Classic Toy Trains

Classic Toy Trains

Book - 2002
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From Lionel's first printed pamphlet in 1902 to the full-color fantasies of the 1950s and beyond, Classic Toy Trains revisits the collectible toy trains of Carlisle & Finch, American Flyer, Ives, Hafner, Lionel and others. Filled with over 200 images of rare toy trains, accessories, layouts and catalog artwork, this nostalgic volume flashes you back to the fun-filled days of yesteryear and your care-free hours spent riding the rails.
Publisher: St. Paul, MN : MBI Pub. Co., 2002
ISBN: 9780760313671
Branch Call Number: 625.19 Sou 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 160 p. :,ill. (chiefly col.). --
Additional Contributors: Souter, Janet 1940-
Alternative Title: Toy trains


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Mar 20, 2013

Comprehensive, but the authors are trying to pack in a little too much detail. The reading become a little tedius and repetitive for those with just a casual interest. But it's still a fun read if you are interested in the topic. The manufacturer's instructions on how the early electrics are supposed to be powered by passing DC current from the house mains through a light bulb and several bottles of sulphuric acid solution and lead plates is amusing for the modern day reader.


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Mar 20, 2013

A pictorial and prose history of Toy Trains from 1830 through 1970, focussed on trains commercially produced after 1900. Draggers, Clockworks, and Electrics. The story starts w/Lionel's first printed pamphlet, published in 1902. It and the collectible toy trains of Carlisle & Finch, American Flyer, Ives, Hafner, and others are celebrated.

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