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Presumably magazines similar in content to CM, MR, BRM etc. are published in Germany, France and so on, does anyone know any of them? (language is not a problem).

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Hello Jeremy,
there are 4 French magazines that are worth a look: Loco Revue, RMF (Rail Miniature Flash), Le Train and Voies Ferrées. The latter 2 cover prototype and modelling (about half and half) whereas the first 2 are mainly modelling with small prototype sections.

I get the first 2 regularly and enjoy both.

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Neil. it's a fine looking magazine and I did find something I'm interested in but it all appears to in German. Is there an English language site or are all their publications in German.
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Charles Emerson
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QUOTE (neil_s_wood @ 30 Jan 2009, 07:20) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Eisenbahn Journal is an excellent German magazine.
 

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QUOTE (Ozzie21 @ 30 Jan 2009, 21:38) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Neil. it's a fine looking magazine and I did find something I'm interested in but it all appears to in German. Is there an English language site or are all their publications in German.
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Unfortunately it's all in German mate. I have been laboriously working through some of their CD rom discs and translating the PDF's with a limited degree of success. It's very time consuming but given the lack of info on German rail from Epoch 1 and 2 I don't really have any other option. The CDroms are excellent value for money. I got one on the Landerbahn (German equivelant of pregrouping) which has about 70 odd mags on it and it was only about 12 Euros or something neglible.
 

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I concur with Neil,

There are several very good German Mags - the 5 biggest monthlies are probably
Eisenbahn Journal
Modelleisenbahner
Eisenbahn Magazin
MIBA
Eisenbahn Kurier
I get contacts to send me the occasional issue, or when colleagues go OS they bring them back for me.

They all have pros and cons and probably as value for money for content EisenbahnMagazin is probably the best, but I've always had a soft spot for EJ and MIBA because of the paper quality and photos (EJ) and the actual stronger modelling content and 'Zugbildung' articles from Michael Meinhold in MIBA. They all publish various 'Special editions' on prototype or modelling subject matter.

EJ, EM, ME and EK are generally in a half prototype/half model content format, while MIBA is more model content.
EM always has a foldout scale drawing in the middle (of locos or rolling stock) - EM also does good comparative reviews (with scores) when models of the same prototype are available from different manufacturers, and an occasional feature 'Das Vorbild als Vorbild' for example which takes a modellable prototype and translates it to layout plans. I suscribed to EM when I lived in Germany and up until about 1996.
EJ is much more pictorial in general, big format and great content (often with a double page centrefold as a sort of Poster). Rather than keep searching for my odd old copies (colllected over 25y) around the house, and trying to figure out whether my missus has chucked them out or not, I just received, for 33Euro, the archive of every monthly issue from 1975 until Dezember 2008 ! 33 years worth of monthly issues in a 2CD set!

As Neil says, the EJ Specials on prototypes (I have the publications on classes 01, 03, 18.4-6, 50, 56, 64, 75, 78, 82, 86, 98) are very very informative, while the MIBA specials on modelling subject matter (eg Zugbildung v1-3, Nebenbahn, Eingleisige Hauptbahnen, Signalling Practice, etc) are also invaluable reference sources.

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There is also a Russian magazine called Lokotrans which is a mix of model and full size railway stuff. It comes out every month and is - naturally - in Russian though I use PROMPT tranlator on the net to help me understand. the news sections on whats available are excellent as are the drawings and photos. The magazine can be obtained here:http://www.russian-railways.com/ and if you are in Moscow it is available at main railway stations (they say).

It has a website which has been down for the past few days here:http://www.lokotrans.info/. I would also point out that I have tried to email them direct a number of times without success.
 

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Following the discussion of continental magazines, I subscribe to MIBA (Miniaturbahnen) and enjoy it greatly. If anyone would like to have these magazines, perhaps a couple of months or so after they have appeared, I would be pleased to pass them on at no charge beyond the cost of stamps and envelopes. Send a PM if you are interested.
Incidentally enthusiasts of the MIBA will be sad to hear that Michael Meinhold, the former editor and later a leading contributor to the magazine, died at the beginning of January of pancreatic cancer. He was a few days short of his 62nd birthday. The current issue of the magazine carries an obituary. He had a vast fund of knowledge, particularly in the rather specialist area of the make-up of passenger trains, which is a complicated subject in Germany where until recently most express trains carried a variety of through coaches that were attached and detached along their journey. Meinhold's style was concise, amusing and self-deprecatory, qualities which are relatively infrequently found in German writing, and it is a great loss that we will not be able to enjoy it in the future.

Chris Thomas
 
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