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Classic Toy Trains September 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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coming soon from classic toy trains !

The editorial staff at Classic Toy Trains is putting the finishing touches on our latest special publication, Electric Trains from A to Z. With more than 100 carefully researched, clearly written, and beautifully illustrated articles, this publication truly offers something for everyone. The major manufacturers past and present are all represented in its pages. We also cover the less well-known companies that did so much to add variety, innovation, and delight to the O and S gauge train hobby. Just for fun, we arranged the dozens and dozens of articles in this special publication in alphabetical order. To give you an idea of the variety of subjects, here’s the tentative table of contents for just the letter “M”. It includes Madison Hardware, Magne-Traction, Marx, Minitoys, Model Builder magazine, Modern Era, Motorized Unit,…

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letters

This photo, part of a July 2016 retrospective into the work of modeler, photographer, and writer Fred Dole, attracted the notice of a sharp-eyed Classic Toy Trains reader. Fred Dole remembered Over the years, I have learned many things from the writings and photographs of the late Fred Dole, and I was pleased to see Roger Carp’s article about him in the July issue of Classic Toy Trains. I believe Fred intended the photo on page 30 to depict David P. Morgan, the former editor of Trains magazine, and photographer Phillip Hastings watching Westchester & Salmon River 0-6-0 no. 1992 spotting a car on an industry spur. Morgan, I understand, was a Ford man, so that must be Dr. Hastings’ Chevrolet. Only a modeler like Fred Dole would have had the imagination to include…

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photo album

YOUR PICTURES MICHAEL ACH’S O GAUGE LAYOUT For the sake of railroad safety, please do not ask how Michael Ach managed to snap this terrific picture of a Boston & Maine GP7 road diesel bearing down on a trestle with boxcars and gondolas behind. It looks as though this agile resident of Glen Cove, N.Y., climbed the wood bents to reach the rails. Truth be told, the scene you’re admiring took place one bright morning on Michael’s neat 10 x 20-foot O gauge layout (soon to be showcased in Classic Toy Trains). The color scheme of the MTH RailKing Geep nicely complements the brick and clapboard structures in town. SEND YOUR PICTURES of toy train subjects to CTT Photo Album, 21027 Crossroads Circle, Waukesha, WI 53187-1612 or email them to photoalbum@ClassicToyTrains.com. Include your…

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product news

PINTSIZE BUT POWERFUL: The MTH Premier line 0-4-0 steam switcher is in stores now. Based on the Pennsylvania RR’s A5-class shunter, the O gauge model has a compact footprint but can still move freight with ease. The die-cast metal locomotive has a smoke unit, coil couplers, and MTH’s ProtoSound 3.0 command and sound system. The 0-4-0 is available in four road names: the nos. 20-3598-1 Pennsylvania RR, 20-3599-1 Baltimore & Ohio, 20-3600-1 Union Pacific, and 20-3601-1 Great Northern (shown left). The switcher costs $699.95. See your MTH retailer or go to www.mthtrains.com. Four-car set FERRY FANS IN STYLE: The Union Pacific is a leader in modern steam heritage operations, and Lionel is cataloging O gauge UP passenger cars based on the rolling stock used to support fan trips and company employee specials.…

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no power marx tower

Q I have a Marx O gauge light tower from the 1950s, which I can’t get to light. I removed the bulbs and tested them, and they worked fine. I put them back in the sockets, and they didn’t work. Do you have any suggestions on how to get the tower to light? – John Thubbon, Taylor Pa. A Most of the tower’s electrical circuit is through the riveted metal parts. Corrosion between any adjacent parts (usually not visible) will cause problems. Also, make sure the bulbs are seating properly in the sockets. Most new production bulbs are actually longer than their earlier counterparts, but it never hurts to check. The lights are in series; if one is loose or goes out, the others will too. The circuit goes from a clip on…

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lionel’s johnny cash boxcar

FEATURES: 1Gray plastic body painted silver 2Black lettering and decorative graphics 3Black plastic doors painted black 4 Symington-Wayne trucks 5Type III metal frame painted to match 6Disc-operating knuckle couplers The connections between trains and popular music should have inspired models celebrating the greatest ballads and singers. Imagine a series of cars commemorating “Rock Island Line” and “City of New Orleans,” to name two songs or honoring Jimmie Rodgers, known as the Singing Brakeman, or Johnny Mercer, who wrote the lyrics to “On the Atchison, Topeka & the Santa Fe.” A lost opportunity, considering that neither Lionel or nor any of its rivals (K-Line, Williams, and MTH) has assembled anything like this. In the near future, perhaps, one toy train maker will. However, a terrific prelude to such a series of cars hit the O gauge market in 1976…