18 years ago
rather than anything else. Their last membership increase a few years
ago pushed my membership in Canadian dollars to around $55.00 a year.
Since the most "benefit" I was receiving was the NMRA Bulletin
newsletter, and it didn't amount to much, I changed my membership to
sustaining that does away with the Bulletin. This was about $22.00 a
year cheaper, and I did not miss the publication.
This week I received a welcomed surprise - a check from the NMRA
treasurer for one of my photos they used on the October Bulletin cover!
I had sent some photos several years ago, and did not realize they still
had any on hand. Since I don't get it, I borrowed a copy from a
friend. Wow, lots of changes since I stopped getting it! It's now
called "Scale Rails" and in very teeny type "and NMRA Bulletin".
Lots of changes, former editor Terry Bacus is back. The front three
quarters of the publication almost appears to be an independent hobby
publication, but some of the old material is still there - the
official's columns, the corny "Thumbz" cartoons, etc. The last quarter
of the issue is the actual NMRA Bulletin - membership news.
So the "new" Scale Rails is sort of new, but with lots of the "old".
I'm not sure what the idea was, to make it more like an commercial
publication or what. It does seem to be more interesting.
One thing this is sadly interesting is the membership thermometer; the
latest info from July of 2003 shows only 20,493 NMRA members. When I
got the Bulletin, I recall the numbers always seemed to be hovering
around 23- 25K. Looks like quite a few members have lost interest (or
Just passing along some info!