Garden Railways magazine ending?

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Garden Railways magazine ending?
Posted by Benjamin Maggi on Sunday, July 19, 2020 5:21 PM

There is a discussion on the Model Railroader magazine forum that the Fall issue of GR will be the last. I haven't subscribed since Marc left so perhaps it was in the magazine, but this is the first I have heard of it. If it is true, it is strange that it was posted in on the non-GR forum first.

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Posted by chocho willy on Monday, July 20, 2020 10:13 AM

Garden railways magazine did notify each subscriber via email before it was released

 

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Posted by Rene Schweitzer on Monday, July 20, 2020 2:42 PM

Subscribers were notified, and postings were made on Facebook and this website. Subscribers will receive Model Railroader for the remainder of their subscriptions. If you'd like another magazine (such as Trains) or a refund, please contact Customer Service at 877-243-4898 or email customerservice@garden-railways.com

I've worked for GR for 22 years this month. A lot has changed in the hobby and overall print magazine since 1998. I will miss this magazine a lot--the contributors especially were an awesome bunch.

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Posted by Greg Elmassian on Monday, July 20, 2020 4:05 PM

So what is the disposition of this forum? Will it go away? I noticed some strangeness in logging in recently...

 

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Posted by vsmith on Monday, July 20, 2020 5:44 PM

Greg Elmassian

So what is the disposition of this forum? Will it go away? I noticed some strangeness in logging in recently...

 

Greg

 

 

Same here, it's like it doesn't want to recognize my login.

What a bummer timing wise. I'm just getting my layout together after God how many years and now the mag is going away. Black Eye

 

Rene, will the forum remain or will it be rolled into the MR forum?

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Monday, July 20, 2020 11:07 PM

I'm sorry to hear that the rumors are true.  I started in G in '95. This seemed to be the boom years, with many train manufacturers jumping into the game to produce G gauge trains. We had an all G gauge train show at the Queen Mary every year, and many hobby shops carrying plenty of G. G was promoted as the hobby for the entire family. Mom could work in the garden , and Dad and the kids could play trains.

One by one, manufacturers, discount mail order and others have dropped off. So, I understand the financial pressures.

I'm sure G will continue with a dedicated following, which still exists. 
Garden Railways Magazine has given us so much, and sad to see it go.

Paul

 

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 1:04 AM

Rene,

I've said it elsewhere, but thanks to you and all the staff for a wonderful product through which I've me the wonderful people that got my trains out of their boxes and into the garden where they belong!

Aloha,

Eric

P.S. I too, was experiencing the same issues with the forum and was curious about its fate.

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Posted by Rene Schweitzer on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 9:40 AM

Everyone, I honestly don't know the future of the forum. Kalmbach is working on a revamp of the train-related family of websites, and with this news, it throws a wrench in the works. Sadly, there are lot of things to deal with in the coming months.

 

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Posted by chocho willy on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 10:29 AM

Rene, am I reading the latest announcement correct in that 2020 will only have 3 issues instead of 4, will subscribers receive something else for the missing issue? Thanks, Bill

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Posted by Postwar Paul on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 6:02 PM

I have noticed occasional  trouble logging into the forums, both CTT and GR. I don't worry about it too much.... many times Saturday afternoon, and I think it's just heavy traffic, too many people logging in or viewing.

I usually just try back later, and it works fine.

We still have LGB/ Marklin and Piko cranking out product, so we'll be just fine.

Gonna miss the magazine, though....

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Posted by PVT Kanaka on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 12:14 AM
Thank you, Rene, with the update regarding the forum.
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Posted by Rene Schweitzer on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 8:28 AM

chocho willy

Rene, am I reading the latest announcement correct in that 2020 will only have 3 issues instead of 4, will subscribers receive something else for the missing issue? Thanks, Bill

 

 

Bill, you will receive Model Railroader for any remaining issues on your subscription. If you'd rather receive another magazine or get a refund, please contact customer service for that. MR is going to start including seasonal large-scale content and perhaps even a regular column. With the news being so fresh, nothing is fully firm yet.

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Posted by chocho willy on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 11:32 AM

Too bad being as we are in Florida I always look for the wintery one with the snow, take care and thanks for the reply, Bill

 

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