White River Acquires Railfan & Railroad


Railfan & Railroad Magazine isn’t dead just yet. White River Productions, which publishes various railroad historical society magazines, announced that it has acquired R&R plus Railroad Model Craftsman from Carstens Publications.

Carstens, which had published the magazines for decades, went out of business on Aug. 22. The agreement to purchase Railfan & Railroad and Railroad Model Craftsman will become effective on Sept. 1.

R&R June cover

The June cover of the last issue of Railfan & Roadroad that was produced by Carstens Publications.

In a news release posted on its website, White River said staff assignments for Railfan and Railroad have yet to be determined.

Steve Barry had been the editor of the magazine at the time that Carstens suspended publication.

White River said it would finish production of the June issues of both magazines and mail them to subscribers.

Kevin EuDaly, president of White River, said that in order to get the cover dates current some issues might be combined. However, he said that subscribers will receive the number of issues still left on their subscription.

“If you have six issues left on your subscription, you will receive six issues,” he said.

The agreement with Carstens to purchase its assets, which was consummated on Aug. 28, also includes the acquisition of books division of Carstens. The agreement does not include another Carstens magazine, Flying Models.

“We are excited to welcome these two Carstens titles to our family of White River Productions publications,” EuDaly said. “These magazines are an important part of railroad publications and White River Productions looks forward to continuing their legacies.”

The mailing address for the magazines for subscriber, reader, and industry communication is the Bucklin, Mo., address for White River. (P.O. Box 48, Bucklin, MO 64631).

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 managimanaging advertising for the new titles.

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 late Jim Boyd was editor of Railfan & Railroad  from its inception until his retirement in 1998.

White River Productions was founed by EuDaly in 1992.  It produces 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 and The Railroad Press magazine.

The company began when 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.

The White River website is http://www.whiteriverproductions.com



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