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  • Lee Barry
    I am on that e-mail list. I also had just had a new member of the group and new to our scale of mrrng talk to MRN in regards to their mag. They sent him a
    Message 1 of 8 , Dec 17, 2011
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      I am on that e-mail list. I also had just had a"new" member of the group and new to our scale of mrrng talk to MRN in regards to their mag. They sent him a sample copy and he was going to take out a sub. next year. He is like I am on a fixed income. Think it's easy living on SS, try it. Lee barry

      --- On Fri, 12/16/11, Kevin <hobbycraftsnmore@...> wrote:

      From: Kevin <hobbycraftsnmore@...>
      Subject: [Z_Scale] Re: Unused subscription time of Model Railroad News
      To: z_scale@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Friday, December 16, 2011, 10:39 PM


      Hi Everyone

      He has been letting people who are on his email news letter know what up.

      Here are the two post i got

      12/09/11 08:30 PM

      When I started Model Railroad News nearly 17 years ago, I had a vision of
      creating a one-stop resource that would provide quality news and content to
      help modelers of all scales and backgrounds make the most informed
      decisions they could prior to plopping their hard-earned hobby dollars on
      the hobby shelf. In the years that passed I was blessed to see the magazine
      grow in size, content, and staff. I have enjoyed reading the letters that
      come through the office each month sharing how Model Railroad News has
      impacted our readers. I have relished shaking hands at shows and talking to
      you in person. And I cherish every relationship I've formed with readers,
      writers, and advertisers over the years.

      As with many small businesses, we've been adversely affected by a down
      economy. While our advertiser base has remained steady, we've watched our
      subscriber circulation continue to whittle away, some as the result of
      passing from one life to the next, some because the reader just was no
      longer able to afford any extra expenses. At the same time we also watched
      our production prices increase rapidly, and tried to be as frugal as
      possible without passing too much of that added burden onto you, our

      One of the things we've always appreciated was being able to operate on our
      own. When the economy collapsed it became alarmingly clear that could not
      continue to be the case. Every financial advisor we sought out told us the
      same thing: Model Railroad News is a strong viable business and well worth
      the investment, however, we are not offering any business loans at the

      We were given a glimmer of hope with a group of local investors this fall
      and had plans of not only being able to get caught back up to our normal
      production schedule, but looked forward to being able to invest in some new
      marketing and business tools that would allow us to continue to be
      competitive in the model railroad publishing market.

      Sadly, those discussions came to an unhappy end this week just as we were
      preparing to go to press with our combined November/December edition, and
      we've been forced to make the most difficult decision we've ever been faced
      with — attempt to continue without any way of fully being able to meet all
      of our financial obligations, or close shop.

      After much thought and discussion I regret to announce that effective
      immediately, Model Railroad News will no longer be published. It has been a
      pleasure and an honor serving you these past 16 years and if there was any
      way to continue on, we would do so without a second thought.

      Thank you for welcoming us into your homes and allowing us to be a part of
      your lives.

      UPDATE 12/13/11 — It is going to take a few weeks to straighten everything
      out in terms to what comes next. Even though we lack the funds to continue
      publishing, there are several ways that our subscriptions could still be
      fulfilled in a satisfactory manner. I am currently in talks with a number
      of people to decide the best course of action to take. One of those still
      includes pressing on with Model Railroad News in print. If our only course
      of action is to refund subscriptions, then that will be handled by a
      professional team.


      Michael W. Lindsay


      Hobby Crafts N More

      --- In z_scale@yahoogroups.com, Lee Barry <z_scale2@...> wrote:
      > Hey group,
      > Has anyone been told what Mike Lindsay of Lamplight Publishing is planning to do with the unused portions of the subscribers unused subs.
      > I have tried numerous times to get him or someone to return my calls and e-mails. You know we put our faith in him and his people and supported it even when he changed the format. Would it be too much for him to have:
      > 1) posted an announcement that he was out of business
      > 2) let his subs know about our remaining subs
      > Lee Barry

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