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Pacific lie' S
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T his seems to be the year fo r the mentioning of topics more than once in a short period of time. Last month we suggested that our need for p hotographs of the American Freedom Train was larger than the sup p l y - and so it remains, by the way, for although there is good coverage of the train in this issue we h a ve about used up our supply, again, and have no views of the 4449 i n storage at Birmingham yet we do have readers hoping to see such a scene in four simple words, it's not our fault! Yes, as admitted in the June issue, we have been a bit late with the past issues of 1976, but not as late as many subscribers are being led to believe. We've not missed a single issue in 177 consecutive months and have no intention of doing so now; and to settle a question that has come up many times lately, the M ay issue was the latest in reaching the post office but somehow from the early ind ications the June issue is breaking all of the records for late d e l i very. Once it reaches the post office, there's little we can d o to help s peed the magazine along that is not being done already. New sorting methods went to work with the M a y issue and should have helped it. Instead of rushing the June issue along, however, it a p pears that across San Francisco Bay from here subscribers never had a chance. F rom everywhere between Vallejo to the north and F remont to the south, and east to Tracy, the post office managed to delay the magazine for weeks. Our circulation depa rtment informs me that renewals from across the continent - even from across the international boundary - were being received in return from the June issue

No. 177
JULY, 1976 VOLUME 16 NO. 7

KARL

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KOENIG



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TOM GRAY ..... '.' ..... PRODUCTION STAFF HAROLD C. KOENIG . .. . . . . EDITORIAL STAFF JOHN PARSON ........... EDITORIAL STAFF D.S.RICHTER ........... : EDITORIAL STAFF GARY VI ELBAUM ......... STAFF LIBRARIAN
Kenneth M. Ardinger George R. Cockle
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PACIFIC NEWS-and t his

Edward M. Berntsen ...................... Contributing Staff
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month the subject of the magazine's del ivery comes u p once more. In

Doug E. Cummings Tom Eikerenkolter . Robert L. Hogan .. Don Jewell Ken Meeker Joe McMillan . .

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Peter J. Replinger ........................ Contributing Staff Virgil C. Staft"...
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F. Hoi Wagner, Jr ......................... Contribultng Staff

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Copyright 1976

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

THOSE WESTERN BICENTENNIALS ..................... 4 STEAMING IN THE WEST WITH THE4449 CANADA'S MIGRATING INTERURBANS. SANTA FE'S NEW BARSTOW YARD TODAY'S TRONA RAILWAY.... CAMERA CAR PHOTO SECTION ... BURLINGTON NORTHERN NEWS.
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Bay. The problem, however, seems to, hopefully, have been somewhat of a one-time s ituation that should not occur again. As for our own tardiness, the march back to on-time performance is already being made. This issue will be in the mails on an earlier date than was June, and June, as mentioned, was earlier than M ay. That orderly return to on-time publication is itself on schedule. We are f1attered, by the way, with the f100d of calls and letters received shortly after not let you down. No doubt some eagle-eye will remember a long-ago comment in this column that it is written fa irly early each month and now be wondering how so many comments on a June issue could be made so early in the following month. Simple. This June issue is more than half done as this is being written and there's a resulting note on the dead l ine chart that page 3 is overdue. That's why there's only a quiet office, an occasional passing freight train on the Southern Pacific - the radio reports that Extra 4450, t hat upgraded passenger-equi p ped S D9E, i s about ready to leave Bayshore Yard fo r San Jose - and me. This is a Saturday, but when the magazine is late weekends often give up a .bit of their time in favor of getting back on schedule. T here's a B i Centennial story to tell, a visit to the Trona R a i lway to make, Santa Fe's new Barstow Yard to study, migrating Canad ian interurbans to learn about, and an eastbound Southern Pacific freight to photogra p h .

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value your admiration for the magazine and faith in its delivery. We will

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highball from the caboose. I t's all on the main line now at B risbane and it will be here in about fourteen minutes. Bye. -Karl R . Koenig
C OV ER : California Western's eastbound Super Skunk with Baldwin BiCentennial SS on the point 3 (Henry W. Brueckman) miles west of Willits, California June 1 4.

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