Model Railroader 75-year Collection - Viewing Tips

Published: November 14, 2011
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  • Use these discs only in a home computer. They will not work in a television-style DVD player.
  • Allow plenty of time to install the material. The three Model Railroader discs contain more than 900 issues and 100,000 magazine pages.
  • There are two methods to use the collection. Basic installation places the software, index, and small thumbnail-sized images of magazine pages onto your hard drive. The actual magazine pages are read off the three discs, which you will be prompted to insert into your computer as needed. In full installation, all of the material is copied into your computer’s hard drive and you do not need to insert discs.
  • You can view single pages or use the two-page (spread) view. In the two-page view, all pages may not align perfectly. This is due to the age and condition of the magazines used to produce this DVD set and the capability of the scanning process.
  • When you search for a specific story, author, title, or topic, we suggest using a full text search. In some searches, because of magazine page foldouts and unnumbered or alpha-numeric numbered pages, the search results will take you to a location two or more pages away from the material you are seeking. We suggest that you click on a few pages before or after the search result location if you believe you have encountered one of these magazine-printing irregularities.
  • Full-text searches also include advertisements in the search results. You many need to experiment with alternative search terms to find the material you want.
  • For foldout pages such as those with prototype drawings, track plans, and large photos, try both single-page and two-page views. Some foldouts were scanned for optimal viewing in single-page mode to preserve the continuity of the drawings. Other foldouts were scanned in two-page mode.
  • Some pages may appear light or discolored, and older magazine pages will have slight markings, stampings, or small tears on them. Some photographs have noticeable dot patterns. Magazine issues after mid-2004 are reproduced from digital originals; earlier magazines were scanned from paper copies. The best available issues were scanned to make this DVD set.
  • Reading size can be enlarged by using the magnifying function in the tool bar on the upper right of the screen.
  • Prototype drawings can only be printed onto paper in one size, which is the size of the magazine page scan. To make a larger print of prototype drawings, we suggest that you use a screen-capture tool on your Macintosh or Windows PC to capture the drawing into a screen-capture file, then print that file to your required enlargement size.
  • Model Railroader issues from 1935 to 1948 were consecutively numbered and are therefore treated differently in this DVD collection. For example, the last page of the January 1935 issue is page 28 and the first page of the February 1935 issue is page 29. This numbering method continues through the last page of the December issue for each of those years. Browsing through magazine pages during these years is slightly different. As you turn to the last page of an issue you will see the start of the next issue on the following page until you reach the end of each December issue. For these years the first-page button will take you to the start of the January issue and the last-page button will take you to the end of the December issue.
  • The PDF pages that make up the collection are locked and cannot be removed individually for installation in another computer or tablet.