New CTT, a pleasant surprise!

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New CTT, a pleasant surprise!
Posted by KRM on Saturday, September 23, 2017 1:44 PM

The new CTT arrived in the mail box today and I find it to be a pleasant surprise over other issues of late. It had beefed up to 90 pages over the last issues light 66 pages. There was also no enticement to look for silly tips you can’t find.
 A quick look over and I saw nice articles on the Toy train front.
 So, I was encouraged to see improvement but would still hope they add things into the regular publications like they put into the special issues like the All-Star Electric Trains special issue they want everyone to pay extra for. I won’t. Just me.
And of course this is all, JMHO.
 But all in all, I feel they are catching on to what some have been saying. Good job CTT!  Yes Smile

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Posted by rtraincollector on Saturday, September 23, 2017 5:17 PM

I can't comment on the issue your speaking about as I let my subscription go with last issue being October issue. But another of my dislikes was what they consider a small layout. I know this has been brought up before but to me a small layout is like 5' by 9' not 8' by 18'. To me that is a large layout. I know a lot probably have bigger than that. I had at one time a layout 8' by 14' so I considered it a large layout.

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Posted by Firelock76 on Saturday, September 23, 2017 8:38 PM

All I've got room for is the traditional 4X8, so anything 5X9 and up is a large layout to me.

No matter.  It's not the space you have, it's what you do with it.

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Posted by sir james I on Saturday, September 23, 2017 9:07 PM

I didn't get mine yet but 90 pages will be a welcome change.

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Posted by cwburfle on Sunday, September 24, 2017 9:03 AM

I buy an occasional copy of CTT from a local hobby shop, I haven't had a subscription in quite some time.
Increasing the page count to 90 and dropping the "tips teaser" certainly will make me more likely to pick them up.
I agree with the folks who feel that an 8 by 18 layout isn't small.
I never had a layout that large, and never will.
Is calling an an 8 by 18 layout small conducive to attracting new people to the hobby?

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Posted by rtraincollector on Sunday, September 24, 2017 9:50 AM

cwburfle

I agree with the folks who feel that an 8 by 18 layout isn't small.
I never had a layout that large, and never will.
Is calling an an 8 by 18 layout small conducive to attracting new people to the hobby?

To me that would be intimidating if I was new to the hobby.

When I goto the V.A. hospital or clinic I usually take any old copies I have and leave them there. I have seen copies going out the door many times. 

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Posted by Firelock76 on Sunday, September 24, 2017 10:00 AM

rtraincollector
 
cwburfle

I agree with the folks who feel that an 8 by 18 layout isn't small.
I never had a layout that large, and never will.
Is calling an an 8 by 18 layout small conducive to attracting new people to the hobby?

 

To me that would be intimidating if I was new to the hobby.

When I goto the V.A. hospital or clinic I usually take any old copies I have and leave them there. I have seen copies going out the door many times. 

 

Good for you!  I leave my old copies of "CTT,"  "Trains," "O Gauge Railroading," and the like at the gym I belong to, and they usually don't stay there longer than 24 hours.  Hopefully it's giving a boost to the hobby.

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Posted by Penny Trains on Monday, September 25, 2017 6:27 PM

Lots of great stuff!

 

I like page 39 the best!  Smile, Wink & Grin

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Posted by cheapclassics on Monday, September 25, 2017 8:29 PM

Good evening all,

Got mine today.  Very good issue and lots of ads as well, which is a good thing.

Keep on training,

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Posted by robmcc on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 8:06 AM

Penny Trains

Lots of great stuff!

 

I like page 39 the best!  Smile, Wink & Grin

 

Congrats, Becky! I see you made it in. I sent my story and photos to Roger, but didn't make the cut. Sad He did email and call me for some further information, so maybe it will be in a future issue.

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Posted by sir james I on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 10:06 AM

The cover says Collector Issue. So will we be back to 66 pages next issue?

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Posted by KRM on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 10:37 AM

sir james I

The cover says Collector Issue. So will we be back to 66 pages next issue?

 

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Posted by phrankenstign on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 2:23 PM

I have verified 30 years worth of Classic Toy Train issues have been published:

1987 Volume 01: No. 1 Fall,

1988 Volume 01: No. 2 Summer, No. 3 Fall

1989 Volume 02: No. 1 Winter, No. 2 Spring, No. 3 Summer, No. 4 Fall

1990 Volume 03: No. 1 February, No. 2 April, No. 3 June, No. 4 August, No. 5 October, No. 6 December

1991 Volume 04: No. 1 February, No. 2 April, No. 3 June, No. 4 August, No. 5 October, No. 6 December

1992 Volume 05: No. 1 February, No. 2 April, No. 3 June, No. 4 August, No. 5 October, No. 6 December

1993 Volume 06: No. 1 January, No. 2 March, No.3 May, No. 4 July, No. 5 September, No. 6 November

1994 Volume 07: No. 1 January, No. 2 March, No.3 May, No. 4 July, No. 5 September, No. 6 November

1995 Volume 08: No. 1 January, No. 2 March, No.3 May, No. 4 July, No. 5 September, No. 6 November

1996 Volume 09: No. 1 January, No. 2 February, No. 3 March, No.4 May, No. 5 July, No. 6 September, No. 7 November, No. 8 December

1997 Volume 10: No. 1 January, No. 2 February, No. 3 March, No.4 May, No. 5 July, No. 6 September, No. 7 November, No. 8 December

