RJT posted:

Keystone: I just recently started unpacking CCT since day one and about 20 years of OGR and assorted other magazines and learned the same thing rediscovering good and relevant articles on layout building and Post War repair.

Rick,

Right you are. 

Post (and Pre) War trains are still the same as they were when made over a half a century ago. I've even found relevant articles in Model Builder mags from 80-90 or so years ago. Lastly, I like how proper everyone spoke/wrote back then, just seems classier than how things are written now

I never buy dead-tree magazines.....or books, because I can't read them what with those tiny print fonts. A few minutes and eyestrain drives me away. I read books using a Kindle Fire with the font-size big enough to be comfortable.  Likewise a digital subscription to OGR is the-cat's-meow for me and access to all back-issues makes me a pig in mud. 

Lew

 

Operator of the Plywood Empire Route in the Beautiful Berkshires

Growing old is so much more fun than the only alternative.

Lew, I am getting like you with the eyestrain.  Even after getting my cataracts removed, I still have issues with some paper print material.  I still do okay with OGR and CTT magazines, but some books; no.  Train shows, I have trouble watching HO layouts, much less N and Z trains.

I was looking at the magazine boxes I have and am thinking about flipping through the oldest first to see what I may keep, but most will be recycled.  We have a space issue in this small house.

Mark Boyce posted:

Lew, I am getting like you with the eyestrain.  Even after getting my cataracts removed, I still have issues with some paper print material.  I still do okay with OGR and CTT magazines, but some books; no.  Train shows, I have trouble watching HO layouts, much less N and Z trains.

I was looking at the magazine boxes I have and am thinking about flipping through the oldest first to see what I may keep, but most will be recycled.  We have a space issue in this small house.

Mark, we have space issues here as well, even though we actually upsized with 1050sqft instead of the 780sqft we had in Bethel Park. But for the first time ever we have room for a sewing room AND a train room so it's all good. But given the choice between storing magazines/books or having more layout space my answer is a no-brainer! 

Lew

 

Operator of the Plywood Empire Route in the Beautiful Berkshires

Growing old is so much more fun than the only alternative.

Lew, Sewing room and train room!  Everyone is happy!

I just went back through the oldest two years of that other magazine and pulled out some articles I wanted to keep, then put the magazines in recycling.  I kept 5 articles.  All 5 were on layouts or tips from people I know here or on FaceBook.  I'll let Waste Management manage the rest!  

in the 1990s I actually bought up several collections of old OGR and CTT as train fever had struck me again.  Now I am trying to convince myself to get rid of them, including the ones that were caught in various water leaks through the years and have deteriorated.  Digital is definitely the way to go, so I may be following that link Rich posted for a digital subscription...

 

I would characterize myself as seemingly a hoarder when it came to printed items, magazines and catalogs.  A few years ago I tried to sell all my back issues of OGR and CTT, not a single offer.  I then tried to give them all away, same result, zero interest.  In the recycler they went, it actually took a few weeks to get rid of them all.  I still have my catalogs pretty much 20 years worth.  At some point those will go too.  

As some have pointed out once you go digital you don't go back and I firmly believe that.  It's the same as when I went Mac, tired of the blue screening of the PC, bit the bullet and all good.

John

Oak, Black Lab, Constant Companion, 12-4-1994 to 12-18-2006 TCA 03-55425
Alentown posted:

Only recently have I been giving consideration to finding a source for some fifteen years of OGR and CTT. Without an index for story location I never really go back to look for information that interested me in the past. I really like the printed versions of the magazines as I can take them along to my deck, the car, McDonald's, doctor's office, etc. Already, the growth of FB and other web-based sources of information of all kinds has taken me away from the forum more than I like. 

Hang on just a little longer...we are working on some sort of index over the next few months!

Alan Arnold
CEO/Publisher
O Gauge Railroading magazine
adman@ogaugerr.com
800-980-OGRR (6477)

mwb posted:
palallin posted:

On the contrary:  print IS worthy of preservation.  Unlike electronic material, it doesn't go anywhere when the plug is pulled or the wrong button is pressed.

I not only keep all mine permanently--if I have to downsize, my mags and books will be the LAST thing to go--I keep mags that are older than I am (Trains going 'WAY back).

Same, almost.  I have RMC back to '55, several decades of NG&SLG, nearly complete Traction & Models, near complete Trolley Talk, near complete O Scale News, and complete O Scale Trains.  Exception: I tossed all of the OGR ~20 years ago and never looked back.

Gee Martin...thanks for your support....  Nice thing to say/imply especially since you get to do so for FREE here as Editor of your magazine O Scale Trains......

Alan Arnold
CEO/Publisher
O Gauge Railroading magazine
adman@ogaugerr.com
800-980-OGRR (6477)

I provide past issues as well as the current issue to local libraries.  Many also have book drives which is a good time to donate.  Each time I have gone into the library to check on the magazines, they all have been gone with the possible except of a few.  When I asked if the mags were being recycled, I was told that folks were picking them up and were among the most popular!   So....you may want to consider taking your old issues of whatever kind of magazine to the library and let others enjoy!

Alan Arnold
CEO/Publisher
O Gauge Railroading magazine
adman@ogaugerr.com
800-980-OGRR (6477)

OGR CEO-PUBLISHER posted:

I provide past issues as well as the current issue to local libraries.  Many also have book drives which is a good time to donate.  Each time I have gone in to the library to check on the magazines, they all have been gone with the possible except of a few.  When I asked if the mags were being recycled, I was told that folks were picking them up and were among the most popular!   So....you may want to consider taking your old issues of whatever kind of magazine to the library and let others enjoy!

I'll give that a try, however I am worried about the state of print at local libraries. I went to mine recently to use a meeting room, and decided to peruse the book aisles. I was aghast that they had been significantly thinning the shelves. There were nowhere near the number of books I had seen in the past. They only had two train books. Yet, they had ten rows of DVD movies!

George 

I keep them all, but have storage room for them.  I still have computer magazines such as Byte and Kilobaud from when computers were being built by hobbyists.  Road & Track, Car & Driver, etc, in the 70's and 80's.  Maybe some old Sears catalogs too...

OGR CEO-PUBLISHER posted:

Hang on just a little longer...we are working on some sort of index over the next few months!

In addition to adding ALL the issues of OGR magazine to the digital section, this makes retaining digital copies only even more attractive. That just might put an end to saving all my print copies. However, I still prefer print versions for reading.

I'll be watching for the index! Great new feature, Thank You!  

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