Meet the Staff

Carl Swanson, Editor

Carl_SwansonCarl Swanson, a former member of the CLASSIC TOY TRAINS staff and previously a senior editor at Model Railroader, is the editor of CTT.

Carl has also worked at Trains magazine before joining Model Railroader's staff. He is the author of the Kalmbach book Faces of Railroading and was editor of the magazine Model Trains Step By Step. Carl was also the founding editor of RailNews magazine, and served as editor of Passenger Train Journal magazine prior to joining Kalmbach in 1997.

An avid model railroader, Carl has a 8-by-12 three-rail O gauge layout. Carl studied journalism at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln and photography at the Woodland School of Photography. He lives in Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood with his wife Judy, sons John and Daniel, and daughter Rachel.

Roger Carp, Senior Editor

roger_carp_2014Roger Carp has been associated with CLASSIC TOY TRAINS since its second issue came out in the Spring of 1988. He has also supervised the development of many of its special issues, including All-Star Electric Trains of the 1950s, More All-Star Electric Trains, and Lionel, the Golden Years.

The history of toy trains in America fascinates Roger, especially the development and promotion of prewar and postwar Lionel and postwar American Flyer. To advance his understanding of that history, he has conducted interviews with many former Lionel and Gilbert employees and written four books on the history of Lionel as well as special-interest publications on Lionel's showroom in New York City and its different accessories. Roger regularly travels around the United States, photographing O and S gauge layouts for articles in CTT.

Roger collects postwar Lionel trains and accessories, Mini-Craft stations and newsstands, and Authenticast figures, all for the O gauge layout that he dreams of building.

Bob Keller, Associate Editor

Bob_KellerBob Keller joined the CLASSIC TOY TRAINS staff in 1996. He is responsible for the product content in CTT's News and Reviews departments, and he edits the Weekend Workshop and Tips departments.

Bob has enjoyed O gauge trains since 1955. He currently operates O, S, and British OO gauge layouts in his basement.

Bob's layout

Virtually everything we review is given a torture test on Bob's 8- by 22-foot O gauge layout or his S gauge pike. The O gauge layout features Lionel Fastrack, while S gauge testing is conducted on S-Helper Service track.

At home Bob powers his trains with an MTH Z-4000, Lionel KW and 1033s, and an MRC TrackPower O-27 transformer. With the exception of a few Pennsylvania and New Haven locomotives, Bob's roster is entirely New York Central, including U33C, Genesis, and Dash-9 locomotives that he repainted from their original road names

Rene Schweitzer, Editorial Assistant

rene_schweitzerRene joined the staff of CLASSIC TOY TRAINS in May of 2014. She updates the CTT website, puts together the biweekly email newsletter, manages contracts and editorial payments, and performs other administrative duties that keep CTT running smoothly.

She currently lives in Waukesha with her husband (who is a toy train enthusiast and has an O-gauge layout in their basement) and three cats. In her spare time, she enjoys a variety of hobbies including reading, gardening, rubber stamping, machine embroidery, and volunteering at her church.
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