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Classic Toy Trains February 2017

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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marking a milestone year

Welcome to our 30th anniversary year! The saying “Time flies when you’re having fun,” must be true because it sure doesn’t seem as though 30 years have passed since our inaugural issue hit the newsstands. In the world of publishing, 30 years is a very respectable age for a magazine, but that doesn’t we’ve grown up. No sir! We’re still playing with electric trains, same as yesterday, same as today, and for the tomorrows to come. As CTT’s anniversary approached, we gave much thought to how we would mark the occasion. The answer was clear – the hobby is bigger than the magazine and talking about trains is a lot more fun than patting ourselves on the back. That’s why, all through 2017, Classic Toy Trains is celebrating the stories, the people,…

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letters

FROM OUR READERS HOLLYWOOD MOVIES, TOY TRAINS, AND DOGS Hollywood and toy trains I enjoyed the story of Gordon Gebert (“The boy who got the finest Lionel set of 1949,” December 2016 Classic Toy Trains). However, in view of author Roger Carp’s remarks about the heavyweight cars and diesel engines used in the 1949 movie Holiday Affair, I was surprised there was no mention of the film’s remake. In December 1996, the USA Television Network aired the RKO Pictures remake. The story line is identical, with the change that the expected groom is an accountant instead of a lawyer. But the train the boy receives is still the star of the movie. This time it is a diesel heading up silver aluminum passenger cars. You might check it out for more information on the continuing…

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photo album

YOUR PICTURES BOB AND VICKI DYER’S O GAUGE LAYOUT No matter what you might need for your model railroad in the southern half of New Jersey, you’ll find it at Alloway Trains ’N Things, the business belonging to Bob and Vicki Dyer. Yet even if you’re not in the mood to spend a few dollars, you can stop by their store in Elmer, N.J., to admire the large O gauge layout the couple has built. In this photo taken by Vicki, we’re looking down at the main yard and locomotiveservicing facility. Readers of Classic Toy Trains will be seeing much more of the layout in a future issue. BRUCE RICHARDS’ S GAUGE DISPLAY Original displays made by the A.C. Gilbert Co. to showcase its American Flyer brand of S gauge trains seldom surface. Luckily…

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product news

SPECIAL VALUE CARS: Three new cars have been added to the Menards line of O gauge rolling stock. The nos. 279-3178 Chesapeake & Ohio flatcar with die-cast metal concrete mixer and 279-3476 Pennsylvania RR flatcar with excavator. The excavator has lights and sounds that activate with the press of a button. The latest addition to its World War II bomber nose art series is the no. 279-3842 “Take-Off time” boxcar. Each car sells for $24.99 plus shipping. Order online at www.menards.com and select free shipment to your neighborhood Menards store. JERRY WILLIAMS 1937-2016 In 1971, Jerry formed Williams Reproductions to fill a desire for prewar-style trains that hobbyists had either missed out on or had not been able to afford as originals. His first product was a reproduction of an Ives O gauge…

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bump, but no go

Q When running my Lionel no. 50 gang car into a bumper, it hit and stopped dead. It was pretty warm, so I let it cool a bit. Since then I’ve never been able to get it to run more than a few feet before it stops. I never thought you could break one of those motorized units! Have any suggestions to get it going again? – Fred Sloan, Seattle, Wash. A There are several things to consider, but it sounds as though a thorough cleaning and lubrication are in order first. For some reason, the motors in Lionel motorized units seem to foul up faster than those in full-size model locomotives. The heating and stalling often indicate a bad armature winding, but it may just be dirt in the works. First, remove…

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lionel’s no. 9278 life savers tank car

FEATURES: 1 Black sheet-metal frame 2 Chrome-plated plastic tank and dome 3 Black metal walkway and ladders 4 Brake wheel 5 Symington-Wayne trucks with operating couplers Every manufacturer offered models of the single- or double-dome tank cars used to transport petroleum products. That generalization proved accurate from the prewar era right through the postwar and into the modern. Miniature tank cars flooded the Wide and Standard gauge, the O gauge, and the S gauge markets. Typically, the models featured solid paint schemes (black, gray, or silver) with graphics representing one of the big refiners of oil and gasoline based along the East Coast. Eventually, electric train producers caught on that fullsize tank cars carried more than oil and gas. But not until Lionel released the no. 9278 Life Savers tank car in 1978 did one grasp just how…