55130Re: Ztrack, Plans for 2008
- Jan 1, 2008I will surely miss Jeffery's and John's columns. But I look forward
to a new ZTrack look and feel. Best of luck for 2008, Rob.
Tom in Dallas
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> With today being the last day of 2007, I thought I would share our
> thoughts for 2008. First, I would like to announce that two long
> columns will be ending. Jeffrey MacHan's Last Spike will end with
> January/February issue. This long running column has chronicled
Jeffrey's VEC and travels.
> Over 40 articles have appeared in Ztrack during the past 7 years.
It has been
> an amazing run.
> John Bartolotto's Z Web Search column is also ending. At this time,
> appears the November/December 2007 column will be his last. John
has been sharing
> amazing Z scale-oriented web sites in every issue of Ztrack. John
is moving on,
> as is his column. Of course both will live on in our back issues!
> We are sorry to lose these outstanding columns, but we are very
> the work Jeffrey and John have done. Thank you to you both!
> With one door closing, another opens. I feel there are areas of the
> community and interests that we need to enhance our coverage on.
The first area
> is track plans. We have been trying to increase track plans in
> with little success. We are looking for track plans of Marklin
> Micro-Trains track, flex track and even module configurations.
Ztrack is also looking to
> add a column for someone who can help us create track plans,
> and graphics as well as conceptual plans. If you are interested,
> us off-line.
> The second area we would like to focus on is module clubs and
> would like to see at least one article in every issue of Ztrack
> modules. This would include club news and a featured module of the
issue. I think
> modules are one of the most exciting aspects of Z today. I think it
> important we share the work of module builders with the Z
> November/December 2007 issue of Ztrack will feature Robert Ray's
Time Saver Module. We
> hope this article will be a kick off to regular module features.
> The third area is increased coverage of European Z layouts. About
40% of our
> readers are interested in European prototypes. We need to increase
> coverage of these areas. Finally, we are looking for more how-to
> We see so much amazing work being done on the forums, that it is
> do hope and encourage those doing this work to submit articles to
> large portion of our readers do not follow the forums and we would
love to share
> your creations with our complete readership.
> Ztrack is also working to increase our page count and content.
> is working extremely hard to bring in new advertisers, which will
> to grow and increase our content. This is not necessarily an easy
> Deane is already doing an exceptional job. Thank you Deane!
> The last area I want to talk about is the web. John Cubbin has
> outstanding websites for us. Ztrack.com is a beautiful site that
> incredibly well. We are planning to increase content on the site.
> visions of creating an HTML newsletter and we will be working on
that in the new
> Ztrack Center is our new retail web site. Look for new products to
> 2008. Ztrack is in the process of bringing in two new lines from
> which will add almost 200 more products to the site. Thank you John
for all of
> your hard work and dedication!
> Ztrack will continue to offer subscriber specials on AZL new
releases and spec
> ial imprint cars from FR. We are also looking to continue special
> with Micro-Trains.
> As we move into 2008, it looks like another exciting year for Z
> is growing and adapting as the scale grows. It is a wonderful time
to be in
> Happy New Year!
> Rob Kluz
> Ztrack Magazine Ltd.
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> Dublin, OH 43016
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