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Classic Toy Trains January 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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new from classic toy trains

Our latest publication, Electric Trains from A to Z, is on newsstands now. This 100-page special issue, not included with your magazine subscription, is our first try at a non-linear approach to the history of electric trains. Instead of a narrowly focused in-depth history, starting in 1890-something and ending last week, Electric Trainsis crammed with short essays covering a variety of topics – the sort of things that might arise when speaking to a fellow train enthusiast. In essence, this publication represents the things we wanted to chat about with you, our readers and fellow hobbyists. The essays, there are about a hundred or so in this special publication, cover manufacturers large and small, Standard gauge, O gauge, and S gauge. We touch on a few industry personalities, the eras our hobby…

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thanks lou, and a dvd time machine

Lou Palumbo’s Views From The Underground column in the November 2016 issue of Classic Toy Trains struck a chord. When so many traditions are under scrutiny lately in the world, Lou points out, “Old trains bring back memories of family and the holiday season, when everything is at its best.” Toy trains at Christmastime have been a part of my life since Christmas morning of 1956. Lou summed it up perfectly: “when everything is at its best.” Because for so many of us, every year the trains under the Christmas tree have been there when our families are together, which really are the best of times. There are not many things in this world more important than family, and it has been this hobby that has drawn so many families closer over the…

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photo album

DAVID BAULE’S S GAUGE LAYOUT Cedarburg, Wis., where David and Barbara Baule live during the warmer months of the year, inspired the look of Main Street in the largest town on his attractive and smooth-running S gauge model railroad. David relied on Department 56 structures to complement his vintage American Flyer accessories when he designed that municipality. The backdrop executed by Rebecca Schultz for his 11 x 25-foot home layout leaves you feeling chilled, ready to go inside just as soon as the New York Central Alco PA passes through with a long freight train coupled behind. ? CHRISTINA AND KENNETH SCHULTZ’S STANDARD AND O GAUGE DISPLAY Shall we call what Christina and Kenneth Schultz build for the holiday season “dueling displays”? Everything was much simpler for Ken when he was the only…

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product news

FAST MOVING: Atlas O has released the no. 3007403-1 Gunderson Maxi-IV well car in TTX livery. The three-section O gauge car is die-cast metal and has fast-rolling trucks. Each car unit can hold two 53-foot containers (sold separately). The well cars are also available in BNSF, BRAN, and Florida East Coast road names. Shown are the nos. 3006307-6 Master Line CIMC 53-foot Hub Group (Green) and 3006302-5 Master Line Jindo 53-foot Hub Group (Red) containers. The Jindo containers come in CSX, Hub Group, and undecorated. The CIMC containers come in EMP, Hub Group, or UMAX road names, as well as undecorated. The containers cost $29.95 each, or in an assortment pack of eight for $179.70. See your Atlas O retailer or go to www.atlaso.com for more information. RAZORBACK RACER: Lionel’s Legacy…

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‘round the top

A Good question, Jim. 10 years ago ceiling or room-top layouts seemed to be more common, but that niche has become fragmented. Many of the photos of around-the-ceiling layouts show standard shelving components you can find at home-improvement centers. A typical arrangement uses L-shaped shelf hardware mounted on the walls; then the tabletop (shelving) is secured on top of it. Many of the photos of around-the-ceiling layouts show standard shelving components you can find at home-improvement centers. A typical arrangement uses L-shaped shelf hardware mounted on the walls; then the tabletop (shelving) is secured on top of it. Eaglewings Iron Craft is the last of the larger firms we know of offering material for ceiling railroads (O and Large scale). Eaglewings has been in the marketplace since the mid-1990s. Their website is: www.eaglewingsironcraft.com. Others…

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american flyer’s set no. 4904t

Asked to explain what was great about a particular manufacturer’s line of toy trains, often our response is to direct attention to the top, to the company’s finest and most expensive locomotives and prized rolling stock. What was valued in the past remains highly respected. Often, low-priced trains and small sets reveal more about how a firm understood the market and tried to appeal to consumers with less to spend. American Flyer set no. 4904T sheds light on how the A.C. Gilbert Co. was presenting its S gauge line, especially the most basic items. The train shows how it intended to challenge Lionel everywhere. New chase The postwar market was on the verge of further expansion as the late 1940s led into the early 1950s. It became imperative for manufacturers to reach out to…