My "Dallas on a Door" article in Model Railroad Planning 2010 was based on a very interesting real-life location on the Missouri-Kansas-Texas (M-K-T or "Katy") in Dallas. It was extremely
frustrating for me (and for MRP editor Tony Koester, based on his editorial in the same issue) that we could not
clear copyrights for some key photos that would have illustrated the real-life locale very well. Instead, Kalmbach editors
substituted some locomotive shots from the area that were available on file.
This highlights one of the most exasperating things I experience in writing
for the commercial press (traditional print or mediazine) -- finding myself unable to use photos that are widely disseminated
on the Internet. And this is even though the publications' editors are more than willing to pay for the use of the images!
In this case, there are some photos that would have been fantastic complements
to the article. I spent literally a dozen hours (or more) working to clear the copyrights and obtain higher quality versions
of these images, but failed. Either the photographer could not be located or I found the photographer, but the high-quality
version of the photo had been lost in the intervening years.
But rather than sit and stew about what might have been, I decided to link
the photos here in the hope that at least a few people will be able to see them in the context of the article.