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Classic Toy Trains October 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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a tale of two hobbyists

In its promotional materials long ago, Lionel stated electric trains were “a lifetime investment in happiness.” That is certainly true for me and for nearly all Classic Toy Trains readers. It is especially true for Peter Atonna and Joe Algozzini, whose work is prominently featured in this month’s issue. Peter, whose layout appears on the cover and is profiled in an article starting on page 40, is one of the finest modelers working in O gauge. “Peter Atonna has carved out a unique niche for himself,” writes Senior Editor Roger Carp. “Since his youth in the 1940s, he has been designing and constructing one outstanding layout after another.” The key to writing about Peter’s latest O gauge railroad, Roger jokes, is to simply get there before it disappears. In truth, Peter enjoys many aspects…

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additional lessons on building a quiet o gauge layout from jim steed

Rubber roadbed update Thank you for printing my article on rubber roadbed in the September Tips, Tools, & Techniques column. Here is a photo of my progress to date. No roads, trees, shrubs, people, cars, or scenery as yet, but, I am moving along. I temporarily screwed the track in place, used 20-gauge black insulated wire to “twist-tie” the track snugly to the roadbed and then removed all the screws. Presto, the layout now runs pretty quietly. I like the wire better than plastic zip-ties because I can quickly untie wire and make small adjustments. I placed thin rubber sheets underneath the nine postwar switches. I am well satisfied with the low level of train noise. Works great! Jim Steed Blairsville, Ga. HAVE A COMMENT Write “CTT Correspondence” on your letter and mail it to…

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photo album

YOUR PICTURES CHUCK WINGATE’S S GAUGE LAYOUT Crews on Chuck Wingate’s 15 x 26-foot S gauge layout never get the opportunity to rest. He insists on keeping all the steamers perfectly serviced with their tenders filled with the coal needed for long trips. Anyone not hired to work on Chuck’s motive power probably has a job at one of the many freight-loading accessories he has installed on his model railroad in Westport, Mass. Readers can expect to learn much more about Chuck’s realistic S gauge display in an upcoming issue of Classic Toy Trains. ERIC BEHEIM’S O GAUGE DIORAMA The secrets behind the terrific pictures Eric Beheim takes of his vintage Marx trains in realistic settings will be unveiled later this year in our latest special-interest publication: All-Star Electric Trains: Celebrating 30 Years of…

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product news

MAJESTY IN MOTION: Atlas O’s much anticipated F7 diesels have arrived, and these are some of the most striking locomotives to ride the three-rails. The O gauge models have two can-style motors, a die-cast metal chassis, and a smoke unit. A-units include a scale pilot and operate on O-36 or wider-diameter track. B units require O-45 or wider-diameter track. The Lionel TrainMasterequipped models are compatible with Lionel’s Legacy command-control system and have cruise commander speed control from the Electric Railroad Co. Current run road names include Amtrak, Erie-Lackawanna, Milwaukee Road, Pennsylvania RR, Rio Grande, and Santa Fe (shown left). Undecorated units are also available. Powered units cost $499.95, while unpowered units sell for $219.95. See your Atlas O retailer or go to www.atlaso.com for more information. DON’T DROP THOSE BOXES: The…

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v transformer posts

QMy Lionel type-V transformer has four speed control knobs (numbers 1 through 4) on the top. There are two parallel rows of terminals on the back with numbers 1 through 4 between the rows going from left to right. Which of the rows of terminals are the ones for the center rail? –Thomas Meany, Valatie N.Y. AUse the top row for the outside rail, as these four binding posts are connected together internally. The bottom row can then go to each of your four blocks. Obviously, the numbers correspond with the knobs on the face. CTT READERS WRITE We received many suggestions to help reader Fred Sloan (February 2017 Q&A) with his Lionel no. 50 section gang car. Reader Robert A. Caffee suggests he spray a very small amount of WD-40 on a cotton…

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lionel’s no. 9727 tag ry. boxcar

Nothing beats boxcars! Often, the more exotic and less familiar the railroad name or graphics, the more desirable the boxcar becomes. A notable example of this trend is the Lionel no. 9727 Tennessee, Alabama & Georgia Ry. boxcar, an uncataloged item from 1973. TAG – you’re it! A rail system traversing the neighboring states of Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia emerged before 1900. What originally was called the Chattanooga Southern Ry. linking that rail hub in the Volunteer State with Gadsden, Ala., had inaugurated service by 1891. Unfortunately for investors, financial irregularities soon caused the line to enter receivership. It ended up reorganized as the Tennessee, Alabama, & Georgia Ry. in 1911. Not until the 1930s did the railway’s bottom line gain a level of stability. The primary purpose of the TA&G, according to the…