1998 Volume 11: No. 1 January, No. 2 February, No. 3 March, No.4 May, No. 5 July, No. 6 September, No. 7 November, No. 8 December

1999 Volume 12: No. 1 January, No. 2 February, No. 3 March, No.4 May, No. 5 July, No. 6 September, No. 7 October, No. 8 November, No. 9 December

2000  Volume 13: No. 1 January, No. 2 February, No. 3 March, No.4 May, No. 5 July, No. 6 September, No. 7 October, No. 8 November, No. 9 December

2001 Volume 14: No. 1 January, No. 2 February, No. 3 March, No.4 May, No. 5 July, No. 6 September, No. 7 October, No. 8 November, No. 9 December

2002 Volume 15: No. 1 January, No. 2 February, No. 3 March, No.4 May, No. 5 July, No. 6 September, No. 7 October, No. 8 November, No. 9 December

2003 Volume 16: No. 1 January, No. 2 February, No. 3 March, No.4 May, No. 5 July, No. 6 September, No. 7 October, No. 8 November, No. 9 December

2004 Volume 17: No. 1 January, No. 2 February, No. 3 March, No.4 May, No. 5 July, No. 6 September, No. 7 October, No. 8 November, No. 9 December

2005 Volume 18: No. 1 January, No. 2 February, No. 3 March, No.4 May, No. 5 July, No. 6 September, No. 7 October, No. 8 November, No. 9 December

2006 Volume 19: No. 1 January, No. 2 February, No. 3 March, No.4 May, No. 5 July, No. 6 September, No. 7 October, No. 8 November, No. 9 December

2007 Volume 20: No. 1 January, No. 2 February, No. 3 March, No.4 May, No. 5 July, No. 6 September, No. 7 October, No. 8 November, No. 9 December

2008 Volume 21: No. 1 January, No. 2 February, No. 3 March, No.4 May, No. 5 July, No. 6 September, No. 7 October, No. 8 November, No. 9 December

2009 Volume 22: No. 1 January, No. 2 February, No. 3 March, No.4 May, No. 5 July, No. 6 September, No. 7 October, No. 8 November, No. 9 December

2010 Volume 23: No. 1 January, No. 2 February, No. 3 March, No.4 May, No. 5 July, No. 6 September, No. 7 October, No. 8 November, No. 9 December

2011 Volume 24: No. 1 January, No. 2 February, No. 3 March, No.4 May, No. 5 July, No. 6 September, No. 7 October, No. 8 November, No. 9 December

2012 Volume 25: No. 1 January, No. 2 February, No. 3 March, No.4 May, No. 5 July, No. 6 September, No. 7 October, No. 8 November, No. 9 December

2013 Volume 26: No. 1 January, No. 2 February, No. 3 March, No.4 May, No. 5 July, No. 6 September, No. 7 October, No. 8 November, No. 9 December

2014 Volume 27: No. 1 January, No. 2 February, No. 3 March, No.4 May, No. 5 July, No. 6 September, No. 7 October, No. 8 November, No. 9 December

2015 Volume 28: No. 1 January, No. 2 February, No. 3 March, No.4 May, No. 5 July, No. 6 September, No. 7 October, No. 8 November, No. 9 December

2016 Volume 29: No. 1 January, No. 2 February, No. 3 March, No.4 May, No. 5 July, No. 6 September, No. 7 October, No. 8 November, No. 9 December

2017 Volume 30: No. 1 January, No. 2 February, No. 3 March, No.4 May, No. 5 July, No. 6 September, No. 7 October, No. 8 November

 

 

As for what constitutes a small layout to me, I'd say 8'x4' and smaller.  I would venture to say most people would agree anything that requires over FOUR 8'x4' sheets of plywood is not even close.......unless your name is Richard Kughn.

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Posted by Firelock76 on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 6:41 PM

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Penny Trains

Lots of great stuff!

 

I like page 39 the best!  Smile, Wink & Grin

 

 

 

Congrats, Becky! I see you made it in. I sent my story and photos to Roger, but didn't make the cut. Sad He did email and call me for some further information, so maybe it will be in a future issue.

 

 

It's not the first time Becky's been in CTT.  She was prominently featured in the big Christmas issue of December 2013.

That one was a keeper, it never made it to the recycle bin or the magazine rack at the gym, I've still got it.

It may be available as a back-issue, you'd have to click on "Shop" at the top of the website and proceed from there.

Addendum:  I just checked and CTT December 2013 is listed as a back-issue at $5.99, so I'm assuming it's still available. 

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Posted by bearestir on Thursday, September 28, 2017 10:57 AM

I agree - I started subscribing again and it seemed to me that the first few issues I received focused almost exclusively on modern era stuff.   The last couple of issues, however, have more information on "classic" toy trains. 

 

 

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Posted by Firelock76 on Sunday, October 08, 2017 6:36 PM

Just picked up the November "Special Collector Issue" of "CTT" from my LHS today.

Oh, baby.  This one's not headed for the gym or the recycle bin when I'm done reading it, it's a keeper!

I especially got a big kick out of Christopher and Amy Esposito's Jersey Central empire, being an old Jersey guy myself.

A question for Mr. Chris, if he happens to be looking in.  Just WHERE did you find that Public Service bus pictured on the layout?  I checked Diecast Direct, and nothing. 

And if you're looking in, as a Jersey Guy you may enjoy this, even though you might not have any first-hand memories of the same...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjVF0IKKlZc

 

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