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In this section you'll find some of the most interesting and popular articles that have appeared in the pages of Classic Toy Trains magazine since it's first issue in 1987.
Jeff Mayer and his son James use fun miniature figures to enhance the action on their O gauge layout.
By Roger Carp
Memories of his father and inspiration from his wife and daughters influence every aspect of the layout Forrest built as a retirement project.
By Roger Carp
Otto used a lifetime of knowledge about toy and full-size trains to design and build his 9 x 16-foot O gauge layout.
By Roger Carp
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
This Indiana firm beat Lionel in bringing out O gauge aluminum streamliners.
By Roger Carp
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

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There are several ways to find the value of particular toy trains.


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

By Joe Algozzini, Roger Carp
These often overlooked models made 1959 a truly great year
By Joe Algozzini, Roger Carp
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
Thinking of starting a collection of O gauge models? Here are some of the finest toy train ever made
By Roger Carp
Steve Garofalo built a modern 13 x 30-foot version of a 50-year-old classic.
Lionel's 1946 consumer catalog featured landscaped scenes filled with old and new trains and accessories.
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
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