Re: Demise of RMC?

Armand Premo

Gee,Never thought of that. :-) A.Premo

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Sent: Friday, August 08, 2014 9:01 PM
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Demise of RMC?


And I thought you were poking fun at the guys' discussion!

Quoting "'A Premo' armprem2@... [STMFC]" <STMFC@...>:

> My apologies to the group.The previous email was intended for my
> Grand daughter' A. Premo
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> From: MDelvec952@... [STMFC]
> To: STMFC@...
> Sent: Friday, August 08, 2014 6:24 PM
> Subject: Re: [STMFC] Demise of RMC?
> I know we're all risking the gallows for talking about this, but
> since RMC is a magazine of choice for most of the RPM community
> because of its steady flow of quality STMFC content, I'd like to add
> a few thoughts. Ten years of my life was spent with Carstens as a
> stafffer and three times that long as a contributor, so I've got a
> lot of heart and soul in that place, and many personal relationships.
> Rumors of its demise are exagerated. Times have been tough and there
> are reorganization plans in the works that could take on a few forms.
> Please be patient, but the next few weeks are significant. The
> appreciation of the venerable title of RMC is not lost in the
> reorganization.
> Yes, there is more information flowing in far more outlets then ever
> in our field, and yes that in every area the print media is evolving
> in the world of electronic distribution. Wise business people are
> learning how to comingle print and digital media rather than to
> compete against digital.
> I've presided over an NRHS Chapter for 20 years, and from that perch
> I'll also venture that the model railroad hobby is still growing. The
> Thomas generation is getting old enough to buy train sets and many of
> today's railroad buffs are getting some of their jollies on line with
> hours of model railroad videos on youtube, facebook and elsewhere.
> While the ranks of the traditional model railroad clubs are thinning
> through attrition, there are other forms that are popping up. One
> growing area is the Train Sim crowd, building pikes and creating
> equipment in MicroSoft Train Simulator. A couple of our members are
> quietly recreating long-lost and abandoned railroads full size with
> actual scenery and grades, and designing proper equipment for that
> territory and swapping files.
> Any future venture of any kind in our field is going to need a
> digital presence. While I wouldn't say our Chapter has the best web
> site in the field, I do keep up a good facebook presence and through
> that we've raised more than $40k in contributions and grants for
> restoration projects, a great amount of excitement that gets the
> computer crowd trackside when something unusual comes through, and
> even the young kids (14 and up) are getting out to scrape paint and
> learn about working on the real stuff, and riding the caboose, bunny
> and Santa Trains. Our members are building a three-rail, two-level
> pike in our Lackawanna baggage car, and a couple of the youngins are
> helping with that. Granted, North Jersey is the mostly densely
> populated part of America. But while the kids are coming out and
> watching trains and looking at model railroad videos on their smart
> phones, I'm not sure the NRHS Chapters and traditional model railroad
> clubs are going to survive as the dues go up to keep up with rising
> rents and insurance costs. The NRHS will be bankrupt in two years if
> it doesn't make some radical changes soon. In our area the larger
> private model railroads all need operators, and I'd guess that more
> modelers are operating those than at model railroad clubs. Since
> those are not open to the public, it requires a certain amount of
> social interaction to be invited. On a personal side, many of the
> resin kits I've built are running on private railroads. I don't
> expect to build my own railroad until the Railroad Retirement Board
> sends along my "cash for clunkers."
> The hobby is evolving. Without getting into why RMC is reorganizing
> or what the employees are going through, it does look like the
> magazine and its philosophy on content will continue.
> ....Mike Del Vecchio
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tom Baker bakert@... [STMFC]
> Sent: Fri, Aug 8, 2014 12:30 pm
> Subject: Re: [STMFC] Demise of RMC?
> Tim and Dave,
> Well, you are certainly right about change in delivery of information
> media, but it does seem to me that fewer of us are out there in all
> scales. I know of three railroad historical societies--and there may be
> others I don't know of--that have gone to the E-zine format, a very good
> idea, I think. I also know of several societies that have experienced a
> drop in membership due to the passing of their members.
> Then there is an interesting shift among occurring among the hi-rail
> crowd, a push toward greater prototype accuracy. I am no hi-railer, but
> I will have to admit that even the 3-rail manufacturers have produced
> some great looking prototype locomotives. Problem is these guys still
> are not at the level of accuracy we scalers want, and that is true
> especially with the freight cars that come off the line: They're better
> than those truncated things, the 6464-series box cars for example, but
> have a long way to go before the product would satisfy us even if we
> were in O gauge.
> Another issue is that fewer and fewer scale modelers are building cars.
> My HO modeling friend surmises that many of those Sunshine kits sit on
> modelers shelves in the basement, attic, or garage and there they stay.
> He is probably right.
> > Tom
> >
> > I don't think it is demographics at all -- In the 1960's when I was a
> > teenager, my Dad got Trains, Model Railroader and RMC. And there were a
> > few hundred published books, with some prototype railroads having 15 or
> > even 20 titles! My Dad had maybe 30 or 40 books including Car
> Builder Cycs.
> >
> > By the 1990's we also had Mainline Modeler, Model Railroading, and
> Railmodel
> > Journal. And new publishers cranking out new books every week.
> Usually more
> > than several every week. Heck we're up to issue #28 of the RP Cyclopedia!
> >
> > Now we have modeling ezines from historical societies, more books
> than ever,
> > and tens of thousands of blogs, web sites, photo sites, archival
> sites, etc.
> > People have collections of hundreds of books and special publications.
> >
> > I subscribe to RMC and I enjoy the magazine but really, in this hurricane
> > of railroad and modeling information that we live in, will we really feel
> > at all deprived without it? Some months I have no time to read even one
> > article.
> >
> > It's not demographics -- it's information overload!
> >
> > Tim O'Connor
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >> Although I had no idea of failed payments to authors and photographers,
> >> I have wondered what is happening at RMC. First we lose Mainline Modeler
> >> and now maybe RMC. I haven't figured out what exactly causes the muted
> >> draw Model Railroader has for me, but its draw is definitely muted. The
> >> series of articles by Ted Culotta and Clark Probst were really a big
> >> draw for me, and I don't even model in HO, but in S. I saw the material
> >> on S in the June issue a bit in the way of filler but still helpful. I
> >> hope we do not lose RMC, but I cannot halt the forward and inexorable
> >> march of demographics.
> >>
> >> Tom Baker
> >>
> >
> >
> >
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> > Posted by: Tim O'Connor
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> >
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> >
> >
> >
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