Model Railroader Mag. Inspiration or Intimidation?

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Mainline I miss. Running Extra for MRH is getting really good. Historical group publications, specialist web blogs and group forums have picked up the slack from the publications that died and carry a lot of the more technical stuff. Craftsman is hit or miss each month. And my interests are now pre-1955 so much of MR and RMC just does not seem relevant.

Model Railroader is just blah these days. I still buy it from my local hobby shop. But even their more technical articles are not interesting or necessarily germane to my practice of the hobby. And the mid-west/east coast you gotta have a humongous basement fixation of their layouts turns me off. Almost like they have a certain size envy deep in their primal editorial minds. Even if I won the lotto, it would be smaller layouts that I can really complete for me.

OOps I left out two bi-monthly publications I get and read; Narrow Gauge and Shortline Gazette and from across the pond, The Model Railway Journal which has the best editing and brass locomotive construction articles of any magazine.


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I don't know, after 33 years in the hobby, I still find relevant information in Model Railroader, I even subscribe to MRVP and really like what they are doing on the video end of things. However, like you autocoach, I also love Narrow Gauge and Shortline Gazette, because I am first and foremost a model builder and find it covers that end very well. Although at this time, I haven't picked up the current issue and read anything in it yet, I always seem to get the magazine read before putting on the top of my collection.
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