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Classic Toy Trains October 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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there’s an app for that!

If the digital generation has a rallying cry, it might be, “There’s an app for that!” These small programs that let us play games, send messages, and rapidly access online content also offer new opportunities for toy train operators. Lionel and MTH now offer interface devices controlled by apps, which permit train operation via a Wi-Fi connection. I admit I was skeptical. Do I really want the ability to operate toy trains with my phone? After all, I’ve run O gauge trains using wireless handheld controllers since Lionel introduced its TrainMaster Command Control CAB-1 in the mid-1990s. MTH fielded its Digital Command System (DCS) in 2002, complete with a wireless DCS controller. Both are well-designed, reliable wireless control systems. What more would a smartphone have to offer? A couple of years ago, Lionel announced a…

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letters

LIONEL LINES IN HOLLYWOOD The other night I was watching a movie called “The Black Scorpion” from 1957 on the Turner Classic Movies channel. Set in Mexico, the film’s plot involves giant scorpions wreaking havoc on the countryside. At one point in the movie, a scorpion derails a speeding express train. When the locomotive and tender leave the track, one can easily read “Lionel Lines” on the tender. The tender is also coupled to the engine backwards. I haven’t laughed so hard in a long time! Mike Waller Wayne, N.J. Shelve it – or run it? In regards to the mint Lionel no. 773 purchased by Jay Baronoff (“Letters” July CTT), Jay wonders if he should display the 773 to preserve its condition or run the locomotive and risk damage. Jay, as a collector of…

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photo album

LAWRENCE GOODRIDGE’S O GAUGE LAYOUT There are many reasons why Lawrence Goodridge has for years devoted his modeling talents to O gauge toy trains instead of HO scale models. One this resident of Lakeside Park, Ky., mentions right away is the freedom to run his vintage and contemporary trains over any kind of landscape he feels like making. Therefore, as readers of Classic Toy Trains will learn in a future article about Lawrence’s 8 x 24-foot layout, a Central RR of New Jersey Blue Comet can be shown in scenery unlike anything you would see in the Garden State. WOODY CULLUM’S O GAUGE LAYOUT When you have a toy train you love, why relegate it to a display shelf or a layout siding? Woody Cullum advocates letting that favorite run and run and…

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product news

ROOKIES START HERE: Railroad in a Box introduces the QuickieLine layout building kit for O-27 trains. The kit contains precut, clearly identified pieces of foam board to build a 5-foot 4-inch by 3-foot 4-inch (expands to 8 feet) layout to which the modeler adds track, trains, buildings, and scenery. The QuickieLine kits make layout building easier and faster, and are designed to get kids and novices started in the hobby. The pieces, which you assemble with white glue, form a layout capable of two-train operation. The railroad features a crossover, four bridges, a viaduct, and two mountains with tunnels and a waterfall. Internal ribs and profiles add strength and shape to the benchwork. The horizontal pieces are printed in color and outline a town with streets, sidewalks, and a park…

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a tricky coil coupler!

Q I have a Lionel no. 773 Hudson 4-6-4. Whenever I run it through a switch or over an uncoupling section, the coil coupler opens. What might be triggering it, and how might this be fixed? – Mark DiVito, Long Island, N.Y. A Many times the rollers on either the locomotive or the tender come in contact with the control rails on an RCS or UCS track or certain rails on the switches. This causes power from the middle rail to be transferred to those rails, which causes the coupler to open. You should try pushing the tender through the problem areas with the power on. If the coupler pops open, you need to look at the tender rollers. If worn, they can easily be replaced. Worn rollers will sit slightly lower and…

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american flyer’s no. 24419 canadian national refrigerator car

FEATURES: 1 Gray-painted black plastic shell 2 Red-painted grab irons and ladders 3 One-piece brake wheel 4 Black metal door guides fastened with rivets 5 Type 10A sinterediron side frame trucks 6 Knuckle couplers BUYER’S CHECKLIST: ✔ Cracked or scratched shell? ✔ Damaged or nonfunctioning couplers? ✔ Broken or non-operating sliding doors? ✔ Marred or bent brake wheel? ✔ Missing or ruined paper heralds? Selecting the railroads for toy locomotives and cars has long been a more complicated matter than outsiders might imagine. Executives deciding what to use must take into account different considerations, above all, whether the market, made up primarily of youngsters, will like or reject their choices. The American Flyer no. 24419 Canadian National refrigerator car captures the drama and letdown in such a decision. Key people at the A.C. Gilbert Co. thought adding a car decorated for a Canadian railroad…