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Classic Toy Trains September 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
building on a great idea

Beginning this month and continuing for the next three months, staff members from Classic Toy Trains magazine and Model Railroader Video Plus (MRVP) will take you through the process of building a great-looking, fun-to-run O gauge layout. The adventure begins on page 24, with MRVP’s Kent Johnson (author of our “Video Plus” column) presenting the detailed track plan for the 5 x 9-foot layout and discussing the thinking behind his design. Kent then shows, step by step, how he and MRVP’s David Popp made the layout’s lightweight and sturdy benchwork. Classic Toy Trains has built many project layouts over the years but this one is the best yet. Certainly, it is the most innovative in its presentation. As always, each major stage of construction is clearly explained in the magazine and illustrated with…

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…

2 min
more on marx and a tip for realistic railroad sounds

Marx Nickel Plate tenders “The discovery of a lifetime,” Eric Beheim’s account in the July issue of finding Marx’s elusive Nickel Plate Road wedge tender, is a good article with great photos. Yes, Marx made two four-wheel NKP tenders, one in seven-inch size and one six-inch size. The six-inch tapered “wedge” model does look best with the small Marx no. 999 locomotive, as in the article. However, it’s not a seven-inch model as per the photo caption. The larger seven-inch tender would better match a longer Marx no. 333 Pacific. Marx also made two versions of the PRR Merchandise Service boxcar mentioned in the article. One version had printed-on closed doors and the other, shown in the article, had separate sliding doors. Harry Noble Xenia, Ohio Realistic sound Current toy trains sound just like their full-scale cousins,…

3 min
photo album

JOHN AND CONNIE COY’S O GAUGE LAYOUT A photo like this one, shot by John Coy on the O gauge layout he built in Avon, Ind., with help from his wife, Connie, leaves you wishing the Great Northern was still in business. The view of the Empire Builder train led by an F45 diesel captures what was great about postwar railroading in the Rocky Mountains. The Coys keep that history vibrant on their Glacier Line, soon to be featured in Classic Toy Trains. FREDERIC LEE’S O GAUGE LAYOUT On a May afternoon in the late 1950s, a New Haven passenger train headed by F7 diesels from Williams traverses the western portion of Connecticut, not far from New Milford, where O gauge modeler Frederic Lee calls home. Memories of life in postwar New England…

5 min
erratic whistle

Q I have a Lionel no. 6026W tender, and its whistle has become erratic. When I trigger the whistle it will start to sound, but cuts off fairly quickly. In trying to figure out if it was the whistle or the transformer, I tested the tender with three transformers (two different no. 1033s and a ZW). The whistle worked a little better with the 1033 and not well with the ZW. Is it more likely a tender relay problem? If not, what might cause the trouble? – William Montgomery, Fort Worth, Texas A If you are just checking the whistle and there is no other load on the track, the relay will not stay closed. If the transformer whistle controllers are working properly, the first part of the movement of the lever…

4 min
product news

BOOK’EM JACKO: Give five-oh a prominent spot on your O gauge layout with the no. 279-4435 Police Plaza from Menards. The multi-story police station features a brightly illuminated entrance (guarded by, who else? Jack the police dog) and a rooftop helipad with police chopper. The roof has flashing red LEDs, and the helipad has alternating red and white LEDs surrounding the “H” logo. But the surprise is that the helicopter blades rotate. The structure costs $99.99 plus shipping. Order online at www.Menards.com/Trains and opt for shipment to your local Menards store. ESSENTIAL INFORMATION: A quarter-century of often dizzying progress in command-control systems has seen Lionel move from traditional transformer-controlled operation to TrainMaster, Legacy, and now LionChief and LionChief+ control systems. New and experienced three-railers may need to take a step back to figure…