Classic Toy Trains 1999 May Desert Layout tips Better control panel Lionel Ameri
Classic Toy Trains May 1999
58 A hobby of history
BY RICHARD TASHIJAN
The history of Lionel as well as the trains it produced are the focus of Richard Tashijan's postwar collection.
64 Building a better control panel
BY MARK HORNE
Follow these tips to keep your control panel sophisticated enough to maintain interest, yet simple enough to make running trains enjoyable.
72 Cast iron Flyer classics
BY ROBERT S. BUTLER
Cast iron was the material of choice for American Flyer when it first electrified its line of 0 gauge steam locomotives in the early prewar years.
76 When the lights went out at Lionel
BY ROBERT J. OSTERHOFF
Robert Stein was one of only a handful of Lionel employees charged with closing the Hillside manufacturing plant.
78 Easy steps to a realistic desert
BY CARL SWANSON
CTT staff members create convincing desert scenery for the magazine's newest project layout.
88 The Grand Trunk Western
BY MARTIN J. MCGUIRK
This "auto-plant-on-an-island" sectional track plan provides plenty of action in a 7-by-10 1/2 foot space.
90 Repairing operating milk cars
BY RAY L. PLUMMER
The operating car's durable mechanism is easy to keep in top shape.
96 New industry from a familiar Lionel kit
BY ART CURREN
Lionel's European-style coaling station can be reworked into an attractive trackside factory for your layout.
100 Auction ABCs
BY TERRY THOMPSON
Knowing the basics can make toy train auctions enjoyable and worthwhile.
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