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In Memoriam: Robert (Bob) Hundman

By Cody Grivno | April 25, 2023

Founder of Hundman Publishing Inc. produced Mainline Modeler, N-Scale Magazine, CTC Board Railroads Illustrated, and related books

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Color scan of model railroad magazine cover.
In Memoriam: Robert (Bob) Hundman. The cover of the inaugural issue of Mainline Modeler featured a painting of a Western Maryland 4-8-4 by Andrew Harmantas. Robert Hundman published the magazine from 1980 to 2006.

Robert (Bob) Hundman, founder of Hundman Publishing Inc., died on April 22, 2023. He was 88 years old.

Robert’s work appeared in the pages of the hobby press for nearly 50 years. His earliest published drawing, a Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range class M-4 2-8-8-4, was in the March 1958 issue of Model Railroader. Robert’s photos and illustrations would continue to appear in MR through the late 1970s.

In 1980 Robert launched Mainline Modeler magazine. In the inaugural issue (January/February 1980) he wrote, “It’s our desire to create a magazine for you that will provide much of the information and many of the tools required to greatly improve your modeling ability. In this effort we have gathered together an editorial staff that we consider the best in model railroading. That staff includes Jack Work, Bruce Meyer, Gordon Cannon, Bob Zenk, Dick Bolan, and myself.” The complete collection of Mainline Modeler is available on DVD through the C&O Historical Society website.

Robert added to his publishing company’s magazine lineup in 1989 when he launched N-Scale Magazine. He published the magazine through 2006, when Pamela Clapp took over as editor and publisher. The magazine is still published by Platinum Rail Publications.

Color scan of prototype railroad magazine cover.
CTC Board Railroads Illustrated became part of the Hundman Publishing family in 1995. Though the magazine’s main focus was railroad photography, it also included industry news and feature articles.

In 1995 CTC Board Railroads Illustrated joined the Hundman portfolio. The publication was founded in 1970 by Dean Lewis. The magazine focused primarily on railroad photography, but also included news and feature articles. Robert sold CTC Board Railroads Illustrated to White River Productions in 2006.

Color scan of book cover.
Stan Mailer’s Green Bay & Western was one of many railroad and modeling books produced by Hundman Publishing Inc.

Hundman Publishing Inc. also produced a variety of books on model railroading and prototype railroads. Among the titles were Lima: The History by Eric Hirsimaki (1986), Green Bay & Western by Stan Mailer (1989), and The South Park Line by Mallory Hope Ferrell (2003).

2 thoughts on “In Memoriam: Robert (Bob) Hundman

  1. That is so sad to hear. Bob was one of those people in my life that I didn’t even realize had affected me so much until he was gone. My father, who was much older than I, got me into model railroading as a very young boy in the early 70s. By the time I got into the 90s I had “graduated” from HO (my father’s scale) to N gauge. A huge reason for that was the always beautiful and inspiring N-Scale Magazine. I still have all of the copies I received over the years, and will treasure them until I am 88 or beyond. Thank you Bob for being a hidden light in my life. God bless you and keep you. My deepest condolences to your family. Rob…

  2. Mainline Modeler was a truly great magazine for anyone who modeled railroad equipment, etc.

    RIP Mr. Hundman and my condolences to Amie,

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