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Classic Toy Trains

Classic Toy Trains May 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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Kalmbach Publishing Co. - Magazines
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the greatest layout ever – reborn!

Here is how the April 1949 issue of Lionel-produced Model Builder magazine described the company’s soon-to-be-famous 1949 New York City Showroom Layout: “We believe it’s the finest model pike of its kind ever created – and thousands who have already seen it agree with us! It’s a miniature scenic wonderland. Nothing that will delight the model railroad fan has been left out.” Bold words, but as Major League Baseball great Dizzy Dean said, “It ain’t braggin’ if you can back it up.” Even today, 70 years after the unveiling of the 16 x 32-foot display, the layout remains the finest expression of Lionel’s postwar goal of balancing realism and fantasy. Featured in many publications of the time, the display is one of the most influential model railroads ever built. It continues to…

1 min.
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 more information. Classic Toy Trains assumes that letters, new product information, and other unsolicited materials are contributed gratis.…

1 min.
mpc promotional cars

I have been reading Classic Toy Trains since the first issue in the fall of 1987. The February 2019 issue illustrates why. After 250 issues, what more can be said about classic Lionel trains that haven’t been manufactured in 40 years? Mark Suek’s article on the General Mills promotion offers in the early 1970s was a true eye-opener - I had no idea! Keep up the good work of informing us of new old things about our favorite toys. Joe TimkoVicksburg, Mich. I read your magazine article “A new Lionel boxcars for $5?” in the February issue. It reminded me of another promotion of Lionel’s from the mid-1970s. Lionel put an ad in the Sunday comics section of an Ohio newspaper. All you had to do was mail in the sides of three Lionel boxes…

3 min.
not fitting in …

When I got back into the hobby in the early 1990s, I knew nothing about post-1969 Lionel production. Heck, beyond the gear I had and some old catalogs, I had no idea of the scope of Lionel’s production in the postwar glory days. There was a learning curve, and I bought a lot of modern-era stuff in a very few years that really didn’t fit the direction I was going. A few items I regret letting go, but they were generally wrong road name choices or novelty items I’d never run. But the standout was the Lionel no. 18219 Chicago & North Western 8-40C road diesel. It was the right engine at the wrong time. Cataloged in 1995, it was a model of one of the latest diesel locomotives riding the rails.…

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photo album

GORDON PETERSON’S O GAUGE LAYOUT Since Gordon Peterson first shared pictures of his outstanding O gauge layout about 10 years ago, we at Classic Toy Trains have been pleased to present his highly skilled modeling to you for inspiration. So we were saddened to learn that Gordon and his wife, Diana, planned to move from Springfield, Va., a change in their lives necessitating the dismantling and (luckily) the subsequent sale of the 6 x 20-foot Port of New York & New Jersey RR. This shot taken by Gordon of a crew looking over a recently serviced steam switcher attests to his great talents with structures (redesigning a Lionel backshop with parts and paints) and a digital camera. Look for a tribute to the realistic PONY&NJ in an upcoming issue of CTT. JOSEPH…

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learn about o gauge track

Whether you’re starting a layout from scratch, adding a new section, or replacing or upgrading an older area, selecting which O gauge track to use is an important decision. Good news! We have made a video that can help answer your questions! Our Toy Train Basics video series has released part two, “All About Track,” on Model Railroader Video Plus. (See the February 2019 issue of Classic Toy Trains for information on part one of this series.) David Popp hosts this video and begins with questions to answer before choosing track: How much space do you have? What kind of equipment do you run? Do you prefer a traditional look or something more realistic? David advises taking time to evaluate your needs before you spend a lot of money on products…