Lets face it, the railfan hobby is full of some really horrid people. Over the years I have had the displeasure of of death threats, threats of violence, racist attacks etc etc etc.
Like myself for quite some years, I have seen many good contributors throw up their hands and walk off, never to contribute again. We are not talking just one or two, we are talking MANY.
Indeed, it was the growing resentment of the hobby that saw this website born years ago. Mostly just to treat it all like the joke it had become.
But during these decades of this railfan business, a few people have stood out, people I have admired for almost as long as I have been a fan. People who give to the hobby and who it is an honour to know.
I was privileged to have two of these people on the Naradhan tour.
John Currey and Neville Pollard
It would be few in the hobby who have never come across these two names somewhere.
John's (owner of 4465) name is synonymous with Australia's Alco locomotives, most especially the 44 class.
Neville's historical articles, especially those covering NSW branchlines, have been enjoyed and referred back to more times than I dare to try and remember.
His Naradhan article instantly came to mind when we decided to do a special issue of the Lubricated Flange for the tour. He was generous enough to allow us to reprint it.
John I have known for many years, Neville I only just met, but both are among those who greatly inspire me to carry on in this hobby.
Credit Both Photos: David Phillips