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January 2015

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In the pages of CLASSIC TOY TRAINS magazine you'll find information about building, operating, and enhancing toy train layouts; track plans, repair and maintenance tips, profiles of collectible postwar and prewar trains, and more.

Create a snowy scene
By Dennis Brennan
Temporary winter scenery turns your layout into a Christmas star.
pg. 76
By Bob Keller
Pick the track system that works best for you with our exclusive guide
pg. 36
The dawn of the postwar era: Lionel trains in 1945
By Joe Algozzini, Roger Carp
As World War II drew to a close, Lionel resumed toy train production.
pg. 40
The first shall be the best
By Roger Carp
William “Bo” Burgess says his 14 x 43-foot O gauge layout is his first large railroad – and his best.
pg. 46
A father, his sons, and their love of toy trains
By Paul Huber
Warm memories of enjoying an American Flyer layout in the 1950s sparked a life-long interest in trains.
pg. 54
Tour New England on a realistic S gauge railroad
By Roger Carp
Dave Plourde’s 14½ x 16½-foot layout takes viewers on an memorable journey.
pg. 58
Make your own large realistic trees in just one evening
By William DiMenna
Crafting tall trees for your railroad is a breeze with these tips.
pg. 64
An action-packed colorful world of tinplate memories
By Roger Carp
Chris Lonero’s O and Standard gauge layout recalls his roots in the hobby.
pg. 64
Memories of Christmas and Madison Hardware
By Terry Carpenter
A legendary train store delivered one boy’s Christmas dream.
pg. 73
Editor's Desk
Photo Album
Questions & Answers
Collectible Classics
Marx Baltimore & Ohio seven-inch caboose
Views from the Underground
Weekend Workshop
Tips, Tools, & Techniques
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