• Hal Carstens (1925-2009)

  • Discussion related to everything about model railroading, from layout design and planning, to reviews of related model tools and equipment. Discussion includes O, S, HO, N and Z, as well as narrow gauge topics. Also includes discussion of traditional "toy train" and "collector" topics such as Lionel, American Flyer, Marx, and others. Also includes discussion of outdoor garden railways and live steamers.
Discussion related to everything about model railroading, from layout design and planning, to reviews of related model tools and equipment. Discussion includes O, S, HO, N and Z, as well as narrow gauge topics. Also includes discussion of traditional "toy train" and "collector" topics such as Lionel, American Flyer, Marx, and others. Also includes discussion of outdoor garden railways and live steamers.

Moderators: 3rdrail, Otto Vondrak, stilson4283

  by Otto Vondrak
 
Hal Carstens passes away at age 84
Harold H. (Hal) Carstens was born in Fort. Lee, N. J., on June 20, 1925, and was a life long resident of Bergen County, N. J. until moving to Sussex County, N. J. in 1973.

He was the President & former Publisher of Carstens Publications Inc., which publishes three internationally distributed monthly magazines: Railroad Model Crafstman, Flying Models, and Railfan & Railroad. The firm also publishes soft and hard cover books primarily in the model hobby and railroad fields. Founded in 1933 by Emanuele Stieri, ownership passed in 1934 to Charles A. Penn, formerly with Bernarr MacFadden’s publishing empire. In 1940 the company moved from New York City to Ramsey, N. J. In 1973 the company bought a ten acre site in Fredon Township, Sussex County, N. J., and built its present custom tailored editorial building...

... Hal passed away on June 23, 2009. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis, and they recently celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary; their children Rebecca Collis her husband Philip of Raleigh, NC; Heidi Lynch and her husband Guy of Orange Park, FL; Henry Carstens and his wife Janet of Fredon, NJ; Harold Carstens and his Fiancé Margaret Hoff; and grandchildren Rob, Simon and Nick Collis; Samantha and Stuart Siffring; Brenna and Shannon Lynch; Loren, Katie & David Carstens.

Memorial gift should be made to:

The Abby Aldrich Folk Art Museum
for the care and preservation of the
Carstens Model Train Collection
C/O Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Po Box 1776
Williamsburg, VA 23187
Read the full obit here: http://carstens-publications.com/obituary.html