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Classic Toy Trains December 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
刊行頻度:
Bimonthly

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a milestone worth celebrating

This issue of Classic Toy Trains packs a punch! It offers a compact Christmas O gauge layout built by Mark Boyce and an American Flyer railroad done by Craig O’Connell, who grew up in the shadow of the A.C. Gilbert Co.’s factory in New Haven, Conn. O gauge modeler Neal Schorr recalls how his kids helped with his three-rail replica of the Middle Division of the Pennsylvania RR. Lots to smile about in the pages that follow. Yet a hint of sadness creeps in as well. For an incredible project spanning a quarter of a century concludes in this issue. Longtime CTT contributor and Lionel expert Joe Algozzini completes his deeply researched and carefully written year-by-year analysis of Lionel trains for the entire postwar era. What Joe has done since first looking…

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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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reading and railroading

I remember reading a story about a 1950s railroad executive who was in a tense meeting with unhappy locomotive engineers. Their complaints were many and varied. The frustrated executive finally said, “If you dislike it that much, why don’t you get a factory job?” The response from the floor was immediate: “Where is the romance in that!” The excitement of large machines blasting down two ribbons of steel, hauling carloads of passengers and hundreds of tons of raw material and finished products, is probably why you are reading this. At some point in our life we saw a train, or got a wave from a smiling engineer, and thought “Wow!” We build model railroads in S, O, or Standard gauge because railroading is exciting. We still stop what we’re doing to look…

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photo album

GEORGE DONALD’S O GAUGE LAYOUT How clever of George Donald to bring us a Back to the Future moment on his O gauge model railroad, which is soon to be showcased in Classic Toy Trains. From the look of the MTH RailKing “Buy War Bonds” trolley (product no. 30-2569-1) and the cabin nearby, you might assume the calendar reads December of 1944 or 1945. But a glimpse of the snowmobile on the left side suggests it’s December of 2019! Who knows what George had in mind when he modeled this frosty scene in Easton, Pa. DAVE VAN ESSENDELFT’S O GAUGE MODEL RAILROAD Absolutely no question about whether the settlement on Dave Van Essendelft’s O gauge layout will experience a white Christmas this year. Check out the heavy snowfall that occurred over the past…

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the christmas tree people

It is fun to operate a full-time train store during the Christmas season. I opened The Underground Railroad Shoppe in 1985, and this year will mark my 35th season. We’re open seven days a week from the third week of November through the first week of January. My selling season amounts to Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. Our merchandise includes Lionel and MTH train sets ready to run and complete with track and transformer. Also in stock are S, HO, and N scale sets. I do most of my retail sales during the Christmas season. I’ve learned something interesting, namely, I sell the same quantity of trains to different people every Christmas. I love the season because it gives me opportunities to talk to new and returning customers about – what else? –…

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get ready to find layout bargains

It’s the time of year so many toy train hobbyists love: Christmas! For lots of Classic Toy Trains readers, it’s a tradition to set up a train around the tree or host a holiday open house. I propose starting a new tradition: plan to shop during the post-holiday sales! One ongoing series on MR Video Plus is “Off the Rails,” hosted by Gerry Leone. While his layout is HO scale, don’t let that turn you off. Episode 33’s focus is scouring Christmas clearance sales for items useful for your layout—of any scale. Gerry visits two crafts stores, a hardware store, and a big box store, and gives you a list of what to look for after Christmas. You may be thinking, “Yeah, I know, look for those little green village Christmas trees.”…