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As of January 2021:

Jim Wrinn, Editor

Tom Danneman, Design Director

Angela Pusztai-Pasternak, Production Editor

David Lassen, Senior Editor

Brian Schmidt, Senior Associate Editor

Monica Freitag, Editorial Assistant

Scott M. Krall, Assistant Design Director

Steve Sweeney, Digital Editor

Michael Weiloch, Advertising Sales Representative

54 thoughts on “Staff

    1. New format is obnoxious. It is added insult that I am “treated” to “ you have no more free…..”. I’ve been a subscriber for over 40 years. This is beyond the pale. Are you people truly incompetent? And all the commercial trash content that must be waded through is untenable. I will never buy any of that stuff just out of spite it makes me so angry. I can not tell you how much I hate it. My next move will be to go back to Railway Age and cancel Trains. I am very close to it.

  1. The UI/UX of this new layout is something to be desired. In the previous version of News Wire users we able to quickly move to the next story or previous story without leaving the current story by a simple click for each. Please add the simple navigation to your new scheme.

  2. I’m with Thomas! As a professional computer geek, I know that “tiles” are all the rage. They just don’t work for the New Wire! You did an upgrade that actually made the New Wire harder and much slower to use! Go back! This is not better!

  3. I agree with Kevin D above and the others before him; as a Trains subscriber, all I want is easy daily access to railroading news, and you seem to be daily making it harder to get that (it’s currently impossible, I think). I am frustrated!

  4. I am currently a subsciber to Trains Magazine and Classic Trains.I like to view the Rochelle,IL webcam,to watch the daily action.Apparently I no longer have access to this cam. have been a subscriber to Trains most years since 1987,and Classic Trains since its debut.Consider my subscriptions at an end,as they expire,I will NOT be renewing.


  5. Been a subscriber for north of forty years. If you expect me to PAY for access to the Rochelle webcam you can kiss any future renewals goodbye! This is absolutely disingenuous.

  6. If this is the “new, highly touted” website, PLEASE let me have the old one back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Your server speed is slow, the webcam needs a magnifying glass to see, the news wire was at least readable on the old site………………….

  7. Used to enjoy viewing the trains at Rochelle and now am barred from that feature.
    After dropping my subscripton I buy Trains at newstands only after previewing the contents. Too often in the past the received by-mail magazine went straight to recycling as the articles were uninteresting.
    Keep in mind that I buy other Kalmbach books.
    Mr. Caldwell is spot on with his comments. Cardinal Rule – always think of your audience.
    Andrew Tait

  8. What the HELL happened to the Trains Newswire? I have been a TRAINS subscriber for decades and now I can no longer see the daily newswire. What gives?
    John Howell

  9. I have been a subscriber of Trains for over 50 years, and as you can guess I am far from being a computer geek. Why the change? Why make things harder than they need to be? Why make so many of your subscribers unhappy? Who is responsible for this nonsense?

    Richard Dickie

  10. Whoever designed this unreadable mess (with broken links, BTW) should seek a new career.
    Think they could flip a burger without dropping it?

  11. I have subscribed to Trains magazine for 51 years. The same for both of my brothers. We don’t need fancy gadgets and all the bells and whistles. We want and need content. The next thing on your agenda will be only a online version. I can’t express in the language that is acceptable to say how I really feel. Sports Illustrated is a joke today, and sadly Trains Magazine has derailed itself.
    John St John
    PS my subscription ends January 2022 and I’m done.

  12. I AM NOT going to pay $90.00 per year for a digital subscription!!! Whoever sold you people on the lame idea should probably be looking for other employment.

    Have you forgotten that we are now in year 2 of the covid pandemic and there are still many Americans who are out of work?

    And the sight itself, meh! You took a logical, first to last list and replaced it tiles that I have to read left to right. And then there is my pet peeve…I PAY FOR A SUBSCRIPTION to Classic Trains…FULL ACCESS to newswire should come with that subscription.

