Originally Posted by traction fan
Practically every idea used on my railroad can be traced back to a Model Railroader article. So yes, I feel it's worth the money, or I wouldn't keep renewing my subscription!
Even with decades of experience, I often find new ideas in MR. This would be even more true for newer modelers.
Recently I've decided NOT to renew my subscription. MR just seems to be publishing articles that are virtually identical to what they have published before. The other reason is my own experience. It's been many months since I've seen an article with an idea that was new to me, and that I cared about reading. I'm an old analog guy. The latest blue tooth/PC control whiz bang doesn't grab me. In fact it flies by a mental mile over my old gray head. I know it would interest others, so I have no objection to it being in the magazine, It's just of no use to me. Neither is the umpteenth article on weathering, or other things they have covered dozens of times.
Now, if you are new to the hobby, the magazine, print, or digital, may be very helpful.