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Posted by palallin on Wednesday, January 02, 2019 1:06 PM

I am delighted to see Bob back; I hope it's a real staff position rather than as a roving correspondent (IF that's what he wants).

I have been expecting to lose an issue for a few years now.  Considering I get the October issue in August or the very beginning of September, I really don't think its loss will affect my Fall warm up all that much.  I'd rather that than, say, lose the March issue which I get before Valentine's Day.  The choice is the right one, I think.

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Posted by wrmcclellan on Wednesday, January 02, 2019 6:07 PM

kovalev
Since the Feb 2019 is listed as the 250th issue, maybe I am off with my collection, any input on this list : 

I have for each year, 1987-1,1988-2,1989-4,1990-1995-6ea ,1996-1998-8ea, 1999-2018-9ea ,that is 247, so with Jan,Feb 2019 ,I have 249,,,What have I missed,,I am going crazy trying to figure this out...Regards

We resolved this little mystery above in a separate thread.

I have been a purchaser/subscriber since the beginning and have all the issues. In looking at the early issues due to kovalev's question and noting the years of 4, 6, etc. issues, I feel a return to fewer issues per year will hopefully lead to more content per issue. I am also glad Bob is back in some capacity. Thanks for a great magazine and good luck!

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Posted by LL675 on Thursday, January 03, 2019 8:03 PM

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Buckeye Riveter wrote the following post 10 days ago: FINALLY...I'm able to log in! I used the same log in information I have used for 14 years on the forum. It has been over 6 weeks. Glad to hear that Bob Keller is returning to CTT. 

 

glad I'm not the only one that hasn't been able to log in!

 Great to hear Bob Keller is back. Recently loosing my job I really felt his pain. 

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Friday, January 04, 2019 9:39 AM

I had log-in problems too, but they seem to be OK now.  I suppose the partial cause of the problem was my retiring and turning in the company-owned laptop, had to start from scratch.

By the way, I used to be "Firelock76."  

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Posted by Trinity River Bottoms Boomer on Friday, January 04, 2019 4:45 PM

Eliminating the October issue will be a major mistake.  To all CTT supporters who agree we need a Fall issue put on your Yellow Vest and let's set a date to demonstrate outside the Kalmbach offices ASAP!

Looks like we'll get a Trick and no Treet this Halloween.  What a bummer!

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Saturday, January 05, 2019 2:07 PM

Great news about Bob Keller ! 

He's best of the best ! Always enjoyed his enormous, and knowledgeable contribuion.

I reckon it's time to fire up my subscription again...

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Posted by KeithL on Monday, January 07, 2019 11:08 AM

It's great to hear that Bob is "back," but Carl Swanson did not say that Bob is back as an employee of Kalmbach. He said that Bob will be a contributing editor, i.e., a freelance contributor, which means that he will be paid for the articles that he contributes.

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Monday, January 07, 2019 2:08 PM

Trinity River Bottoms Boomer

Eliminating the October issue will be a major mistake.  To all CTT supporters who agree we need a Fall issue put on your Yellow Vest and let's set a date to demonstrate outside the Kalmbach offices ASAP!

Looks like we'll get a Trick and no Treet this Halloween.  What a bummer!

TRBB

 

Sorry Trinity, but I have to disagree on this one.  I can live without an October issue, especially if CTT's got a problem with material.

I'd much rather live without an October issue if it means expanded November and December issues heavy with Christmas layout pictorials and "toy trains and Christmas" articles.  

Remember, it's not easy to publish what amounts to a narrow-interest magazine without running into the very real problem of running out of material.  

By the way, just to show my wholehearted approval of Bob Kellers return I renewed my subscription to CTT today.

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Posted by Penny Trains on Monday, January 07, 2019 6:57 PM

Sooo...does that mean that your Mrs is now Lady FLINT storm?  Smile, Wink & Grin

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Posted by Michael6268 on Monday, January 07, 2019 9:05 PM

Trinity River Bottoms Boomer

Eliminating the October issue will be a major mistake.  To all CTT supporters who agree we need a Fall issue put on your Yellow Vest and let's set a date to demonstrate outside the Kalmbach offices ASAP!

