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Three new military freight cars from Menards

Posted 6 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 6 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_77998b94-8f8f-4c21-b4a1-5d783dc272e3',''); SAXON: The British metal band Saxon may have written the best song about a steam locomotive, ever! cs_setInnerHtml('video_0c5897fd-bcf2-40e8-8762-dc1a71ed9744',''); B.T. EXPRESS: Nice, fast tempo song suggesting...
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UPS was busy!

Posted 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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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Milwaukee Road 3-dome tanker from Menards

Posted 9 months ago by Bob Keller
Menards has added a Wisconsin favorite, the Milwaukee Road, to its line of three-dome tank cars. I've tossed in the previous Milwaukee Road coal hopper since they are still available. The hopper and tank car are $19.99 each plus shipping, or go to www.menards.com to order and select free shipment to your local menaces store. ...
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Flarp versus Dust Dabber: Battle to clean the dirty hopper

Posted 9 months ago by Rene Schweitzer
Recently, Woodland Scenics sent in a box of new products. Inside was a small jar of something called "Dust Dabber." Bob Keller pointed it out to me. It was quite similar to the kids' putty called Flarp. You might remember I mentioned Flarp in an earlier blog post because of its unusual cleaning properties. If not, please see this post. NOTE: Click on any of the photos to enlarge. I thought it would be fun to test Flarp versus Dust Dabber on another cleaning project. Let's see what happens. ....
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Tubular-to-FasTrack transition section from Menards

Posted 9 months ago by Bob Keller
Menards has added its first special track section to its line of traditional tubular track: The no. 279-3868 2-Piece O Gauge FasTrack to Tubular Conversion piece. The section snuggly mates with FasTrack and you get two sections per order for $9.99. Buy it online at ww.menards.com and select free shipment to your local Menards store. ...
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All about CTT's Track Plan Database

Posted 9 months ago by Rene Schweitzer
Do you know about a great subscriber benefit: The CTT Track Plan Database? There are 127 track plans (most with either schematics and/or parts lists) you can download for FREE, anytime you like! Here's a walk-through for those of you who haven't used it. First, find "Track Plan Database" by going to either the "Subscriber Extras" or "How to" areas in the black bar at the top of the website page. You'll be taken to the section and see a patterned gray box. You can search by a number of option...
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Still more recent gear from Menards!

Posted 9 months ago by Bob Keller
Menards continues to crank out rolling stock and here are some of the latest O gauge items released from the Wisconsin-based home improvement chain.    As always, prices do not include shipping. Order online at www.menards.com and opt for free shipment to your local Menards store....
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What do you buy your train-loving husband for Valentine's Day?

Posted 10 months ago by Rene Schweitzer
Valentine's Day is right around the corner! Jim and I don't get extravagant for this holiday but we do exchange small gifts. Want to know what he got? (Don't worry, he received them (and watched them) already, so there's no spoiling the surprise.) Both items I bought were DVDs. The first was the 20th Century Limited, produced by Trains magazine. I give this DVD a big thumbs up. Even if you aren't into trains, this is an interesting program. It's narrated by Michael Gross and is about an hour ...
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BLOG: Union Pacific and Shell cars from Menard's

Posted 10 months ago by Bob Keller
Two new pieces of gear were rolled out by Menards this week. The no. 279-3874 Union Pacific covered hopper ($19.99) and the 279-3436 Santa Fe flatcar wth Shell fuel container load ($24.99). Both cars feature die-cast trucks and couplers.  Prices don't include shipping. Order online at www.menards.com and select free shipment to your local Menards store. Keeping fuel a flowing, Menards adds another car to its line of Shell equipment. ...

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