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O gauge E-Z Track system from Williams by Bachmann

The same shipping box that contained our Heritage SD90 (see previous review) had more surprises: production packets of the new Bachmann O gauge E-Z Track. E-Z Track is the brand name for Bachmann’s popular lines of N and HO scale track with a  More »
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by Bob Keller   Published: November 2, 2011
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Learn about Jamie Haislip's 18 x 18-foot O gauge railway with an intricate prototypical catenary system in this article.
This 20 x 48-foot S gauge layout was inspired by John Allen's influential HO layout, the Gorre & Daphetid.
This track system from Williams by Bachmann is the newest option for O gauge roadbed track.
Search our library of 126 Track Plans by Size, Scale, and Magazine Issue.

Gene Phillip's Greatest Find

In 1961, when Lionel first produced the #6445 Fort Knox Gold Bullion Car, it had a coin slot in the top so it could be used as a bank. In 1979, when the car was reproduced as #9320, Lionel also created the #9319 Silver Bullion Car for the 25th annive  More » |

Lionel Factory Layouts

Lionel's Display Department produced exciting layouts every year to showcase the latest additions to their product line and sold these layouts to retailers, who used the layouts to demonstrate the fun of Lionel trains. Walt Downer's collection of bea  More » |

A whimsical layout loved by kids of all ages

When visitors scope out Jeff's extravaganza in a garage, they conclude that this is less a toy train layout than a series of movie sets. Subscribers can read the complete story by downloading the PDF.  More »

Restore an acid-damaged locomotive body

The author believes that nearly anything can be repaired if you deem it worth your time and expense. Download the PDF article to find out how to fix that treasured locomotive from 50 years ago.  More »

Repair pickup rollers and shoes

This article originally appeared in the December 2003 issue of CTT - click the link above to download! Learn more about how to tune up and rebuild pickup rollers in the F  More »

Lionel's Legacy Command Control System

EVERYONE AT CLASSIC TOY TRAINS RUNS TRAINS DIFFERENTLY, and consequently our expectations for Lionel's new Legacy control system differed. Kent Johnson is Mr. Hi-Tech, al  More »


Hillside, N.J., 1/26/2012 - Atlas Model Railroad Co., Inc. has agreed to purchase all O scale structure tooling, as well as existing O scale structure inventory, from Wm.  More »

Lionel Trains: Accessories

Celebrate 100 Years of amazing Lionel Accessories! Rediscover the way these fascinating and innovative models fire the imagination with movement, color and flash!

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Wiring Your Toy Train Layout, 2nd Edition

Wiring is fundamental to toy train operation, and this updated classic covers how to set up conventional wiring using today’s technology.
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Track Plans for Lionel FasTrack

Featuring 25 mostly small and mid-sized plans designed specifically for FasTrack, this collection is from the pages of Classic Toy Trains magazine and also includes several new plans, a brief overview of FasTrack, and track-planning tips.
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Lionel Trains: The Golden Years, 1950-54

New stories of Lionel’s innovative O gauge trains and accessories, plus favorites from the pages of Classic Toy Trains, special issues, and subscriber-only website exclusives.
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