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Classic Toy Trains July 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
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English
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Kalmbach Publishing Co. - Magazines
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lionel in the 1950s

What was the toy train hobby’s most important decade? The answer has to be the 1950s, the decade that saw electric trains top the list of playthings for boys. Lionel responded to the unprecedented demand with boundless energy and extraordinary creativity. Magne-Traction, 6464s, Train Master, Girl’s Train, Virginian, Anniversary set, space and military models – the list goes on and on. The history of Lionel at mid-century is the subject of our latest special publication, Lionel Trains of the 1950s. The publication is written by Classic Toy Trains Senior Editor Roger Carp, who explains the decade’s significance in the publication’s introductory essay: “The 10-year period in Lionel’s grand history spotlighted here saw the introduction of powerful and attractive locomotives as well as innovative and entertaining operating cars and accessories. Advances in plastics molding…

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

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more on flyer’s state of maine boxcars

Red, white & New Haven Regarding “American Flyer’s no. 982 State of Maine boxcar” (Collectible Classics, May Classic Toy Trains), it’s interesting to note that the Bangor & Aroostook split that order of red, white, and blue State of Maine insulated boxcars with the New Haven RR. Both railroads’ cars had a similar appearance. Potatoes were big business for the BAR (up to half its total revenue in the early 1950s), but it needed the help of other railroads to get spuds to their principal markets. The BAR’s own rails did not extend beyond the borders of Maine. It is curious all the postwar State of Maine models were lettered for the BAR and none for the better-known New Haven. This is especially remarkable in the case of the American Flyer 982, since…

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variety is the spice of life

The postwar era is fixed in the history books. It has a wonderful legacy, and I enjoy the postwar trains in my O gauge fleet. That being said, the modern era has it all over postwar simply for the variety of trains offered and, more importantly, the color and decoration of items offered. And did I mention excitement? Within a week of moving to Wisconsin in the 1990s, I had discovered a local train shop and attended two train shows. One of my purchases symbolized to me, the best of the modern era. It’s a wood-side refrigerator car decorated for Stroh’s brewery. The car is well built, the decoration is excellent, and the price was $35.95. The car was made by an outfit I had never heard of living on the West…

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photo album

WILLIAM JOHNSTON’S O GAUGE MODEL RAILROAD We’ve all heard it said that the U.S. mail never stops, not even when the snow piles up or the sunshine beats down without mercy. But the grand sight of a Chesapeake & Ohio 2-6-6-6 Allegheny steam engine and tender roaring as it departs a station on William Johnston’s O gauge model railroad will be enough to distract the letter carrier feeling overwhelmed at the sight of the Lionel model. William, who constructed and wired his 23 x 28-foot layout with help and encouragement from his good friend Donald Jones, loves running big locomotives at home in Cary, N.C. Logan Allen was there one recent day to catch the excitement with his camera on a layout soon to be featured in Classic Toy Trains. JOE AND…

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lionel’s 6464-700 santa fe boxcar

I recently finished digging up photographs and writing descriptions of the 30 models in Lionel’s classic series of O gauge boxcars known by their 6464 product number. The near-scale items appeared between 1953 and 1969. I was gathering the pictures for a group of three new posters celebrating the boxcars. (To order the posters, go to www.KalmbachHobbyShop.com.) I had fun reviving memories of these models while learning more about some I had previously overlooked, such as the no. 6464-700 Santa Fe (cataloged in 1961 and 1966). Missing the mark Something I appreciated about the 6464-700 boxcar was how its decoration, in particular the round circle/cross herald of the Santa Fe, faithfully replicated the full-size emblem. I had loved that familiar logo ever since seeing it on freight cars while growing up in southern…