"The Meteor", TRRA H&TS Publication No. 75

Discussion in 'Passenger Operations' started by meteor910, Nov 12, 2015.

  1. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    I was outside doing some yard work just a bit ago today, and I noticed the US Mail delivery van go by. As I walked out to the mailbox a bit later, I seemed to hear a familiar sound from my memory of long ago - the sound of two "Racehorse" E8's arriving at the Rolla, Mo depot with Frisco #9, The Meteor, on time at 8:24pm. Yes!, the long-awaited TRRA H&TS publication on the Frisco's flagship passenger train has arrived!

    I haven't read a word of it yet, just flipped through the pages. Excellent! Nice job Larry Thomas!

    Those of you who are not TRRA H&TS members (why not?), or who have not yet ordered a copy of this issue, get on your horse and order it now. Like the recent TRRA publication on the Texas Special, it won't last long before going out of stock.

    I'm excited.

    Last edited: Nov 12, 2015
  2. fredpavey

    fredpavey Member

    I would like to get a copy of the TRRA issue reference The Meteor but I am not a member of TRRA and if I send them $40 membership dues it is only good until the end of December and then I have to pay another $40 for 2016. I want to join but not until January 1st so does anyone know of any way I can purchase Issue # 75?
  3. TAG1014

    TAG1014 Frisco.org Supporter Frisco.org Supporter

    When you join TRRAHS in 2015, you'll get the Meteor 2015 special issue. When you pay your 2016 dues, you'll receive the 2016 special issue.

    Tom G.
  4. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Fred and others -

    Copies of the TRRA H&TS annual publication #75, Summer of 2015, featuring the Frisco's Meteor, No's 9 & 10, are available from the society for $40.00. I do not know what the shipping & handling cost is.

    TRRA H&TS membership is available in four annual categories:
    - Regular: $40.00
    - Sustaining: $60.00
    - Contributing: $100.00
    - Corporate: $1000.00

    Contact address is:
    Terminal Railroad Association of St Louis Historical & Technical Society, Inc.
    P.O. Box 1688
    St Louis, Missouri 63188-1688

    Larry Thomas is the Editor of the publications, and the Secretary/Treasurer of the Society. His e-mail is thomasL555@att.net

    I suggest you e-mail Larry to determine the shipping cost for Issue #75. Larry is a great guy, does yeoman work, and most of the credit for these excellent annual TRRA H&TS publications goes to him, though he has a large group of contributors helping out. He was the founder of TRRA H&TS and is the reason for its continued success. If you contact Larry, reference that you are a frisco.org member.

    I would strongly recommend membership to any who have an interest in the TRRA, in the St Louis railroad scene, and/or in any of the many railroads that served St Louis (most of which were/are TRRA owners). I have been a TRRA H&TS member since Day One and have all 75 issues. To divulge any bias I might have, I am a former President of the society and I have thoroughly enjoyed my membership. The amount of information this group puts out is terrific, and I recommend membership (which includes the annual publication, yearly bulletins, and the July annual meeting invitation which always features a great program). The society's web page is: trra-hts.railfan.net. Several past issues of the publications, plus all kinds of other TRRA information, are available.

    PM me if you have any questions.

  5. FriscoCharlie

    FriscoCharlie Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    I also have several of their publications and will be ordering tomorrow (so everyone else wait a few days in case they run out). :)

  6. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    I just talked with Larry Thomas. For those of you who want to order TRRAH&TS publication #75 on the Meteor, the shipping cost within the US is $5.00, plus $40.00 for the book (softcover).

    As I mentioned in a posting back in July, Larry printed the same number of "Meteor" books as he did the earlier "Texas Special" issue (now sold out). If you want one, it would be wise to order it soon.

  7. FriscoCharlie

    FriscoCharlie Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    On their website it says the shipping is $1.

  8. FriscoCharlie

    FriscoCharlie Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Never mind. I see how they did it. They are charging $44 for the book.
  9. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Charlie - Yes. Confusing, and not the way I would have shown it, but the back issue order form on their web page says normal shipping for back issues is indeed $1.00. But, this is for the older "thin" publications, which were published several times each year, usually quarterly (and were quite good). Starting with issue #61/62, which began the current practice of publishing one, big, thick gloss paper soft cover book per year, such as the current Meteor issue #75 for 2015, the form says $40.00 for the book, plus the $1.00 shipping noted at the top of the form, plus $4.00 additional shipping. Thus the $5.00 Larry confirmed today. The book is heavy, and is shipped in a very sturdy cardboard package, clearly costing more than $1.00.

    So be it.

  10. TAG1014

    TAG1014 Frisco.org Supporter Frisco.org Supporter

    I'd like to put in another plug for the TRRA Meteor issue! I'm a hard core Frisco passenger car geek and I thought I'd seen about every Frisco passenger car photo in existence but there are a couple dozen in there that are new to me. Also this book is loaded with details and information on the Meteor and Frisco passenger service in general. It's a super production. It's also a good value, especially compared to the $60 or so for Morning Sun or Four Ways West books.

    Tom G.
  11. frisco1522

    frisco1522 Staff Member Staff Member

    Got mine last week and told Larry that they did a stellar job on it. The tribute to Joe Collias was great also. Good book.
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  12. FriscoCharlie

    FriscoCharlie Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    This book will be my Christmas present from my wife. I can't wait. :)
  13. tmfrisco

    tmfrisco Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Thanks for the heads up, Ken. I ordered mine the day you originally posted the alert. I am looking forward for this book, and if it is as great as the TS edition, I will have many hours of reading and rereading the text. I can hardly wait for my book, also.

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