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CTT Digital FAQs

Digital editions of Classic Toy Trains are available through a partnership with Zinio []. For more information on Zinio and how to purchase a digital subscription please review our Frequently Asked Questions. Online help: or call 888-946-4666 (weekdays, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. PST)

What devices can I use to read a digital magazine on Zinio?
A: Computers running Windows, Apple OS or Linux. (Digital editions are built using Adobe AIR.)
This inculdes iPad and Android-based mobile phones and tablets running Android version 2.2 or later.

How do I purchase a digital edition?
A: Please visit and look for the digital edition offer on the subscription page.

What does a subscription to the digital edition cost?
A: The digital edition or the print subscription can be purchased for standard subscription pricing. The cost of the digital subscription is equal to that of print.

Can I get both print and digital? What does that cost?
A: Yes, a combo offer is available for an additional $9 to the standard subscription price.

Can I convert my CTT print subscription to digital?
A: Yes. Please contact Customer Sales & Service at 800-533-6644 (weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CST), or email

Can I purchase a just a single copy of the digital CTT?
A: Yes, single copies are available to purchase through Zinio at

Will CTT offer back issues of the digital magazines?
A: Digital subscriptions always start with recent issues. Single copies are available going back to January 2012 through Zinio at

Can I preview a sample before buying?
A: Yes. To see a preview, visit Classic Toy Trains page on and click on the magazine's cover image, then click the "Inside" button.

How do I access my Zinio magazines?
A: To access your digital issues you will need to create an account at Make sure to use the same email for your Zinio account that you used to purchase your digital subscription. If you are a first time digital subscriber, instructions will be provided for you when you complete your order. Once registered, login and click on "My Library" to access the current issue.

Can I download Zinio magazines for offline reading?
A: Yes. Instructions on how to download magazines for offline reading are available on Zinio’s website. On a PC or Mac, you will need to download the free Zinio Reader software to be able to read offline. If using a tablet or phone app, the issue will need to be downloaded that way.

How will I know when new issues are available?
A: You will be sent an email notification when your latest digital issue is available for download. If you use anti-spam filtering, make sure that is on your approved list.

Can I purchase a digital subscription as a gift?
A: Currently, digital subscriptions are not available as gifts. If you would like to give a digital subscription as a gift, Zinio has gift cards available for their online store.

Is CTT available for Kindle or Nook readers?
A: Yes, you can order the digital CTT online from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Published: April 3, 2012

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While searching net for info came here

Last year I aquired a Lionel 1948 1949 Electronic set from the original owners though not perfect it is servuicable and that is just it

How does one service/test the set?

Is there a copy of the intstruction sheets at TCA Library or online?

The receiver has been checked the tube is intact seems to have no damage

Any thoughts ?
I just spent many hours under my new train board wiring in houses, operating track, and street lights. It was my first time. I learned a lot (mostly about how not to do it next time ... those little suitcase connectors were especially frustrating). Do you think you could add wiring schematics to your track data base (I own Lionel Fastrack)? The underside of my board looks like a mess! Plus, while splitting 18 gauge wire, I nicked my thumb with an x-acto knife (It hurt and I bled).

Injured, but Not Giving Up,

Kevin .... Thank-you :)
How can I play the videos on iPad?
Some time ago, you ran a story about a railroad hobbyist who wanted a quonset hut in his layout, couldn't find one, and built one himself from a cardboard salt box. I can't find the story in my copies--can you tell me what issue it was? I believe it was in the last year.
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