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Classic Toy Trains February 2019

CLASSIC TOY TRAINS BRINGS YOU O AND S GAUGE FOR THE OPERATOR AND COLLECTOR. SEE THE NEWEST TRAINS FROM LIONEL, MTH, ATLAS O AND OTHERS; LEARN ABOUT TRACK PLANNING, WIRING AND LAYOUT CONSTRUCTION; IDENTIFY AND REPAIR OLD LIONEL AND AMERICAN FLYER TRAINS; AND VISIT THE MOST INSPIRING TOY TRAIN LAYOUTS EVER BUILT.

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United States
Langue:
English
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Kalmbach Publishing Co. - Magazines
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changing times and familiar faces

As we mark our 250th issue, a familiar name returns to our masthead. Bob Keller, who served as associate editor of Classic Toy Trains for more than 20 years, returns as contributing editor. Bob joined the staff in 1996, following his retirement from the U.S. Air Force, where he held the rank of major. In the succeeding years, he wrote hundreds of how-to and product review articles, becoming one of the most respected voices in the toy train hobby. We’re thrilled to have Bob back in our pages. Look for his byline in the coming months. You’ll notice another addition to our masthead. Cody Grivno holds the newly created position of group technical editor for CTT, Garden Railways, and Model Railroader magazines. Cody joined the Model Railroader staff in 2002 as an assistant editor,…

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do you have a story?

Readers just like you provide stories featured in Classic Toy Trains. To submit an article and photos, send your work to Classic Toy Trains magazine, 21027 Crossroads Circle, P.O. Box 1612, Waukesha, WI 53187. Write the words “Manuscript Enclosed” on the envelope. Articles and photographs are paid for on acceptance. We assume no responsibility for the safe return of unsolicited material. Send email submissions to manuscripts@classictoytrains.com. Before preparing an article, contact us to determine whether we’re interested. Guidelines for writing articles and taking photographs are available from our website. If you are a manufacturer or supplier and would like to see your products in our News or Reviews columns, please email editor@classictoytrains.com, or call 262-796-8776 for information. Classic Toy Trains assumes that letters, new product information, and other unsolicited materials are contributed gratis.…

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world’s fastest flyer locomotive

The need for speed “The need for speed” is a quote from the movie Top Gun. Most of us have felt that need, but John Baker Sr. feels it all the time – he has a long history in the sport of drag racing. In the 1990s, John attended an “S” Fest show. There was a crowd of people gathered to watch a race between a couple of American Flyer locomotives. At that moment, John knew he was going to build a one-of-a-kind racing locomotive. John selected an American Flyer no. 303 Atlantic as the candidate. He replaced its pot metal frame with aluminum and eliminated the headlight and smoke unit. A Parma can-style motor from the slot car racing hobby and a new set of Boston gears replaced the Gilbert originals. The tender…

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photo album

JACK PHELAN’S O GAUGE LAYOUT Bet you the Lionel no. 773 Hudson steam locomotive wasn’t too happy when Jack Phelan decided to couple only a no. 6417 Pennsylvania RR porthole caboose to its tender for this shot by Art Williams. The classic 4-6-4 engine from 1950 knew being equipped with Magne-Traction enabled it to pull a dozen freight cars around Jack’s 10 x 20-foot layout. Maybe it will get a better assignment when the postwar-oriented display built in Aurora, Ill., receives full-length treatment in an upcoming issue of Classic Toy Trains. ALBERT FAZIO’S O GAUGE DISPLAY Many of the folks who shared memories of their first toy train in Christmas and Electric Trains (the latest special-interest publication from Classic Toy Trains) reminisced about the displays of Lionel and other trains they had seen…

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brush up on toy train basics

Videos highlight and teach the best modeling techniques and present useful how-tos in an inviting and engaging way, especially for newcomers to a hobby. If you’re a longtime hobbyist, though, it never hurts to get back to the basics. Even if you’re familiar with the content of a video, it may provide an idea to jump-start a new project! With this in mind, check out Toy Train Basics, part of a new series on Model Railroader Video Plus. It has just released a free video called “Sorting scale and gauge” (MRVideoPlus.com/TTBasics1). There’s a lot of information packed into this four-minute video, including terms like scale, gauge, traditional, O-27, and semi-scale. Even better, there are plenty of examples of rolling stock to visually show the differences among them. Have friends who may be…

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product news

TALL DRINK OF WATER: Give the inhabitants of Train Town the gift of a clean, reliable water supply with Woodland Scenics’ new no. BR5866 Rustic Water Tower, the latest structure in the Built-&-Ready line. The O scale tower stands 18½ inches high, with a 7 x 7-inch footprint. The tower is fully assembled, painted, and weathered with touches of graffiti. A separate pump house is included. Up top, a red LED keeps airplanes away. The light is compatible with Woodland Scenics’ Just Plug power system. The tower and pump house cost $219.99. See your Woodland Scenics retailer or go to www.WoodlandScenics.com for more information. PRIDE OF SHADY LANE: The no. 279-4450 Duplex house is the latest fully assembled and illuminated O gauge building from Menards. The building is mounted on a…

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