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Classic Toy Trains November 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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inside the price guides

The arrival of autumn in Wisconsin means a few things to the editorial team at Classic Toy Trains. First, we’re back on a schedule of monthly issues after a few bimonthly magazines. Second, we can look forward to the Green Bay Packers starting their season. Third, we study the new Greenberg Pocket Price Guides from Kalmbach Books for insight into hobby trends. Greenberg Pocket Price Guides provide collectors and operators with up-to-date values of locomotives, railcars, and accessories. Lionel pieces from the dawn of the 20th century well into the 21st are listed, as are S gauge trains made since 1946. From these authoritative books, hobbyists learn what the items they own are worth as well as what they will need to pay to obtain pieces they’re looking for. Obviously, supply and…

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letters

FOCUS ON POSTWAR FLYER AND LIONEL Flyer Kleer-Paks My goodness! I’ve been involved in the toy train hobby for some 55 years, and in all that time I have never heard or, for that matter, seen, the American Flyer Kleer-Paks (“American Flyer’s overlooked Kleer-Paks,” September 2016 Classic Toy Trains). Thanks to the CTT staff and the writer Jack Fazenbaker for bringing these scarce items to our attention. Jerry Dangelo Rockford, Ill. Photo Album correction I am reasonably certain the S gauge Illinois Central passenger set depicted on page 9 of the September CTT was manufactured by American Models and not, as the photograph caption stated, Lionel. Ron Bashista at American Models makes excellent products, and he has done a lot for the S gauge hobby! Tom Gerbasi Lewiston, N.Y. Prewar Lionel whistling stations The article in the September…

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photo album

LARRY SHUGHART’S S GAUGE LAYOUT No question about the depth of Larry Shughart’s loyalty to the American Flyer brand of S gauge trains. He has assembled a massive collection of the locomotives and cars cataloged by the Gilbert Co. during the postwar era. But, as this picture of Lionel Southern Pacific Alco PAs from 1981 indicates, Larry loves to operate modern-era items. You’ll discover lots of current-production models amid the more than 500 structures on his Northern Florida Ry. We toured his display in Jacksonville, Fla., in the November 2015 issue of Classic Toy Trains. HERB AND DAGMAR LINDSAY’S O GAUGE LAYOUT Herb Lindsay and his wife, Dagmar, introduced readers of Classic Toy Trains to their three-rail tribute to the New York Central and the Pennsylvania RR in the April 1990 issue. Thanks…

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product news

MOTEL, BARRACKS, OR CORPORATE HQ: Pikesville Models announces its second laser-cut wood structure kit. The S scale motel is a base kit (two floors) with optional add-on floors. Shown is a completed base kit with an add-on floor kit. The laser-cut outfit includes walls, floors, windows, and railings and can be assembled using carpenter’s glue. The main building footprint is 16 inches wide, 12 inches deep and 4¼ inches high. The base two floor kit costs $125; add $75 per floor. To order or for more information go to www.pikesvillemodels.com. THE RED, WHITE, AND BLUE IN O: Lionel has created a salute to both the American Bicentennial celebration held in 1976 and one of the most famous locomotives of Lionel’s MPC-era. The no. 82427 Patriot LionChief Remote U36B diesel freight set…

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get out the trains

THE POWER SUPPLY First and foremost, be aware that although the voltage at the track is a safe level (usually less than 20 volts), the input side of the transformer is plugged into a wall outlet that puts out 110 volts. Older transformers usually have insulated line cords covered with rubber (Photo 1). Rubber insulation has a tendency to dry and crack, exposing the copper wires inside. This can be a shock hazard. Before plugging it in, take the cord and bend it sharply at several areas along its length. Look for any cracks. If you find any, do not plug it in! Have the cord replaced at a reputable train repair service. While you’re there, ask the technicians to inspect the inside for any faulty wiring. THE TRACK Since the current to power…

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industrial rail’s no. 1702 work caboose

FEATURES: 1 Painted injection-molded cabin and frame (10 inches long) 2 Plastic brake wheel 3 Die-cast metal trucks and couplers 4 Stationary black plastic derrick boom 5 Black plastic hook (controlled by hand crank) 6 Wire handrail Who can resist a bargain? Not toy train enthusiasts! Manufacturers have been striving to satisfy their wish for more, in particular, additional play value out of freight cars. There’s no reason to focus on the postwar era for models that promised more. The modern period offers cars that delivered plenty. For proof, check out an overlooked candidate: the no. 1702 O-27 Burlington Northern work caboose with boom by Industrial Rail. BUYER’S CHECKLIST: ✔ Marred or warped derrick boom? ✔ Cracked or damaged cabin or frame? ✔ Warped or broken steps at each end? ✔ Missing string and hook? ✔ Scratched lettering? ✔ Operating couplers (both ends) Worthwhile predecessors Before turning…