Off the Tracks
Well, I had this idea to create an on-line train and railway-related magazine community that brings together all those with a passion for the subject and not in an anoraks, "sad man on a train way"! There's so much railway related art, travel stories, adventures and life jounrneys to go with the engines and the rolling stock. Plus there's the romance associated with taking a train through beautiful landscapes... no matter where in the world people are, and how much they're not trainspotters, they still love it!
Publishing in it's traditional format is folundering, yet there has never been so much content out there on the web. I decided to reach out and contact the railway/railroad community, young and old, men and women, to see whether they would like to share their content with each other in a more curated way - in Off the Tracks.
After all we always are posting on facebook and instagram. This is great but also a shame, as much of the great content gets overlooked and scrolled over in milliseconds. Much of the work is art and should as such be savoured. Off the Tracks hopes to do that with its magazine and other social media... and hopefully, in print one day.
To create each issue takes time and effort and requires funding for the websites and on-line publishing software. I'd also like to be able to reward some of the contributors with small amounts on occassions for their work, as they are creators - writers and artists, for example. And this is why have set-up this small campaign.
Above is the cover of the latest issue of the magazine (autumn 2017). We have contributions from the US, Australia, Germany, Italy and the UK. The topics include a journey across Vietnam; a mum and son exploring the west coast of the US by train; and a look at railraod museums in Japan and Canada. There's even a poem - What if trains cold talk? There's also plenty of interactive content to make this issue, as usual, more than just a read. Off the Tracks is embracing the closing of distance for meaningful communication via social media and the web and bringing people closer together who have a shared interest in trains and train travel and even street art.
We have produced the third issue of Off the Tracks - the new type of railway themed magazine, created by worldwide fans of train travel, model trains and really anything with a connection to trains. Our contributors come from as far a field as Australia, Italy, Germany & the US. They're of all ages, men and women. The issue links to multimedia content from youtube for example and enable people to engage more fully with the articles. They can see for example, the Kyoto Railroad Museum or an old film of the USA's Pennsylvania Railroad and the locomotives in the relevant feature. Do take a look: http://pub.lucidpress.com/OFFTHETRACKS3/