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

in this issue

3 min
steel wheels deliver holiday cheer

Getting an electric train was, hands down, the best Christmas gift I received as a child – and I suspect many of you would say the same. Or possibly your parents set up a seasonal train layout. How many hours did you spend watching that train go ’round and ’round? No doubt about it, trains and holidays go together like egg and nog, so it’s only natural Classic Toy Trains devotes space in each December issue to reliving those great memories of the past and showcasing ways to make electric trains a special part of this year’s celebrations. For example, Gordon Gebert talks about the Lionel outfit he played with in the late 1940s. As a 7-year-old child actor, Gordon portrayed the son of Janet Leigh in Holiday Affair, a film released…

2 min
memories of a great hobby shop and more

Secrets of a Lionel crane car I especially enjoyed reading “Secrets told by one crane car” (October Classic Toy Trains). The box caught my eye right away when I saw the slightly faded “Dibbles” stamp on the side. It brought back fond memories of shopping in the store. Long before the Hurtas took over the shop in the 1990s, Thomas Lynn Hurta was working there on the weekends. This came as a pleasant surprise to me back in the early 1960s, when I stopped in to look at the Lionel trains and accessories on display and discovered my high school physics teacher was working there and was a model train enthusiast. It was fun sharing our mutual interest in toy trains. I was impressed with his teaching in the physics lab, but seeing…

4 min
photo album

STEVE PHETTERPLACE’S O GAUGE LAYOUT Who can blame the Lionel Pennsylvania RR Turbine if it’s complaining about how Steve Phetterplace removed it from a warm and comfortable spot on a display shelf and dragged it onto a layout covered with snow to pull a freight train! That postwar antique deserves a little more respect from Steve, whose O gauge model railroad was featured in the February 2013 issue of Classic Toy Trains. Let it enjoy retirement at his home in Smyrna, Tenn., rather than being asked to pull one more string of vintage cars over Steve’s 13 x 20-foot beautiful and highly realistic layout. LOU WASNESKY’S O GAUGE LAYOUT So many operators of modern-era trains feel tugs of nostalgia at the holidays. They remember, as did Lou Wasnesky, the marvelous sets that introduced…

4 min
product news

A HOBBY SHOP EXCLUSIVE: The eye-catching paint scheme implemented on the New Haven RR during the 1950s lives via Lionel’s new no. 83076 New Haven TraiLiner set. The O gauge outfit features a New Haven FT diesel locomotive, New York Central boxcar, New Haven flatcar with two trailers, and a New Haven illuminated caboose. Also included are a loop of FasTrack, a power supply, and a Lionel LionChief handheld remote controller for $399.99. A companion no. 83077 Pennsylvania RR merchandise boxcar is available separately for $64.99. This is one of six Hobby Shop Exclusive sets. See your Lionel retailer for more information. SULPHUR!: The Gulf Coast Chapter of the Texas Division of the Train Collectors Association is offering two versions of a single-dome tank car made by MTH Electric Trains. The…

2 min
spockish train power?

Q I attended a train show recently and saw a Lionel transformer with controls that looked like Star Trek logos. It was crowded at that dealer and I couldn’t make out the nameplate. Any ideas what it was? –Mel North, Miami, Fla. A This was probably a Lionel SW, a later transformer (1961 and 1966). The SW could control two tracks and, though it had a whistle control, it worked on only one throttle. Even though newer transformers are available today, an SW might be a bargain as an power supply. WHAT’S UNDER THE HOOD? Q How do you tell the difference between a 250-watt and a 275-watt Lionel type-ZW transformer? Do the circuit breakers differ? –Sue Charles, Tulsa, Okla. A Performance of either is the same since the 250-watt and the 275-watt ZWs…

3 min
lionel’s o gauge steam freight set 141w

FEATURES: • No. 224E steam locomotive (equipped with operating headlight) • No. 2224W die-cast metal tender with whistle • No. 2652 Lionel gondola • No. 2654 Shell oil car • No. 2657 Lionel Lines caboose Set courtesy Stuart Armstrong; photo by Drew Poland Some of the most challenging sets to find in collectible condition are those a manufacturer originally cataloged at the low end. The children who received the inexpensive trains long ago proved to be rough on them. So we at Classic Toy Trains were delighted when Stuart Armstrong told us about the pristine Lionel no. 141W freight outfit that has been in his family since 1940. According to Stuart, his wife received it when she was barely out of diapers from her doting father a year after Lionel added it. BUYER’S CHECKLIST: ✔ Locomotive motor and headlight operate ✔…