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Classic Toy Trains September 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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the eyes of an artist

Robert M. Sherman understood the magic of electric trains, and he had the rare ability of capturing that magic in brilliant illustrations. If you were a child in the postwar years, daydreaming through the pages of the latest Lionel catalog, you were entering a visual world largely created by Bob Sherman Born in 1912, Sherman played with Lionel trains as a boy and even visited the company’s Manhattan showroom to see the thencurrent Standard gauge layout. Years later, as an illustrator employed in Lionel’s advertising department, Sherman would design the track plan for the 1949 showroom layout. Sherman worked as a consulting editor for Model Builder, Lionel’s in-house model railroading magazine. He drew illustrations for the Lionel-sponsored book Model Railroading, published by Bantam, and The Golden Book of Trains, published by Simon…

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skills are important – and so are spare parts

FROM OUR READERS Parts availability I thank Lionel for stocking the parts we need to keep our toy trains running, but I am concerned the DC can motors currently in use by all the major train makers may not be available in the future. I repair VHS video cassette recorders, and one of the most common problems I encounter is loss of power from age and use. Often all I need to do to repair a VCR is replace its DC can motor. Already I find that two of my Lionel locomotives do not have replacement motors available: the nos. 11107 Southern Pacific Cab-Forward steam locomotive and the 28225 SP diesel. I loved the older-style AC motors. After cleaning the armature and replacing the brushes those motors would be as good as new. At some point I…

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photo album

YOUR PICTURES JEFF SILK’S O GAUGE LAYOUT Although trains operating in California in the late 19th century differ dramatically from the road diesels and rolling stock seen today, settings like this one near Yosemite National Park hardly change. Towering trees, awesome rock formations, and soaring timber trestles are a winning combination for any layout. No wonder Jeff Silk enjoys running O gauge models of old-time wood-burning engines as much as he does first-generation diesels on his 26 x 50-foot layout in Redwood City, Calif. Steve Crise snapped this picture, as he did the photos used to illustrate the article about Jeff’s railroad in the September 2013 issue of Classic Toy Trains. BOB DAVIS’ S GAUGE LAYOUT Yellow dominates the S gauge layout Bob Davis has been building since the 1970s. Not just the Union…

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product news

LOCOMOTIVE TEST TRACK: GooddealsDCC has a compact solution for your test track needs, with its O and S gauge test tracks made with a non-warping PVC platform and installed wired track. Each one is available as a 36-inch-long section or as a two-unit set spanning 72 inches. Quick connect latches make longer runs possible. O gauge modelers will want the nos. TT-4 test track for $46.95 plus shipping and TT-4XL extended-length track for $99.95 plus shipping. S gaugers will prefer the nos. TT-6 test track for $46.95 and the TT-6AFXL extended-length track for $99.95. For more information visit the website or email gary@gooddealsdcc.com. Order online at www.gooddealsdcc.com or call 224-703-0111. A NEW CHRISTMAS TRADITION: The Lionel Collectors Club of America (LCCA) announces its 2017 All-American Christmas car. This year’s O gauge…

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lionel zw whistle woes

QI bought a Lionel type-ZW 275-watt transformer at a train show. When I got it home I discovered the whistle mechanism didn’t work. Any idea how to repair it?– John Thubborn, Taylor, Pa. AWe don’t recommend our readers attempt to repair power supplies unless they have previous experience, John. The vintage ZW transformer can be a particularly challenging accessory to take apart and reassemble, so we suggest you take it to a hobby shop that services vintage Lionel products. Having said that, there are many reasons why a whistle controller might fail, with the most common cause being a failed “whistle disc.” This is the copper rectifier disk visible on the front side of the direction/ whistle controller on the left side of the transformer and on the backside on the right. You’ll…

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lionel’s no. 6805 atomic energy disposal car

The roster of Lionel cars had, by the end of the 1950s, reached somewhat of a dead end. Designers could do little more with the near-scale boxcars, tank cars, and hoppers than experiment with different colors and try new road names. Gondolas might get novel loads, but otherwise were set. The greatest and more innovative exception to the slow pace of change was the list of flatcars. Engineers treated the humble model as though it were a stage on which they could add actors and scripts. They re-imagined Lionel flatcars with innovative loads, eye-catching features, and mechanisms that amounted to ingenious toys. Breaking through was the no. 6805 atomic energy disposal car, which arrived in 1958. The animation blended an unexpected type of load with the simple yet entrancing features of blinking…