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September
1999
The Big Red Bridge, Cover Story The Bridges of Lionel Country, Tinplate prototype: Hell Gate Bridge, Classic Trackplans Apartment Layout, Long on Variety, Control Your Layout Crossing with Relays, Build a Whisper Quiet Layout, COnstruct a Wooden Arch Bridge, Re-Creating Prewar Scenic Plots, Lionel's Factory: A Family Business, Bridges From the Local Hardware Store
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February
2000
Cover Story No. 224 Locomotive Family Tree, Repairing a Postwar Operating Water Tower, 3. Small Layouts: Petite Perfection, Small Room, Big Fun, Little Wonder, The Price of Nostalgia, American Flyer at its FInest, Lionel's top 10: RailSounds, A Train Grew in Brooklyn, Build a Fold-Up Layout and Shelf System, K-line factory with Flair, Common but Rare American Flyer set
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November
2000
Features - Cover Story Seeking Realism, Simplified accessory panel, American Flyer for 1950, Track Plan contest winners, Lionel skyscraper display layout, Man with a mission, Build a shorty gondola, Lionel's top 10: knuckle couplers
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October
2001

Features - Cover Story - See Roadside America, Part 1 (Pennsylvania's landmark public toy train display had a humble start 60 years ago); Lionel's Electronic Set (High-tech toy trains in 1946 meant radio waves and vacuum tubes); Manufacturer Visit: Weaver Models (Weaver Models has found a home in the O gauge market and in rural Pennsylvania); Streamliner Inspired Layout (David Simon's prewar Lionel steamliner is the link between his childhood and his picturesque O gauge layout); Kitbashed Lionel Buildings (Build a quartet of individualized structures from Lionel plastic kits); A Sistine Chapel Of Trains (Alberto Gavasci and his son believe that how you display your collection is as important as what you collect); Repair Lionel's Fueling Stations (While outwardly alike, postwar and modern-era diesel fueling stations have very different mechanisms); Make Junk Cars (Need some junk cars for your layout? You can make dozens of 'em with aluminum foil); A Real Postwar Track Plan (Build your own layout just like the one featured on the cover of a Model Trains magazine from 1955) Departments - Editor's Desk (Help is needed for the World's Greatest Hobby); Correspondence ("Thrice around" track plan, Audio-Engineer, X cars); News & Notes (World's Greatest Hobby campaign, auction at Lionel factory, Weaver "American Flyer" passenger cars, MTH Collector Series); Point Of View (Just what size is O gauge?); Product News (Trackless rail system, Marx freight cars. MTH Flyer-style coaling tower, Video Cam Train); Questions & Answers (Madison car repairs, holes in floor of Lionel gondolas, mystery postwar set, whistle rectifiers); Talkin' Toy Trains (Where and when to lubricate trains); Product Reviews (American Models S gauge Torpedo steamer, Lionel 4-8-2 steamer, K-Line PA diesels, MTH Premier FA diesels, Lionel new ZW transformers, Lionel forklift loader, Atlas O structures); Events (Upcoming shows and events); Ad Index; Collectible Classics (Lionel's MPC-era Mini-Max railcar broke new ground)
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November
2001

Features - Visit The Super O Junction Layout (Dale Ferguson has created an idyllic layout that recalls the heyday of Ike and Lionel trains); Cover Story - Lionel's EP-5 'Jet' Electics (Paint variations tell the interesting tale of this postwar locomotive); Roadside America Today (Tour the longstanding O gauge layout that remains open to the public today); The Economics Of Toy Trains (How is your American Flyer or Lionel toy train portfolio doing?); Do It With Diodes (Rectifiers play an important role on toy train layouts); Toys Plus Trains (Combine antique playthings with toy trains to create unique layouts); Build Lionel's Disappearing Layout (The secret behind Lionel's most intriguing postwar display); Flyer's Big City Terminal (S gauge trains made it to the big city with American Flyer's no. 792 Railroad Terminal accessory); Lionel Prewar Uncataloged Sets (Although built from factory leftovers, promotional sets like the no. 7004B from 1941 made great toys for all boys) Departments - Editor's Desk (Take a Train to Work Day is November 15); Correspondence (Lionel bulldozer load, Louis Hertz, apartment O gauge layout, General couplers); News & Notes (Lionel acquires IC Controls; Christmas morning photographs; spreading the word about the World's Greatest Hobby); Point Of View (Why prices are falling); Product News (3rd Rail 0-8-8-0 Camelback steamer; Williams Berkshire and Turbine steamers; American Models passenger car set); Questions & Answers ("Movie theater" prewar set, adding horns, repairing Bakelite); Talkin' Toy Trains (How tall should benchwork be?); Product Reviews (Weaver Hiawatha steamer; K-Line and MTH RS-3 diesels; MTH dump car; Video Cam Train; MTH RailKing Decapod steamer; reproduction Dorfan crane, MTH coal loader); Events (Upcoming shows and exhibits); Ad Index; Collectible Classics (Lionel goes to war again with the No. 2056 Hudson)
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November
2004

