Despite the difficulties of publishing a magazine during the Great Depression, Al persisted in his vision, growing his Model Railroader customer base and planning for a new magazine. In 1940, his second dream came true when he started publishing Trains magazine. In addition to providing excellent publications to his customers, Al’s goal was to provide excellent customer service as well.
In the decades since then, Kalmbach Media continued to broaden its audience, bringing specialized content and inspiration to people with many different interests, including astronomy, science, scale modeling and jewelry. At the same time, Kalmbach Media has become increasingly sophisticated in its ability to deliver enthusiast content to fans all over the world by expanding its offerings with a wide variety of websites, digital magazines, videos and podcasts; and by holding consumer events to bring these enthusiast communities together.