American Toy Train, The by Gerry & Janet Souter 1999 DJ 160 Pages
American Toy Train, The by Gerry & Janet Souter 1999 DJ 160 Pages
American Toy Train, The by Gerry & Janet Souter 1999 DJ 160 Pages
American Toy Train, The by Gerry & Janet Souter 1999 DJ 160 Pages
American Toy Train, The by Gerry & Janet Souter 1999 DJ 160 Pages
American Toy Train, The by Gerry & Janet Souter 1999 DJ 160 Pages
American Toy Train, The by Gerry & Janet Souter 1999 DJ 160 Pages
American Toy Train, The by Gerry & Janet Souter 1999 DJ 160 Pages
American Toy Train, The by Gerry & Janet Souter 1999 DJ 160 Pages
American Toy Train, The by Gerry & Janet Souter 1999 DJ 160 Pages

American Toy Train, The by Gerry & Janet Souter 1999 DJ 160 Pages

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American Toy Train, The by Gerry & Janet Souter 1999 DJ 160 Pages
 
American Toy Train, The by Gerry & Janet Souter
Hard Cover with Dust Jacket
Copyright 1999
160 Pages, Indexed
Kids have played with toy trains for over 100 years, letting their imaginations ride the miniature rails as they commanded their locomotive from the engineer seat on the playroom floor. Trains didn't just circle a bit of track-they rushed across the continent, speeding freight and passengers to distant destinations.
From carved-wood and hammered-tin models pulled by a string to live-steam "dribblers," young boys graduated from frivolous play to "responsible, educational" play, learning to have fun without torching the house. With the coming of electric trains around the turn of the century, the marketplace grew rapidly and saw a no-holds-barred battle for the well-heeled American's toy train dollar.
Names like Ives, Beggs, Weeden, Carlisle & Finch, American Flyer, Dorfan, Lionel, Hafner, and Marx pushed technology forward while taking great pleasure in building toy trains for millions of kids. The toy trains' popularity reached its peak shortly after World War II before plummeting. The railroads' steep postwar decline and a rapidly changing toy market from the 1950s to the 1980s reduced the industry to a shadow of its former glory. Today, however, the American toy train-along with the thriving railroads and growing economy-has been resurrected by adults as one of the nation's fastest-growing hobbies.
The American Toy Train is a celebration of America's favorite toy. In addition to an entertaining text, authors Gerry and Janet Souter treat you to a sumptuous feast of more than 200 illustrations of rare toy trains, accessories, layouts, and catalog artwork. For those who remember opening up their new train set on Christmas morning, or poring over the latest catalogs to buy another box car or locomotive, this book is a must.
CONTENTS
Acknowledgments7
Introduction8
The Pull, Ignite and Key-wind Era13
Hot Wiring Early Electric Trains27
Highballing Into the Twentieth Century37
Toy Trains Roll Into the Roaring Twenties53
Casualties and Survivors of the "Classic Age"67
Battle of the Catalogs-Lionel and91
Flyer Go Head to Head
Toy Trains and Railroads-Bankrupt Dreams133
Toy Train as Adult Collectible-The Rebirth1 4 1
Index160

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