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Railroad Model Craftsman
FOR IMMEDIATED RELEASE: (Bucklin, Missouri) – White River Productions has acquired Railroad Model Craftsman and Railfan & Railroad magazines, effective September 1, 2014. The asset purchase agreement between Carstens Publications and White River Productions was completed Thursday, August 28, 2014.

Carstens Publications’ final issues of the two titles are the June issues, and future issues will be produced by White River Productions. Staff assignments for the two publications have not yet been determined. Included in the agreement is the Books Division of Carstens Publications, which will continue under White River Productions. Not included is Flying Models magazine.

“We are excited to welcome these two Carstens titles to our family of White River Productions publications,” said Kevin EuDaly, president of White River Productions. “These magazines are an important part of railroad publications and White River Productions looks forward to continuing their legacies.” Subscribers will be pleased to know existing subscriptions are to be honored and fulfilled by the new ownership. Fulfillment will be based on the number of remaining issues in existing subscriptions. Due to the need to get the magazines’ cover dates current, a combined issue scenario will likely be employed, but the number of issues owed to each subscriber will be adjusted accordingly.

“If you have six issues left on your subscription, you will receive six issues,” EuDaly said. The magazines’ new mailing address for all subscriber, reader, and industry communication is the Bucklin address.

Advertisers should contact Mike Lindsay of White River Productions at 800-282-3291 or via email at ads@railfan.com, ads@modelcraftsman.com, or ads@modelrailroadnews.com. Mike will be managing advertising for the new titles.

About the Carstens’ Publications

Railroad Model Craftsman magazine was founded in 1933 by Emanuele Stieri as The Model Craftsman, aimed at all areas of scale modeling. Ownership of the publishing company passed in 1934 to Charles Penn. In 1949 the name of the publication was changed to Railroad Model Craftsman, with a focus on the scale model train hobby exclusively. Hal Carstens joined the publishing firm in 1952 and purchased the company in 1963, renaming it Carstens Publications.

Railfan & Railroad in concept goes back to 1968 when future Railroad Model Craftsman editor Tony Koester along with Jim Boyd pitched the idea to Carstens for a “railfan’s” magazine. By 1971 Jim Boyd had joined Carstens to work on Flying Models, and in 1974 Railfan was born as a quarterly publication.

It went to six times a year in 1977, and monthly in 1987. In 1979 it was merged with the defunct Railroad magazine (which began in 1906 as Railroad Man’s Magazine), becoming Railfan & Railroad. The magazine was edited by Jim Boyd from its inception until his retirement in 1998, after which Steve Barry took over as Editor.

About White River Productions

Founded in 1992 by Kevin EuDaly, President, White River Productions is currently producing 22 historical society magazines plus calendars, books, and other peripheral items such as membership brochures, advertising rate cards, annual meet announcements, and ballots. The company also publishes Model Railroad News, Railroads Illustrated, Passenger Train Journal, The Railroad Press magazine, and now Railroad Model Craftsman and Railfan & Railroad magazines. The company began when owner Kevin EuDaly decided to write and publish the book Missouri Pacific Diesel Power. He produced The Eagle for the Missouri Pacific Historical Society from 1993 to 1996 and picked up the editor’s reins again for the MPHS in 2010. In between, he has edited and produced numerous historical society publications. His wife, Nadean, manages day-to-day operations at White River Productions.

PO Box 48, Bucklin MO 64631

(877) 787-2467

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Railroad Model Craftsman - June 2014

Volume 83, Number 1

This Month's Features

Special features

38 Perspective: The Human Element by Karl Zimmermann
You cannot run a railroad without people. Whether they are part of a train crew or working in some other capacity, the human element is essential when it comes to railroading.

40 Visiting Dave Lawler’s Ontario Southern Railway by Dave Lawler; with photos by David Williams
This beautiful model railroad, which will be featured on the upcoming NMRA national convention tour, captures the look and feel of railroading across the Canadian Shield during the steam era.

54 2014 Valley Forge RPM Meet by William C. Schaumburg
A host of interesting N, HO and O scale modeling projects were on display at this year’s meet.

Modeling

46 RMC/Dremel Kitbashing Award: Fire-damaged enginehouse by Louis Gomes
A variety of commercial castings, including a tunnel portal and a retaining wall, were used to construct this eye-catching model of an enginehouse that has burned down.

49 Modeling a Seaboard Coast Line E7B by Scott Lupia
This HO scale E7 B-unit is a perfect companion for the model of Seaboard Coast Line No. 501 that we featured last month.

58 Scratchbuilding a boiler flue storage rack by Tom Troughton
This simple model is based on the flue rack the D&RGW built next to its roundhouse in Durango, Colorado.

70 Scratchbuilder’s Corner: Colors and textures, Part II by Bob Walker
This month we continue the discussion on various ways to achieve subtle variations in color on the layout.

72 Building laminated sub-roadbed on a flat surface by Richard Todd
With the lower deck already completed using polyiso foam board, it took a little ingenuity to add an upper deck.

Prototype

62 The Great Northern’s plywood boxcars by Staffan Ehnbom; with drawings by Jim Kinkaid
With wartime restrictions on the use of steel, in 1944 the Great Northern turned to plywood for use as a siding material on boxcars.

 

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Railroad Model CraftsmanA short work train passes along the cliff overlooking Muskoka Wharf on Dave Lawler’s HO scale Ontario Southern layout. PHOTO BY DAVID WILLIAMS

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