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Rene visits the National Railroad Museum again

Posted 22 hours ago by Rene Schweitzer
I was on vacation last week and I took a bunch of photos for blog posts that I'm excited to share! You might remember that Jim and I visited the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay about one year ago. If you missed that post, check it out here. Lots of good photos there. Note: Click on any photo to enlarge. We both took a week of vacation and returned to the museum (along with other places). I was particularly interested in their special display of railroad china, and I was not disappoi...
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Train songs: Readers' picks

Posted 18 days ago by Rene Schweitzer
We've compiled some of the train songs our readers suggested in comments and on Facebook. Enjoy and keep the suggestions coming! Midnight Flyer by the Eagles cs_setInnerHtml('video_71bf33bb-b893-4320-895f-b033e0729373',''); Southern Pacific by Neil Young cs_setInnerHtml('video_928e86a7-4b50-4c63-b99b-ce051b07669c',''); Wabash Cannonball by Roy Acuff cs_setInnerHtml('video_2bd12d81-043c-4bc7-8976-7c8930f0435a',''); City of New Orleans (Willie Nelson version) cs_setInnerHtml...
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So, what have I been buying this year?

Posted 20 days ago by Bob Keller
I have more rolling stock than I’ll ever need. Sure there is a heavy skewing toward the New York Central, but you'd also the familiar roadnames that I saw as a kid: Pennsylvania, Nickel Plate, Erie, and a few others. So when I add new cars to the fleet, it tends to be in surges and the price must be right. This is because I am, generally, a self-proclaimed tightwad. Oh, I’ll entertain the concept of paying $100 for a freight car but I’d be happier paying under $30 for it. Ac...
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HIMARS to the rescue

Posted one month ago by Bob Keller
The latest addition to the Menards line of military cars is the no. 279-3964  military flatcar with High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launcher. The removable vehicle has a launcher that can be rotated and elevate and costs $19.99 plus shipping. The car is also available in the no. 279-3965  six-pack for $69.96 plus shipping. Order online at www.Menards.com and opt for free shipping to your local Menards store. Check out this link showing a HIMARS launch. ...
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MTH BL2 diesel on the test track

Posted one month ago by Bob Keller
One of the most unusual diesels to come out of EMD was the BL-2 diesel. Designated a branch line (Hence the BL) locomotive, The styling was "postwar graceful," and while the locomotive never caught on, some were operated into the 1980s. Here is the MTH Premier line no.  20-20697-1 Florida East Coast locomotive in the Champion livery. The model costs $499.95. See but MTH retailer or go to www.mthtrains.com for more information. ...
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Container well cars from Menards

Posted one month ago by Bob Keller
I'll brag that I usually have a box of buildings and freight cars from Menards handy, that I shoot for Product News and put up on the blog. But when the new no. 279-3688 TTX container car with two containers was announced I was a total surprise. I broke out the plastic to order a pair and they arrived at my local Menards store over the 4th of July weekend. The car was well-protected for shipment and the car comes with extra "pegs" to secure the top container to the lower container.  Th...
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New CTT billboard! (Updated w/new photos)

Posted one month ago by Bob Keller
Wow, go on vacation for a week and new stuff slips into the company store without my being aware of it. Check out our new billboard from Town & Country Hobbies. Just $10 plus shipping. Check it out.  https://kalmbachhobbystore.com/product/layout-accesory/69014 When I find one, I'll post more pics! ...
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Three new military freight cars from Menards

Posted 2 months ago by Bob Keller
There is no shortage of air defense gear available in the latest O gauge releases from Menards. Just released are the no. 279-3384 11 ½-inch flatcar with half-track load for $29.99. The car has a painted deck, a half-track armored car and two pallets with artillery shells. The vehicle had a quad .50 caliber machinegun (great for anti-aircraft or anti-personnel use). The car is also available in the 279-3385 four-pack for $88.96 four-pack.  Next up is the no. 279-3691 14 ¾ i...
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Bob's train-themed tune list

Posted 2 months ago by Bob Keller
In the battle of the railroad playlists here is my merry mix. These are all songs I have on my iPod though scattered in several playlists (no, the only railroad playlist I have are train sounds from old LPs).  cs_setInnerHtml('video_2389cf9d-7526-43ef-925d-bce9c3c780fa',''); SAXON: The British metal band Saxon may have written the best song about a steam locomotive, ever! cs_setInnerHtml('video_5a3fce9e-1dd6-4b97-b2b0-1c2b51d49ef7',''); B.T. EXPRESS: Nice, fast tempo song suggesting...
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UPS was busy!

