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CTT Expert and long-time contributor Joe Algozzini has been collecting postwar Lionel since 1971. In this video, he shares tips for handling collectible trains.
Published: April 29, 2013
Whether you're brand new to the hobby, returning to the toy trains of your childhood, or own a train and are wondering "what's next?", this exclusive PDF guide has all of the tips you need to get started with toy trains!
Published: February 28, 2013
When Lionel decided to stand back and minimize its risks, American Model Toys' pioneering design and aggressive advertising helped AMT's passenger cars win acceptance in the O gauge market in 1950.
By Roger Carp
Published: April 23, 2012
This Indiana firm beat Lionel in bringing out O gauge aluminum streamliners.
By Roger Carp
Published: March 27, 2012
We've picked out some downloadable collections of articles that will help you get "on track" when you're starting out with toy trains.
By CTT Staff
Published: February 14, 2012
This article first appeared in the February 2004 issue of Classic Toy Trains magazine. Subscribers can read it now if they didn't catch it the first time around.
By Joe Deger, Roger Carp
Published: June 21, 2011
These often overlooked models made 1959 a truly great year
By Joe Algozzini, Roger Carp
Published: April 12, 2011
By Joe Algozzini, Roger Carp
Published: April 12, 2011

The Lionel Corp. four-digit numbers identifying its postwar rolling stock appears haphazard, but a closer examination suggests otherwise.

Published: April 12, 2011
The sight of a toy train locomotive puffing across a layout, its rhythmic white exhaust reaching out to the sky, is as captivating today as it was when the first smoking O gauge locomotive debuted more than 50 years ago.
By Joseph H. Lechner
Published: September 7, 2010
Thinking of starting a collection of O gauge models? Here are some of the finest toy train ever made
By Roger Carp
Published: September 1, 2010
Learn how to use your home computer to make personalized billboards for your layout.
By Joe Farace
Published: August 31, 2010
Terry Thompson shares his tips for laying track to get your layout off to a good start.
By , CTT Staff
Published: August 31, 2010
Tips on transforming your trains for a special layout.
By Philip K. Denslow
Published: August 31, 2010
Collectable trains need the right kind of coverage. Here's what you need to know
By Joe Algozzini
Published: July 1, 2010

Every hobby has a language all its own. Here are several frequently encountered words and their definitions.

By CTT Staff
Published: April 1, 2010
When it came to making parts for some of its postwar O gauge trains, Lionel occasionally turned to other firms
By Joe Algozzini, Roger Carp
Published: June 1, 2009
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