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New products from the February 2018 issue of Classic Toy Trains magazine

New switcher from MTH, a structure from Menards, two books, and more
BARN 2.0: Menards has upgraded its cow house with the no. 279-4430 Red Barn. The assembled and decorated O gauge structure has a farmer, associated farm supplies, cows, and Jack the German Shepherd. Upgrades include LED exterior lighting, a red light flashing on the silo roof, and an operating (rotating) weather vane. The structure costs $89.99 plus shipping. Order online at and select free shipping to your local Menards store.
FORGET THE WATCHMAKER: Windup trains have a power system that originated in the 19th century, and no dealer network to support it. James Pekarek helps solve that problem with Windup Train Repair. The 76-page book covers motor design and theory, lubrication, motor parts, main springs, motor disassembly, and more. There are ample color photos to illustrate the tasks covered. Priced at $19.99, the softcover volume is available from or
SWITCHEROOS: The venerable Electro-Motive Division SW9 diesel locomotive is decked out in the Florida East Coast’s Champion livery on the no. 30-20464-1 O gauge switcher from MTH. The RailKing product has scale dimensions, two can-style motors, coil couplers, and the MTH ProtoSound 3.0 command and sound system. The model, which operates on O-27 track, sells for $329.95. Also available is the no. 30-20464 unpowered SW9 calf unit for $159.95. Other powered/unpowered SW9s in this run come decorated for the Canton RR, Conrail Express, and R.J. Corman RR. See your MTH retailer or go to for more information.
COAST DOWN TO CONEY: Trainworld is offering an excusive MTH RailKing bump-n-go trolley: the no. 30-5162 Coney Island trolley no. 751. The car features hit-and-reverse action, a movable power pol and interior illumination. The trolley operates on O-27 or wider diameter track and costs $69.99. Order online at
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW: Jeff Wilson has produced another major work of rail history with the Guide to North American Diesel Locomotives.The 350-page softcover book covers the history of North American diesel locomotive production and spotting features. It has all-time diesel rosters of more than 100 railroads through the 1970s, and 400 color and black-and-white photos and costs $27.99 plus shipping. See your hobby retailer or


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