This initial idea came about when I received my 2010 NMRA Railroading calendar in the mail. I proposed the idea of LEGO Trains calendar to the folks at RAILBRICKS on October 9th. Today, about 7 1/2 weeks later, it went on sale through the Lulu website.
For the first draft of the calendar, I grabbed a couple of example shots from Flickr, then laid out the grids for each month. I also did some initial graphic design work to give everyone an idea of how the calendar could look. The idea was universally accepted by the other RAILBRICKS folks (at least those who spoke up), so I surged ahead with the idea.
The initial idea was to have each RAILBRICKS staff member submit a photo for the calendar. In the end, we ended up with about 8 RAILBRICKS members contributing, with another three images from others. One RAILBRICKS member contributed two photos, to round out the months.
The calendar has a few basic elements for each month. First, the photo. Below each photo, there is a brief caption, and credits for the model builder and photographer. Next, each month contains standard holidays for the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. In addition to those holidays, LEGO-related dates, such as set release dates, were added to each month. Finally, many of the months also contain the dates of LEGO conventions, such as BrickWorld. Below the main grid, I added the name of the month, and a small one or two sentence historical fact that relates to the photo. This part was probably the most difficult, as not all of the photos were of models that related to a prototypical railroad, so this section was only loosely related on a couple of months.
Overall, I'm pretty happy with how the calendar turned out. I ordered my copy today, so I should see how it looks in print within a couple of weeks.