Behind The Scenes Interviews Meet Brian Schmidt, Classic Trains Editor

Meet Brian Schmidt, Classic Trains Editor

By Kent Johnson | December 16, 2022

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In this installment of Q&A with the Editors, you’ll meet Classic Trains magazine Editor Brian M. Schmidt. Listen in, as he speaks with Digital Editor Steve Sweeney about his time at Kalmbach, interests in railroading, and – of course – his leadership role at Classic Trains.

This video series is exclusively for Unlimited Members to get to know the editors and staff of the titles they enjoy so well. In turn, we will interview all editors and staff of the “tracks titles” at Kalmbach Media, including Trains, Model Railroader, Classic Trains, Classic Toy Trains, Garden Railways,, and Kalmbach Books!

Although each interview is different, and each person unique, we ask five standard questions of each interviewee:

•What is your favorite railroad present or past? And why?
•What is the best part about what you do?
•Tell us about something exciting you’ve been working on lately.
•What interests you most about railfanning, modeling, research, etc.?
•If you were working for the railroad … what railroad craft or position best describes you?

We hope that these personal videos allow you to gain more insight into how your favorite magazines and media about railroading and model railroading are formed in suburban Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

More importantly, YOU, the Unlimited members at will be able to ask editors questions in future episodes. Be sure to check each issue of the Member newsletter for when we post more details!

So please enjoy this video as you meet Brian Schmidt!

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