Railroad Model Craftsman

Railroad Model Craftsman

Postby areibel » Wed Aug 20, 2014 4:49 pm

I've read several posts on a couple of other lists that Railroad Model Craftsman is going to cease publication. If that's true that's sad news, they carried Glyn Lewis's column "Offn the Table Top" to be a little friendlier to TT (back in the day). And supposedly the first Gandy Dancer kit produced was given by Sherman Dance to his friend Hal Carstens, the publisher.
Hope it's not true, but it seems like paper magazines are taking a beating.
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Railroad Model Craftsman

Postby ConducTTor » Wed Aug 20, 2014 4:52 pm

Everything's going digital....too bad they didnt see the signs years ago. They could have been in the digital domain already and making money there.


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Re: Railroad Model Craftsman

Postby TTTerrific » Wed Aug 20, 2014 6:40 pm

If this information is true, it's really sad. I always liked MRC. It seemed to be a "friendlier" publication in tone than Model Railroader with content aimed at the interests and capabilities of regular model "rails," not just the whiz-bangs, poobahs, and grand elites of the hobby. :(
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Re: Railroad Model Craftsman

Postby areibel » Wed Aug 20, 2014 7:06 pm

It's my favorite as well, MR seems to follow the same pattern- lots of slick pics of mega dollar layouts. I always read Scratchbuilder's Corner and several other columns as well as the articles.
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Re: Railroad Model Craftsman

Postby scaro » Thu Aug 21, 2014 9:24 am

Not great, because online resources have a habit of vanishing.

Witness the Trainlife site scans of defunct magazines which due to some glitch with the site are now invisible, with the loss of masses of data such as Ed Hawkins' series on PS1 boxcars and many other key researches on rolling stock.

There are other recent examples of this happening.
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Re: Railroad Model Craftsman

Postby j p » Thu Aug 21, 2014 11:36 am

scaro wrote:Not great, because online resources have a habit of vanishing.

Witness the Trainlife site scans of defunct magazines which due to some glitch with the site are now invisible, with the loss of masses of data such as Ed Hawkins' series on PS1 boxcars and many other key researches on rolling stock.

There are other recent examples of this happening.


Have you tried http://web.archive.org/
Maybe they have a copy?
(they have this: http://web.archive.org/web/20100415212321/http://www.ttnut.com/)
:lol: :lol:
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Re: Railroad Model Craftsman

Postby ConducTTor » Thu Aug 21, 2014 11:47 am

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Re: Railroad Model Craftsman

Postby milwrd1 » Thu Aug 21, 2014 6:17 pm

areibel wrote:It's my favorite as well, MR seems to follow the same pattern- lots of slick pics of mega dollar layouts. I always read Scratchbuilder's Corner and several other columns as well as the articles.


I agree, RMC always seemed to favor the craftsman / scratchbuilding aspect of the hobby, while MR featured large layouts and emphasized the latest trends in the hobby.
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Re: Railroad Model Craftsman

Postby scaro » Fri Aug 22, 2014 2:28 am

j p wrote:
scaro wrote:Not great, because online resources have a habit of vanishing.

Witness the Trainlife site scans of defunct magazines which due to some glitch with the site are now invisible, with the loss of masses of data such as Ed Hawkins' series on PS1 boxcars and many other key researches on rolling stock.

There are other recent examples of this happening.


Have you tried http://web.archive.org/
Maybe they have a copy?
(they have this: http://web.archive.org/web/20100415212321/http://www.ttnut.com/)
:lol: :lol:



yep. same deal. pages accessed and saved on nov 8, 2012 but accessible as text only.

archiving the resources on US railroads seems to rely on volunteer goodwill and that is not always forthcoming. a number of RR-specific groups, eg, the RITS have become defunct. you do try to tell people that they might for posterity's sake consider throwing up all their stuff online somewhere safe, such as a server owned by a national or state archive or museum, but it doesn't often happen.

i'm kind of relieved that in my other area of interest, australian railways, the governments who owned the lines did archive so much information, so it is possible to do the R&D on some products ;-)

http://marbelupmodels.blogspot.com.au/2 ... agons.html
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Re: Railroad Model Craftsman

Postby Arseny » Fri Aug 22, 2014 3:58 am

If you find any information in the Web, save it on your local computer immediately.
Tomorrow it can be changed, or disappear.

We live in "1984". Lite version. :problem:
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