I love reading and collect model railroad magazines. Its hard for me to pass one up. I’ve tried to kick the habit but I can’t do it. So what is the problem you say?
I’m out of space. Something has to give. Especially if I’m going to have a model railroad.
My decision – Cut them up! Keep the articles I want and put the rest in the recycle bin. What to keep? Anything two-foot of course, but much more. I like like lots of modeling, prototypes, scales, gauges…I will model other stuff than SR&RL. Yes I will….so the more includes quality drawings, model building articles, painting, scenery,industries…..track plans,lots of them, operations articles, ….
In the photo above is the station where I slice and dice. Tools are a sharp knife, straight edge, cutting pad and stapler. On left is box of mags waiting surgery. A stack of cut up mags is at top. Right of the pad are the most recently extracted articles. The full stack of extractions (MR 1970-1990’s) is the stack at upper right. What was 3 shelves (7-8 linear feet) has been reduced to a 9″ stack.
The hardest part is having to choose between two desired articles that share a common page. In the end I free my mind with “there is no wrong choice. You’ve not read these articles in years and likely will never need either…”. With that I pick and move on.
I’m now cutting up MR’s in the 2000’s. I’m considering if I should cut all the way to present or let the most recent years remain whole. After MR’s will be NMRA & RMC. Some specialty mags and annuals will likely remain whole.
Next time organizing, storing, and use.