Very sad to hear of Alan's untimely passing. Alan touched a lot of lives, many of us who are perhaps, visitors here but not members. Alan was very kind and helpful, to me at a time when I was discovering train travel, his words of encouragement helped ensure my long term commitment to a wonderful mode of travel, even though I never fit into this community and ended up leaving. I had always hoped to meet him in person some day to thank him. When I finally took a trip to New York with my daughter last year, I thought of Alan as we walked around Penn Station. AlanB, that LSL trip would not have happened without you, even though we never met, and for that matter, you were the reason my family discovered the Capitol Ltd as well. I really hope I wasn't too much of a pain during my time here on the forum. Actually, your kindness and understanding had the most to do with why I left. It was the right thing to do, and while I didn't fit in, it is heartening to read all the tributes from the people who knew you and cared for you. Thanks for everything Alan, from one of the lives you touched and enriched.