In 1973, Ron High and I volunteered to assist the late Joe Snopek in his attempt to publish a bulletin. The Association had to had a Bulletin published in nearly 2 years.
Joe edited two issues of the Bulletin which I produced and had printed. With the summer 1973 issue, Ron High took on the job as editor and I became publisher. My plan at the time was to turn the 16 page typewritten Bulletin into a slick magazine format that we could market in hobby shops. I felt the Association would get more exposure and possibly grow our membership which at the time was about 400.
The name of the publication changed from Bulletin to Shoreliner with the fall issue of 1973. The inspiration for the Shoreliner title came from the advertising on the bridge at Union Station in Worcester, Massachusetts which announced the new (in 1952) Budd service to New London, Connecticut.
Incidentally, the reason there never was a summer issue in 1974 was that Ron and I went on a 9,000 mile cross-country motorcycle trip to shoot the Union Pacific's big power DD40x, DD35s and U50Ds, etc.
With regard to on-time Shoreliners, Ken Warner took over for me after I had taught him the system in the early 1990s.
When Ken ceased Shoreliner production, the Shoreliner publication schedule became sporadic. Since Wayne Drummond asked that I come back to produce Shoreliner, I believe Cosette and I have been fairly consistent with on-time Shoreliner arrivals.
As far as the SpeedWitch is concerned, publication is based on members' contributions of articles and any reviews that John Sheridan and Paul Cutler produce for us. I tried in the past to get several people who were former employees to edit a correspondence for former New Haven Railroaders and never heard back from them.
Shoreliner Volume 39 Issue 4 will be a little late. We experienced some serious health issues which literally shut down our operation for 3 months. We are back in production at this point.
I hope this answers some of your questions.
Best Wishes for the Holiday Season, and hope you had a Great Thanksgiving.
President NHRHTA, Inc.
Publisher NHRHTA, Inc.
Editor Shoreliner, SpeedWitch