    I, like others who have chosen to speak out, will be reevaluating whether or not my subscription to Classic Train is really something I need to continue when it expires.


  13. Apparently no focus groups or beta testing of the new website. Sorry, you missed the mark. Where are the blogs? Add a comment at the very bottom of the page? This was very poorly conceived. Was looking for a refresh and you’ve gone seriously backwards. Got my first issue of Trains as a kid in 1967… really been downhill in the past decade.

  14. Well, Mssrs. Wrinn and Danneman…let’s see…do you detect a common theme here and on every other comment thread?

    Seems to be all around agreement you have screwed the pooch, so to speak. Dope slaps all around, and then…

    Please simply go back to the previous web design entirely, and do so immediately.

    What you done here is inexplicable, inexcusable, and pure junk.

  15. If the power donkeys at Kalmbach can’t tell how poorly conceived, and perceived, the new digital site is, then their business acumen is no doubt poor. A few concerns, the newswire the blogs, the Rochelle webcam–sheesh, what the heck happened???, aside from being challenging to locate things which used to be easy on the old site. Also, the content of Trains magazine has been in a downward spiral, no longer worth a subscription. Classic Trains magazine can hopefully escape the decline that Trains magazine has been experiencing, but I have little confidence in that. I pay almost $90/yr for the two, and this 30-plus year subscriber is contemplating dropping them, the value is NOT there anymore! And now Kalmbach has the gall to ask for more for all access. Count me out–just wondering, does anyone @Kalmbach have business management and customer retention skills?

  16. What you have done here is inexplicable, inexcusable, and pure junk.

    My proofreading is as bad as News Wire. My bad!

    Good to see other commenters remind the Trains bosses that their mag is not cheap. Don’t expect us to now pay more for the basic online element.

  17. I’m sorry, but I think your new system sucks. First of all, if I wanted news from your other publications, I would have subscribed. Second. I liked having news on trains in chronilogical order, it enabled me to look at every days news stories as they were posted. Please disregard the advice you are getting from your fertile brains in the IT department that are always trying to find other ways to do things! Change is not always better.

  18. I liked receiving the News Wire bulletin once each week that allowed me to go back day-by- day to see article that I wished to access. I do not want to be bombarded with daily e-mails, as i do not not have the time or desire to check daily. The new system does not seem to allow me to search all of the articles of the previous week. Is there any way that this can be one? And I do not wish to receive mails from/about other publications. I fully agree with the comments above about the serious deficiencies of the new online structure. It does not serve the needs of your subscribers and online viewers. I am NOT one who is simply stuck in the past. You should, however, consider the needs of your customer base, which I don’t think you have done. How about doing a survey ?

  19. Why change the Newswire format? Why can’t anyone anywhere just leave things alone? The old format was clear, concise, easy to navigate. The new one is cumbersome, bloated and occupies entirely too much screen space. None of us can find things anymore. What used to be something to look forward to has now become something to avoid.

  20. Have not received a trains magazine in months even though I have a subscription. How do I get this straightened out?

    This website doesn’t seem to have any way to ask about this and no phone number provided.


  21. As a lifetime reader of Trains Magazine, I’ve also been a daily reader of News Wire since a deployment to Iraq over a dozen years ago.

    The newest upgrade makes it hard to read from article to article. There should be some type of line by line listing, or “previous”/ “next” links, rather than the tiles.

    The old structure was just fine for me; the previous setup also worked just fine. I’m not sure what needed fixing for News Wire…

    (I note that during the last “upgrade” of News Wire, you also had to make changes–at that time it was to segregate the different days of news from an undelineated list).

    1. I agree that the “upgraded” News Wire is terrible and difficult to navigate. Bring back the old format!

  22. One more observation:
    Rather than a blank “+” symbol by comments, there should be a flag or bubble indicating that there are comments. I shouldn’t have to click the link each time just to see if there are any comments.


