Classic Toy Trains November 2008

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November 2008
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Taking hi-rail to the extreme
Realism is king on this stunning 19 x 22-foot layout.
Kent Johnson

Subscriber-only extra:Norm Charbonneau's hi-rail layout

An old concept becomes a hot trend
What is hi-rail and what it means for our hobby.
Dennis Brennan

New operator succeeds in his quest for ultimate realism.
When David Gahagen, a long-time collector, turned his interests to operation, the result was dazzling.
Roger Carp

How to make great sectional track
Six simple ways to improve the appearance of track with simulated roadbed.
Kent Johnson

5 steps for realistic running
You don't have to complicate your life to enjoy operating like the prototype.
Terry Thompson

Hi-railing with American Flyer
Charlie Goodman proves that Gilbert's S gauge trains are tailor-made for a realistic layout.
Roger Carp

Where to find the supplies you need
Improve your layout with our exclusive guide to O and S gauge buildings, figures, and vehicles.
Bob Keller

1946: the year Lionel embraced hi-rail
Catalog photos from 1946 offer intriguing proof of Lionel's early commitment to scale realism.
Roger Carp

Collectible classic: Lionel's landmark no. 717 scale caboose
This well-detailed prewar model deserves a place on your shelf or layout, but watch out for broken parts.
Roger Carp
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