We were having a discussion a few months ago on my recent trip on the Verde Valley Railroad out of Clarkdale, Arizona. Tyson mentioned the Southwest and Jerome RR series of articles by John Olson that ran in MR back in 1982. I expressed an interest in seeing how he handled this, and how true he remained to the actual area. Jim Currie was good enough to loan me the magazines that the series ran in. It was interesting not only to read the series, but also to see what else was in these magazines. I know a lot of you have old issues, but this was my first opportunity to look through some that were that old. Some interesting finds in these old issues of MR: January 1982 – there was a tribute to founder Al Kalmbach, who passes away a few months earlier. This apparently was the first issue since then. February issue had a speed calculating circuit using TTL logic. It is almost impossible to find TTL chips today and when you can, they are costly compared to other logic. The circuit used 21 IC chips for a simple on/off timer/counter; today’s technology could do it in just a few chips. April actually featured a 4’ x 8’ N scale layout. I say that with tongue-in-cheek because it is rare to find any featured articles for N scale, even in recent issues. All issues had listed many advertisers that no longer exist today and many that are still around. There are a number of hobby shops listed in the Phoenix area that are no longer here. This area has grown by about two million people since 1982, but there are fewer hobby shops than before, a real shame. One-year subscriptions to MR were $20, about half what it is today and the magazine had 20-30 more pages than today's. N scale was available, but limited, as was S and Z. No ads for G, anywhere. Lots of HO, just like today, and lots of ads for Lionel. Pricing seemed to be all over the map, making it hard to compare with today. A lot of stuff was much less (like kits and accessories), for the most part, 50% of today’s prices. You could buy rolling stock for only a buck or two. A few items were a bit more than today like some high-end locos. One big difference: nobody had a web site. I guess in 1982, no one else did either. The series started in Feb. and ran about every other month in nine segments. I was interested in how John Olson did the scenery. He did replicate areas near Jerome and Clarkdale like I would expect to see, but took many liberties, which all modelers are entitled to do. Placing a wharf next to the Jerome mine was a bit far-out though, and even he admitted to that. (Jerome is close to a mile high and on the side of a steep hill.) Verde Valley is also in what we refer to as the “high desert”, he had a “how-to” on making saguaro cacti, which doesn’t grow anywhere near there; a fact that probably only Arizona residents would know about. Thank you again Jim for your kind though.:thumb: Thanks to you I was able to visit a bit of the past and learn about different techniques, some that haven’t changed even today. I also know now why some people can sell their “vintage” loco for hundreds of dollars and have a smile on their face, since they probably only paid $30 for it 25 years ago. I know, I know, it probably doesn’t run as good as today’s locos, but that’s not the point. If anyone else has any observations from older issues, please, feel free to post them here.