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09-22-2020 01:57 PM
Local Clubs "Step Up" to the Plate

It may be of interest....

With the demise of Garden Railways Magazine, a "task force" of 27 members from 13 of the garden railroading clubs in five states have banded together to create a new on-line publication. Marc has also been involved, but is stepping aside due to health reasons.

This publication is aimed toward the garden railroading/large scale clubs (IIRC, 112 clubs now identified), but I put forth that many people on the forums have contributed to the magazine, were sad to see it go, and may not have any club affiliation. Therefore, there will also be the allowance for "Members at Large" with no club affiliation. There is no charge for the download.

The magazine will include vendor support, so all of those "Mom and Pop Shops" will have someplace to advertise their wares at very reasonable cost (and initially free).

To wit, it will be noted here as to where people will be able to download the magazine. The first issue is now complete and will be available by the end of the month.
09-21-2020 02:38 PM
East Broad Top Important to note that the recent MR issues were already set in terms of content before the announcement of GR's closure. I wouldn't expect to see any garden railroad related content working its way into the magazine until probably the next issue or the one following that, given production lead time. When I talked to Hal (GR's editor), he said the plan for garden railroad content in MR was still up in the air. He indicated he had plenty of material to supply to them, but didn't know how often it would appear.

Having said that, I'm not optimistic about garden railroad related articles being a regular enough feature in the magazine to attract subscribers. I suspect most will flip through MR at the magazine rack, and if they see something garden-related, may pick up that issue. I would highly doubt MR would run anything specifically related to plants like Nancy's columns. Railroad features and projects, yes, but the gardening side of things? Definitely not in MR's wheelhouse.


09-20-2020 02:12 PM
Great Western After some while - I gave up trying to Log In here - I have managed to get in. This site was using an older mail address etc.
Regarding GR, well, I lost interest when the type of product (Aristo) that I used to buy ceased to be made and consequently stopped buying it.

I have never bought Model Railroader but I have found the MR Forum interesting especially the thread about prototype information of railroads.
09-19-2020 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.
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