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As of November 2021:

Brian M. Schmidt, Editor

Lisa M. Schroeder, Assistant Design Director

Monica Freitag, Editorial Assistant

Tom Vorel, Advertising Sales Representative

42 thoughts on “Staff

  1. Why is the “photo of the day” the same all week long, just like last week? I am not impressed with the “new” website at all, along with the downward spiral of the quality and content of both magazines. I used to look forward to receiving them in the mail, but those days are gone. I doubt if this three-decade subscriber is going to renew both Trains and Classic Trains. They are not worth what I pay for them. Wake up Kalmbach!

  2. Once again, as noted above, you launch a “new” website for Classic Trains and promote “Photo of the Day” on the main webpage–only it turns out to be the Photo of the Week, or longer– it can’t be that difficult to figure out that a lot of long -time readers look at that section frequently–and this goof-up after re-arranging Lake Erie & Lake Ontario in the last issue–good grief….

  3. I absolutely agree with the comments of Donald Guthals and have already
    decided to drop Trains Mag soon. I know that change is always problematic
    but in this case it seems to be a distaster.

  4. I Am a subscriber to CT trying to see the story below the picture of the MILW motor train. Your system won’t let me see the story. What is going on?

  5. On the fifth try, I finally got through. Sorry to bother. The motor train from Davenport, Iowa to Kansas City ran past out house during the WWII and for some years after. It and the bay window cabooses made this pre schooler a CMStP&P fan for life. Glad to see the picture of one of them, just as I remember!

  6. I am a full subscriber to both CT and T magazines – why are my views of the website(s) being limited? I will NOT be coerced into joining a “new” website that I do not wish to subscribe to!

  7. How can I get $19.95 Price Adjustment I received in the mail on this website for 1-year subscription? I am a former subscriber.

  8. This “new” site or merger of all your rags reminds me of the UP and SP merger, a mess. I subscribe to Trains and CT and want to be able to read articles without being limited. You keep reducing your print and moving more to digital. Needs to be reversed or I will not be renewing.

  9. Your company has been very good about getting my address straight so I can see the digital copies of when I have been a subscriber for Trains and Model Railroad. Now I hope you can help me with my Classic Trains subscription?
    #302930684532#Expires Spr2025 Issue
    Randy Carlson
    PO Box 758
    Walker MN 56484-0758

  10. I have to agree with all the comments about the mess with Photo of the Day. All the posted dates are like 1/1/1971 or some such and some even earlier dates. You need to FIRE whoever came up with this crap. For all I am paying to subscribe to MR, Trains and CT and now I have to pay through the nose for this new stuff, you sure have made it a big mess.
    Jerry Masker
    Getzville, NY 14068

  11. Over a month I have repeated tried to contact your magzine sub. dept. with zero luck. Searched overwhelmingly the web-site, but still not customer service telephone number. Digitial / pandemic age has created such frustration. WHY CAN’T I FIND A TELEPHOHE NO. TO CONTACT? I’m trying to get a subscription for a birthday present for a surprise. Email with credit card is very FORCEFUL. I do not want that info over the internet.
    Just disgusted.

  12. Corrections for Summer 2021 Issue:
    Just enjoyed a very good article, The South Wind Doesn’t Stop Here, by Phil Gosney.
    One slight correction: According to Timetable #463 of the L&N Railroad dated October 1, 1938 the s/b Pan American was #98, the n/b #99 and was so numbered from its inception until the last day it polished the rails.
    A great read!
    Frank D Bryan, Elizabethtown, Ky.

  13. I’m receiving 2 issues of Classic Trains at the same time. Please respond to me so we can correct this problem.

  14. I received my replacement copy of the Spring issue. Thanks! Sorry that the mail is so horrible here in southeastern PA. I guess the post office hired furloughed Amtark workers. 🙂

  15. Classic Trains – Photo of the Day not convenient to browse
    I miss the previous presentation of the Photo of the Day, where photos prior to the current one were displayed in a “block”, easy to browse through.
    The current presentation “jumps around” and takes me away from the Photo of the Day and I have to jump through hoops to get to earlier photos.

  16. I thought I signed up for the magazine. Is it still available or just the specials? My model Dr did not transfer to but the lady was helpful

  17. After getting my FSM/SAE on line straightened out, CT is blowing it. Here we go again??? Please fix.

  18. Just a quick note about the Classic Trains app icon…

    As a professional developer, I live on my computers 12-16 hours a day, therefore I have Windows set to dark mode to help relieve eye stress. The problem is the Classic Trains app icon is black and is difficult to see on my browser’s toolbar.

