I remember following the site as well in the early 2000's. When I turned 18 and I got my first car back in Maine, my only goal was to be a rail photographer. I remember sending Mike my first set of pictures. Back then, I didnt know what to do or how it worked, but as he tought me, my passion for crossing photography spread all over southern Maine. From deep in the woods of Lewiston, to the snowy lands of Saco and Old Orchard. Getting near the end of Maine, I tried and help mike run the site by doing pages and giving him and his computer a break when it began to overheat and he got flooded with submissions. He sent me the software and everything I needed to know how to make pages. I will never forget that.
When Florida came, Me and Mike talked a lot about photography and video games. Mike and I always did Mario Kart Wii and usually he beat the pants off me. I got so mad and I knew it was only a game. When mike started getting ill, I began veering away from the crossing photography and focoused more on rail videotography. I always liked talking to Mike about my adventures and what I usually saw, and always talked about the splendid times in Maine.
When Mike began to not show up much anymore and he posted his retirement from the site, I knew he was becoming very ill and was fearing the loss of a really good friend. When I recieved the word of his passing on Sunday I couldnt believe it. Its as if someone just shot a hole in my chest. Its a huge loss to the railfan world and he dedicated his life to Railroad signals, even when they were set up ways he absolutely hated, he still took the pictures.
Mike will always be remembered for who he was, what he did, and how he performed. I give my blessing to all his family and kin and pray to the lord that Mike is comfortable, happy, and pain free in heaven. God Bless you Mike, and thank you for the incredible journey to where I am today surrounded by many other rail fans!
From your friend,
- Crossingman18 (Alex) (Blackstorm18000)
Rest In Peace Guilford SD26 615!