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Best Toy Train Layouts

Best Toy Train Layouts

Best Toy Train Layouts

Best Toy Train Layouts, a 100-page special-issue publication from Classic Toy Trains, features 10 great O gauge model railroads plus an in-depth overview of what makes a model railroad great. Today’s best modelers are introduced and their creations showcased in stunning photographs. Learn what it takes to craft a truly outstanding train display with tips for designing, building, wiring, and adding scenery from a diverse group of contemporary model building experts.

United States
Kalmbach Publishing Co. - Magazines
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best toy train layouts

Roger Carp Editor Elizabeth Weber Design Director Carl Swanson Editorial Staff William Zuback Photography Supervisor Sue Hollinger-Klahn Production Specialist Lori Schneider Ad Sales Manager Martha Stanczak Ad Sales Representative Mike Ferguson Ad Sales Representative Kalmbach Media Dan Hickey Chief Executive Officer Christine Metcalf Senior Vice President, Finance Nicole McGuire Senior Vice President, Consumer Marketing Stephen C. George Vice President, Content Brian J. Schmidt Vice President, Operations Sarah A. Horner Vice President, Human Resources David T. Sherman Senior Director, Advertising Sales and Events Scott Redmond Advertising Sales Director Liz Runyon Circulation Director Michael Soliday Director of Design and Production Cathy Daniels New Business Manager Kathy Steele Retention Manager Kim Redmond Single Copy Specialist…

1 min.
introducing 10 great o gauge layouts

What a blast I’ve had preparing the very latest special-interest publication from Classic Toy Trains. Sure, it has taken me many months if not years to gather all the information and pictures and then write the 11 articles. But it was worth it. Few pleasures in our hobby surpass discovering a fantastic layout and then sharing it through words and photographs with others. Best Toy Train Layouts invites you on a journey in which we’ll visit 10 outstanding O gauge model railroads. In-depth text and loads of pictures will enable you to learn about the goals of a diverse group of current hobbyists who have designed, built, wired, and landscaped truly inspiring displays. Best of all, these layouts have much to teach, no matter how many layouts you’ve built. You’ll expand your…

9 min.
keys to a great layout

Perhaps you’ll be surprised when I write that this essay, explaining what makes a toy train layout great in my eyes, came last. Yes, I will here offer my confession: I authored the brief introduction to this special-interest publication only after I had finished work on the 10 articles about the model railroads I’ve included. I needed to think about the layouts I had chosen to showcase before I could reach useful and meaningful conclusions about what made them stand out As a member of the editorial team at Classic Toy Trains for more than 30 years, I’ve seen or written about hundreds of layouts. So I should know what’s essential for developing a memorable layout. Nope! I keep broadening my understanding, which was why I had to study these O gauge displays…

16 min.
runway visions

“Let your imagination always be king!” lifelong O gauge modeler Gordy Sauve (pronounced “SOH-vee”) answered immediately when asked what hobbyists should learn from his Amherst Junction Short Line (AJSL) layout. There is, he said, no reason to be held back when you’re working with three-rail trains and accessories from any era of production. Gordy is a true free-lance modeler. He runs whatever trains he wants through whatever settings he desires. And they can be from the postwar or modern eras. Gordy enjoys having the freedom to use items that may not be O scale in their dimensions. He can add toy-like loaders and vehicles to realistic renditions of industrial facilities. If Gordy’s approach appeals to you, get ready to let your imagination reign as we tour the 24 x 52-foot O gauge…

10 min.
sweet southern memories

The names of the dominant rail lines traversing the South before and after World War II intrigue modeler Paul Reeves. He reminisces about the Atlantic Coast Line and the Seaboard Air Line, and recalls the majestic look of the Southern Ry.’s Crescent Limited passenger train. The dazzling paint schemes applied to diesels enchant him, as do the visual images of small farms and sleepy hamlets. Translating into three dimensions on a model railroad what Paul had remembered hearing about or had glimpsed in vintage black-and-white photos and full-color publicity shots seemed impossible at first. Then he came across an article about a realistic O gauge display in an early issue of Classic Toy Trains. All of a sudden, what Paul had only dreamed of accomplishing struck him as eminently possible. Knowledge about…

11 min.
a new stage

A long and meaningful career as a clinical psychologist has shown Dennis Canali how individuals pass through different stages in their lives, gaining experience and knowledge, changing priorities, improving relationships, and acquiring a richer, deeper sense of self. Dennis has learned much from talking with clients and conversing with professional colleagues. He understands in particular how hobbies, arts, and sports positively influence how people mature and heighten their personal satisfaction. Looking within, Dennis sees the many benefits playing with toy trains has had since coming of age in Massachusetts after World War II. Model railroading has been a notable part of his life, even if he has left it behind for long periods. Ready to enter retirement, Dennis returned to the O gauge niche and speaks optimistically of the different rewards running…