AMRM Dec 2011 preview

 
  Lambing Flat Chief Train Controller

Location: My preference....... Central West NSW, circa 1955....
Greetings all Smile

The December AMRM has been sent to the printer and is expected to be available at all outlets by this Thursday (17 November).




Details of this issue, plus a couple of videos of the feature layout and a video supporting one of the reviews can be found on the AMRM blog: http://australianmodelrailwaymagazine.blogspot.com/

James McInerney
Production Manager
Australian Model Railway Magazine
Ph: (02) 8812 2058

http://www.australianmodelrailways.com
SCR Publications (02) 9311 2036

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  Dieselfan Locomotive Fireman

Just picked up a copy from AHRS @ Central.
  Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
Congratulations James.   It must be a first that you got in the first comment about the upcoming AMRM!!

Cheers.
  ozmoe Station Master

Location: Talbot, Central Victoria
Just picked up a copy from AHRS @ Central.
"Dieselfan"


Can anyone give me a good reason why I should continue my subscription?

I remember when, if you had a magazine subscription it was (a) cheaper, but the best advantage was (b) you got it before it hit the news stands - sometimes up to a week before? With a couple of quite large newsagents near me, I'd be better off keeping the $54 in my pocket and watching these threads for news of its arrival to the newsagent. Or am I wrong?
  TheBlacksmith Chief Commissioner

Location: Ankh Morpork
Yep, you're wrong  8)
  Dieselfan Locomotive Fireman

There is also something to be said about getting an agent of the government to deliver a package containing a magazine that you want for both the pictures and the articles! Wink
  B 67 Chief Commissioner

Location: Central Gippsland
Distribution seems to be on the ball this time. My copies arrived Tuesday.
  biqua Paper Tiger

Location: Under a rock
It was in my letterbox today, but sadly Auspost had had their way with it yet again ... folded and damaged cover as usual, despite the larger box for periodicals above our personal one. Sad
  HMC1989 Chief Commissioner

Location: Behind a desk.
I have the same problem biqua. I think my postie is jealous about my hobby. Wink
  Albert Chief Commissioner

As a postie, I say, get a bigger mail box.  44 gallon drums with an end cut out make the best mail recepticales.  Twisted Evil

Seriously though, if it's becoming a real problem, talk nicely to him/her about it. Failing that, contact Austpost customer service.
  TheMeddlingMonk Deputy Commissioner

Location: The Time Vortex near Melbourne, Australia
As a postie, I say, get a bigger mail box.  44 gallon drums with an end cut out make the best mail recepticales.  Twisted Evil
"Albert"


We already have one. It's even got a door fitted to it.  Laughing
  Hendo Deputy Commissioner

It was in my letterbox today, but sadly Auspost had had their way with it yet again ... folded and damaged cover as usual, despite the larger box for periodicals above our personal one. Sad
"biqua"


From experience the posties regard the large box as being for newspapers, advertising flyers and so forth.
  Hendo Deputy Commissioner

As a subscriber in SE Qld I should see the magazine in about a week!
  Hendo Deputy Commissioner

I woild also be getting the track gang out onto the Rurr Valley, there are some serious washouts!
  Albert Chief Commissioner

Got mine today. Another great edition from the AMRM team.
  SteamtoStay Chief Commissioner

Location: Building floorplates
Got mine today. Another great edition from the AMRM team.
"Albert"

Seconded.
  S 301 Chief Commissioner

Location: in front of the computer
Yep, picked a copy up from Branchline today. Some very good bits and pieces in there! Although not a NSW modeler, I really enjoyed the Bowen Creek layout (it's got a few bits that inspired me actually! Smile ). And the etching article might just get me motivated to try some in the near future Smile

Actually, the whole lot were a good read (it's not often I actually get into a magazine and read the whole thing!).

Zec
  oscar2 Locomotive Fireman

Excellent article and kitbash of the AK cars 8) and ditto for Bowen Creek.
  Topgreen Locomotive Fireman

Location: Eastern Suburbs Melbourne
Excellent read as per usual Very Happy
  Hendo Deputy Commissioner

James,

I am starting to think like ozmoe! I have seen the magazine at newsagents for over a week, yet yesterdays mail still brought no joy for my subscription copy.

I subscribe for reliability of getting the magazine whilst away and for personal budgeting.

