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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
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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
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We've picked out some downloadable collections of articles that will help you get "on track" when you're starting out with toy trains.
Published: February 14, 2012
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In these video snapshots, Editor Bob Keller outlines useful information for newcomers to the hobby - check them out and "take the plunge" with no fear!
Published: September 29, 2011
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Navigating the Classic Toy Trains website
By Carl Swanson
Published: April 11, 2011
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Learn how to use your home computer to make personalized billboards for your layout.
By Joe Farace
Published: August 31, 2010
Publisher Terry Thompson shares his tips for laying track to get your layout off to a good start.
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Published: August 31, 2010
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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.

Published: April 1, 2010
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