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Spring 2017

Volume 16, Issue 2.

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Spring 2017 Edition

Carol McGinnis.

Exploring the Past and Building the Future
In this issue, we continue probing the past history of toy trains, and celebrate the initiatives of a Kids Club family as we look to the future of our hobby.

Do make your plans for the 63rd TCA National Convention in Pittsburgh this June!

If you'd like to share your ideas, please let us know. We can always fine-tune your great articles!

Carol R. McGinnis e*Train Editor


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Having moved our clocks ahead for the spring, we now view this clock as a guide to the history of a special type of railroad icons, commonly known as drumheads.

New in this Edition:

Darrien - Bates Motel Layout.An Electric Train by Tootsietoy
The Siren Song of a Rare Find
By Bill McKay

Did You Ever Have One of These?
A Find in the National Toy Train Library
Edited by Carol McGinnis

Drumheads Along the Hudson
Relics of Fallen Flags
By J. S. Halajko

Psycho for HO
Bates Motel Layout by Kids Club Member
By Alfred James Dill

The Wonderland Railway - Brigadoon in Ashland, Kentucky
A Festival of Trees and Trains
By Jim Gray


Updated: (new information or picture Updates)

In this section, we continue updating our carefully-crafted records and stories of important toy train categories.

Clem's York Primer
By Richard B. "Clem" Clement

Good Golly Missed Trolley!
By Bob Mintz

Handcar.The Handcarchief (Handcars)
By Bob Mintz 

Keeping Your Collection Vat and Happy
By Bob Mintz

"Live Long and Prosper"- Lionel's Romulans, Vulcans and Klingons (Switchers)
By Bob Mintz

Maintenance of Way in the 21st Century--Ballast Tampers and Beyond
By Bob Mintz

Mintz's Mint in the Box Mint Cars
By Bob Mintz

More "Ore!" Lionel® Adds to Its Roster of Catalogued and Uncatalogued Ore Cars
By Joel Fugazzotto, updated by Bob Mintz

The Olive Drab Garden
By Bob Mintz

One 'EL of a Great "Idear"—The M.T.H. Subway Cars
(Chart update)
By Bob Mintz

By Bob Mintz


William Weary (Billboards)
By Bob Mintz 

Window Display and Animated Window Display Cars
By Bob Mintz

Opinions and comments made in by-lined columns in this publication do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Board of Directors or the views of officers and appointed officials; nor do they indicate an association endorsement of any products mentioned.
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