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Classic Toy Trains March 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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United States
言語:
English
出版社:
Kalmbach Publishing Co. - Magazines
刊行頻度:
Bimonthly

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five big reasons to build a small layout

We have a treat for you! Much of this issue is devoted to compact layouts – a subject near and dear to many of us. I started out with a “one board” railroad: just a single 4 x 8-foot sheet of plywood. It featured an oval of track with one switch. It had one structure. Its scenery was nothing more than a coat of green paint. And it seemed like plenty of railroad for 7-year-old me. Many readers I’ve spoken with also have warm childhood memories of similarly modest railroads. The O and S gauge builders we profile in this issue work their magic in not much more space than I had. Planning with care and building with skill, they prove compact layouts can, indeed, be plenty of railroad. There is nothing new…

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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 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 emaileditor@classictoytrains.com, or call 262-796-8776 for…

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lionel’s automobile-carrying boxcars

Auto-carrying boxcars I have been a subscriber from the first issue of Classic Toy Trains and continue to enjoy it greatly. The December 2017 issue had a fine article on automobile-carrying railcars made by Lionel (“Automobiles roll on Lionel Lines” by Roger Carp).Prominently mentioned is the no. 6468 double-door boxcar, one of my all-time favorite Lionel cars. I remember poring over a picture of one in a catalog when I was very small. I, of course, have one on my present layout, along with one of the older no. 2458 Pennsylvania RR cars. I think I first developed a liking for double-door automobile boxcars as a result of an illustration of one in The Big Book of Real Trains. That book, on which I expect many of us cut our railroading teeth, was…

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photo album

▴ FRANK KNAUTZ’S O GAUGE LAYOUT The 11 x 11-foot O gauge railroad Frank Knautz shared with Classic Toy Trains readers in the November 2013 issue may not fit precisely with our current theme of compact layouts. All the same, the Lionel classics he posed in scenes like this one never fail to impress. Frank, who resides in Sarasota, Fla., prizes his F3 diesels, none more so than the no. 2242 New Haven units getting ready for their next run. He enjoys telling the tale behind the dashing postwar engines he considers his greatest find – and will soon do so in CTT. ▴ FRANK O’HARE’S O GAUGE LAYOUT Every time Frank O’Hare’s grandsons visit him in Gahanna, Ohio, the first words out of their mouths are: “Can we run the trains?” And…

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weather watch!

Well, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by the positive feedback I received to the debut of this column in the February 2018 issue of CTT. Quite frankly, being a couple steps removed from magazine production left me a bit unsure how videos from Model Railroader Video Plus (MRVideo-Plus.com) would play to you. As it turns out, you’re an accepting audience that’s rarin’ to glean as many helpful tips, tricks, techniques, and insights as you can. Especially when they can be demonstrated anywhere you and your computer, tablet, or smartphone go! Which was a point driven home while I was attending a large train show this past winter. When a longtime CTT reader recalled my passion for modern (and Canadian) toy trains, he also made reference to my penchant for…

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product news

WANDER DOWN TO WALLY’S: Train Town can now have a full-service gas station with a rotating sign from Menards. The no. 279-4431 Wally’s gas station has six gas pumps with illuminated globes, two oilcan stands, two air hose stands, a few tires, trashcans, a soda machine, three uniformed employees, and, of course, our four-legged friend, Jack the German Shepherd. Front and rear signage on the O gauge structure is impressive, as is the rotating Shell sign in the circular art deco oval roof illuminated from below. A power adapter is sold separately. The structure costs $89.99 plus shipping, or opt for free shipping to your local Menards store. For more information, or to purchase, go to www.Menards.com/Trains. CELEBRATE 10 YEARS OF HI-RAILING: The Lone Star Hi-Railers are offering a custom-run freight car from…