Kalmbach Publishing

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Kalmbach Publishing
Kalmbach logo.png
Founded 1934
Founder Al C. Kalmbach
Headquarters location Waukesha, Wisconsin, United States
Key people Charles R. Croft
Publication types Books, magazines
Nonfiction topics Hobbies, trains, crafts, model railroading, autos, drones, astronomy, snowmobiles.
Revenue subscscriptions
No. of employees 275 [1]
Official website www.kalmbach.com

Kalmbach Publishing Co. is an American publisher of books and magazines, many of them railroad-related, located in Waukesha, Wisconsin. The company's magazine titles include:


  • American Snowmobiler
  • Art Jewelry
  • Astronomy
  • Bead & Button
  • Bead Style
  • Classic Toy Trains Magazine
  • Classic Trains Magazine
  • Discover
  • Drone 360
  • Fine Scale Modeler Magazine
  • Garden Railways
  • Model Railroader (its first periodical)
  • Miniature Showcase
  • Model Retailer
  • Scale Auto
  • Trains (its second periodical)

The company also produces some annual publications.

In addition, it publishes numerous books, including the Tourist Trains Guidebook. An illustrated compendium of more than 450 tourist railroads, dinner trains, and rail museums in the U.S. and Canada, the 300-page guidebook's 2009 edition provides reviews by Trains magazine staff and contributors.[2] It was the original publisher of Jim Scribbins' The Hiawatha Story in 1970.

Gerald B. Boettcher, the company's president, retired in June 2012.[3] Charles R. Croft became the new president. [4]

In 2016 Kalmbach acquired Rather Dashing Games, a board game company based near Lexington, Kentucky.[5]

In 2017 the company hired digital media veteran Dan Hickey as its sixth president (CEO). Hickey was the first Kalmbach leader hired from outside the company in its 84-year history. The company was renamed Kalmbach Media in 2018.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kalmbach Publishing. "Charles R. Croft named President". 
  2. ^ Wrinn, Jim, ed. (2009). Tourist Trains Guidebook. Waukesha, Wisconsin: Kalmbach Publishing. p. 6. ISBN 978-0-87116-273-1. 
  3. ^ Trains (Kalmbach Publishing). Vol. 70 (no. 1). January 2010.
  4. ^ Kalmbach Publishing. "Charles R. Croft named President". 
  5. ^ "Kalmbach expands reach with acquisition of Rather Dashing Games". 

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