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Posted by ATLANTIC CENTRAL on Sunday, July 16, 2017 1:27 PM

gdelmoro

 

 
BigDaddy

The website says 2-4 weeks and 6 weeks to receive the magazine.  According to Wikipedia they have 20,000 members and a staff of four. 

If they had 80 million members like Amazon prime, you would have your membership before you finished reading this sentence.

 

 

 

YIKES

 

Maybe now some of you can realize just how small the model railroading community and industry and are.

By my own research, about one in 20 modelers in North America belongs to the NMRA, Making the whole hobby here only about 400,000.

Yet you all expect prices, products and services like this Amazon or Apple..........

Simply not happening, learn a little about economics and "economy of scale".

God knows corperate big brother has really spoiled us.

I still don't understand what some of you expect from an organization like the NMRA?

Sheldon

    

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Posted by gdelmoro on Sunday, July 16, 2017 1:31 PM

ATLANTIC CENTRAL

 

 
gdelmoro

 

 
BigDaddy

The website says 2-4 weeks and 6 weeks to receive the magazine.  According to Wikipedia they have 20,000 members and a staff of four. 

If they had 80 million members like Amazon prime, you would have your membership before you finished reading this sentence.

 

 

 

YIKES

 

 

 

Maybe now some of you can realize just how small the model railroading community and industry and are.

By my own research, about one in 20 modelers in North America belongs to the NMRA, Making the whole hobby here only about 400,000.

Yet you all expect prices, products and services like this Amazon or Apple..........

Simply not happening, learn a little about economics and "economy of scale".

God knows corperate big brother has really spoiled us.

I still don't understand what some of you expect from an organization like the NMRA?

Sheldon

 

Wow :(

Gary

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Posted by ATLANTIC CENTRAL on Sunday, July 16, 2017 1:44 PM

Gary, at the peak of US production:

Walthers only employed about 50 people,

Athearn only had two or three injection molding machines,

Only a few companies in all of model railroading are publicly held, none in the US.

It is a cottage hobby supplied by a cottage industry......always has been.

Sheldon

 

    

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Posted by gdelmoro on Sunday, August 13, 2017 7:02 AM

Hi all, I got my NMRA membership card and letter in the mail today and started looking at the site. Now, I may very well not know what I'm doing yet or know where/how to find what I'm looking for but so far I'm kind of disappointed.

I began looking around at the NMRA library expecting to see something like the MR digital archive. I spent about 5 minutes moving around trying to click on what I thought were links to articles, information and publications but nothing worked. I finally read that if you want something you need to email your request and someone will send a PDF (assume M-F during business hours). Well THAT was disappointing. Next I figured I would check out some of the videos and found the quality was very poor visually and the content was so old it was not relevant.  For example I selected how to photograph your MR. it was evident shortly after beginning that the presenter (who you couldn't see some times was talking about FILM that you had to send out to be developed and SLR cameras. The video was out of focus and the presenter had to refocus the "SLIDES'" several times.

I gave up.

again I spent a total of about 20 minutes on the site so i have not given it a chance yet.  I plan on spending time learning more about the NMRA site and how I can get information.  Hopefully, I was unlucky and somehow happened not to find the qulaity resources I was expecting.

Gary

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Posted by rogerhensley on Sunday, August 13, 2017 7:19 AM

 

There is just so much there. 20 Minutes couldn't begin to find all of it. In fact, you couldn't even begin to scratch the surface. :-)

 

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Posted by gdelmoro on Sunday, August 13, 2017 7:49 AM

It seems you need to figure out where everything is before you can access what you're looking for.  Well I have until February to figure it all out.

Gary

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Posted by ATLANTIC CENTRAL on Sunday, August 13, 2017 12:23 PM

gdelmoro

It seems you need to figure out where everything is before you can access what you're looking for.  Well I have until February to figure it all out.

 

Gary, remember what I said about the size of this organization.........

And they are currently trying very hard to move into the "modern" tech age, give them a chance.

It all takes time and money, and based on all the "what am I going to get" responses above, we know why they don't have the money.........

Sheldon

    

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Posted by BMMECNYC on Monday, August 14, 2017 5:07 PM

gdelmoro
For example I selected how to photograph your MR. it was evident shortly after beginning that the presenter (who you couldn't see some times was talking about FILM that you had to send out to be developed and SLR cameras. The video was out of focus and the presenter had to refocus the "SLIDES'" several times.

This one:   

https://www.nmra.org/model-railroad-photography

2006 clinic, that was 11 years ago.  I had a film camera in 2006. 

This is a more up to date clinic

https://www.nmra.org/digital-layout-photography-made-easy

This one was filmed in 2009. 

Try this site:

https://www.nmra.org/members

If you cant access it, you need to create a login.

 Signing up for membership does not automatically create a login.  This is something you have to do separately.

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Posted by cuyama on Monday, August 14, 2017 5:33 PM

gdelmoro
I began looking around at the NMRA library expecting to see something like the MR digital archive.

Many folks earlier in this thread suggested that some of the best benefits of the NMRA were in local events and interactions. Not one of them said: “… and the members-only website is amazing”. Because it’s not. It’s improved and improving, but I think you’ll be disappointed if you expect the NMRA website to be the equivalent of commercial publishers’ subscription-only websites. And, really, nobody on this thread suggested that it would be. 

Try to go to a local NMRA event -- you might well be pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable it is.

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Posted by gdelmoro on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 7:04 AM

cuyama

 

 
gdelmoro
I began looking around at the NMRA library expecting to see something like the MR digital archive.

 

Many folks earlier in this thread suggested that some of the best benefits of the NMRA were in local events and interactions. Not one of them said: “… and the members-only website is amazing”. Because it’s not. It’s improved and improving, but I think you’ll be disappointed if you expect the NMRA website to be the equivalent of commercial publishers’ subscription-only websites. And, really, nobody on this thread suggested that it would be. 

Try to go to a local NMRA event -- you might well be pleasantly surprised by how enjoyable it is.

 

Unfortunately, I have MS and that results in mobility issues.  I just don't have the ability to go to meetings, events or clinics so for me, the information, collaboration and other website & forum quality (meaning useful and current information sharing) are paramount.

I have already found several good videos and resources.  I expect to have a good handle on what the NMRA can provide for me by the time my trial membership ends in February.

Gary

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