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Classic Toy Trains November 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
$10.74
$53.75
8 Issues

in this issue

4 min
three common questions

During the course of the year, I attend more than 20 train shows. I set up a test track and offer repair advice. I seem to be asked some of the same questions over and over, so I thought it would be helpful to address three common questions here. MAKING INSULATED TRACK Q What is an insulated track (or control rail) and what is it used for? A While most everyone who has been building layouts with three-rail track knows what they are and how to wire them, it still seems to be a confusing concept for some. These track sections can either be purchased or made and are basically used to control something. On a normal section of three-rail tubular track, the center rail is insulated from the ties by small pieces of…

2 min
christmas & electric trains

Every year for almost a decade, the editorial and art teams responsible for Classic Toy Trains have been giving you a wonderful Christmas present. We’ve combined our talents and knowledge to create “special-interest publications”: extra issues loaded with brand-new material devoted to topics you care about. And every year we look at what we’ve done and honestly believe it is our finest work. That’s how we felt after finishing the special publications about the showroom Lionel maintained in New York City or that firm’s accessories or its displays. Sorry everyone, but I am confident our latest effort, Christmas & Electric Trains, surpasses every previous special-interest publication. In this beautifully illustrated and wonderfully designed 100-page issue, available right now, the spirit of Christmas and its touching connection to electric toy trains truly shines. Where…

2 min
need to paint it?

As a toy train guy, you may not need to know how to paint or weather models. However, if you’re building a layout like our City Terminal & Transfer, shown on page 24, painting know-how definitely comes in handy! When that time comes, Model Railroader Video Plus has an expert guide to show you the way: Cody Grivno. Cody, who serves as associate editor at our sister magazine Model Railroader, has been painting stuff most of his life. His dad and grandfather ran an automotive body shop so from a young age Cody’s been knee deep in masking tape, spray guns, and all sorts of paint finishes. When it came to model railroading, Cody applied what he’d learned to get great paint finishes on his models as well. When we need a…

2 min
photo album

WANT TO CONTRIBUTE? PLEASE SEND your best pictures to CTT Photo Album, 21027 Crossroads Circle, Waukesha, WI 53187-1612 or email them to photoalbum@ClassicToy-Trains.com. Digital photos must be taken with the camera set at the largest-possible file size. Include your name, address, and daytime telephone number; a description of each image; and the name of the photographer or layout owner. If your photo is published, we will pay you $50 as long as we have not previously bought the photo. For help on taking pictures, go to www.ClassicToyTrains.com/SubmissionGuidelines. That will lead you to a number of tips on improving your photographic skills as well as assistance with depth-of-field, lighting, and composition.…

13 min
simple suburban scenery

It wasn’t long after Kent Johnson and Bob Keller had the track in and the trains running that I was champing at the bit to get the scenery work rolling. Scenery is the one thing that is guaranteed to enhance the “wow-factor” of a model railroad. It’s not just a tunnel; it’s the Rocky Mountains! It’s not a cornfield; it’s Dubuque, Iowa! It’s not just a collection of tall buildings; it’s downtown Milwaukee! That’s the sort of transformation we’re aiming for this month with our City Terminal & Transfer layout. As shown in the October issue of Classic Toy Trains, Kent and Bob made a good start marking out where the roads and buildings would be placed. Kent even dug out a stack of Woodland Scenics SubTerrain flexible foam risers to…

3 min
add a christmas tree lot to your layout

For me, the holidays officially started shortly after Thanksgiving. My father would empty the bedroom closet, so we could open the attic hatch and liberate our trains for another holiday season. I shared several wonderful holiday memories with my dad building layouts and running trains. But the memory I recall most fondly is the time he and I volunteered to sell Christmas trees for his American Legion Post. Though I was only 10 years old, I worked alongside my dad, unbundling trees, nailing on wood bases, and sweeping up spent needles on the small urban lot. I also remember just how cold it was and how I would escape into a little silver trailer to warm myself near its kerosene heater and drink hot chocolate. The aroma of fresh pine trees mixed…