In our renewed efforts to provide fresh material on the site, we're happy to announce that we've obtained a copy of the 1975 Reading Company Freight Schedule courtesy of the Reading Company Technical & Historical Society archives, and converted it to a PDF and made it available on the Reading Modeler. This provides an interesting contrast to the 1970 Reading Company Freight Schedule that we've shared on the site for some time. We have some other schedules that we are in the process of posting - these are valuable in planning operations on your Reading layout. In the interim, click here to view the 1975 schedule!
I'm happy to announce that I've FINALLY gotten around to posting some new material on the site. A while back, through a combination of eBay purchases and the generosity of fellow Reading modeler Rob Hinkle, I came into possession of a series of Reading Company track drawings that were made by employes in order to be qualified on the various lines (so I am told by a knowledgeable source). I've started to sort, scan and post these in the Photo Gallery. These provide a TON of detail useful for modeling - switch and signal locations, the names of various sidings, crossings, etc. - LOTS of useful details to help accurately depict locations along the right-of-way. We've started with the East Penn Branch, and will scan and post the remainder in the near future. Click Here to go to the Photo Gallery to view this new material!
One of the great trends in the rise of the internet in everyday life is Podcasting. For the uninitiated, a podcast is an internet "radio show" intended to be downloaded to your mobile device (originally the iPod - the "pod" in "podcasting") to be listened to at your leisure. Podcasts are available on a nearly infinite variety of subjects, from gardening to politics to music and comedy, and model railroading is no exception! There are several podcasts (available for download via iTunes) on our hobby - one of these is "A Modelers Life," curated by noted modeler and former Model Railroader staffer Lionel Strang and his associates Jim Rindt and Bruce Wilson. While the show is focused on model railroading, it focuses more on the "back stories" of guests - how they got into the hobby, personal lives, etc.
I recently had the good fortune to be featured as a guest interviewee on Episode 46 and a followup segment known as the "Kelly Questions," created by Reading Modeler member and contributor (and W&N fan) Bruce Kelly of Oregon. This podcast is VERY entertaining and well worth a listen. Check out their webpage here, and look for the podcast on iTunes! You can also visit their Facebook page here!
In response to several inquiries, we have re-activated the "original" Reading Modeler Company Store so that individuals can order any items that they desire. Unfortunately, updating the Company Store has taken significantly longer than anticipated due to family and work commitments, along with working on the layout. We are still planning to update the store to a better user interface and some new products that we've got in the works, but for now, the original store is back up and available - and as a further bit of good news, we've restocked our entire inventory, so anything you might want should be available! As always, click here to go there, and thanks for your patience!