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Meet the Staff


Carl Swanson

Carl 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

Roger 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.

Rene Schweitzer

Rene 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 belongs to the local 3-rail club) and four cats. In her spare time, she enjoys a variety of hobbies including reading, gardening, rubber stamping, machine embroidery, bicycling, and crocheting.


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