Looks like we'll get a Trick and no Treet this Halloween.  What a bummer!

TRBB

 

I agree!  Who cares about Spring or Summer.  I barely have time to read the mail in those months!

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Monday, January 07, 2019 9:05 PM

Penny Trains

Sooo...does that mean that your Mrs is now Lady FLINT storm?  Smile, Wink & Grin

 

No Becky, Lady Firestorm it shall remain, she likes the title!  Anyway, "Flintstorm" doesn't roll off the tongue quite as well.  

The only thing she doesn't like is when I call her a "Brony" or a "Pegasister."  

Even if she is one!   Laugh

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Posted by Trinity River Bottoms Boomer on Tuesday, January 08, 2019 9:04 AM

Perhaps CTT should have conducted a reader's poll first to determine what their loyal supporters preferred in regards to the elimination of an issue?

There should be no lack of material to fill CTT.  As an example, the addition of more S and Standard Gauge would be most welcomed!  Also, reducing advertising rates should also help cover production costs as well.

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Tuesday, January 08, 2019 3:56 PM

Exhausting of available material can be a problem

For a personal example, back around 1970 or so I started reading an aviation history magazine called "Air Classics."  For the longest time there was no shortage of articles about all aspects of aviation history and surviving types of historic aircraft, but by 1976 it was starting to wear thin.  I mean, how many articles can you read about how great the P-51 Mustang was?  After a while it seems that's all they were writing about.  My own field of interest was World War One aviation but they didn't seem to pay much attention to it, the mag's motto might as well have been " By World War Two Air Force vets, FOR World War Two Air Force vets!"  So I just lost interest.

The mag's reinvented itself since then with restoration and airshow articles and coverage of ALL aspects of aviation hsitory but it took a while for them to do so.  

So, exhaustion of material is something editors have to be concerned with.  

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Posted by sir james I on Wednesday, January 09, 2019 9:03 AM

Just for fun I grabbed an older CTT. Dec. 2006 had 114 pages between the covers. If you walk into a store and compare todays CTT with that other mag, which are you most likely to buy? That being said, which mag would you chose to advertize in? Less buyers also means less advertizer's. They are letting this magazine self destruct buy trying to sell CTT articles in soft cover books.

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Posted by rtraincollector on Thursday, January 10, 2019 7:30 PM

sir james I

Just for fun I grabbed an older CTT. Dec. 2006 had 114 pages between the covers. If you walk into a store and compare todays CTT with that other mag, which are you most likely to buy? That being said, which mag would you chose to advertize in? Less buyers also means less advertizer's. They are letting this magazine self destruct buy trying to sell CTT articles in soft cover books. 

I understand what there trying to do, but I agree with you, as the thiner the magazine gets, and the less issues the more there losing readership. Pretty soon the way this is going, there going to be down to 4 issues a year like Classic Trains is. 

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Posted by Penny Trains on Friday, January 11, 2019 7:07 PM

Compare December 2006 CTT to December 2018 CTT.  On what page does the first feature story appear?  Pg 46 and Pg 38 respectively.  Go back a bit further, December 1998, it's page 60 and that issue had 172 pages (counting the back cover).  But how many of those non-content pages are advertisements for hobby shops that no longer exist?  How many are from stores that do still exist but now rely more on  their websites to list product than their print ads?

Personally I think the content is still there.  I'm still entertained and I always learn something new.  I just have to page through a lot less advertising to get to it.

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Friday, January 11, 2019 9:36 PM

Becky's got a point.

For example, pick up a copy of the "New York Daily News" if you're up in that area and the paper's usually a half-inch thick, on Sundays almost  three-quarters of an inch thick.

BUT, if and when I find a copy out-of-state, say in a local Barnes and Noble, it's only an eighth to a quarter-inch thick.  Amazing what happens when you leave out all that advertising that only applies to the greater New York area.  

Advertising does tend to beef up a periodical.

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