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Classic Toy Trains

January 2020

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
Language:
English
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Kalmbach Publishing Co. - Magazines
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3 min.
after some confusion, clarity

After a seven-year stint at Classic Toy Trains’ sister magazine Model Railroader, I can’t tell you how many stories I’ve read that begin with “My introduction to the model railroad hobby came with a Lionel train set my parents got me one Christmas.” That’s how I got started in the hobby, except it was a Lionel HO scale starter set that I later learned was made by either Atlas or Athearn. To compound the confusion, it was called The American Flyer. So in truth, I really didn’t know much about toy trains until my 20s when I sort of stumbled onto them. I recall exactly how it happened, too. A friend asked me, “Hey you like trains, right?” I replied in the affirmative “Do you know anything about old electric trains?” I told him yes,…

1 min.
classic toy trains

William Zuback Photography Supervisor Sue Hollinger-Klahn Production Specialist Lori Schneider Ad Sales Manager Martha Stanczak Ad Sales Representative Mike Ferguson Ad Sales Representative Trains.com A. David Popp Executive Producer Kent Johnson Producer 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 Lisa A. Bergman Managing Design Director Cathy Daniels New Business Manager Kathy Steele Retention Manager Kim Redmond Single Copy Specialist…

2 min.
reader memories of first trains

IPHONIA 2.0 I am writing regarding Lou Palumbo’s “Views from the Underground” column in the November Classic Toy Trains (“iPhonia 2.0”). Like many of us in the hobby, I am now retired and enjoying my Lionel trains acquired through the years with my grandchildren. When building my postwar-themed layout, I left space for a few Plasticville buildings. To my surprise, this space was soon occupied by my 3- and 8-year-old grandsons’ LEGO creations. I believe the LEGO buildings increased their enthusiasm to play with the trains. So what does this have to do with iPhonia 2.0? I can operate five trains independently on my layout using conventional ZWs, TrainMaster Command Control, and LionChief Plus. I recently purchased a Lionel Legacy Alco RS-11 diesel with Bluetooth capabilities. My two grandsons were excited to…

3 min.
photo album

HENRY KLEIN’S O GAUGE LAYOUT The Central Railroad of New Jersey offered travelers quite a Christmas gift in the late 1950s: It revived the famous Blue Comet passenger train for the season. Or at least that’s what Henry Klein offers as the reason the stunning LionChief Plus 4-6-2 Pacific steam locomotive and a group of short streamlined cars can be seen dashing past a 1957 Chevrolet and a 1955 Pontiac on his O gauge layout in North Augusta, S.C. JACK LANTZ’S S GAUGE LAYOUT Right when this American Flyer freight train reached the no. 793 Union Station on Jack Lantz’s S gauge layout, he startled photographer Steve Crise by triggering the projectile carried by the no. 25046 rocket launcher car. Perhaps Jack, who resides in Pasadena, Calif., hoped to ward off an attack…

2 min.
product news

BRUTE STRENGTH: The O gauge Premier line General Electric AC4400CW locomotive from MTH features a well-detailed plastic shell, metal chassis and handrails, two flywheelequipped motors, and coil couplers. The locomotive costs $519.95. See your MTH retailer or go to www.MTHTrains.comfor more information. THE LIGHTER SIDE: Off the Rails: Toy Train Humor by Larry W. Poland is a collection of the author’s humor columns originally published in the Train Collectors Quarterly magazine with additional new content. The 80-page softcover book costs $7 with free shipping. To order, contact the author at larry@larrypoland.com. A BATCH OF BOXCARS: Menards has a new series of boxcars in O gauge, including the nos. 279-5257 Great Northern and 279-5259 Grand Trunk Western. The boxcars are 11 inches long and operate on curves of O-27 or larger. The cars cost $19.99 each…

2 min.
do you have a quest?

In the modern toy train world, asking if someone is a collector may elicit a “no” when the answer is “yes.” How so? Historically, collecting has meant trying to buy it all within certain limits. Okay, that may be shorthand, but you know what I mean. Most of us modern-era folks would say no, we are not focused on the need to buy one of everything for an investment. We are not collectors. We prefer to run our trains! But, by gosh, some of us probably have a fleet that would be identified as a collection by road name, locomotive type, prototype era, or years of production. If you fall into this category, you probably also have a want list, or a quest. These may include items you missed when they were first…