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Classic Toy Trains

Classic Toy Trains May 2017

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
shack it up!

Personalization is one thing that makes an O or S gauge layout pop when you are looking at it. The scenes may be train crews at the roundhouse, a vegetable market receiving a fruit delivery, or some detail like a pump house at a water tank, a yard shack at a container yard, or a kid taking a mower out of a backyard shed. Three small O gauge structures brought out by Woodland Scenics can be the center of one of these attention-getting vignettes that make a layout stand out from a loop of track on a bare 4x8 plywood sheet. The latest additions to the Built-&- Ready Landmark Structure line are the nos. BR5856 tin shack, BR5857 work shed, and BR5858 wood shack. They are wellexecuted rendering of outbuildings you can…

2 min
less-than-carload freight?

WITH THE CTT READERS AND STAFF One cold weekend this past year I decided to build some Less-Than- Carload (LCL) containers for an empty O gauge gondola. I planned to use these containers to haul less-than-boxcar load cargo in secure containers that could be hoisted off the freight car and onto a loading dock or truck bed. I looked around my workshop to see what odds and ends I had lying around. I had scrap wood, screw eyes, scrap plastic, and spray paint. I decided these would work just fine. I began by measuring the inside of the gondola. The inside was 97⁄32 inches long, 1. inches wide, and 5⁄8 inches deep. I then did a quick calculation and decided six containers 15⁄8 inches wide, 1. inches high, and 1. inches long…

8 min
discover a truly beautiful layout

How would you describe your layout? Some readers may opt for compact or hardworking or smoothly running or sprawling or unfinished. Not many will pick beautiful. A model railroad too clean and idealized is a distant cry from grimy, dusty, and weather-beaten full-size trains. Nothing beautiful about them! Yet the word beautiful is undoubtedly the best way to characterize the O gauge Cloverleaf & Coon Valley RR. Richard Kunz designed and built this 16 x 24-foot railroad with both esthetics and operation in mind. His background as a high school art teacher helped him create eyecatching and fanciful scenes that just happen to feature three-rail tracks and colorful freight and passenger trains. Late beginnings Asking Richard about his background in the toy train hobby often causes him to sigh before answering. He wishes…

3 min
weaver’s no. 7530 southern pacific gp38-2

P redicting what toy train hobbyists want can leave manufacturers puzzled and frustrated. The best they can do is listen to consumers while paying attention to what locomotive builders and full-size railroads roll out. Observing what was happening on American railroads energized the toy train market in the 1980s and ’90s. Emerging firms, including K-Line, Williams, and MTH, brought out detailed O gauge versions of contemporary engines. An example of how a small business could influence the hobby was the no. 7530 GP38-2 road diesel from Weaver. His own niche The tendency for entrepreneurs to search for lucrative niches in the model railroading market, which reached a peak right after World War II, never abated. That applied, too, to the HO scale field. One man striving to capitalize on the expanding interest was…

2 min
reins of command

Lionel’s LionChief and later LionChief Plus commandcontrol systems signaled a revolutionary approach to digital operation of trains. Lion- Chief is a basic way to start and stop trains, control speed and direction, and trigger horns, whistles, bells, and couplers. In other words, it focused on what most O gauge operators actually do with their trains. Simple can be good, and it is a friendly tool for both newcomers and experienced O gaugers. LOADING LOCOMOTIVES Please note some LionChief ready-to-run sets will not operate with the Universal Remote. Otherwise, this device will help you manage your fleet of LionChief and LionChief power. First, turn on the Universal Remote. Pick a button (1, 2, or 3) and hold it down until it blinks rapidly. This means any previous engine data is cleared, and the spot…

1 min
mike reagan joins tw trainworx

TW TrainWorx, the Dallas-based firm specializing in custom model railroad displays, one-of-a-kind structures, and “Art of the Train” products, announced a new addition to its Traingineering team. Mike Reagan, former Director of Customer Service and Product Development for Lionel Trains, has joined TW TrainWorx as Director of its newly established TW TrainWorx Eastern Division, located in Concord, N.C. Mike’s position at this new location will allow TrainWorx to better serve its customer base in the eastern U.S. His experience in developing, troubleshooting, and repairing products will enable TrainWorx to provide a wider range of customer-focused services to all its clients. Roger Farkash, TW’s Creative Director and Founder, states, “Mike’s addition to our team, with his 25 years of involvement in all aspects of the model railroading industry, is an exciting opportunity for TW…