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WRP Digital Memberships

Diesel Era is North America’s premier publication about diesel locomotives. Launched in 1990, Diesel Era was produced by Withers Publishing and edited by Paul Withers for more than three decades. In April 2021, White River Productions acquired the magazine, positioned it as a quarterly 64-page publication, and named Tony Cook the new managing editor.

Model Railroad News is the only monthly publication dedicated exclusively to the latest new product announcements for all popular model railroading scales. Each month we present the hobby industry’s most in-depth and detailed product reviews. We also regularly explore the hobby industry’s colorful past in our regular “From the Archive” feature.

Published six times a year, the Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette is the hobby's leading publication dedicated to providing accurate information for fine model building in all scales. In each issue, you'll enjoy visits to beautiful layouts, in-depth kitbashing and scratchbuilding features, new product announcements and reviews, detailed scale drawings, columnists, and more.

Passenger Train Journal is the only quarterly publication dedicated to passenger trains of yesterday and today! From today's Amtrak trains to the streamliners of yesterday, each issue explores the world of long-distance, commuter, rapid transit, and light rail trains from coast to coast. Don't get left at the station!

Since 1974, Railfan & Railroad takes you trackside! From main lines to short lines, passenger and freight, steam to diesel (and electric, too!), each issue puts you right in the middle of the action. In each issue you'll enjoy the latest industry news paired with our expert columnists exploring the exciting world of railroading. In-depth features with stunning color photography and detailed maps make you feel like you're there.

Since 1933, Railroad Model Craftsman brings you the best in scale model railroading every month! In each issue you'll enjoy beautiful layout tours, detailed scratchbuilding and detailing features, the latest news and in-depth product reviews, exact scale drawings, construction tips and techniques, and more. Stop dreaming and start building!

Explore the classic era of railroading from the 1960s through the 1990s in each quarterly issue of Trains & Railroads of the Past. Feel the difference of our glossy, opaque paper as beautiful color photos seem to jump right off the page. Enter a world of first generation diesels, main line steam excursions, and the rise of colorful short lines. Each issue is like enjoying a slide show with your friends.

Published monthly since 1982, Railpace Newsmagazine showcases the finest railroad photography and in-depth news from across the Northeastern United States and Maritime Canada submitted by our readers. Freight and passenger, commuter and transit, museums and tourist railroads, and even occasional looks back to classic railroading are part of every issue.

Digital memberships are now available for all eight of our magazines.* With each membership you receive access to all available digital issues for a magazine in our digital library.** A yearly membership locks you into a year's worth of digital viewing.
*Railpace Newsmagazine is available in digital format beginning with the January 2024 issue. We are not currently selling single memberships to Railpace Newsmagazine until the digital catalog contains more than one issue; however it will be automatically included for customers who order the WRP All Magazines bundle or the Railroading Bundle.
**Our digital library for each title begins with varying issues and years. The catalog does not yet precede the launch of our digital app; however, we are working through our catalog of older back issues, which will become available as they are digitized by the WRP staff.

Sign up for one of our multiple membership bundles and save!

Our membership bundles give you access to multiple publications for a reduced rate. To receive this rate you must add each membership to your cart and the discount will be automatically applied at checkout. Taxes may apply.

Modeling Bundle: $108/year
Includes: Railroad Model Craftsman, Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette, and Model Railroad News. Also includes bonus back issues of HO Collector and O Scale Trains
Prototype Bundle: $123/year
Includes: Railfan & Railroad, Diesel EraPassenger Train Journal, and Trains & Railroads of the Past. Also includes access to Railpace Newsmagazine.
All Magazines Bundle: $180/year
Includes our entire catalog of monthly, quarterly, and bi-monthly publications: Railroad Model Craftsman, Model Railroad News, Narrow Gauge and Short Line Gazette, Railfan & Railroad, Diesel Era, Passenger Train Journal and Trains & Railroads of the Past. Also includes access to Railpace Newsmagazine and bonus back issues of HO Collector and O Scale Trains

Coming Soon on both Android and Apple platforms!

  • Two-page PDF-format viewing option for those who like the feel of the printed magazine.
  • We are reworking all of the digital images to be higher resolution for better detail. Maps, diagrams, and roster shots will be much more useful.

Thanks so much for supporting us in this adventure!
White River Productions Digital Team

More Details

  • A membership provides access to our digital library for a specific magazine for the duration of the membership term. Once the term has expired, access to our library will be fully restricted. Current issues will become available around the same time as the print edition. We are also working through our catalog of older back issues and those will become available as they are digitized by WRP staff.
  • Each magazine requires its own membership, and memberships may not be transferred to another magazine or user for the duration of the membership term.
  • Access the digital library for each magazine by downloading the WRP Digital app from the Google Playstore on Android or the Apple App Store on iOS. Access to each magazine's library is also available online at
  • Not compatible with Amazon Kindle.
  • PDFs are not available for download or printing. For offline viewing, issues may be downloaded to your Android or iOS device through the WRP Digital app. PDFs are not available for download to your PC.
  • In-app purchases are not available. All memberships must be managed through the White River Productions website and customer portal.
  • VAT and other local taxes may apply.
  • Customers will need a VPN to access the app internationally.
  • Some content includes advertising; more may be present at a later date.
  • We currently offer Model Railroad NewsRailfan & Railroad, and Railroad Model Craftsman digital editions through third-party platforms. December 2023 will be the last issue available on that app for Railfan & Railroad and Railroad Model Craftsman. Issues already available will remain on that app for the time being. Customers are still able to access and view them for the duration of their subscription, but nothing new will be added after December 2023. Model Railroad News will continue to be hosted on its current app until August 2024. Customers whose subscription expires past August 2024 will be given the remainder of their term on the WRP app. WRP is working on the transition, and will notify users of this coming change and how to move to the WRP app.