pub.lucidpress.com/OfftheTracks2/Click on cover to get linkIt's been a long time in the coming but issue 2 of Off the Tracks is ready. Click on the link to read and download. You can watch on your Tablet, Phone or computer and you can even download as a PDF. There are numerous interactive features in Off the Tracks, such as slide shows and video links. You'll be able to see some of the trains running and hear and see some of the people being featured, such as jazz musician and train photographer Yoichi Uzeki & miniatures artist Joshua Smith.
TSG Multimedia - we talk to Dan & John the guys behind one of the most popular US train YouTube channels
We find out what's being preserved in the former USSR
How to add lights to your models
We find out the hard way!
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In issue 2 of Off the Tracks Marco Sossio and Francesco Bocchiccio show us how to model the Orient Express in HO-scale. Now to save up for a complete rake and a journey on the real train...
New Yorker & jazz musician Yoichi Uzeki likes nothing than to ride the subway and take pictures on his way to concerts.
Yoichi certainly uses his composition skills when it comes to taking transportation pictures. We profile him and his great work (should that be works?) in issue 2 of Off the Tracks
"I can't actually categorise my style. I should never do so. Category is something that the record companies make up."
Yoichi has recored with Ornette Coleman, Jamaladeen Tacuma, and Pharaoh Saunders and has played with Saunders, Najee and many more...
On Transport Photography
"I always carry my camera with me... sometimes I may spend the whole day shooting. I tend to get better shots when I commute. I am thinking about a photo exhibition sometime in the future..."
Here at Off the Tracks towers aka Mac, we're beavering away on our next issue. As we do this as a hobby and rely on mainly instagramers to feed us with great content, we don't work to specific deadlines. However, da-da-da-da issue 2 is nearing completion. We're getting the final stories in and will be designing them over the next week or so. All in all issue 2 could reach nearly 100 pages. This will be around three times larger than issue 1. Well, I guess you need to start somewhere.
We'll update on publication and on content in time.
We'd also like to thank all the people who have posted comments on our instagram Off the Tracks Magazine page and have responded to calls for pics. We are planning, for example, an article on early electric traction and asked for shots of GG1s - those iconic Pennsylvania Railroad locomotives - and have been sent in many of the engines from around the US. Our feature will compare the GG1s with similar era locomotives from around the world.
The GG1 pic below was sent in by instagramer @trainsequallife
Off the Tracks contributor Doug Wallace took a walk around San Francisco to shoot these vintage trolley cars... see more of his work in our issue 2.
"I popped down to San Francisco this weekend and visited the Cablecar museum (www.cablecarmuseum.org). The museum is a bit of misnomer as there are actual cables powering the four cable lines."