Meet the Staff


Hal Miller

Hal Miller enjoys railroading in full-size and model varieties, and on two or three rails.
He traces his tenure at Kalmbach Media back to Trains Magazine. A stint at our former trade publication, Model Retailer, helped foster relationships with manufacturers in the hobby industry and allowed him to experience a variety of model railroading scales.
Most recently he’s been the editor of Model Railroader. He is also currently editor of Classic Toy Trains.
When not chasing trains or model railroading, he’s usually working on vintage vacuum-tube amplifiers or helping to rescue dogs with his family.

Rene Schweitzer

Rene has been with the staff of Garden Railways since February of 1998. She also updates the magazine's website, social media pages, and prepares content for the biweekly email newsletter.

She currently lives in Waukesha with her husband (who is an avid toy train enthusiast but he's gotten interested in large-scale equipment too) and three cats. In her spare time, she enjoys a variety of hobbies including reading, watching movies, gardening, rubber stamping, machine embroidery, and bicycling.

Marc Horovitz

In 1976, Marc formed an architectural graphic design company, Sidestreet Bannerworks. Three years later, he added an importing division to his company, bringing scale live-steam locomotives into the United States from England, Germany, and Japan.

As a way to inform customers about new developments in the small-scale steam hobby, Marc began producing a company newsletter, the Sidestreet Banner. Then, in 1984, he and his wife, Barbara, founded Garden Railways magazine. The magazine was sold to Kalmbach Publishing Company in 1996. Marc stayed on as editor until 2018.


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