Model Railway Journal is the only magazine I buy every issue, well model railway magazine as I get Railway Bylines too. I do read Railway Modeller too as my dad gets that, but MRJ is the only one I actually pay for myself!
I once got called elitist for saying online that MRJ is the only magazine I buy myself! Sadly inverted snobbery seems prevalent in some parts of our hobby – it’s such a shame as it puts people off exploring the hobby.
While certain magazines seem to regurgitate the same content all the time via their staff writers, MRJ is still has a wide range of authors and the topics range from more basic, core techniques to delightfully complex projects. Plus layouts of course! Not every issue will have things exactly in line with your interests but that doesn’t mean that you can’t learn from articles. For example, the latest MRJ has an article on rewheeling and converting the new Bachmann J72 to EM Gauge – much if it can be applied to rewheeling diesels too. Not the obvious perhaps but an open mind and looking at all sorts of different eras and genres within our hobby is important I think. And this is exactly why I love MRJ. There’s no dumbing down either, MRJ treats the reader with respect.
The latest issue of MRJ is edited by Karl Crowther, whose work many of you will recognise from EM Gauge 70s. Hywel Thomas’ Morfa Bank Sidings features and it’s lovely! I’ve watched its progress on EM Gauge 70s and it’s delightful – a mix of BR and industrial which always appeals to me, especially the BSC locomotives. Absolutely delightful.
Karl Crowther’s new project, The Kentside Branch, features in this issue too – it’s based on the Furness Railway, which is a real interest of mine. It’s not the sort of article which the other magazines really do. It’s the sort of article which makes you think – I wonder how many people are now thinking if home based projects rather than exhibition layouts in the current climate?
Model Railway Journal is a magazine which makes you think, but most if all it’s one if the gems if our hobby and we should saviour it.