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WRP welcomes Justin Franz to staff of Railroad Model Craftsman
Associate Editor Justin Franz is seen trackside—sporting his vintage Canadian Pacific Kootenay Division hat—in British Columbia. —Photo by James House

WRP welcomes Justin Franz to staff of Railroad Model Craftsman

April 6, 2020

White River Productions is excited to announce a new addition to our editorial staff. Owners Kevin and Nadean EuDaly proudly welcome Justin Franz to the staff of Railfan & Railroad and Railroad Model Craftsman. Justin Franz is a Maine native and a 2011 graduate of the University of Montana’s School of Journalism. Prior to coming to White River Productions, Justin was a reporter and photographer for the Flathead Beacon, a weekly newspaper in Kalispell, Mont., as well as a correspondent for Trains Magazine. His work has appeared in numerous regional and national publications, including the Washington Post and New York Times, and railroad publications like Railfan & Railroad, Railroad Heritage, NRHS Bulletin, Railroads Illustrated, Railroad Explorer, and Railpace Newsmagazine.

Justin got his interest in railroading from his dad and two uncles who are also lifelong railroad enthusiasts. Justin is an active railroad photographer who loves to shoot anything from modern Class Is to historic steam locomotives and streetcars. He is particularly fond of the Bangor & Aroostook, Alcos, and anything having to do with Canadian railroading. Justin also has an interest in model railroading but has not started building a layout because he’s an apartment dweller, although he admits that’s mostly an excuse for being unable to narrow down what he wants to build. Currently, the leading layout ideas are a shelf-layout depicting Maine’s Portland Terminal Railroad in the 1970s or an N-scale depiction of Canadian National’s branch to Gaspé, Quebec set in the 1990s. Besides railroads, Justin enjoys skiing, traveling and reading about history. He currently resides in Whitefish, Montana—not far from BNSF Railway’s former Great Northern Railway yard—with his wife Ashley.

Justin joins our staff full-time as an Associate Editor of Railfan & Railroad and Railroad Model Craftsman. Aside from our magazines, he will also focus on developing new online features for our web sites and social media platforms. He will be working alongside Editor Otto M. Vondrak and Associate Editor Harry K. Wong.

Railfan & Railroad was launched in 1974 as Railfan, and expanded with the acquisition of the venerable Railroad Magazine in 1979. Railfan & Railroad is a showcase of modern trackside railroad action, with stunning photography paired with the latest industry news and monthly columns. Established in 1933, Railroad Model Craftsman delivers the best in scale model railroading each month. Every issue features beautiful layout tours, detailed scratchbuilding and detailing features, the latest news and in-depth product reviews, exact scale drawings, construction tips and techniques, and more. Both magazines were acquired by White River Productions in 2014.

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This article was posted on: April 6, 2020