Old issues of MRR

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  1. kchronister

    kchronister Member

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    I went home (St. Louis) to visit last week, and went to the Natl. Museum of Transport as long as I was there...

    In the gift shop I found what I thought was a treasure trove - years and years of Model Railroader neatly shrink-wrapped by year and for sale. The 90's-era was $0.50 each or a full year for $10.00. Sorry gang, those got bought out by me.

    They also had a bunch of 50's-80's there which weren't of interest to me... Or more specfically, I already had 6 years worth of MRR to haul back to NY and had to prioritize so picked the more recent ones...

    Anyone in the vicinity who wants them, I think it a pretty good price... The older ones (50-60's) were a tad more, but still relatively cheap...

    Kris
  2. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

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    Valuable resource for sure! 50's to 80's MR will teach you to build an empire from poop using stone tools.
  3. kchronister

    kchronister Member

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    In that case, I should go walk the dog and look for rocks...
  4. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

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    :eek: :D :eek: :D :eek: EEEE, Gad! My secret is out!!!! :eek: :D :eek: :D :eek:

    Anything written after 1982 gives me a rash. I even get this nervous tick when Malcohm Furlow is mentioned. The guys at the club play this against me when I mention the virtues of open frame motors and rubber tubing drive lines....
  5. Glen Haasdyk

    Glen Haasdyk Active Member

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    Actually I started Model RRing in the 1980's and already have a large collection of the magazines from that era. I still read them from time to time. There are a few things that I miss, like building and rolling stock plans, and the step-by-step building projects that seem to be lacking now.
  6. Dave Farquhar

    Dave Farquhar Member

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    Kris, I've been eyeing that same stash at the museum. You're right, the price is awfully good for the wisdom contained within.

    I really miss the building and rolling stock plans. I always look for old magazines at train shows, flea markets, rummage sales, and anywhere else I've ever had luck finding them. We have better materials--or at least a better variety of materials--to work with today, but there was a lot more craftsmanship going on back then.
  7. kchronister

    kchronister Member

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    Shaygetz -

    In that case you should buy up my old Athearn rubber-band-drive units. They have open frame motors, rubber-tube connectors AND rubber-band drive to the wheels! An iconoclast's dream!
  8. shaygetz

    shaygetz Active Member

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    Actually....I've always wanted a matched A-A or A-B-A set of those Hi-F drives. The ones I've found always have the shaft support towers too worn out. I would love to see how well they would behave with a good DCC decoder in them...could you imagine the looks once the shell was removed?