Gene Phillip’s Greatest Find

In 1961, when Lionel first produced the #6445 Fort Knox Gold Bullion Car, it had a coin slot in the top so it could be used as a bank. In 1979, when the car was reproduced as #9320, Lionel also created the #9319 Silver Bullion Car for the 25th anniversary of the Train Collectors Association. […]

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Lionel 2353 Santa Fe diesels were a Greatest Find

Lionel 2353 Santa Fe diesels and two streamlined passenger cars purchased through a Dutch website caused Daniel Biessels gave up HO scale modeling for O gauge and  focus on postwar and modern-era models. Then he built a layout set in the Rocky Mountains that he calls the Glenwood Springs & Colorado RR. The arid scenery […]

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George Flaherty’s Greatest Find

An American Flyer no. 350 Royal Blue steam locomotive and tender like this combination all but leaped into George Flaherty’s arms back in 1972 at a landfill in Wisconsin. They were part of his greatest find – which taught him some very valuable lessons about toy trains and how to study and appreciate them today. […]

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Anatol Vasiliev’s Greatest Find

The 682 turbine and its no. 2046W-50 streamlined tender led an O gauge outfit in 1954 and again in 1955. In the latter year, they were the motive power for set no. 2245WS, a five-car work train that promised hours and hours of fun for children. Anatol Vasiliev made an incredible discovery when he found […]

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Mike Miller’s Greatest Find

Thanks to his wife’s timely phone call, Mike Miller learned that the pawnshop she assisted with its Internet auction selling had a classic Lionel passenger outfit that its owner wanted to unload. Little did Mike realize during his initial conversation with his wife that he would soon own set no. 2144W, cataloged in 1948 and […]

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Joe Pallone’s Greatest Find

Lionel’s largest accessory of the prewar era, the no. 840 power station, made its debut with a full-page description in the catalog for 1928. It remained in the line through 1940. How Joe Pallone discovered an 840 – and a rare variation, at that – in the Chor Bazaar in Mumbai, India, remains a mystery […]

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Myles Marcovitch’s Greatest Find

Lionel’s no. 2343 Santa Fe F3 A-A combination is Myles’ greatest find – and probably that of many readers of Classic Toy Trains. Lionel used the twin A units as the motive power of its first streamlined aluminum passenger outfit in 1952. My greatest find occurred in 1957, when I was 13 years old. Before […]

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Anthony Stucchio’s Greatest Find

Discovering a unique tender for Lionel’s no. 1587S Girl’s Train. My greatest find dates all the way back to 1987. I couldn’t have imagined the excitement that year would bring to me as a collector and a new father. Chasing after postwar Lionel trains for about four years, I had amassed a decent collection. [Anthony’s […]

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Can you help find a specific X-Acto cutting mat?

Can you help find a specific X-Acto cutting mat?: Cody helps a viewer find a specific X-Acto cutting mat with 1/8″ or 1/10″ cutting squares as seen in a Model Railroader story story from January 2023. Are you looking to learn more about your model railroad, or do you have questions about full-size trains? Send […]

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Can you help find a specific X-Acto cutting mat?

Can you help find a specific X-Acto cutting mat?: Cody helps a viewer find a specific X-Acto cutting mat with 1/8″ or 1/10″ cutting squares as seen in a Model Railroader story story from January 2023. Are you looking to learn more about your model railroad, or do you have questions about full-size trains? Send […]

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