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Eric White named Model Railroader Magazine editor

By | May 11, 2022

White succeeds Carl Swanson, who is moving to TRAINS Magazine

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Model Railroader Editor Eric White.

WAUKESHA, Wis — Kalmbach Media Co. has named veteran editor and journalist Eric White as the new editor of MODEL RAILROADER, the nation’s largest-circulation magazine covering the model railroading hobby.

White succeeds Carl Swanson, who is moving to TRAINS Magazine, also published by Kalmbach Media.

White joined the MODEL RAILROADER in 2014 as Associate Editor. A promotion to Senior Editor followed in 2020. In addition to his magazine editorial duties, White has also edited a number of Kalmbach books. He is looking forward to leading Kalmbach Media’s flagship magazine as it enters its 90th year of monthly publication.

“I’m excited to be taking on this role at Model Railroader, a magazine I’ve enjoyed since I was a boy. I’m also relieved to know guidance from my predecessor is just around the corner. I look forward to continuing to meet modelers at shows, and to operate with them at operating sessions around the country. I hope to continue bringing updates on my layouts at home, as well as sharing modelers’ layouts from across North America and beyond,” White said.

A native of Pennsylvania and graduate of Temple University, Eric worked as a newspaper reporter before joining Kalmbach. A talented modeler, his handiwork frequently graces the pages of MODEL RAILROADER. He is a lifelong fan of the Pennsylvania Railroad.

13 thoughts on “Eric White named Model Railroader Magazine editor

  1. Congratulations Eric. I know your background includes a time in Philadelphia. As a resident of the Philadelphia suburbs, congratulations on your promotion! Wishing you much success in your new role. – Bob Mitchell, King of Prussia, PA

  2. Given the wide variety of model railroading as a genre, be interesting to hear your thoughts and goals for MR going forward. What are you planning to shift, emphasize, de-emphasize, upgrade, new feature adds, etc. Can you begin expanding issue size, increase the depth and quantity of reviews, restore the weekly new items report which has recently disappeared, etc. And work toward fixing the many problems with Trains.com.
    A great magazine is yours to shape and grow. May you truly enjoy your new role.

    Roger Thomas

  3. Congratulations on the promotion. Now, on to the important stuff-don’t forget to keep narrow gauge in Model Railroader. I finally ended my subscription to Railroad Model Craftsman because narrow gauge just seemed to disappear from its pages. Maybe it has to do with the combined ownership of Narrow Gauge & Short Line Gazette and not wanting to share articles, but none the less, Model Railroader has continued to include at least something to do with narrow gauge trains in every issue. It keeps me coming back………….

  4. Congratulations, Eric! You are the bookend to Linn Westcott, who was editor when I started reading MR!

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