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Classic Toy Trains September 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
言語:
English
出版社:
Kalmbach Publishing Co. - Magazines
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Monthly
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introducing best toy train layouts

We at Classic Toy Trains have been celebrating the layouts our readers have designed and constructed since our first issue in the fall of 1987. Since then, we have showcased several hundred remarkable O, S, and Standard gauge model railroads while emphasizing how much each of them has to teach other hobbyists about how to improve their trackwork, electronics, scenery, and more. Now with pride we introduce you to Best Toy Train Layouts, the latest special-interest publication developed by the editorial and art teams behind CTT. This entirely new 100-page issue features 10 of the finest and most influential and inspiring O gauge model railroads we’ve found. What distinguishes these 10 three-rail layouts? Each of them provides ample opportunities to linger at the various scenes, studying what the modeler has done and…

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the road and the rails

FROM OUR READERS FURTHER THOUGHTS ON MOVING Joe Algozzini summarized in “Moving your train collection” in the May issue the steps he and I took when relocating his toy train collection from the Midwest to the Southwest last year. However, I’d like to add two other steps we took to ensure the collection was safe during the drive, which took several days and covered thousands of miles along interstate highways. First, Joe and I never let the rental truck or his van out of our sight when we stopped to rest, to fill the gas tanks, or to get a bite to eat. One of us always stayed with or was within sight of both trucks. Second, Joe and I did not stay at motels. We stopped at rest stops or commercial truck stops…

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in praise of whimsy

The fact that most of the people reading this are running trains on three rails suggests we are ready to think out of the box for fun. Indeed, in the postwar era Lionel’s rocket-launching cars, balloon cars, exploding munitions cars, and so on emphasized the fact that model railroading should be fun. When I lived near Seattle, I was a member of the Pierce County Lionel Club. We had a layout we could disassemble and move in five pieces. The layout’s scenery was realistic, but the railroad had a number of fun postwar operating accessories. We did several events each year. One of them, the Western Washington State Fair, was an all-hands-on-deck event over the span of a week and a half. I was scheduled to work two or three four-hour sessions with…

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photo album

YOUR PICTURES ▶ EARL LABOUNTY’S O GAUGE LAYOUT Every sort of animated freight-loading car stands ready to work on a spring day at Earl LaBounty’s version of Lionelville. More likely, the postwar versions of the classic milk and cattle cars, the horse and merchandise cars, have unloaded their various cargoes along a busy siding and await the O gauge steamer or diesel that will pick them up and dispatch them to destinations far from Earl’s residence in Langley, British Columbia. Fellow O gauger Mark Horne took the picture, noting the backdrop is actually an enlarged photograph of Earl’s farm in western Canada. ▶ LARRY GUSTINA’S O GAUGE LAYOUT A famous picture snapped sometime in the early days of the Erie RR converting from steam to dieselized motive power inspired Larry Gustina to duplicate the…

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peruse plenty of plasticville

The March issue of this column discussed Episode 1 of Truck’s Toy Trains, an exclusive series created by Model Railroader Video Plus about John Truckenbrod’s amazing postwar Lionel collection and O gauge layout (showcased in the July 2019 issue). If you like plastic kits, you won’t want to miss Episode 4 of this series: “Plasticville.” Learn the differences among the Plasticville structure kits marketed by their manufacturer Bachmann Bros., by toy train producer Lionel, and Lionel retailer Madison Hardware Co. John shows the variation in content from each version of the same schoolhouse kit. Did you know the Madison Hardware version included extra items not in the Plasticville or Lionel versions? All of John’s kits are unbuilt, so you’ll see items in their original packaging. Neat stuff! John shares tips for collectors,…

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in memorium

WITH THE CTT STAFF Richard P. “Dick” Kughn, former owner of Lionel Trains Inc. and partner and chairman emeritus of Lionel LLC, died in the early morning hours of June 8, 2019. He was 89 years old. An avid train collector and operator, Kughn first became interested in the hobby at the age of 7, when he rescued a broken electric train from a neighbor’s garbage can and restored it to operating condition. Two years later, in 1938, he received a Lionel set for Christmas. After high school and a brief stint in college, he found a job as a construction laborer and worked his way up to become president of a major firm specializing in shopping mall construction. Dick’s collections of toy trains and historic automobiles (which numbered 250 vehicles at one point)…