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Classic Toy Trains

Classic Toy Trains March 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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changes for the york train show

For many in the hobby, the center of the toy train universe can be found twice a year, in April and October, at the York, Pa., train meet sponsored by Eastern Division of the Train Collectors Association (TCA). The meet is nothing short of immense. It takes two large halls to house manufacturers and retailers for the three-day show, along with several additional halls for private individuals selling trains, and another hall or two for operating layouts. In all, seven buildings at the York County Fair Grounds stuffed with trains! You really had to see it to believe it, but it wasn’t like you could just show up and walk in. Ever since the first meet in 1969, you had to be a member of the TCA or a guest of a member…

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lionel in 1966 and more information on flyer cabooses

FROM OUR READERS A year to remember, or forget? I always enjoy reading the in-depth articles about Lionel’s offerings in selected postwar years. I have just finished the article on the sets and items for 1966 in the November Classic Toy Trains and have a couple of comments. It appears there are a number of promotional sets for which no specific merchant has been identified. In the postwar heyday, I imagine Lionel went to its customers not with ideas, but probably with a long list of available items and asked, “What can we assemble for you?” By 1966, a limited number of production locomotives and rolling stock must have been available, judging by the contents of the cataloged sets in the article. The choices were probably very limited as to what Lionel could put…

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photo album

YOUR PICTURES JOHN ROSE’S O GAUGE LAYOUT The Chesapeake & Old Dominion Line, as John Rose has named the 15 x 20-foot O gauge empire he built at his home in Williamsburg, Va., makes ample use of ferries. The railroad depends on them to move railcars from one end of the harbor to the other; otherwise, daily traffic bogs down and shippers complain loudly. The four-foot-long ferry you’re admiring represents John’s handiwork. The load today consists of short passenger cars from Lionel, a postwar boxcar, and a K-Line GG1 electric. Trucks, toys, and Arttista figures complete the scene. GARLAND WARD’S O GAUGE LAYOUT The Marx no. 333 locomotive and tender Garland Ward operates on his O gauge layout would look great halting at any depot. Maybe you envision them braking by a Lionel prewar…

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product news

LOADED FOR BEAR (OR ZOMBIES): The Menards O gauge military rolling stock fleet has expanded with several new flatcars with cargo loads. These include the nos. 279-3473 missile launcher truck and 279-3475 cargo truck (rear), and the 279-3474 truck with cannon, and 279-3478 covered tarp load (front). The cars cost $19.99 each or in a four-pack (no. 279-3675) of one of each version for $69.99 plus shipping. Order online at www.menards.com and select free shipping to your local Menards store. OLD SCHOOL REPAIR TECHNIQUES: Robert Osterhoff makes two hard-to-find Lionel technical manuals available on his new DVD. The Lionel Postwar Service Manuals DVD – 1947-1966 includes both the standard 1950 to 1966 Lionel Service Manual as well as the firstedition manual for 1947 to 1949. The manuals are in PDF form…

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off-color coal elevator

Q While going through my great grandfather’s O gauge collection, I found three versions of the Lionel postwar no. 97 coal elevator. One was the usual version with a red roof and yellow building, but the other two had odd color schemes I cannot verify anywhere. One had a black building and roof, while the other had a white building and roof. What can you tell me about them? – Matthew Calorossi, Southbury, Conn. A To the best of my knowledge, Matt, Lionel offered the 97 with only a red roof, windows, and ladders; a yellow house; and a silver tower. Then in 1942, due to wartime shortages of paint, it had to substitute gray for the silver. Therefore, your two odd ones almost certainly came about because someone repainted regular 97s.…

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kmt coors car

The late 1960s and early ’70s were a bit of a wasteland for O gauge modelers. Lionel was virtually the only firm making new locomotives and rolling stock. Competitors had either given up the ghost, as Kusan had, or were barely breathing and had little to excite hobbyists, as was true with Marx. The period at the end of the postwar era and the start of the modern was a tough time for O gauge trains. Williams and K-Line, Weaver and MTH had yet to enter the three-rail segment of the hobby or didn’t exist around 1970. Yet a one-man operation in Endicott, N.Y., was broadening the O gauge boxcars available. Kris Model Trains, as the firm was called, showed a desire to offer models decorated in ways Lionel had not ever…