Posted 2 months ago by Bob Keller
As they say, when it rains ... I received two big boxes of O gauge power from distribution today: A box from Atlas O with two Santa Fe F7s inside and a box from MTH with five diesels and one steamer inside. As we go to our Fall issues, it looks like Product Reviews will be very colorful!!! ...
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Train songs: Rene's 10 picks

Posted 2 months ago by Rene Schweitzer
About a year ago, Bob Keller and I tossed around an idea of doing a post about train songs. I found a Wikipedia page about train songs and was blown away by the quantity of songs. . .and the idea faded away. The other day, Bob learned that our sister publication, Trains, is doing stories about train songs in their September 2017 issue. We'll each be doing a post about train songs we like. Some you will likely already know of, but others may be new. I even found one that's not listed on the Wikip...
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You’re In The Pepsi Generation

Posted 2 months ago by Bob Keller
Menards will help quench the thirst of the residents of your O gauge Traintown with the no. 279-3860 Pepsi bottling factory. The structure has industrial decoration, staff figures, and safety and security lighting provided by 24 LEDs. The structure's footprint is roughly 14 1/2 by 10 1/2 inches. The factory costs $99.99 plus shipping. New to the rolling stock lineup is the no. 279-3985 Union Pacific "We can handle it" boxcar. The traditionally-sized car has metal trucks and couplers, opening ...
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ACHTUNG, BABY! New Flatcar with Leopard tank load from Menards

Posted 2 months ago by Bob Keller
Menards continues to win the O gauge arms race with the release of the no. 279-3989 Military flatcar with Leopard tank. The 11 1/2-inch flatcar has a hand-painted deck, a skid of cannon shells, and a rendering of the German Leopard 2 Main Battle Tank. Leopard 2 tanks are currently used by at least 18 armies and is cutting edge combat gear. This model has an interesting feature: Press one of the exhaust fans and you hear "Fire, fire" and the sound of gunfire and flickering front and rear LEDs ...
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An evening at Three Brothers Restaurant

Posted 2 months ago by Rene Schweitzer
Wait a minute, why am I writing about a dinner out that Jim and I had recently? I promise you'll enjoy it--there's a brewery, a historical building, AND a model-railroad tie in all wrapped up in one post. As usual, click on any photo to enlarge. We visited the Three Brothers Restaurant in Bay View, Wisconsin, a building that is on the National Historic Register. I'm glad we talked to our server about the building's history, because the information online is scant. They have no website and thei...
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Sea Hunt: Flatcar with Coast Guard helicopter load from Menards

Posted 2 months ago by Bob Keller
The latest flatcar and cargo load from Menards is the no. 279-3396 Coast Guard flatcar with helicopter load. The 14 3/4-inch flatcar has a die-cast MH-65 search and rescue helicopter load. The chopper may be removed from the car and the rotors can be opened for flight or fixed forward for shipment. The car costs $39.99 plus shipping. Order online at www.menards.com and select free shipment to your local Menards store. ...
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Sub Hunter!

Posted 3 months ago by Bob Keller
Keep Traintown safe from Nork U-Boats with the no.279-3398 O gauge US Navy flatcar with an MH60R helicopter load. The 14 3/4-inch O gauge flatcar features a wood deck and removable stanchions  The helicopter is mounted with screws and can be removed from the car. The rotors that can be opened for "simulated" operation. The car costs $39.999 plus shipping. The car is also available in a four-piece dealer pack for $139.96 plus shipping. Order at www.menards.com and select free shipping to y...
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Moving your autos to Traintown

Posted 3 months ago by Bob Keller
Home improvement chain Menards has unveiled a new freight car to add to your O gauge fleet. The no. 279-3912 14 3/4-inch Bi-Level auto carrier is an O gauge car that comes with six die-cast vehicles as well as a packet of road name stickers (two in each railroad name)  so that you can personalize the TTX car for your favorite line. The car costs $49.99 plus shipping. Order at www.menards.com and select free shipment to our local Menards store. ...
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Fully assembled H&H Feed Mill from Woodland Scenics

Posted 3 months ago by Bob Keller
Just arriving at our office is the latest Built-&-Ready structure to arrive in stores is the no. BR5859 H&H Feed Mill. The fully assembled and decorated 1:48 scale structure models a rural farm supply shop. It has a long loading dock for rail service in the rear, a truck delivery dock in the front, and a pickup dock on the left side. There is also a silo with a movable grain chute. There is illumination for signage, the silo, and the interior for viewing the printed storefront. Add-o...
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A Blaze of glory: Fire Station No.12 from Menards