  23. My son “hates” reading and these were finally, the only magazines, he would eagerly read and asked for them. With the new changes, i will no longer be renewing. Who wants to tell my son?

  24. Please turn off the digital subscription red box that hogs the entire opening page. I’m a digital subscriber already. The « remember me » setting doesn’t work for me. I have to sign in every time. Why? Pls fix this. The tiles format is impossible to read. The whole experience is very unpleasant and your presentation is poorly thought through.

  25. Your new format is TERRIBLE. Doesn’t work on iPad in vertical format and barely works in horizontal. Tough to impossible finding recent news wire articles or any other recent news on other sites. It is so bad as to be almost useless.

    Didn’t you sandbox this with users outside of your organization prior to implementing? I understanding co-branding but in this instance they all seem to be bad.

    VERY below par from what has been expected from Kalmbach over the years

  26. I have been a subscriber for a long time and was born the first month of TRAINS Magazine publication. I was hoping that TRAINS would be the last magazine subscription that I would cancel but content quality has been running down.
    I am hoping to soon see Trains Newswire reverting back to the conventional format (in dated order).
    Save the pretty tile format for non-rail people. I am interested in following the railroad industry. Ed Neale

  27. Jim & co.: One word for the new newswire format: SUCKS!

    Way too much redundancy – lots of wasted screen space – illogical order. Beginning to think I get more value out of facebook group posts than from your web site. FWIW I’m a fan of real trains, not the scale stuff (so that’s just a waste of my time). And the newsletter is of low value as well, now that it comes once for every 10-20 ad emails, each for some book I don’t want. Tell Kalmbach to keep their non-Trainsmag stuff!

  28. Hay guys what gives, when I sign in and go to the site that says sign out I click on sigh out and I don’s get signed out, I’ve tried five or six times and no sigh out.

  29. Not at all happy with the new format, used to love getting the Trains wire every week. Now even though I sign in I can only have a limited number of views? I subscribe to both Trains and Classic Trains and now you want more money!! Probably won’t be renewing either subscription.

  30. Your new layout is obnoxious!!!, I am ready to QUIT!

    I have been a subscriber for over 40 years and I am insulted with
    “You have used your limit of free…..”. Go back to the former news format or I will be quitting. I am also insulted with all the commercialism. It’s nothing but “send money”.

    Bill McDonald

  31. I am a Trains subscriber and I agree with all the above comments. The new format is terrible. Now with the new design, I can’t get to any Newswire stories except my 8-10 “free” views. Has Kalmbach cancelled the “free” Newswire subscription for magazine subscribers? When I click on “Sign In,” nothing happens. Come on Jim, take charge and fix this. Go back to the old format, which worked fine. I’m a fellow North Carolinian and I know you can do it. I love Trains magazine, even with the current reduced page count (from 76 down to 60) due to less advertising. You have great stories and columnists. Please go back to the “old” Newswire format, before you loose any more subscribers and the magazine page content falls even more. Richard Taylor, Ocracoke, NC.

  32. I am not happy with this new set up, there is far too much faffing about to get to what I want to read which is my Trains magazine, I liked the set up with ZINIO , magazines could be downloaded onto iphone and kept. Downloading now under this new nonsense does not work on my iphone. I don’t like the continued “ free trial “ banner at every turn , I guess you want to make more money but this is really putting me off. I’ve subscribed to Trains since 1990, and moved 6 years ago to digital version as the postage costs got far too high to continue with the paper copy to the UK.
    If you don’t sort this rubbish out and make it easier to access trains without going through loads of stuff to get there I will be cancelling my subscription on next renewal.
    What a backward step for a company to make, will you use an iOS App which might make things simpler?? Who you can say you are “excited “ with your new web page beats me. PLEASE SORT THIS OUT ASAP WE ARE IN 2021 NOT 2000

  33. On the trains news wire page, it is not helpful that the Digest items only show one of the items included in the digest. A user has to go to each digest page to see the other two items. Please either add all the items in the box on the main newswire page or just have no more digests.

