New Web 'experience' for Kalmbach railroad sites coming 'Fall 2020'!

3 replies
1 rating 2 rating 3 rating 4 rating 5 rating
  • Member since
    September 2003
  • 13,412 posts
New Web 'experience' for Kalmbach railroad sites coming 'Fall 2020'!
Posted by Overmod on Thursday, October 1, 2020 2:39 AM

Got a heads-up from Vince (the former 'miningman') yesterday afternoon that Kalmbach has e-mailed an ad showing off some of the 'new experience' complete with what appears to be a test-drive of some of the new software.  I did not want to deal with this on a phone, even though it appears from the dog-and-pony-show promotion that Kalmbach Media is targeting mobile devices again.  Apparently a common interface for all six 'railroad-related' publications is what we'll get; it remains to be seen how the forum is handled, or what configuration features (including the easy community-search bar) make it into the final rollout.

I won't engage in giving my opinion about the details 'as provided' until some others have looked at the new example site and commented.

  • Member since
    May 2003
  • From: US
  • 19,306 posts
Posted by BaltACD on Thursday, October 1, 2020 4:57 PM

We tend to get new 'Web Experiences' whenever we come to a Kalmbach site.  Whether we want it or not.

  • Member since
    July 2020
  • 136 posts
Posted by pennytrains on Friday, October 2, 2020 6:30 PM

I took a peek.  But what is the definition of "fall"?

Big Smile  Same me, different spelling!  Big Smile

  • Member since
    September 2003
  • 13,412 posts
Posted by Overmod on Saturday, October 3, 2020 5:19 AM

But what is the definition of "fall"?

Too good a straight line to pass up: "what they choose it to mean -- neither more, nor less." Wink

I expected it to mean what it does in catalogues and suchlike: the three months from October to December.  (This makes 'winter' the period from January to March, which roughly translates to 'phase 2', and then 'spring 2021' would be April through June.)

My own 'internal season clock' when I think about it mirrors the heat equivalent of seasons rather than astronomical, where maximum and minimum average temperature correspond to the solstices, and the point where net cooling and heating are equal, to equinoxes (see those old chestnuts 'obliquity of the ecliptic' or 'equation of time'); this is naively about a 2-month lag behind 'insolation' change so spring is March to May, summer June through August, fall September through November, and winter December through February.  To me, growing up in the Northeast in the 1960s, this jibed well with the general idea of what seasons should be like...

Perhaps the logical catalogue-issue 'season' ought to be figured using the "usual" fiscal year for that sort of business -- which closes September 30th to put the taxable income for the Christmas season in the following tax year.  That still gives a better correspondence to physical seasons than the default...



Login, or register today to interact in our online community, comment on articles, receive our newsletter, manage your account online and more!


Get the Classic Trains twice-monthly newsletter