Posted 3 months ago by Bob Keller
Menards has added a new public service building to its line of fully-assembled structures, the no. 279-3848 Fire station no. 12. The building has 20 LED lights (9 are red) an air conditioning unit with an animated motor-driven exhaust, and a fully decorated base with tress, shrubs, grass, people and dog figures. The structure's footprint is 10 3/4 by 17 and costs $99.99 plus shipping. Order online at www.menards.com and select free shipment to your local Menards store.  ...
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Photos from York: Part 3

Posted 3 months ago by Rene Schweitzer
Haven't had enough? Here are more photos from the show floor.   ...
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Photos from York: Part 2

Posted 3 months ago by Rene Schweitzer
More photos are coming in from York! Click on any photo to enlarge. GOOD NEWS! I have more photos, so watch for Part 3 very soon. ...
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Photos from York: Part 1

Posted 3 months ago by Rene Schweitzer
Bob Keller and Roger Carp are at our booth for the York show. I've been receiving photos from them and will share the goodies in at least two blog posts. Click on any photo to enlarge! ...
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Business district: The Watkins City Block by Menards

Posted 3 months ago by Bob Keller
Create a focal point for your downtown with the new Watkins City Block building from Menards. The 7 1/2 by 13-inch structure features three commercial venues – a Red Owl grocery, a J.R. Watkins store, and an attorney's office. While Red Owl needs no introduction, check your spice shelf or even your medicine chest for some of the products from Watkins. The no. 279-3971 building costs $99.99 plus shipping, or go to www.menards.com and select free shipment to you local Menards store. ...
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On the Test Track: MTH SD60E

Posted 4 months ago by Bob Keller
Just wrapping up July reviews and wanted to take one more spin around the loop with our O gauge Norfolk Southern "Honoring Veterans" SD60E by MTH. ...
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Book signing event

Posted 4 months ago by Rene Schweitzer
Mark your calendars! On Wednesday, April 26, CTT's Roger Carp will be at the National Toy Train Museum, 300 Paradise Lane, Ronks, Pa., to talk about, and autograph copies of, his latest book! ...
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Brand new book about Lionel's postwar trains

Posted 4 months ago by Roger Carp
I'm delighted to share the big news with you about the latest addition to my family. This is the sixth or seventh new member we welcomed over the past 25 years.  Wait, don't get confused and imagine I have a new son or daughter. Nope, much too old and too tired for a little one in diapers. I'm thrilled to announce my latest book from Kalmbach Publishing Co.: Collectible Lionel Classics: Treasures from the Postwar Era. Note: Click on any of the images to enlarge. Readers of Classic T...
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The new Santa Fe flatcar with Santa Fe Trailways bus load from Menards

Posted 4 months ago by Bob Keller
Go off the beaten patch with the now no. 279-3948 Santa Fe flatcar with and intricately decorated Santa Fe Trailways bus (yes the railroad did have a bus line). The flatcar has a wood colored deck and a removable vehicle and costs $19.99 plus shipping. The no. 279-3949 is s four-pack of Santa Fe flatcars with Santa Fe Trailways bus for $69.96 plus shipping. Order from www.menards.com and select free shipment to your local store. ...
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Suburbs here we come! A new ranch style home from Menards

Posted 4 months ago by Bob Keller
Commuters need a place to commute from, and the no. 279-3970 Ranch House $69.99 is designed for your 1:48 scale suburban residential needs. The structure is a typical mid-century ranch, the house has windows, window treatments, a garage, and the lawn is decorated with grass and greenery. In the front driveway you have two figures washing down an automobile. Of course, Jack the German shepherd is nearby as well. The structure costs $69.99 plus shipping. Order online at www.menards.com and sel...
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Troop train a'rollin!

Posted 4 months ago by Bob Keller
When the Second World War commenced, the United States had had a few years to begin a period of re-armament and an expansion of the military. When war actually arrived on our doorstep in December 1941 the logistical challenges were multiplied by having to fight a war on two fronts, with equipment, supplies, and personnel needing to be moved to both east and west coast ports. America’s railroads had less passenger equipment available than when the First World War began. While railroads cou...
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A HUMONGOUS new trackside industry from Menards

Posted 4 months ago by Bob Keller
The mightiest industrial building from Menards since the American Power & Light building is the new no. 279-3847 Morton's Salt Plant for $99.99. The structure has a footprint of approximately 10 1/2 inches by 11 inches and measures approximately 15 1/2 inches tall. I have no idea what a salt factory looks like (well, except for 1940s postcards) but this looks like it will be a major loading facility for all those covered hoppers in your fleet. The size, the blue color, ...

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