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Classic Toy Trains January 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

3 min
jump in – the water’s fine!

As Jay Cain writes in this month’s cover story on modeling water, which starts on page 34, “There is something about making a lake or pond, a river or harbor, even a puddle along the right-of-way or a country road that seems difficult to tackle.” Perhaps that’s why bridges are common on O and S gauge layouts, but wellcrafted river or lake scenes are harder to find. That’s a pity for, as Jay demonstrates in his article, these effects are not difficult. They do, however, require a certain amount of planning. As I have learned, poor planning can be an expensive lesson. Many years ago, I set out to build an O gauge layout. I started by calculating the largest possible train table for the room’s size and awkward shape. I spent countless…

2 min
30 years of classic toy trains

A happy pastime Wow! The November 2017 30th anniversary Classic Toy Trains was full of interesting and timely content about our hobby, such as the article about family retailers and their contribution to our happy and creative pastime. It was also nice to see all the ads from key outlets, which shows how important the print media is – even in today’s cyber world. Keep up the good work! John Tingle Miami Lakes, Fla. Charter subscriber I just want to take a moment to commend the Classic Toy Trains staff for an excellent 30th anniversary issue. I received my copy yesterday and was glued to it most of the evening. The articles, advertisements, and general content are fabu- lous. I, for one, sincerely appreciate the effort and quality that went in the issue. I…

3 min
photo album

YOUR PICTURES SEND YOUR BEST pictures of toy train subjects to CTT Photo Album, 21027 Crossroads Circle, Waukesha, WI 53187-1612 or email them to photoalbum@ClassicToyTrains.com. Include your name, address, and daytime telephone number; a description of each image; and the name of the photographer or layout owner.…

4 min
product news

ADD SOME COLOR TO YOUR STREETS: MTH is offering four new O gauge PCC streetcar road names in colors sure to please. These include the nos. 30-5163-1 Philadelphia Suburban Transit red car (shown), 30-5165-1 Kansas City Public Service beige PCC, 30-5164-1 San Francisco blue-and-yellow streetcar, and 30-5166-1 Illinois Terminal green-and-white PCC. The cars cost $259.95 each. See your MTH retailer or go to www.mthtrains.com for more information. MODERN LAYOUTS AND TODAY’S TECHNIQUES: TM Books & Video continues its coverage of contemporary O gauge layouts with 21st Century Great Train Layouts 2. Four modern layouts are profiled in the 60-minute DVD, which costs $14.99. All the layouts feature scale details and authentic scenery while illustrating the varied approaches to O gauge model railroading in this century. See your hobby retailer or go to www.tmbv.com…

3 min
add a traction tire to a postwar steamer

Q I have a Lionel postwar no. 2020 turbine steam engine, which was made before the addition of Magne-Traction. Although my locomotive is a good puller, it tends to spin out when I apply power to start it. Is there a type of traction tire I can install on one of the drive wheels to give it better starting traction? – Mitchell Rebuck, Millersburg, Pa. A A properly serviced O gauge locomotive should start to move at around 7 or 8 volts on its own and at a slightly higher voltage with a string of cars. If it requires more current, there may be a problem similar to what happens when you start to apply power. It may also be dirty wheels or track. Or you may be trying to pull…

2 min
american flyer’s no. 20435 meteor train set

Deciding components of sets had to be the best assignment at a toy train company. The primary factor behind the selections was to create appealing combinations of engines and cars at a variety of price points. It was crucial to offer customers sets any of them could afford, no matter how modest their household budget. An example of how decision makers at the A.C. Gilbert Co. sought to make up S gauge sets was the no. 20435 Meteor. Gilbert added that four-car steam freight to its American Flyer line in 1958, when demand for electric trains had started to decline across the U.S. New and old together Top brass developed sets aware they had different steam engines to use – from the 4-4-2 Atlantic and 4-6-2 Pacific to the 4-6-4 Hudson and 4-8-4…