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Yesterday 01:52 PM
Greg Elmassian Yep, we all felt it was kinda BS about putting garden railroad stuff in what is pretty much HO and N only.

Likewise I am in Z scale too, nothing there either.

09-18-2020 07:32 PM
placitassteam I just received my first 2 issues of Model Railroader in lieu of Garden Railways and am not impressed. Nothing for garden railroaders. I defiantly will not be renewing. Sad to see it go.
07-27-2020 03:01 PM
zubi RIP GR, I cancelled my subscription some time before 2000, after about one decade of subscription. These were the exciting days, when there was not much available in hardware, but there was a lot of excitement arount it. Later years, after 2000 brought more hardware but the spirit was not there anymore. I moved to live steam and never regretted it. Best wishes from Indors, Zubi
07-16-2020 02:07 PM
bmwr71 Just read an email that said Garden Railways was coming to an end with the fall issue. Claimed that Model Railroader would have the content on garden railroading (probably very little) and would be online stuff. They killed it. They did a poor job and killed the magazine that lasted for years.

03-13-2020 03:14 PM
Greg Elmassian I echo what John said, it irks me when instead of making the magazine better and then perhaps charging more, they want to effectively charge more (fewer issues, special editions) and then if we give them money, they may improve...

Any product must be worth the asking price for now, this is not speculation unless they want to issue stock in the company in exchange for investing in the future.

03-13-2020 04:25 AM
bmwr71 I could imagine that if GR went under that some industrious person would decide to make their own magazine, just like Marc did years ago and perhaps it would grow,

I do think that model railroading isn't very appealing to younger people. With computers, game consoles, and phones, people can be transported to imaginary worlds without any effort. And those wolds can be fantastic and fit right into someone's pocket. But I think of model railroading as a sort of folk art and an outlet for creativity.mind expansion, tension relief skill building and the like.

03-06-2020 01:30 PM
Totalwrecker Years ago I stopped subscribing for economic reasons and it no longer taught me much and when Aristo went under so did my purchases of new equipment ...

I know a fellow who wrote an article, rewrote it to satisfy the editor and it was never published.

Clam-bake is a funny company, they are driving me away from Classic Trains with crappy short features and a blurb advertising a Special Edition mag with everything I expected in CT!
Such a deal.
03-06-2020 10:41 AM
Clubber I agree with many of the points here. I recently subscribed as I am getting back into the hobby now that I have a yard with some space. I have been disappointed in the magazine and probably won't renew.
03-05-2020 10:37 PM
Originally Posted by bmwr71 View Post
Seems to me, instead of getting writers that are real G people, they are just using their regular HO and N people. Kind of like having outsiders write.

This is a point I was going to raise...
Having contributed to the mag myself a while back (article and online vids), I feel its up to us as a G community to keep it alive and write for GR. Its only going to get thinner, like our hair, if we dont help it out.

The knowledge of members in this forum is worthy of print.


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03-04-2020 06:10 AM
bmwr71 When I got into G many years ago, it wasn't to relive my childhood with trains, but it was to have yard decoration that wasn't woman oriented like a goose in an apron or kissing Dutch boy and girl. The fairy garden thing seems popular these days and a Birdwater and Raspberry approach to garden railroading would fit right in with that. I have seen in Garden Railroading where they used some fairy garden stuff, but no article on say some real whimsical railroading. If they could get some of those buyers on board, maybe they would think it was worth doing more with the magazine instead of letting it deteriorate.

Seems to me, instead of getting writers that are real G people, they are just using their regular HO and N people. Kind of like having outsiders write.

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