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55130Re: Ztrack, Plans for 2008

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  • Tom Browning
    Jan 1, 2008
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      I 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


      --- In z_scale@yahoogroups.com, ztrack@... wrote:
      >
      > With today being the last day of 2007, I thought I would share our
      plans and
      > thoughts for 2008. First, I would like to announce that two long
      running
      > columns will be ending. Jeffrey MacHan's Last Spike will end with
      the
      > 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,
      it
      > 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
      grateful for
      > 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
      Z scale
      > 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
      Ztrack, but
      > with little success. We are looking for track plans of Marklin
      track,
      > 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,
      associated art
      > and graphics as well as conceptual plans. If you are interested,
      please contact
      > us off-line.
      >
      > The second area we would like to focus on is module clubs and
      modules. We
      > would like to see at least one article in every issue of Ztrack
      dedicated to
      > 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
      is
      > important we share the work of module builders with the Z
      community. The
      > 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
      our
      > coverage of these areas. Finally, we are looking for more how-to
      and instructional
      > articles.
      >
      > We see so much amazing work being done on the forums, that it is
      amazing. I
      > do hope and encourage those doing this work to submit articles to
      Ztrack. A
      > 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.
      Deane Shepard
      > is working extremely hard to bring in new advertisers, which will
      allow Ztrack
      > to grow and increase our content. This is not necessarily an easy
      task, but
      > Deane is already doing an exceptional job. Thank you Deane!
      >
      > The last area I want to talk about is the web. John Cubbin has
      created two
      > outstanding websites for us. Ztrack.com is a beautiful site that
      promotes Ztrack
      > incredibly well. We are planning to increase content on the site.
      John has
      > visions of creating an HTML newsletter and we will be working on
      that in the new
      > year.
      >
      > Ztrack Center is our new retail web site. Look for new products to
      appear in
      > 2008. Ztrack is in the process of bringing in two new lines from
      Germany,
      > 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
      car runs
      > with Micro-Trains.
      >
      > As we move into 2008, it looks like another exciting year for Z
      scale. Ztrack
      > is growing and adapting as the scale grows. It is a wonderful time
      to be in
      > Z!
      >
      > Happy New Year!
      > Rob Kluz
      >
      > Ztrack Magazine Ltd.
      > 6142 Northcliff Blvd.
      > Dublin, OH 43016
      > phone/fax: (614) 764-1703
      > http://www.ztrack.com/
      > Distributor American Z Line
      >
      >
      >
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