Some old books

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  1. screwysquirrel

    screwysquirrel Member

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    Was perusing the school library and found, in addition to every Model Railroader magazine from 1994-2002, I found some old, sorta interesting books, like "The Handbook For Model Railroaders", Copyright 1939, some collections of trackplans from the 50s, 60s and 70s, and other historical stuff. Even a Facsimile copy of the January, 1934 issue of 'The Model Railroader' -- the very first MRR magazine


    Should make some interesting Perusals, comparing trackplans from so long ago to the ones around today.
  2. interurban

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    :D :D :D I bet Traction was mentioned and ,,, and Interurbens,, and and,,,, Box moters ,??? were they eh were they eh eh ??:D :D :D
  3. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

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    Neat stuff. I have MR and RMC's going back to the 30's and they are fascinating. Amazing how much of that stuff still pertains to todays modeling, or is easily adapted to todays materials. Also amazing how much of it shows up again, and again, and again... I love the WW2 issues. Wish I had a complete collection.
  4. screwysquirrel

    screwysquirrel Member

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    well, in the very first issue they had an article on the PRR's new electric locomotive...
  5. interurban

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    Told Ya:p
    You only find them in old mags and books.:(
  6. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

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    Those old books and magazines are great reading. Informative and good for a laugh sometimes. I have a book that was discarded by a library titled, Making Your Model Railroad, copyright 1954. A lot of it is useful information yet today. Some things are funny, imagine using clockwork locos or knife switches on your control pannel.
  7. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

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    Hey, I've got a clockwork loco on my layout now!
    and I remember ordering a DPDT knife switch from our TV shop. I wanted to use it as a reversing switch for my Lionel set. :rolleyes: It took me a number of years to know why it didn't work!
    I have a repro bound volume of the whole first year of Model Railroader.
  8. Ray Marinaccio

    Ray Marinaccio Active Member

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    What kind of clockwork loco? I posted a photo of a marx CV I restored. A post called tinplate. Noone seemed interested.
    I read some old copies of railroad magazine from the 40s, some have a model railroad colmn. One was how to build a PRR K5 in OO scale , blueprints and all.
  9. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

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    the older mags are a good libary of many phases of the hobby the qualty that was turned out was in par with today and the tools and materal by our standars were crude used oil cans and such.

    Chris

    here is you traction fix from a rmc july 1938
  10. interurban

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    DROOOOOOOOOOOOL
    Thanks Jim the day begins on a good note:D :D
  11. screwysquirrel

    screwysquirrel Member

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    More traction for Interurben

    the very first MRR magazine has A trackplan you'd love:

    O-gauge hand-laid track over 100 feet long, with the 'third rail' entirely catenary overhead, all hand laid as well
  12. interurban

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    Hi Screwysquirell,

    There is more O gauge Traction then H O .
    Any chance you can scan that one for us and post it here??
  13. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

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    Chris

    if that got you off to good start this will end on same note,
    june 1949 rmc with a full size ho scale plan.
  14. interurban

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    Isn`t she beautful, Can you feel that POWER:D

    Thanks Jim, you guys are so good to this Juice Jack,, I feel goood now:p
  15. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

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    Clockwork loco

    Chris:
    the clockwork lcoco is an OO gauge N2 tank (ex-LNER) but not the Dublo one. It was sold to me as Tri-Ang, but I don't think it is. Can't remember what we decided it was.
    One of our club members was building his layout using hand-laid scale track, but since he hadn't wired anything, I took the loco down and ran it on his track!
    He's since gone into EM gauge and has the Patrick Brompton display layout (call the doughnought by the club.)