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Classic Toy Trains

Classic Toy Trains May 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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give your layout a boost

Peter H. Riddle’s article, “Add layout-boosting detail,” which starts on page 46 in this issue, includes five essential tips for improving the realism of a layout’s scenic effects. As Peter says, “Although trains are normally the focus of an O or S gauge layout, they benefit from being placed in a larger world – it gives them a reason to exist.” Realism is usually considered a concern only for those seeking to build a scale-like model railroad – a “hi-rail layout” in hobby lingo. But Peter illustrates his ideas on a railroad that is a little more playful in style. Perhaps “toy-rail” is the best way to describe Peter’s O gauge empire. I was struck by two thoughts as I read his article. First, paying attention to scenery works well for all layouts. I…

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a suggestion to operate by and weekend workshop feedback

Switching suggestion On a small layout one soon becomes bored with ’round and ’round running. Nothing ever gets anywhere! Those of us relegated to small layouts can increase our fun and add interesting challenges by running local trains and performing realistic switching activities. Switching activities also provide excellent reasons for using freight loading/unloading accessories more logically and prototypically. You can even set up car/card systems, timetables, and other realistic railroad stuff. Why not increase the fun? Jim Kussy West Chicago, Ill. Modern smoke unit fix I have been a reader of Classic Toy Trains since the second issue. I want to commend you on your Weekend Workshop series, especially “Fix a broken smoke unit” in the March 2017 edition. I am a retired electrical engineer. I have also collected Lionel trains for more than 50 years. Several years ago…

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photo album

SCOTT MELLIS’ O GAUGE LAYOUT Who would have believed a two-level O gauge display occupying a bit more than 52 square feet could give viewers a sense of what it was like to live in New York City during the 1950s and ’60s? To David Geyra’s credit, he has done that and more on the subway-oriented layout he built for Scott Mellis in New Rochelle, N.Y. The backdrop of Manhattan at night, captured in this photo by Jill McAlley, leaves you feeling the railroad encompasses so much of the metropolitan area. Readers will explore more scenes in an upcoming issue of Classic Toy Trains. JOHN DALBY’S O GAUGE LAYOUT The best-kept yet most inspiring secret in the toy train hobby these days just may be the number of younger people entering its ranks…

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product news

BULK UP YOUR BOXCAR FLEET: Menards has added two common carrier and one wartime commemorative car to its growing line of O gauge boxcars. Shown are the nos. 279-3884 Great Northern and 279-3886 Western Pacific boxcars for $19.99 each. The latest addition to the Menards bomber nose art collection is the no. 279-3850 World War II commemorative boxcar Old Crow Express. The car, which features a bomb-toting crow and a B-17 bomber, is priced at $24.99. Order online at www.menards.com and select free shipment to your local Menards. NEW POWER FROM ATLAS O: Atlas O has added two more locomotives to its lineup of O gauge power. The Baldwin VO-1000 diesel switcher joins the Master Line in Lehigh Valley; Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis; Rock Island, Santa Fe Southern Pacific, and…

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mike reagan joins tw trainworx

TW TrainWorx, the Dallas-based firm specializing in custom model railroad displays, one-of-a-kind structures, and “Art of the Train” products, announced a new addition to its Traingineering team. Mike Reagan, former Director of Customer Service and Product Development for Lionel Trains, has joined TW TrainWorx as Director of its newly established TW TrainWorx Eastern Division, located in Concord, N.C. Mike’s position at this new location will allow TrainWorx to better serve its customer base in the eastern U.S. His experience in developing, troubleshooting, and repairing products will enable TrainWorx to provide a wider range of customer-focused services to all its clients. Roger Farkash, TW’s Creative Director and Founder, states, “Mike’s addition to our team, with his 25 years of involvement in all aspects of the model railroading industry, is an exciting opportunity for TW…

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not so easy go

LIONEL GG1 BALKS AT BACKWARD Q I picked up a Lionel postwar no. 2332 GG1 electric locomotive at an auction. I’m having a motor problem. It will cycle and run in forward direction, but appears to be binding in the opposite direction. It will not move, and the motor housing gets warm as I try to get it rolling. I replaced the reverse unit and, after finding the gears binding, corrected them so they mesh and turn smoothly. Yet the GG1 still will not run in the opposite direction. I did the commutator test and did not find a short. Is there a test to determine whether the motor is the problem? –Tony Morrell, Brodheadsville, Pa. A If you checked all the things listed and are certain they are in proper shape, it’s…