It is sad to see a good source of modeling information going away. But
this appears to be a manpower issue and not a lack of articles.
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a message yesterday from the B&ORHS webmaster that the links to this
publication have been removed because the society couldn't find anyone to run
the e-zine. So it would seem that the B&O Modeler is comatose, if
It appears from this statement that there is a need for a replacement
editor and production person. I am surprised that in a historical society with
over 2000 members — or was that the round figure number given for the C&O
group? — that there would be someone to step up to take over editorship. The
comment that the B&O MODELER was not supported by the B&OHS dues is a
bit telling. That seems to possibly indicate that there are some society
internal politics involved.
While I am not a B&O fanatic I have enjoyed the B&O MODELER and
have used its articles as the “how to” instructions for modeling some steam
era freight cars to travel my east central Kansas branch line.
The B&O MODELER will be missed. Hopefully there will be someone to
step up and keep it going.
Al Kresse writes:
I would guess it is the same
problem as with the C&O Historical Society -- nobody is writing
modeling articles to put in the Magazine nor the electronic
Not quite nobody, at least on the B&O side. I have been submitting
articles to B&O Modeler; as each has appeared I have submitted another.
And as Modeler died, my latest submission (a freight car feature)
is concurrently dying in the "Modeler office," and a few others for
later issues are dying in my file.
Large numbers of submitted articles may be lacking, but I'm certain
enough material was available to keep Modeler going, especially if the
publication schedule were made flexible as it has been in recent years. It's
my belief that the primary problem is the time, skill, and
commitment required from a volunteer editor to make each issue happen.
It's a big job, and there doesn't seem to be a ready solution, at least in