Thoughts and musings on the hobby of narrow gauge model railroading from editor Bob Brown.
Jim Vail passed away January 28, 2018. He told his daughter, Kate, that he did not want a memorial service – but did want his operating crew and friends to gather and run his layout one last time.
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.