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Is Carstens still publishing?

Postby RAS » Sat Aug 09, 2014 6:35 am

Print Subscribers received the June RMC in the mail in early August, three months late on the normal publishing schedule.

I haven't heard of anyone seeing a print copy of June Railfan & Railroad or Flying Models.

Does anyone have any up to date news on Carstens Publications? Are they still publishing?
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Re: Is Carstens still publishing?

Postby Dick H » Thu Aug 21, 2014 6:59 am

Unconfirmed report in the All Aboard Yahoo Group that Railroad Model Craftsman
and Railfan and Railroad are shutting down August 22nd.
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Re: Is Carstens still publishing?

Postby ladder2 » Thu Aug 21, 2014 4:23 pm

According to their just updated website Aug 21, at 3PM they are looking for somebody to buy them out. They have not published Railfan and Railroad since May 2014. They are asking for time to continue operations but it sounds like a futile plea.
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Re: Is Carstens still publishing?

Postby Aa3rt » Fri Aug 22, 2014 12:21 am

I went to the website and could find nothing regarding the topic of ceasing publication or looking for a buyer. Could you elaborate as to where you saw this?

http://carstens-publications.com/

EDIT: The announcement is not on the Carstens webpage but on the Facebook page. Here's the announcement: "Carstens Publications has announced that negotiations are taking place with several companies regarding the future publishing of Railfan & Railroad, Railroad Model Craftsman, and Flying Models magazines. All involved ask for your patience at this time."
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Re: Is Carstens still publishing?

Postby ladder2 » Fri Aug 22, 2014 9:36 am

Also available at http://railfan.com/railnews/ for the oficial announcement from Carstens. It does not look good for future publication
of Railfan and Railroad. Question I have, they had me send 37.50 back in April to extend my subscription to late 2016, if they go under do I get anything back? Or am I considered an unsecured creditor??
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Re: Is Carstens still publishing?

Postby century430 » Fri Aug 22, 2014 12:23 pm

There are some of us that have had feature stories in the magazine and have been waiting YEARS to be paid for them as we had been promised. The Editors always did their best to ameliorate the situation as it was out of their hands and could sympathize with how we felt, but I know several who said they would never do any work for them again. Hopefully anyone who had material in their office gets it returned.

Let's hope that another publisher picks up the magazine.

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Re: Is Carstens still publishing?

Postby charlie6017 » Fri Aug 22, 2014 2:26 pm

century430 wrote:There are some of us that have had feature stories in the magazine and have been waiting YEARS to be paid for them as we had been promised. The Editors always did their best to ameliorate the situation as it was out of their hands and could sympathize with how we felt, but I know several who said they would never do any work for them again. Hopefully anyone who had material in their office gets it returned.

Let's hope that another publisher picks up the magazine.

Jim Rowland


That's unfortunate for those who have money tied-up in subscriptions as well as materials, as Jim just said. I hope
things work out for Railfan. I enjoy their magazine much more than I do "Trains Magazine", because I feel it's geared
far more toward enthusiasts than the industry itself.

Maybe "White River Productions" can pick them up.......I see that The Railroad Press and White River are working together nowadays.

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Re: Is Carstens still publishing?

Postby RAS » Fri Aug 22, 2014 4:39 pm

Bill Schaumburg, who I would consider to be an unquestionably reliable source, posted on another discussion group a confirmation that today, August 22, was their last day.

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Re: Is Carstens still publishing?

Postby Backshophoss » Fri Aug 22, 2014 5:16 pm

White River Productions has a pretty full plate already,if they pick up RMC,figure on a "merged" mag
with Model Railroad News,and R+R "merged" into what was "CTC Board"
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Re: Is Carstens still publishing?

Postby ladder2 » Fri Aug 22, 2014 7:57 pm

Once again go to http://railfan.com/railnews/ for the update and official announcement of Carstens is out of business as of today 8/22.
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Re: Is Carstens still publishing?

Postby charding » Sun Aug 24, 2014 7:56 am

Yep, here is their announcement - a real shame - but it's all about economics.

[i]"Carstens Publications
August 22nd, 2014
It is with regret that Carstens Publicatons, Inc. will be closing permanently at close of business on Friday, August 22, 2014. Carstens Publications, Inc. has been a leading publisher of leading hobby magazines for over 50 years. Unfortunately the current economic climate has placed us in this position. Discussion is continuing with several parties who expressed desire to take on the continuance of the magazines. At this point there is still hope that all three titles will remain in existence. But I can offer no guarantees. We thank you for your patronage over the years, and wish you the best of luck in your endeavors.

—Henry R. Carstens, President
Carstens Publications, Inc.
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Re: Is Carstens still publishing?

Postby charlie6017 » Sat Aug 30, 2014 1:39 pm

GREAT NEWS!! :-D :-D

White River Productions is purchasing Railfan & Railroad and Railroad Model Craftsman!

http://www.modelrailroadnews.com/PDF/WR ... 140829.pdf

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Re: Is Carstens still publishing?

Postby charding » Tue Sep 02, 2014 3:46 pm

…got the June issue of Railfan today...assuming that this is Carstens' final copy…glad to see that this publication will continue to be published...
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Re: Is Carstens still publishing?

Postby Otto Vondrak » Thu Sep 04, 2014 7:30 am

charding wrote:…got the June issue of Railfan today...assuming that this is Carstens' final copy…glad to see that this publication will continue to be published...


If you're holding the June issue of Railfan & Railroad, then you are indeed holding the last issue produceed by Carstens Publications. The next issues will be produced under the White River Productions banner, and I will continue to work with Steve Barry on future issues. Thanks everyone for your patience while we get everything up and running.

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Re: Is Carstens still publishing?

Postby charding » Wed Oct 15, 2014 3:33 pm

Just got the July-October 2014 Railfan & Railroad magazine - first published by White River Productions. Look like a bridge issue. Onward & upward.
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