I agree totally with ozmoe's concerns re price and distribution reliability. Subscribing brings real benefits to the publisher in known print run quantities and ensuring viability of future runs, for this reason the vast majority of publishers reward subscribers with a discount (usually the newsagents % minus postage) and get the subscribers copies in the mail before commercial distribution. So what goes on with AMRM? I know it is still in the dark ages with re-subscriptions, sending out snail mail notes (costs) instead of emails to someone who subscribed by the net, but what about ozmoe's quite valid points and the mail out delays? Auspost can't be blamed for everything.

By the way what is it with including the reduntant word "magazine" in the title? Just poor use of the language? It is hardly a book, brick or piece of wood, I know "Time" magazine is refered to as such, but you don't see the word "magazine" on the cover, so how about another little freshen-up of the cover?

Cheers,
Hendo
  hanovale Deputy Commissioner

I'm with Hendo and ozmoe on this. I've subscribed for about 25 years; there was a time when subscription copies almost always arrived earlier than retail but now I almost never get my copy in the mail (spindled, folded and muutilated as always) until more than a week after I see it in the Brisbane newsagents. The current issue hasn't arrived yet. I suspect I won't be bothering much longer.
  SPSD40T2 Chief Commissioner

Location: Platform 9-3/4 and still waiting !!
Its a vexed question the is old business about  subs v purchase etc.

There will always be horses for courses but I must confess Ive  been tempted at times to subscribe and yet I dont.  This has nothing to do with teh contenty of the mag etc and the  arguments pro and con  subs ought not visit this subject as its irrelevant.  The content is the content.  The discussion as I read it always centres on timeliness and /or  ease of procurement.

I've two Newagencies both with 5 mins of me that stock AMRM. I got mine Tuesday.  Possibly if mailed i might have it a day or so earlier and then itd be scrunched up in the letter box like everything else is....and likeothers there is an area to put periodicals but  thats to hard for a postie it seems. I really shouldnt have to explain to a half intelligent person where the various class of letters go surely !!

I see subs being very handy for people of fthe beaten track  etc .
I also have an issue ( npi ) and I agree with some others here...whats in it for me to subscribe ?  its 9 bucks either way.. Maybe if there were subs offers that included discounts on past copes ( or the dvd's) it might become enticing.  If it availed me of some extra content accessibel say on the net , that might interest me.

As to its name  AMRM..  'magazine' is just a hang over from days of youre where its simply advertised what it was..  its wasnt a paper, pamphlet or seriled journal ..it was a magaize.

Still in this day and age it is a bit redundant and possibly limiting.   If rebadged , in a way , as Australian Model Railway it might open itself up to more multimedia extensions as well as embracing a larger brand..

Still thats possibly another discussion entirely.

Im enjoying the Dec issue..great effort . I see no reason to not walk down the road and buy it at present..works for me.
  kingfisher Chief Train Controller

For me this was the first issue in a long time that was delivered by Australia Post after it became available in my local newsagents. If its a one off event then this debate is a waste of time.
  hanovale Deputy Commissioner

For me this was the first issue in a long time that was delivered by Australia Post after it became available in my local newsagents. If its a one off event then this debate is a waste of time.
"kingfisher"


Sounds like you're one of the lucky ones because this isn't a one-off event for many of us. I can only recall one time in the last couple of years that my subscription (actually membership) copy arrived before the magazine appeared in the newsagencies. It was such an unusual occurrence I commented about it here. It's not as though I live in the boonies either - I'm in the suburbs of Brisbane only 9km from the GPO.

I'd like to be in a position to discuss content but I still can't and like many others the content discussion will be over before my posted copy arrives.
  Lambing Flat Chief Train Controller

Location: My preference....... Central West NSW, circa 1955....
If you are having problems with late delivery WE NEED TO KNOW.

Please contact the office:
Ph: (02) 9311 2036
Email:  amrmagzn(at)tpg.com.au

We need to know if you are a subscriber or purchase it by other means and we need to know where you are or where you purchase it.

We have changed our distribution methods to try to have the magazine available everywhere at the same time. Obviously it is not working in some areas and we need to know where so we can ask the distributors why.

It's not enough just to have a whinge about it here, tell us 'officially' so we can follow it up with evidence.

James McInerney
Production Manager
Australian Model Railway Magazine
Ph: (02) 8812 2058

http://www.australianmodelrailways.com
SCR Publications (02) 9311 2036

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