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Classic Toy Trains March 2018

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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Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Kalmbach Publishing Co. - Magazines
Frequency:
Bimonthly
$12.08
$53.75
8 Issues

in this issue

1 min
do you have a story?

Readers just like you provide stories featured in Classic Toy Trains. To submit an article and photos, send your work to Classic Toy Trains magazine, 21027 Crossroads Circle, P.O. Box 1612, Waukesha, WI 53187. Write the words “Manuscript Enclosed” on the envelope and include a suitable stamped, self-addressed envelope for the return of your material if we cannot use it. Articles are paid for on acceptance. We assume no responsibility for the safe return of unsolicited material. Email submissions can be sent to manuscripts@classictoytrains.com. Before preparing an article, contact us to determine whether we’re interested. Guidelines for writing articles and taking photographs are available from our website. If you are a manufacturer or supplier and would like to see your products in our News or Reviews columns, please emaileditor@classictoytrains.com, or call 262-796-8776 for…

2 min
quick tips

We’ve all got them! Freight cars that were gifts and don’t fit our operations theme, old pieces we treasure but can’t be run anymore, and oddities picked up at a show on impulse. Too good to throw away, and yet they sit still gathering dust. What to do with them? Why not make a pen/pencil holder for your workbench? This can be done in an hour or two using scraps of quality wood! A small one for N scale uses a 1½ x ¾ x 6-inch piece of mahogany for the base and a ¾ x 2½-inch piece for the receptacle (I cut it from a tomato stake). I beveled the base on top for looks. Using a 5/16-inch drill, I bored a two-inch-deep hole in the receptacle, and then cut…

1 min
the process

3 min
lionel lines in the modern era

One Lionel outfit made in recent years hits the trifecta of collector interest: Its rolling stock is decorated for Lionel Lines, and it is both an uncataloged set and a department store special. It is the Lionel no. 11771 Micro Racers Express, produced exclusively for K-Mart in 1989. The O-27 set is unusual for another reason. Typically, a modern-era department store exclusive set will contain a single specially marked car and the remainder of the train will be standard production items. However, all five items in the Micro Racers Express are unique to this set. This is likely due to its theme, which is so far off Lionel’s beaten path that regular rolling stock would have seemed out of place. Heading the train is a no. 18704 2-4-0Porter steam locomotive, molded from…

4 min
loops & tunnels fill a classic display

The theme of this issue of Classic Toy Trains is summarized in just two words: compact layouts. Articles focus on the enjoyment and interest O gauge railroads covering less than 100 square feet can provide operators. When it comes to packing fun and excitement in a small area, no one compares with the designers who created display layouts for Lionel during the postwar era. Evidence of what the Display Department had accomplished appeared in Lionel Trains: Best Layouts & Store Displays, a special-interest publication put out by CTT in 2015. Still, there’s always room to celebrate more of those layouts– which is what we’ll do with the no. D-224. ♦ Displays promoted the line The D-224 layout, a 5 x 9-foot display made available by Lionel to retail accounts in 1958,carried on a tradition…

3 min
the train i always wanted

Recently, I received a phone call from my good friend and customer, Father Michael Ruthenberg. You may recall from an earlier column that he is a Catholic friar serving in Chicago at the retirement home for the Little Sisters of the Poor. Father Mike, as I call him, became acquainted with me about 10 years ago, after reading Views from the Underground in Classic Toy Trains. He’s been a customer of my store and a reader who occasionally comments on what I write. I mentioned Father Mike a few years ago because I thought it was nice he built a layout every year for the sisters to see. The trains are set up infront of a window facing an inside hallway. It was really neat how many of the sisters would line up…