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by Bob Keller   Published: November 2, 2011
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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 »

Command control for those postwar classics

In the July 2014 issue, Robert Rello shows you how to upgrade a Williams engine. This companion article will help you upgrade that engine with command control  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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