Cubbie

Chris ("Cubbie") inherited a love of trains from his father. He grew up in the Chicago area — frequently riding the C&NW, CTA El and Amtrack — but spent summers in DL&W, D&H and Erie country (Northeastern PA). Chris collects, restores and runs Prewar toy trains on a 16' x 7-1/2' garage layout that is perpetually unfinished.

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Williams by Bachmann 2014 catalog available

Williams by Bachmann 2014 catalog available

| March 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

If you weren’t already aware, Bachmann Trains released their 2014 Williams O-gauge catalog earlier this month.  Since my focus is almost entirely on Prewar trains these days, I admit I don’t pay close attention to new products coming from our current manufacturers.  But I’m sure some of you are very interested!  Click the catalog image […]

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Restoring a Lionel No. 385W (c.1934)

Restoring a Lionel No. 385W (c.1934)

| March 2, 2014 | 1 Comment

Been a while since we had an article, so here it goes. Friends brought me this Lionel No.385W standard gauge tender for repair.  As you can see, the “zinc pest” had attacked this one.  As we all know, the crumbling casting is due to impurities in the mold or metal when the piece was originally […]

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T-Reproductions announces a Buddy-L “Hudson”

T-Reproductions announces a Buddy-L “Hudson”

| May 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

According to a recent email we received, T-Reproductions are announcing new items in their “Buddy-L” reproduction line.  The latest additions are a 4-6-4 “Hudson” and 12-wheel tender in 3-1/4″ gauge. List price is $1600.00 and includes five 4-foot sections of 3-1/4″ gauge Buddy-L track (20 feet).

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TTRP Announces Sale of Business

TTRP Announces Sale of Business

| September 1, 2012 | 0 Comments

From an email I received yesterday.  TTRP is one of the distributors for Model Engineering Works’ line of Prewar train parts. Toy Train Restoration Products (TTRP), the country’s leading manufacturer of specialized repair tools for the toy train industry announced today that they have been acquired by Precision Metal Crafters, LLC of Greensburg, PA. Join […]

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Build a steam-era sand house

Build a steam-era sand house

| February 26, 2012 | 3 Comments

This is recycled from my participation in a sandhouse “token-build” on OGR a few years back… now long gone. It was my first scratch-build since I was in Middle or High School, some 30+ years earlier. Since I run mainly steam on my layout and have limited space, I chose to model a very traditional […]

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Cubbie’s photos

Cubbie’s photos

| February 12, 2012 | 0 Comments

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Review:  RMT by Aristocraft “Bang”® S-4 Diesel Locomotive

Review: RMT by Aristocraft “Bang”® S-4 Diesel Locomotive

| January 7, 2012 | 4 Comments

Taking advantage of Walter Matuch’s sale (as advertised here), I ordered a Lackawanna “Bang”® S-4 Diesel Locomotive late Monday afternoon.  Friday (yesterday) my trusty UPS man delivered it to the door! Arrival and unpacking The packaging was carefully done:  styrofoam slices protecting the handrails were wrapped in tissue paper.  A parts list and instructions were […]

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Make your own backdrop

Make your own backdrop

| October 6, 2011 | 4 Comments

We all know adding a backdrop greatly enhances the visual impact of your layout. Creating your own custom backdrop is far easier than you might think. Here’s a proven method with great results that you can do yourself!

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