  34. The new reading system doesn’t work!!!!! I can’t view the images in high resolution as we could in ZINIO. The image says it is in PNG, but doesn’t appear in the browser. The paging and resolution change are very slow!! This is not a change for the better. PLEASE GO BACK TO ZINIO!!! …. or at least give us the option to select how we want to view the magazine! ZINIO works … your version doesn’t!!

  35. OK folks, here on 3/30/21 I’m signed in and told I’ve reached my 8 free article limit. I’m paying for the subscription–why am I locked out? Also, your very poor format doesn’t work well on an iPad. And pls turn off the digital subscription item that covers the opening page… Why not go back to what we had and what we liked?

  36. Agree wholeheartedly with several of the above posts. I’m a subscriber and am locked out of the site because of my “8 article limit.” What’s up with that? Are we being strong-armed into a mandatory payment “membership” for something we formerly received at no cost along with our subscription??

  37. As a long time subscriber I agree whole heartedly with the others. David Jones hit the nail on the head for me. I subscribe to Trains and Classic Trains, so when I see “you’ve reached your 8 article limit” while reading news wire I can take the hint, my money isn’t needed here. Kiss my subscriptions good by.

  38. I have read all of the 40 replies that have been posted and I agree with all of them.
    Even the government sends up a trail balloon to gather public reaction before casking a policy into law. Sorry, I don’t like the new format at all.

  39. Bring Back, Bring Back, Please Bring Back the Rochelle Railcam to me.

    Paul aka “The Acella Fella”

  40. I just spent 25 minutes looking for the stories on Wisconsin shortlines and the Taiwan accident. Didn’t get into either of them. Moving all the news to your website and making TRAINS into a picture magazine is a mistake I can’t deal with. I’ve been buying TRAINS since 1958 and loving it. I guess I’ll get my industry news from R&R.

  41. I’m wondering why Ashland is shown in two locations on the map accompanying the article about Watco acquiring more lines in Wisconsin. Ashland is shown where it could be, on Lake Superior, but the junction of MILW and SOO north of Wausau also bears that designation. Might that have been Heafford Junction?

  42. When I click on a news item it says “you have used up yopur eight stories this
    month. How can that be its april 6!
    This is a terrible website. It smacks of wanting to boost revenue, even though I
    subscribe to Trains, Model railroader and clasic Trains youwant me to pay to read the NEWSWIRE, I dont think so.

  43. On top of that, you send me a weekly newsletter, then when I try to read an article on April 6, you tell me I’ve reached my limit. Didn’t you send me the newsletter for me to read? I agree with all the other comments about the news wire layout; harder to read and not as current.

  44. Dear Trains,
    The new set up is terrible. Half the time, I don’t even get to read one article, let alone eight.
    No use signing up for newsletters. Less frustrating to just wait for the magazine.
    Dennis Schardt

  45. Just catching up on some back issues… very much enjoying this until I find something unacceptable to me; an inability to keep one’s views on religion/politics firmly under wraps!

    Page 29 in the October 2020 magazine talks of ‘the handiwork of God’ while discussing UP trains in Rainbow Canyon, NV. There should be no place in the magazine for this type of presumptive comment. It is a significant error of judgement that I feel very strongly about – strongly enough to make me question future subscriptions.

  46. Just thought that you should know that since access to the Rochelle webcam is now an additional cost (which I simply refuse to pay) and no longer included with my Trains subscription I now spend about 75% LESS time on the trains website. Rather disingenuous on your part, imho.

  47. The new format for the website is very frustrating. It is way too hard to navigate. For example, how do I get to the previous day’s newswire stories?

  48. Help I am a long time reader and can’t sign in! This new format is terrible, never had a problem before, I put my info in numerous times to no avail, Please HELP!!!

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