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FOR IMMEDIATED RELEASE: (Bucklin, Missouri) – White River Productions has acquired Railroad Model Craftsman and Railfan & Railroad magazines, effective September 1, 2014. The asset purchase agreement between Carstens Publications and White River Productions was completed Thursday, August 28, 2014.

Carstens Publications’ final issues of the two titles are the June issues, and future issues will be produced by White River Productions. Staff assignments for the two publications have not yet been determined. Included in the agreement is the Books Division of Carstens Publications, which will continue under White River Productions. Not included is Flying Models magazine.

“We are excited to welcome these two Carstens titles to our family of White River Productions publications,” said Kevin EuDaly, president of White River Productions. “These magazines are an important part of railroad publications and White River Productions looks forward to continuing their legacies.” Subscribers will be pleased to know existing subscriptions are to be honored and fulfilled by the new ownership. Fulfillment will be based on the number of remaining issues in existing subscriptions. Due to the need to get the magazines’ cover dates current, a combined issue scenario will likely be employed, but the number of issues owed to each subscriber will be adjusted accordingly.

“If you have six issues left on your subscription, you will receive six issues,” EuDaly said. The magazines’ new mailing address for all subscriber, reader, and industry communication is the Bucklin address.

Advertisers should contact Mike Lindsay of White River Productions at 800-282-3291 or via email at ads@railfan.com, ads@modelcraftsman.com, or ads@modelrailroadnews.com. Mike will be managing advertising for the new titles.

About the Carstens’ Publications

Railroad Model Craftsman magazine was founded in 1933 by Emanuele Stieri as The Model Craftsman, aimed at all areas of scale modeling. Ownership of the publishing company passed in 1934 to Charles Penn. In 1949 the name of the publication was changed to Railroad Model Craftsman, with a focus on the scale model train hobby exclusively. Hal Carstens joined the publishing firm in 1952 and purchased the company in 1963, renaming it Carstens Publications.

Railfan & Railroad in concept goes back to 1968 when future Railroad Model Craftsman editor Tony Koester along with Jim Boyd pitched the idea to Carstens for a “railfan’s” magazine. By 1971 Jim Boyd had joined Carstens to work on Flying Models, and in 1974 Railfan was born as a quarterly publication.

It went to six times a year in 1977, and monthly in 1987. In 1979 it was merged with the defunct Railroad magazine (which began in 1906 as Railroad Man’s Magazine), becoming Railfan & Railroad. The magazine was edited by Jim Boyd from its inception until his retirement in 1998, after which Steve Barry took over as Editor.

About White River Productions

Founded in 1992 by Kevin EuDaly, President, White River Productions is currently producing 22 historical society magazines plus calendars, books, and other peripheral items such as membership brochures, advertising rate cards, annual meet announcements, and ballots. The company also publishes Model Railroad News, Railroads Illustrated, Passenger Train Journal, The Railroad Press magazine, and now Railroad Model Craftsman and Railfan & Railroad magazines. The company began when owner Kevin EuDaly decided to write and publish the book Missouri Pacific Diesel Power. He produced The Eagle for the Missouri Pacific Historical Society from 1993 to 1996 and picked up the editor’s reins again for the MPHS in 2010. In between, he has edited and produced numerous historical society publications. His wife, Nadean, manages day-to-day operations at White River Productions.

PO Box 48, Bucklin MO 64631

(877) 787-2467

email: info@whiteriverproductions.com

Website: whiteriverproductions.com

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Railfan & Railroad - June 2014

RAILFAN vol. 33 No. 6/RAILROAD vol. 136 no. 4

This Month's Features

28 SPECIAL: Streamliners at Spencer/Steve Barry
More than 26 historic locomotives converged on the North Carolina Transportation Museum for a special event enjoyed by thousands.

32 Uniquely Newfie/Joe McMillan
In a seemingly forgotten corner of the Canadian National empire, the old Newfoundland Railway was like taking a trip back in time.

42 The Last Call/David Silver
These rolling oases could once be found on commuter trains nationwide, now Metro-North closes out the era of the “bar car.”

DIGITAL EXTRA: A Rainy Day in Georgia/Steve Barry
Sometimes you don’t have a choice when you have driven hundreds of miles to capture a unique short line operation

 

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Departments

Departures/commentary: Alexander Craghead

Preservation Topics/museums and historic groups: Otto M. Vondrak

On the Menu/dining by rail: James D. Porterfield

Railroadiana/new products, books and videos

Capitol Lines/news from Washington: Wes Vernon

Railnews/top news stories and photos

Transit Currents/transit news: George M. Smerk

Markers/editorial commentary

Advertising Index/the railfan marketplace

Final Frame

 

On The Cover

Railfan & RailroadThe locomotive that came the longest distance to attend Spencer was Doyle McCormack’s "Nickel Plate 190." The locomotive, one of just two Alco PA’s in the United States, takes a spin on the turntable on May 29, 2014, the first day of the “Streamliners at Spencer” event. See page 28 for a special report on this once in a lifetime experience. MICHAEL T. BURKHART PHOTO

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