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Winter 2021

Volume 20, Issue 1.

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Winter 2021 Edition

Carol McGinnis.

As E*Train commences its 20th year, the value of the accumulated recording of toy train information continues to amaze.

In a series of updates by Bob Mintz, the documented history of train production starts a new long-term project of higher resolution photography (compare the greater clarity of the new photographs being taken of his collection here), the finding of trains listed but never built, and Lionel concept sketches.

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

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.

Carol R. McGinnis, e*Train Editor

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Entenmann locomotive.
New locomotive based on long-discussed ideas.

New in this Edition:

Becoming Unglued: How the Toy Train Mailing List (TTML) "stuck" it to me (in a good way) and we started a "cohesive" relationship
Tips on removing old label glue.
By Katie Elgar and Bob Mintz 

Everyone's Got A Favorite!-The complete Entenmann's® Series, or is it…?
Cars that were, might have been, and a new offer.
By Al Schwartz, Stu Rankin & Bob Mintz 


The HO Trolleybus, Part 1: Rails or Wires
Guidance on choosing a system.
By John S. Halajko and Charles Jacomino

The John G. Hubbard Restoration Collection Part 2, Display and Operation
A final look at a master restorer's work.
By John S. Halajko and John G. Hubbard


Lionel Repurposing: ♫"Bring in the Clones"♫ - # 520 Boxcab
Descendants of an intial design.
By Bob Mintz

Modern Toy Train Photography: From Doodlebug to Shutterbug, How to make your digital photography click
Meticulous planning pays off.
By Bob Mintz


The Rise of American Elevated Trains
Real and toy trains.
By Hannah Davis, with Lori Nyce

Toy Trains Mailing List: TCA's Online Discussion Group
A TCA service stronger than ever.
By Ed Mazur

Updated: (new information or picture Updates)


Good Golly Missed Trolley!
Adding some unmanufactured Lionel trolleys and a newly acquired one.
By Bob Mintz

6464-100 As Calogued Offer.
Member Exclusive "As Cataloged" Offer

Discussed in 6464 article below.

In Answer To The "6464 Thousand Thousand Dollar Dollar Question Question"
An as-built 6464 photo is added, as Bob starts an enhanced photographing process, and a newly-offered "As Cataloged" Western Pacific boxcar is reviewed.
By Bob Mintz


The Handcarchief (Handcars)
Two unmanufactured cars discovered.
By Bob Mintz

"Live Long and Prosper"- Lionel's Romulans, Vulcans and Klingons (Switchers)
A car never built; a concept sketch.
By Bob Mintz

Too Many Fish in the Sea: Aquarium Cars
Discovering cars issued SKU numbers but never built.
By Bob Mintz

Maintenance of Way in the 21st Century--Ballast Tampers and Beyond
A Concept Drawing is located; and an author's interpretation of one never built is added.
By Bob Mintz

Mintz's Mint in the Box Mint Cars
A 2016 Mint Car is added.
By Bob Mintz

The Olive Drab Garden
More US Army cars.
By Bob Mintz



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