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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.

Detail a modern diesel shop
By Stan Trzoniec
Turn a plain-Jane two-stall engine house into a layout centerpiece.
pg. 54
Bust out of the layout doldrums!
By Frank Knautz
You do have time to build a great layout – and we’ll show you how.
pg. 28
Lights Camera Trains
By Jennifer Posh
Toy train videos are as close as your computer. Here’s how to watch.
pg. 31
Small-town setting for a big league railroad
By Roger Carp
Lou Scozzafava models the New York Central in an unexpected setting.
pg. 32
Best of both worlds on a 16 x 20-foot O gauge layout
By Roger Carp
Jack Smith blends realistic scenery with low-tech block control.
pg. 38
Old favorites inspired Lionels switchman with flag accessory
By Roger Carp
The no. 1047 switchman with flag was an unsuccessful attempt at putting a familiar action into a new accessory.
pg. 45
Mice walk tall amid O gauge trains at Squeekville
By Roger Carp
The McWilliams family has been operating its amazing display since 1936.
pg. 48
When (and why) Louis Marx switched to plastic trains
By Gary Anderson
The venerable toy maker responded rapidly to a marketplace challenge.
pg. 53
Bargain priced scenic materials
By Stan Trzoniec
How to find cheap, even free, scenic materials for your layout.
pg. 60
Editor's Desk
Photo Album
Questions & Answers
Collectible Classics
Hidden gem: Lionel’s no. 3666 cannon boxcar
Views from the Underground
Weekend Workshop
Tips, Tools, & Techniques
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