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Classic Toy Trains

Classic Toy Trains March 2019

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

3 min
yesterday, when i was young

Like many of you, I was saddened to learn about the passing of Roy Clark, the popular country singer and amazing guitarist. I enjoyed listening to his records and watching him on the syndicated TV show Hee Haw. One of my favorite recordings is Roy’s rendition of Yesterday, When I Was Young. The song was written and originally performed by Charles Aznavour. The sentiments expressed in the song remind us of how fast time passes. And so, we look back fondly on our youth and recall the bygone days that brought us happiness. Yet we also feel a sense of loss because they’re gone. We feel nostalgic when the weather begins to change in the fall. Then we think back on our earlier days, all the way to childhood. Thoughts of the past…

20 min
lionel for 1949

Beginning its fifth year manufacturing electric trains after the conclusion of World War II, Lionel approached 1949 with vigor, enthusiasm, and great expectations for both the present and the future. For each of the previous four years, net sales and net profits had increased. Now, with its 50th anniversary only a year away, the Lionel Corp. was ready to market, promote, manufacture, and sell its line of trains as never before. Little wonder everyone at the firm felt the excitement. The lineup illustrated and described in the consumer catalog for 1949 contained a brand-new diesel locomotive, along with additions to the roster of freight cars and accessories. Several of the O gauge and O-27 outfits were also new. Yet Lionel chose as well to reissue some of the sets it had merchandised in…

1 min
visit a vintage “hobby shop”

While I’m too young to have visited a hobby shop in the 1950s or ’60s, I can experience what it might have been like by watching John Truckenbrod’s postwar Lionel collection on video. Model Railroader Video Plus has launched a new series called Truck’s Toy Trains, and part 1 is available for free at MRVideoPlus.com/TTT1. John wanted to re-create a vintage hobby shop that specialized in Lionel products, and he’s done a fantastic job. He’s organized and displayed the items in a neat and attractive way. Not only does he have an amazing collection of rolling stock, separate-sale items, and starter sets but there also are related supplies like track cleaner, smoke pellets, and even Ray-O-Vac batteries. Across from the “hobby shop” is an operating O gauge layout that features his boyhood…

3 min
new column for a new era

Things change: This is just the plain old truth. Change is going to happen whether we like it or not. And when change affects things we love, like model railroading, we tend to get a bit nervous. I tend, however, to be an optimist. I’m not looking through rose-colored glasses, however. Let’s look at how change has worked for the better in our hobby. When the original Lionel Corp. licensed the rights to manufacture and market its toy trains to General Mills subsidiary Model Products Corp. (MPC), after 1969, it probably felt like the end of the world to many hobbyists. It truly was not! To the contrary, the change introduced the so-called modern era. To be specific, it brought on the MPC era at Lionel. People often smirk that MPC is the Rodney…

10 min
changing priorities

The priorities in our lives – and on our layouts – never stop changing. What really matters when we are in our teens hardly resembles what is most important when we hit middle age. Dan Wells knows how his priorities have shifted over the decades he’s been on the planet. Forget issues of family, career, and residence. He can tell you about how what once seemed paramount with his Lionel trains lost meaning and was replaced by different things. Dan liked the accessories made by Lionel during the postwar era when he came of age. Those great items filled the layouts his older brother and he built. Now, however, he views realistic scenery as the most essential ingredient for his successful O gauge railroad. TRAINS FOR DAD A cooperative Dan, wracking his brain to…

10 min
best of both worlds

Experience is, as Rick Rooney will be the first to say, the finest teacher. To prove the veracity of this adage, he can point to his family life, a career in medicine, and even his lifelong hobby of model railroading. Here, Rick shifts to how experience has influenced the 17 x 17½-foot dual-gauge layout filling a special place in Rick’s home and heart. What he has learned since acquiring his first S gauge set in 1949 still shapes his love of the hobby and the thoughtful approach he took when planning and building a terrific display. Tradition stands strong Let’s start by hearkening back to the holiday season of 1949, when many thousands of American and Canadian kids received an electric train. As the years went by, the great majority of those children…