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Classic Toy Trains July 2016

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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live from york!

Technology has delivered many new ways of keeping our readers informed, and we’re using all of them! Consider the twice-yearly Eastern Division, Train Collectors Association train meet in York, Pa. Occupying several buildings of the York fairgrounds, the show is a great way to make new friends, renew old acquaintances, look for bargains, and check the latest products from manufacturers big and small. York is open to members of the TCA and their guests. If you want to join the action, the TCA’s website, Traincollectors.org, has the details. For those who couldn’t make it to the show this past April, we shared the highlights on the ClassicToyTrains.com website. Associate Editor Bob Keller posted frequent updates from the show floor on our Editors Blog, which is found under the Community tab on ClassicToyTrains.com. Over…

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letters

FROM OUR READERS DISPLAY IT OR RUN IT? Recently I visited Trains & Things in Mercer (Trenton, N.J.), and purchased a mint, never-run Lionel no. 773 Hudson locomotive from 1950. Judging by the pristine rollers, the engine most likely ran a few feet – no more – probably on a test track in 1950. My 773 raised a conundrum: Do I oil and lube it and apply power to wake it from its long sleep? Or preserve its condition by placing it in a case in a shelf? So, fellow Classic Toy Train readers, what would you do with a pristine 773? Jay Baronoff Yardley, Pa. Memories of Madison Hardware I enjoyed the “Trains and friendship at Madison Hardware Co.” article by Jimmy and Josephine Alongi in the May issue. I worked across the street from Madison Hardware and…

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photo album

BRUCE FELDMAN’S O GAUGE LAYOUT Let’s hope the bright-eyed travelers and the bleary-eyed commuters crowding next to them at the station on Bruce Feldman’s layout don’t expect the train they spy in the distance to be a passenger express about to pick them up. The picture he took on his 18 x 37-foot O gauge railroad in Haverford, Pa., shows only a Boston & Maine freight about to pass under the steel canopy on its way west from the coast to Worcester. Fortunately for everyone there, Bruce assures us a B&M passenger train trails behind the refrigerator cars and boxcars in front. Readers of Classic Toy Trains will learn a lot more about Bruce’s outstanding O gauge layout in a future issue. ALLAN AUTINO’S O GAUGE LAYOUT Don’t you love grandchildren, if for…

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product news

FROM NORMANDY TO BERLIN: An unheralded hero of the war in Europe was the US Army Transportation Corps 0-6-0T switcher. That little steam engine moved war freight on British and continental railways, and after the war a few stayed in service until the 21st century. ETS is offering the S100-class 0-6-0T in Granite Rock Co., French Railways (SCNF Le Bourget station), and the Czech Republic’s Kladno-Nučice Railway road names, in two- or three-rail versions, with your choice of flange size, AC or DC motors, and coupler type. The stamped-metal O gauge model costs $499 plus shipping and is available at www.ets-trains.com. THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN: Back in the Williams by Bachmann locomotive lineup is the scale GG1 electric locomotive. The O gauge model features the True Blast Plus 16-bit…

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what every o gauge modeler wonders about

Q I’m getting back into the toy train hobby and have two questions. First, how do I use a terminal strip to avoid getting my wires bunched up? Second, will O gauge buildings be out of scale with O-27 trains? –Danny McInerney, Merrill, Mich. A Let’s tackle your second question first. O gauge and O-27 gauge refer mainly to the track size. Even though the distance between the rails is the same, the height and radius of the curves are different. In most cases, trains designed for O-27 will run on O gauge track, but a few O items will not work well on O-27 track. The scale is the same (generally 1:45 to 1:48), although many liberties are taken for esthetic or mechanical reasons. So, buildings will look the same…

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marx’s no. 0226 lighted billboard

FEATURES: 1Yellow or green plastic frame 2Wired socket with light bulb at rear 3 Illustrated cardboard sign showing various consumer products No matter where people went, they saw billboards. Artwork combined with phrases to promote every consumer good available. The painted or printed advertisements were plastered over boards or sheets of wood erected inside frames propped up on supports sunk into fields and hillsides or constructed on rooftops. Children thought them fascinating. Billboards helped the youngest consumers get a sense of the range of products being pitched to anyone with money. Kids admired brand-new automobiles, frozen foods, motor oils, breakfast cereals, cleaning supplies, and much more. BUYER’S CHECKLIST: ✔ Cracked or broken plastic frame? ✔ Damaged or missing billboard? ✔ Non-operating light? Lionel takes the lead Stick a miniature version alongside a loop of three-rail track? No kid would have dismissed…