Features - Lionel's Mighty 'J' Steamer (The long and short of this classic O gauge Norfolk & Western steam locomotive); Improve TMCC Signal Reception (Tips to resolve command-control signal problems); High Speed In 6 By 12 Feet (This O gauge track plan features two connected ovals); Handyman Haven Layout (Earl Remmel just loves to tinker with his picturesque O gauge layout); Ingenuity And Courage At Lionel (Charles Giaimo's daughter recalls how multiple sclerosis didn't stop him from overseeing Lionel's postwar factory); Reed And Relay Circuitry (A flexible way to activate crossing signals and other track-operated accessories); Layout Details Make The Difference (Jim Cox refocused his O gauge layout to reflect quailty, not just quantity); 13 Train-Storage Tips (How to keep your treasured toy trains safe); Build An Oil-Pumping Scene (This compact arrangement, using Walthers structures, fits in a 1- by 2-foot space); Half-Section Uncoupler (Six steps to build a shortened O gauge uncoupler section using O-27 parts) Departments - Editor's Desk; Correspondence; Photo Album; News & Notes; Product News (MTH Premier line Pennsylvania 1.5 electric; Lionel 0-6-0T dockside steamer; K-Line die-cast metal hoppers; MTH Premier line 0-8-0 switcher); Questions & Answers; Product Reviews (Lionel O gauge full-scale Berkshire; MTH Premier line 0-8-8-0; American Flyer log loader; MTH RailKing 2-8-8-8-2 Triplex steamer; Lionel U30C diesel); Events; Ad Index; Collectible Classics
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March
2005

Features - Lionel's Big Postwar Hudsons (Everything you need to know about these two no. 773 Hudson steam locomotives); Build Rock Scenery From Ceiling Tiles (11 simple steps to make rock walls for your layout); American Flyer Whistling Billboards (How to identify the A.C. Gilbert Co.'s clever whistling billboards); How To Repair Whistling Billboards (Repair tips and an exploded drawing to keep your American Flyer billboard in tune); Department 56 Meets 42nd Street (Visiting Eliot Weisman's 24-by 33-foot O gauge layout is like walking the sidewalks of New York); Stalling On Switches (Three troubleshooting tips for locomotives that lose power on track switches); 'Beeps' That Won't Stall (How to stretch the electrical reach of the diminutive "Beep" locomotives); 10 Tips To Make A Better Layout (Good advice for all toy train layouts, new and old); Moving Beyond Green Paint (Lee and Peggy Hodgson shared their skills to build a 16- by 32-foot walk-in layout); Bridging The Gap (This O gauge plan features a narrow bridge connecting two lobes) Departments - Editor's Desk; Correspondence; Photo Album; News & Notes; Product News (Atlas O GP60 diesel; Lionel FasTrack operating track gang; Z-Stuff for trains crossing gates; Santana's Miniatures "bubble cars"; MTH Alco FA diesel; AM Hobbies special-run Lackawanna switcher; K-Line Coke machine); Questions & Answers; Product Reviews (K-Line O gauge Shay steamer; K-Line $49 O gauge Geep; MTH 3-rail/2-rail Norfolk & Western steamer; American Flyer S gauge switcher; MTH RailKing 0-4-0); Events; Ad Index; Collectible Classics
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May
2005

