readers, and I think we are all richer to share what we can collectively know.

So how did I become an expert on so much toy train information? Well, I didn't. I let the readers teach me and I have a passion for all toy trains. Friends ask me what gauge I collect. The answer is yes...I collect several gauges.  I am primarily a postwar 0-gauge collector, but I also have a lot of Chicago American Flyer 0-gauge, Gilbert 0 gauge, Lionel prewar 0 gauge, some S gauge, G gauge, and Z gauge…Oh, and one Standard gauge set. My experience over the past 60 years since I experienced my first toy train has been rich with the influence of many great collectors over the years that I wanted to be like. My parents always warned me about "collectors" and maybe that is what inspired me to become one. The sense of history learned from collecting toy trains is wonderful, only superseded by the friendships that I have made over the years.

 

My first trains were given to me as a child in about 1958 by a great uncle. He gave me a prewar Lionel 224 steam engine freight outfit mounted on two 4X6-foot plywood tables and a prewar 531 American Flyer 0 gauge Northern that was broken. My father gave it to an electrical repair fellow who could not fix the engine when I was a teenager, even after six months of patiently waiting. I grew up thinking Flyer was junk that never worked. It wasn't until I joined TCA at 27 years of age that I found three junkier locos to salvage the parts and make it work. It runs fine now, though it is now relegated to a shelf position. I now have a finer appreciation for prewar 0-gauge Flyer trains. I believe I have every Gilbert prewar Flyer piece except for a Flyer 574 0-8-0 loco, which is difficult to find and I refuse to pay the ridiculous prices I have seen for that engine, especially when the wheels are frozen, and I know I won't be able to get it running with all original parts.

My parents bought a 2331 Virginian Trainmaster from our local hobby shop in about 1963. When I first saw it in the window of my hobby shop, Lee's Train Service, it was the grandest locomotive I had ever seen. I rode my bike to the hobby shop to peer into the window repeatedly until the locomotive was not there anymore. Little did I know my parents had phoned the shop and had it put away for me. Many years later I found out that it bothered my father greatly because that Trainmaster was $50 (in 1963), $7 more than it had sold for eight years earlier in 1955. How could a toy train locomotive go up in price over 7 or 8 years as a used engine? I learned early in my life that it was beneficial to be a knowledgeable collector.


(Yes, this is the 2nd time for this picture!)

Perhaps you can tell what my interests are today by the pictures I have included. My roots are in 0-gauge, but I love trains regardless of size. As I recently said to some of my friends, I have now gone over to the "dark side"… I still have my Lionel and Flyer classics, but I run TMCC and Legacy on Atlas track. Today's manufacturers have created a wonderful array of products with capabilities beyond what my dreams could have ever imagined.

Though my passion is for historical trains, most recently I have been acquiring models of trains found in the United Kingdom, the Flying Scotsman by Bassett Lowke, the Mallard by Darstaed, and now a new model coming out in the fall of the Dutchess of Hamilton, all with corridor coaches.

I love toy trains and the friendships it has brought to my life.

Second Decade.
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