Rene Schweitzer, Editor
Rene has worked on and off for CTT since 1995, but rejoined the staff of Classic Toy Trains in May of 2014 as Production Editor.
Now as CTT’s editor, she will work closely with Senior Editor Roger Carp in selecting, editing, and preparing all content for both the print magazine and Trains.com. She enjoys working with contributors to find the best toy train content–so if you have a story idea, please send her an email.
She currently lives in Waukesha with her husband (who is a huge toy train enthusiast who belongs to the local 3-rail club) and three cats. There’s a former CTT project layout in their basement with a Halloween theme, and plenty of O gauge items throughout their house.
In her spare time, she enjoys a variety of hobbies including reading, watching movies, gardening, rubber stamping, machine embroidery, and bicycling.
Roger Carp, Senior Editor
Roger Carp has been associated with Classic Toy Trains since its second issue came out in the Spring of 1988. He has also supervised the development of many of its special issues, including All-Star Electric Trains of the 1950s, More All-Star Electric Trains, and Lionel, the Golden Years.
The history of toy trains in America fascinates Roger, especially the development and promotion of prewar and postwar Lionel and postwar American Flyer. To advance his understanding of that history, he has conducted interviews with many former Lionel and Gilbert employees and written four books on the history of Lionel as well as special-interest publications on Lionel’s showroom in New York City and its different accessories. Roger regularly travels around the United States, photographing O and S gauge layouts for articles in CTT.
Roger collects postwar Lionel trains and accessories, Mini-Craft stations and newsstands, and Authenticast figures, all for the O gauge layout that he dreams of building.