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Classic Toy Trains July 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

2 min
dummy lines

There are several “dummy” lines on my S gauge Appalachian Beltway layout – tracks that go nowhere. These tracks are for show, for esthetic value, and for supporting the theme of a thriving community immersed in railroad activity. While I have five main lines and can run five American Flyer trains continuously, greedy me couldn’t stop there. Dummy lines let me display engines and rolling stock on the layout rather than on a shelf. The railroad cliff lines shown in Photo 1 allow me to continue my layout upward and were built with every intention of highballing trains up 8 or 9 percent grades. Never having built a layout before, I was totally out to lunch when it came to grades! Instead of ripping out those lines, I turned their visible portions…

2 min
wiring for prewar flying yankee engine

Q I have a Lionel prewar no. 616 E/W Flying Yankee engine that has problems with the wiring and the horn. Please provide a wiring diagram for the locomotive and help me get my horn working again. – Jon Fogarty, La Valle, Wis. A I assume you mean the whistle, because that is the only sound-producing mechanism originally included on the 616. The whistle is housed in the powered unit by two screws that come up from the bottom. There is a single wire from the assembly to the hot side of the reverse unit. I find it best to remove the motor, unsolder the wire, and then remove the whistle. Reproduced here are illustrations printed in the Lionel Service Manual from the postwar era. They should help you with your whistle and…

1 min
back to the (o gauge) future

Did you know that Model Railroader Video Plus includes as part of its offerings Season 9 of PBS’s well-respected Tracks Ahead series? Each layout/railroad is broken into a separate video to make viewing more convenient. Paul Jann was featured in the July 2016 issue of Classic Toy Trains for his “Back to the ’50s” O gauge layout. His 10 x 38 foot model railroad includes many operating accessories and scenes and a hidden helix built under one of the mountains. While the feature story was great and the photos and track plan informative, this layout begged to be videotaped! And indeed it was, for Tracks Ahead Season 9. In the video, you’ll see plenty of action – Paul’s center lift bridge, his Lionel rotary coal tipple, a lumberjack felling a tree in…

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. Articles and photographs are paid for on acceptance. We assume no responsibility for the safe return of unsolicited material. Send email submissions 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 email editor@classictoytrains.com, or call 262-796-8776 for more information. Classic Toy Trains assumes that letters, new product information, and other unsolicited materials are contributed gratis.…

11 min
tune into trains

Move over exercise gurus and would-be rock and country divas. Step away from the spotlight weird-looking animals and precocious toddlers. Your time is up! The Internet has a brand-new star – John Truckenbrod! He doesn’t recite gags or risk life and limb to multiply the number of viewers visiting his website. The host of Truck’s Toy Trains prefers a safer, more enjoyable gig. In a brand-new series of short and informative presentations on the website www.ModelRailroaderVideoPlus.com (produced here at Kalmbach Media Co.), John shares his knowledge of Lionel trains and accessories from postwar days. He spends time shedding light on the importance of boxes and separate-sale items. Expanding horizons Back in the spring of 2013, the leaders at Kalmbach (the publishing firm responsible for Classic Toy Trains, among other hobby publications and websites) decided…

12 min
small start to greatness

Greatness in any endeavor often begins in a small way. The NASCAR champion recalls riding a Big Wheel as a toddler. The basketball star looks back 25 years to the sagging metal hoop her dad once nailed to a tree in the backyard. Closer to the hobby of toy trains, so many outstanding layouts trace their roots to a little electric train given at the holidays a generation or two earlier. This simple start often inspires a dedicated enthusiast to build larger, more elaborate displays until finishing something grand shown proudly in Classic Toy Trains. Chuck Wingate exemplifies the meaningful trend summarized above. The beautiful, realistic S gauge railroad celebrated in these pages represents the next stage in a personal evolution dating from December of 1959. An otherwise forgettable American Flyer set…