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Spring 2021

Volume 20, Issue 2.

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Spring 2021 Edition

As E*Train continues its 20th year with 22 new and updated articles, this treasury of authoritative toy train information meets its original purpose and more.

As you can see by perusing the articles just in this edition, the range of interests and skills of TCA members is varied.

YOU can contribute too! It may be something simple and easy, or it may be more intricate. We can help you get it together if you need assistance, so let me know.

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The clock moves forward as our hobby enjoys all times.

 New in this Edition:

Becoming Unglued Part 2-Removing Paper Shipping Labels from Boxes
Simple technique that works.
By Bob Mintz

The Beginnings of My Model Railroading Experience (and an historical perspective)
Patience rewarded with a fixed Hudson.
By Mike Marmer

Chessie and the Billboard
A family O-scale project.
By Bob Schneider

Clem's York Primer Spring 2021
Ready for the Fall.
By Carol Redman McGinnis

An Inter-Urban Legend
Restoring a special car.
By John Coniglio

Lionel 9308 Aquarium Car Meltdown and Power Pickup Operating Issues
Dealing with aquarium car heating and roller assembly issues.
By John Halajko

Lionel Enters the Atomic Age
Companion piece to repurposing article below.
By Joseph H. Lechner, Ph.D.

Lionel Repurposing: ♫"Bring in the Clones"♫ - Radioactive Waste Cars
Disposing of a dangerous byproduct of nuclear generation.
By Bob Mintz, additional material by Ed Mazur


 Updated: (new information or picture Updates)

In Answer To The "6464 Thousand Thousand Dollar Dollar Question Question"
4 more 6464 cars and 3 catalog pages added.
By Bob Mintz

The Handcarchief (Handcars)
4 cars added.
By Bob Mintz 

Hey Kids,…what time is it??? Why, it's how'd he do "dat" time!!!  (Remember Howdy Doody?)
Updated for first time since 2012! 2 Lionel wall clocks, a marquee light, and 1 service center prototype illuminated sign.
By Bob Mintz

Lionel Repurposing: ♫"Bring in the Clones"♫ - # 520 Boxcab
6 new cars added.
By Bob Mintz 

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

Maintenance of Way in the 21st Century--Ballast Tampers and Beyond
8 new cars and 8 speeders added.
By Bob Mintz

Modern Toy Train Photography: From Doodlebug to Shutterbug, How to make your digital photography click
A lesson learned about LED placement.
By Bob Mintz 

More "Ore !" Lionel® Adds to Its Roster of Catalogued and Uncatalogued Ore Cars
4 new cars, 2 updated photos
By Joel Fugazzotto Updated by Bob Mintz

Multiple Units... Multiple Units... Multiple Units
3 new units added.
By Bob Mintz

Too Many Fish in the Sea: Aquarium Cars
3 new cars added.
By Bob Mintz

The Ultimate Lionel Lines Sets
8 new entries.
By Bob Mintz

"Vat" City
7 more vat cars added.
By Joel Fugazzotto and Bob Mintz

William Weary (Billboards)
9 More Animated Billboards
By Bob Mintz 

Window Display and Animated Window Display Cars
13 new and updated cars.
By Bob Mintz


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