Families and Electric Trains

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This 100-page special issue from Classic Toy Trains magazine features 15 stories of how electric trains bring families together. You’ll get everything from families building layouts and collecting trains, to Lionel history and memories. Don’t miss this special collection of nostalgic memories and photos.

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Families and Electric Trains is a 100-page special issue from Classic Toy Trains magazine. It’s a great collection of 15 uplifting stories of families, their love of electric trains, and how the hobby brings people together. Trains are the ties (and rails) that bind generations!

This special edition features heartwarming stories, including:

  • Fathers and sons build great toy train companies in prewar and postwar eras.
  • S gauge layout built by a grandfather and his granddaughter.
  • Hobby shops run by fathers and sons as well as brothers in the 20th century.
  • Family builds and publicizes greatest public exhibit of toy trains ever—Roadside America in Pennsylvania.
  • Plus much more!

You’ll find yourself connecting with these families and their model railroad traditions that happen at the holidays and throughout the year.

Pages: 100

Families and Electric Trains is now available in a convenient digital format so you can enjoy your favorite hobby on your PC, Mac, laptop, iPad, iPhone and select Android devices version 2.2 or higher. Powered by Zinio™, digital editions are compatible with PC, Macintosh®, Android™ via Google Play™ app, iOS™ via App StoreSM, and Win8 devices.


I became “hooked” on American Flyer trains when I was a young boy in the 1950’s, when my father built a large S gauge pike, complete with towns, factories, industrial sidings, switching yards and automated accessories in our basement. In fact, that’s how many model railroaders of today got started. In Families and Electric Trains, we are shown 100 pages of stories, photos and memories of toy trains and explanations of how many of us became interested in and hooked on model railroading. Many readers of this publication will look back and remember how they got started.

Articles include “So Often the Fun Started with Dad,” "Four Generations of Train Lovers,” “Mom Switched one Boy from Flyer to Lionel,” “Bridging Generations with a Flyer Layout,” “Finally, Twin Sets for Dad and his Son” and others. One article talks about how two generations keep a 330 square foot O gauge layout running, another set of articles explains how a family sold and fixed model trains and also features several hobby shops including the famous Madison Hardware store, while another article talks about and shows popular Lionel and other manufacturer trainsets made for girls.

One special six-page section tells the story of the ingenious Bernecker family who originated and run the popular 104-long x 54 foot-wide Roadside America display of O gauge trains and miniatures in Pennsylvania that features 2,250 feet of three-rail track. Another article tells about a group of dads and brothers who built four train layouts for disadvantaged kids in Rochchester, New York. This 100-page publication is especially good reading for the holidays, and the winter months.

—Don Heimburger, Heimburger House Publishing Co.

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