Thoughts and musings on the hobby of narrow gauge model railroading from editor Bob Brown.
Jim Vail, MMR, passed away January 28, 2018: he was 83. Jim was a close friend, and a long-time GAZETTE author. Irene and I will miss him greatly.
While reviewing Charles Given’s new book From Main Lines to Logging Lines, I was struck by how similar his and my rail fanning experiences have been. I also remembered Charles’ major contributions to the founding of the GAZETTE.
The January 1948 issue of Model Railroader was special to me. It was a good year for a teenager interested in narrow gauge model railroads.
While talking with Jim Vail about his column for this issue, I mentioned that I would like to visit his layout during an operating session. Jim holds ops sessions every other month, alternating with Dave Adams’ magnificent On3 Durlin Branch of the Denver & Rio Grande Western.
Seeing the late Ted Wurm’s photo of Motorcar #23 in our January/February 2017 issue brought back memories.
I hope you will agree that the magazine you are holding is little changed from the GAZETTE that you have become used to. However, there are a few small changes.