Features - O Gauge At Trainland USA (A panoramic view of the United States in an Iowa barn filled with Lionel trains); S Gauge At Flyertown (American Flyer and more in southern New Jersey); Standard Gauge In California (Prewar heaven at the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento); More Layouts You Can Visit (Toy train layouts you can visit this summer from Alaska to Florida); How To Update A Lionel Steamer (Transform a postwar Lionel 2-6-2 into a true Pennsylvania Railroad steamer); How To Build City Scenery (Tips to build better sidewalks, streets and more); Old School O Gauge Layout (Postwar Lionel locomotives operating on an outside third-rail layout); Four Routes In O Gauge (A compact O-31 track plan full of surprises) Departments - Editor's Desk; Correspondence; Photo Album; News & Notes; Product News (MTH Premier line Great Northern steamer; K-Line real-water aquarium car; Santana's Miniatures Ford Trucks; S-Helper Service Steamer; Woodland Scenics figures; Lionel T-shirts); Questions & Answers; Product Reviews (Ace Trains streamlined steamer; MTH Alco FA diesels; Atlas O GP60 diesel; Z-Stuff for Trains crossing gate; J and W Electronics battery saver; MTH Aerotrain); Events; Ad Index; Collectible Classics
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May
2006

Features - 2 Smart Layouts - Weekend In New England (Peter Miville's O gauge layout salutes the scenery and urban brickwork of New England); Motorize A Rail Zeppelin (How to add a chassis and an electric motor to this windup tinplate rail car); Merge Bank Buildings Into A Grand Station (Linking a pair of MTH bank structures forms an impressive O gauge passenger terminal); 2 Smart Layouts - 80 Years In The Making (Visit the O gauge Hopkinsville Junction Railroad, influenced by four generations of one family); Vibration Motor Repair Tips (How to service these simple motors found in Lionel operating cars and accessories); Small And Sensible Layout (This 5-by-9 foot O gauge track plan abides by seven rules of layout planning); Lionel's Early Postwar Boxcars The plastic-shelled nos. X2454, X4454 and 6454 boxcars were produced in 14 different versions between 1946 and '52); How To 'Lock Out' Train Collisions (Tower-control wiring keeps trains from crashing at track crossings) Departments - Editor's Desk; Correspondence; Photo Album; News (Lionel to market K-Line products; Lionel Acela set; S-Helper Service 2-8-0 steamer; MTH 4-4-0 steamer; new Lionel catalog(; Questions & Answers; Tips, Tools & Techniques; Reviews (Williams postwar-style 2056 Hudson steamer; Weaver O gauge brass tower; MTH O gauge New Haven EP-3 electric; Ready Made Toys O gauge rail car; Lionel GP9 diesel); Events; Ad Index; Collectible Classics
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January
2008

Features - Trains, Bridges And A Beach (A 5 x 16-foot O gauge track plan that's perfect for a long, narrow space); Cover Story - Lionel's Trophies & Turkeys (Your guide to some of the best (and a few of the worst) locomotives made by the Lionel Corp.); A Pioneering Hi-Rail Layout Expands (A new section takes shape on Herb Lindsay's highly detailed 25 x 26-foot O gauge railroad); Lionel & Flyer Showrooms - In Color (Rare color photos and memories of a 1950s visit to the Lionel showroom and Gilbert Hall of Science); Model Winter On A Small Layout (This O gauge layout captures the magic of the winter season in just 7 x 9 feet); Build A Realistic Harbor In 6 Steps (In part 2 of our Sandy Harbor project railroad, we add a simple, realistic waterfront scene); Train Detection For Any Layout (Modern technology makes it easier than ever to track the location of trains on your layout); Fix A Faulty Postwar Lionel Horn (Quick fix for a common postwar diesel problem); Colorful Detail With Magnetic Signs (Small magnetic signs are a fast, easy way to add a splash of color to your layout) Departments - Editor's Desk; Correspondence; Photo Album; News (Bachmann purchases Williams Electric Trains; Atlas O releases a new express reefer car; and Lionel salutes New York Central's Pacemaker service); Questions & Answers; Tips, Tools & Techniques; Supply List; Views From The Underground; Reviews (MTH Electric Trains' Premier Line O gauge 0-6-0 and Atlas O's Trainman line Alco RS-3 with sound and command control); Events; Ad Index; Collectible Classics
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