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Classic Toy Trains October 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

2 min
new train show an eye-opening experience

When Kalmbach Media, parent of Classic Toy Trains magazine, teamed up with home-improvement giant (and O and HO train maker) Menards to sponsor a new train show in Eau Claire, Wis., we expected great things – and we weren’t disappointed! The show featured dozens of operating layouts, rows of dealer booths, and sneak peeks at upcoming O gauge products. Also on display were driver Paul Menard’s NASCAR stock car, Matt Crafton’s NASCAR Truck Series pickup truck, and the Menards Racing semi-trailer team hauler. It added up to plenty of family-focused fun for the show’s 6,000 attendees. Sharing in the show’s success is cosponsor Model Train Classics LLC, an Eau Claire hobby shop, and Union Pacific RR and Operation Lifesaver, on hand to spread awareness of grade-crossing safety. Eau Claire, located in northwest Wisconsin,…

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 and include a suitable stamped, self-addressed envelope for the return of your material if we cannot use it. Articles and photographs are paid for on acceptance. We assume no responsibility for the safe return of unsolicited material. Email submissions can be sent 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…

1 min
evaluating track plans

Three track-planning elements Thanks for all the great reading over the years. I particularly like the layout diagrams and go over them in great detail, looking for ideas for my next layout. To add fun value to a layout, there are always three elements I look for when I study a track plan. Call these elements X, Y and Z. “X” is a track crossing. My first childhood layout was a figure-8, and it kept me entertained for a long time. “Y” is a reversing loop. As a three-railer, I can add them willy-nilly and not have to worry about wiring. Better yet is a plan with two reversing loops so I can reverse in either direction. “Z” is the third dimension. It always adds more visual interest to have trains moving up and down,…

2 min
photo album

1 BOB KELTY’S O GAUGE LAYOUT Not very long after Classic Toy Trains published an article about Lionel’s early postwar steam switchers in the January 2018 issue, Bob Kelty contacted us. He was eager to share memories of one of those engines – the no. 1656. It came in the no. 1425B set Bob had received as a boy in 1948. Besides his recollections, Bob submitted this photo of the switcher and its three-car train still hard at work on his compact home layout in Lincoln, Neb. 2 DON AND CODY LEAVEL’S O GAUGE MODEL RAILROAD Refrigerator cars carrying perishables and boxcars packed with automotive parts are familiar sights on the O gauge display Don Leavel built with his son, Cody. But as this photo by Keith Mosher shows, coal is the principal…

2 min
many teachers, one source

With any luck, you’ve had a teacher or mentor who helped make even the toughest task seem infinitely possible. As the son of two public school educators (retired), I can proudly say I’ve reaped the benefits of their patience and wisdom. Thanks, Mom and Dad! But as brilliant as they are, my folks aren’t the first I turn to when looking for a helping hand in the hobby. There’s an even better place to seek hobby instruction, insight, and inspiration. For those interests, my go-to is MR Video Plus. Sure, the Internet is loaded with scores of hobby-minded hosts and “heroes” eager to share their knowledge. But how are you to know if their advice is sound? Survey a few web search results, and you’ll quickly discover that the source is a…

4 min
product news

FOR FACTORY OR WATER DEPARTMENT: The no. BR5866 Rustic Water Tower is Woodland Scenics’ latest addition to its Built-&-Ready building series. Often overlooked on many layouts, this O gauge structure has a well-worn look. It features long legs, support struts, an inspection ladder and service platform, installed aircraft warning LED, and an unattached pump house for custom placement. The water tower is priced at $219.99. See your hobby retailer or go to www.woodlandscenics.com for more information. KIDS PLUS TRAINS EQUALS CHRISTMAS MEMORIES: Classic Toy Trains is proud to announce its latest special issue, Christmas & Electric Trains. The 100-page volume includes brand-new heartwarming stories of holidays past, Christmas layouts, reader memories, and holiday displays. Due out in October, the issue costs $11.99 for print or digital editions, or $17.99 for both.…