One of my summer “train projects” will be to clear the garage so that I can get a car into it. One impediment is 55+ years of stored train magazines (mostly Model Railroader) dating back to 1958. What a trip down memory lane this is, since naturally I will want to scan them for keepers (both magazines and articles).
I get to revisit old “friends”: John Armstrong, Linn Wescott, Paul Larson, Whit Towers, Ed Ravenscroft, Allen McClanahan, John Allen, Gordie Odegard, … the great modelers who have gone before and paved the way.
Mantua Metals, Varney, Revell,… $0.89 box car kits ($2.49 RTR), 50 cent MR magazines (25 cents for back issues plus 25 cents shipping). Gem brass imports starting at $14.95, Penn Line $29 engine kits, Aristo Craft PRR position light signals for $2.75, …
Ravenscroft had his operating hump yard and a freight car forwarding system that used a small roulette wheel. The early magazines are extremely tattered (as you would expect from a 12 year old drooling dreamer).
Black and white photos and barren scenery (almost all western) was the norm. That’s why I fell in love with Carl Appel’s Norfolk and Ohio (“centerfold” November 1958). The spotlight seemed to have been on scratching building steam engines.
Anyway the biggest highlights have been from HA Smith’s train oriented cartoons. I’ll share them as I go. Enjoy.