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Classic Toy Trains May 2018

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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the best of both worlds

In the February debut of his Video Plus column, Kent Johnson introduced Classic Toy Trains’ video partner, MRVideoPlus.com (MRVP). Kent, a former CTT senior editor, is a producer for the video website, which provides MRVP subscribers with a library of more than 1,000 fun and informative videos – with more being added at a rapid clip. Initially an offshoot of our sister magazine, Model Railroader, MRVP launched in 2013. Its catalog of videos soon expanded to include all aspects of the scale modeling hobby, the world of prototype railroading, and, yes, O and S gauge toy trains. Truly, Kent said it best when he described MRVP as a treasure trove of game-changing hobby videos. Our cover story this month is a great example of the power of the CTT/MRVP partnership. Michael Schrier’s O gauge…

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madison hardware memory and flyer’s new haven connection

Nearly 40 years ago, my wife, year-old son, and I squeezed into our Chevrolet Chevette and headed on a 1,000-mile trek to Long Island to visit friends. While there, my buddy wanted to take me “into the city” and asked if I had anything in particular I’d like to see. I told him the only place I wanted to visit was Madison Hardware. “A hardware store?” my friend said incredulously. We were soon on our way to 105 East 23rd Street. Parking proved to be impossible, so he dropped me off and circled the extended city block more than 20 times waiting for my exit. This gave me time to meander up and down the aisle of this holiest of train store shrines. Ecstasy was interrupted by a voice saying, “If you’re not…

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photo album

YOUR PICTURES ANDREW STONE’S O GAUGE LAYOUT A long – very long! – Illinois Central train snakes around the main town on Andrew Stone’s O gauge railroad in Springfield, Ill., on its way through a mountain range to Chicago. The Lionel set looks fantastic, standing out against the K-Line Starlite Diner. Andy and his son have spent years completing this three-rail layout. BRAD ROCK’S S GAUGE LAYOUT Brad Rock’s train room in Virginia Beach, Va., is a time machine back to the postwar era. A wonderland awaits visitors, with some of Lionel’s finest trains on shelves and Gilbert’s American Flyer accessories in operation. Animated S gauge cars and their platforms nestle by signals and freight loaders. Plasticville kits ring the outer part of the display. WILLIAM BRAMLAGE’S O GAUGE LAYOUT Prosperity in the form of elegant…

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thousands of snapshots

In the age of the smartphone, it’s hard to imagine a toy train enthusiast who hasn’t taken photographs of his or her permanent layout or temporary display. We load our phones and digital cameras with scores of snapshots and share our creations for others to enjoy. But as great as that sounds, those who view your still photos are really only getting – pardon the pun – half of the picture! You won’t get an argument from me (a guy who loved clicking pictures of his layout for the pages of Classic Toy Trains magazine) about the joy that comes from constructing a photogenic layout. However, a layout video is literally worth more than a thousand photos (a 60-second clip filmed at 30 frames per second equals 1,800 unique snapshots)! While statistics…

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product news

ESPEE IRON: MTH’s Premier line Alco PA-1 in Southern Pacific Daylight colors is available now. The O gauge powered unit, no. 20-20843-1, features two can-style motors, MTH’s ProtoSound 3.0 command and sound system, Mars light, smoke unit, and coil couplers. The unpowered B unit, no. 20-20843-3, has a detailed body and metal couplers. The powered unit costs $479.95, and the unpowered unit is priced at $199.95. See your MTH retailer or go to www.MTHtrains.com for more information. SHORTLINE MEMORY: The Rahway Valley RR was an uncommon short line in that it managed to make a profit during the Great Depression. The New Jersey line soldiered on until 1986, with its last vestiges expiring in 1992. The Metropolitan Division of the Trains Collectors Association salutes this uncommon carrier with a custom-run boxcar…

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converting dcs to tmcc possible – but not necessarily easy

Q I have an older MTH no. 20-20112-1 GP38-2. Can it be retrofitted for Lionel’s TrainMaster Command Control system? If so, what is basically involved? – John Erdos, East Hampton N.Y. A Using the respective TMCC and Digital Command System controllers, you can run both systems on the same railroad. Unless there is a mechanical problem, you don’t necessarily have to have it converted. In answer to your question, you can make just about anything TMCC. Because DCS and TMCC are dramatically different, the procedure will involve gutting all the electronics and replacing them with TMCC controls, so you may want to think hard about it before committing. The parts that need to stay are the motors, smoke unit, lights, speaker, speed sensor, couplers, and switches. They are usually the most difficult parts…