Magazine Subscriber Information

In September 1999, Pentrex mailed a postcard to all subscribers informing them that Pentrex had ceased publication of RailNews and Vintage Rails, and that we were searching for a qualified buyer for the magazines.

Kalmbach Publishing Co., the publisher of Trains and Classic Trains magazines, emerged as the clear winner. The following agreement is now in place:

Vintage Rails subscribers automatically receive Classic Trains for the remainder of their subscriptions. This began with the Spring 2000 issue of Classic Trains, which was mailed in January, 2000. Kalmbach announced that John Gruber, former Editor of Vintage Rails, would be joining Classic Trains as Contributing Editor.

RailNews subscribers in the U.S. WHO DID NOT SUBSCRIBE to Trains, as well as all Canadian and other foreign RailNews subscribers, automatically receive Trains magazine for the remainder of their subscriptions. This began with the February 2000 issue of Trains, which was mailed in early January, 2000.

RailNews subscribers in the U.S. WHO ALREADY SUBSCRIBED to Trains received the remaining value of their RailNews subscription in the form of a Pentrex merchandise credit. (Any Canadian or other foreign RailNews subscribers who already subscribed to Trains had their existing Trains subscription extended.)

Letters were mailed to each subscriber detailing these arrangements.

The last issue of Vintage Rails was issue number 20, dated September/October 1999. The last issue of RailNews was issue number 429, dated August 1999.

The entire staff at Pentrex would like to thank you again for your patience, understanding and support.