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Classic Toy Trains December 2018

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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how memories are made

There’s no separating toy trains from the holiday season. From childhood memories of electric trains to elaborate holiday layouts of today, the hobby’s connections to Christmas and Hanukkah run deep and remain a source of continuing happiness for many. We’ll explore the trains of the season in this month’s special holiday issue of Classic Toy Trains. The cover story this month, written by Senior Editor Roger Carp, features the 16 x 26-foot O gauge railroad built by Brian Vaill and his wife, Elizabeth. Everyone, Roger notes, knows that Christmas lasts for a single day. Or does it? Brian and Elizabeth’s spectacular railroad stays up and running all year long. One section of the garage-sized layout salutes the theme of Christmas in the city, while the other is centered in the fictitious world…

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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 and include a suitable stamped, self-addressed envelope for the return of your material if we cannot use it. Articles and photographs are paid for on acceptance. We assume no responsibility for the safe return of unsolicited material. Email submissions can be sent 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…

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adding action to a classic

A more “ideal” layout In reference to the “Robert Sherman created the Ideal Lionel Layout” article in the July 2018 Classic Toy Trains, I have one of the original 16 x 21-inch prints of this illustration, which my father acquired sometime in the 1950s. I recall looking at this plan when I was about 10 or 12, and thinking how much better the layout would be with a few pieces of straight track and a right-hand track switch installed in the upper right corner of the layout. They form a complete outside loop. In addition, the large reversing loop in the center of the layout provides an ideal location to store a complete train. (Bob’s illustration shows a steam engine and freight train on this section of the layout.) By electrically isolating this…

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product news

MARTIAN STEAK TAKERS: The no. 279-4439 O gauge UFO Scene animated accessory from Menards features a tug-of-war between aliens trying to abduct a cow and a determined farmer pulling it back as Jack the German Shepherd heroically keeps the aliens at bay. The factory-built diorama includes a saucer with multi-colored LED lighting effects and motor-driven “tractor beam” action, a fully landscaped base, a shed, five trees, three additional cows, and four round hay bales. The accessory requires a Menards no. 279-4062 or no. 279-4050 4.5-volt power supply (sold separately). The UFO Scene costs $99.99 plus shipping, or select free shipping to your local Menards store. Order online at www.Menards.com/Trains. FACTS IN A FLASH: Filled with fun facts and stunning photography, these exclusive flashcard sets from Trains magazine will expand your knowledge…

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it’s train season!

PART ONE The holiday season is upon us, and for many hobbyists it’s time to unpack an electric train to run. Whether it’s a newfound heirloom or a set making its way out of storage, a few precautions and a little maintenance will ward off frustration. Follow along as I share some of my favorite tips for checking transformers and track. Next month I’ll show how I overhaul cars and locomotives. Join in the fun by sending your tips to qsandas@ClassicToyTrains.com. Inspect cords First and foremost, check the line cord on your transformer. Before plugging it into a wall outlet, bend the cord all along its length to check for cracked insulation. Be especially careful inspecting the plug and the area where it enters the transformer case. If you detect any cracks or frayed wires, and…

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american flyer’s no. k5418t passenger set

FEATURES 1 No. 303 Reading Lines 4-4-2 Atlantic steam engine and tender (with red glowing smoke and “choo-choo” sound) 2 No. 960C American Flyer Lines Columbus baggage and club car (satin silver with chestnut stripes) 3 No. 962C American Flyer Lines Hamilton Vista-Dome car (satin silver with chestnut stripes) 4 No. 963C American Flyer Lines Washington observation car (satin silver with chestnut stripes) Christmas promised a new electric train for thousands of lucky kids in the 1950s. Not surprisingly, most boys and girls selecting an O or S gauge set chose a freight train. Whether led by a steam engine or a diesel, its array of cars offered lots of play value. There was more to do with a set containing boxcars, gondolas, flatcars, or hoppers than one with some passenger cars. All the same, the…

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