    I know, just a nit pick, but thought I would let you know. Trains RED would look much better… 🙂

    Let me know if you need a screenshot…

  19. What is going on with this site? I’m paid up, keep getting told to renew, and what ever happened to 5 day a week picture of the day? No wonder Kalmbach is going down the steepening slope.

  20. I do a reset of my password and your system continues to tell me that it is not correct. What is wrong with your system. Pete

  21. I did not receive my Winter 2021issue of Classic Trains. Could you please let me know when it will come.


    Paul Murray

  22. I used to be able to double-click on the ‘Photo of the Day’ and get a larger image to see more detail. But with your new format I keep getting the following:


    (404 Error: page not found)

    Am I doing something wrong?

    Robert L. Hammershoy

  23. Your “improvements” are abysmal. You say subscribers get unlimited access, but after just a few Photos of the Day I get told I have to join Trains Unlimited. Kalmbach is sinking and sinking.

  24. You might want to check the dictionary about the word “respondent” in your story about the U28CG and U30CG.

  25. I accidently deleted the Spring 2022 digital issue of Classic Trains on my computer and and can’t get it back. I go to archives but it doesn’t come up. How do I get it back?

  26. Getting the “prompt” that I have reached my limit of 8 articles a month. I have not viewed ANY articles this month! This is RIDICULOUS… Kalmbach gets enough of my money and now they want more, just to view some short articles.

  27. Hello,
    I bought in search of steam volume 3 which I received a few days ago. Inside there is a classic trains ad which says you can buy volume 1 and 2 to complete the collection. I searched through your whole web site and could never find these. Could you tell me if they still are available or not.
    Jacques Tremblay

  28. The last issue of Classic Trains I received was the Winter 2021/2022 issue. When will the Spring 2022 be sent out? Thanks.

  29. Road the Valparaiso-Chicago Dummy for sixteen years. Unfortunately, no visionaries to keep it going.

  30. I signed up for the subscription to Classic trains in February of this year 2022.
    I paid for the subscription with my visa card. The date was February 24, 2022. The total I paid in Canadian dollars was $52.69.
    Todays mail (May 5, 2022) you sent me a letter stating you received my subscription order, but have not received the payment.
    Better check your accounting. Either find the payment and continue my subscription, or give me a full refund and cancel the subscription.
    Poor way of doing business!

  31. How does one submit a request for a story. For instance, the city of Kingston NY was the home of 4 railroads, The West Shore, The New York Ontario and Western
    The Ulster and Delaware and The Wallkill Valley RR ( part of the Erie if I recall) There was once 2 competing trolley co.s at one time. I’m sure there are a lot of people who would like to explore that area of history.
    Thank you for your consideration.
    David Millham

  32. Today is June 4 and just the cover of Classic Trains magazine was found in may mailbox. The issue was not there, just the cover. How do I get this resolved? Do I need to contact the Post Office or you?

    Also as of this date, I have not seen the new Model Railroader and Trains have not arrived as of this date. Are these delayed or were they sent out with the Classic Trains issue? Please advise.

    Donald F. Light
    2 Pomeroy Street
    Easthampton, Ma 01027


  33. Once again I get a message that I have used all of my available articles even after I have signed in. I have tried to get this resolved for almost a year now. I have been subscribing to Classic Trains since it’s inception. I think Kalmbach could treat its long term customers better than that.

  34. There is a discrepancy on the dates of the O. Winston Link exhibit in Roanoke. Your article states that the exhibit runs through April of 2023, but the museum website says it runs only until November 5, 2022.

  35. Hello Classic Trains, why isn’t there a conventional seach feature for classic trains photos. For example, if I want to search for Big Boy photos, I have no idea how to do it. Thank you for a reply.

    Walter Simpson
    Amherst, NY

  36. I tried to renew my subscription to Classic Trains today online, typed in my customer number, and got charged $46.95 (payable to Kalmbach Media) from my PayPal account. I then realized according to the renewal notice I got in the mail that the price should have been $29.95. Can you please help get this straightened out? My customer number is 342928943881. My current subscription expires with the Spring 2023 issue.

    Dick Patton
    18596 Mustang Valley Place
    Grass Valley CA 95949

  37. Dear Sir:
    Great magazine, “Santa Fe Remembered”. One note of correction, top photo on page 35 shows the SF Chief going “upgrade”, not downgrade, at Cajon Station towards Sullivan’s Curve with US 66 in background.

    Ed Miller
    Orange, CA

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