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Garden Railways Magazine Stands strong.

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Ya Know after all the years of this magaizine its still nice to see it show up at the door.
Its nice to have a place you can direct folks to.
This isn't a kiss up because I contribute.
Its the fact that even with rock throwers and all the critics we still have a mag we can call ours.
I to have been disoppointed at times untill I get my focus right and additude ajusted.
Some only worry about getting their "moneys worth".

Do you ever get "your" moneys worth on anything??
Not having the mag is hard to imagine.

So I say thanks to all those who TRY and stick their necks out on the line to keep the magazine going..

Get on with making the Hobby grow.
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Posted By MarkLewis on 08/29/2008 2:59 PM
I couldn't disagree more! The last two cover articles, for example, were all about appearance with no reason given for the layout being built other than that. Last month we had the most absurd layout of all time, which the author praised for the "wow" of multiple running trains in a layout with no operational interest whatsover. That's the kind of wow I'd expect in Classic Toy Trains rather than GR.

This month we get a pictorial of a desert layout with no operational interest at all, just a double tracked dogbone. Look closely and you'll see a desert RR with Pennsy signals! The author tells us where he bought the signals, but doesn't explain why he selected Pennsy signals instead of the kinds of signals actually found in deserts.

Frankly I am tired of layouts being held up as good examples when they have no apparent purpose other than running trains in circles. RRs with a purpose are the rationale for most model railroads. Running trains in circles is no more model railroading than annual Christmas Tree "layouts".

I read GR for the product reviews and the advertising. The rest of the content is largely useless.


There are plenty of examples of trains in the real world that also just run around in circles all day. There are also plenty of tourist railroads that do nothing but go back-and-forth or round and round all day and earn a living doing it. Many have more ridership than than rural areas on "real" routes. These are also the railroads that will generate future interest in railroading as a hobby for the youth.

Ever been to Dizzyland of Nott's Feiry Barn and seen the kids faces when they get off the train? Ever go through the shops at Nott's Feiry Barn and see actual narrow gauge engines and cars in restoration?

Compare that with the annoiance at the school from the NW-2 that switches hazardous chemical tankers for mainline pickup and tell me what is going to sustain the hobby.
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Posted By Semper Vaporo on 09/01/2008 6:50 PM
It is tough for a well established magazine to offer articles for newcomers because they have already published all the information for newcomers. If they repeat anything the longtime subscribers complain that they don't want to pay for repeated information. Yet, the newcomer is then stuck buying back issues to get the beginner information but doesn't know for sure if it will contain information that is applicable for today, and the advertisements are all old and of little value because the products advertised are either no longer being produced or the prices are way off due to inflation, thus reducing the value for the price paid for the issue.
The magazine is caught between a rock and a hard place... publish repeated beginner articles and alienate the established subscriber base or publish only NEW information that is sparse at best and have to fill the magazine with whatever the author base feels like submitting for publication. And that leaves just photo essays of larger and larger layouts... they have already published photo essays of small layouts because they were part of the earlier issues when people were just starting to build layouts and they were all small.
If GR were to pass by the wayside, a new magazine would start up to take its place (Hope Hope! /DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/crying.gif" border=0> ) and because it was NEW, it could get away with publishing the beginner stuff because there would be no subscriber base to alienate saying they don't want repeat issues. /DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/satisfied.gif" border=0>

Each issue could have a beginner article. Those of us who have been doing this for a while can certainly tolerate one beginner article each month. Beginners could then be referred to the web site to further their knowledge.
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Posted By East Broad Top on 09/02/2008 1:03 AM
As for content, I have my three pages every issue, and that's about as much influence as I get. I would like to think that a column called "Garden Railways Basics" would be recognized as being concepts for beginners, so in that light, I'd like to think there's something new for beginners in every issue.

OK, what I want to know is why is the magazine written it "first person" as opposed to "third person." I see magazines written both way, but third person has always been considered as proper and more "professional" and that is how WE write all of our technical documents. :confused:

Actually GR has done a very good job describing scale and gauge. Just look at page 13 of "Beginning Garden Railroading, A Supplement to Garden Railways Magazine."
Posted By Les on 09/03/2008 3:15 PM
If it's this month's, I'll go take a look. Here's why I missed it:
2) Just off the top of my head, the only indoor layout that GR ever featured was in a room approximately large enough to hold my house--and the one next door. Or perhaps most of a football field.
I'm glad you called that to my attention since I rarely re-read old GR issues.
Les W.

I don't know what magazine you've been reading because my GR magazine usually has a couple indoor layouts featured each year. "G", the last one I recall was in August 2008. ;)"
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