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December 23, 2006

Another "Model trains are making a comeback" news video

KARE11 News in Minneapolis/St. Paul Minnesota ran a nice story about the resurgence of model trains.   You can check out the the video on

The Molar Express?

What does a train collecting dentist do when his trains are banished from the living room in his Florida home?  You guessed it.  They now travel around Todd Weiner's 2,400 square-foot office on 160 feet of track.  The shelf mounted dual track loop features bridges and tunnels where trains including Lionel's new Acela Express traverse the office.   Read the entire Tampa Tribune article here.

Corgi 2007 catalog available on-line

CorgiThe dead tree version of the 2007 Corgi catalog won't be mailed until March of '07 but you can view it on-line now.  There are some very nice fire trucks, a Union Pacific Mack LJ with box trailer and a Chicago and Northwestern System Diamond T620 box van, all in 1/50th scale, that would be of interest to O Gauge modelers.  Check out the catalog here.

Atlas O Announces First Golden Spike Club Car

Atlas_2007_club_car Atlas O has announced the production of a new annual "members only" car available only to those who join Atlas' Golden Spike club.  The inaugural car will be a "Clicquot Club" 40' billboard wood reefer.  Anyone who joins the Golden Spike club by March 31, 2007 will receive the 2007 Clicquot Club car.

The cost to join the Golden Spike club is $50.00 which is a good deal if you plan to collect these cars.  In addition to the car you get a club newsletter, membership card, club pin, first class mailing of catalogs and the opportunity to purchase special club offerings.   You can join the club by visiting the Atlas O website, or by telephone, (9am - 5pm, EST, Mon.-Fri.) at 908-687-9590 ext 7140.

Miller Engineering announces 4 new products

Miller engineering, maker of very cool animated signs, has announced 4 new signs.  The signs will be Dr, Pepper ($36.95), Breyers Ice Cream (45.95), Western Auto ($32.95).  The subject of the fourth sign remains undecided.  The Breyers Ice Cream sign will be an 8 channel sequencing sign to be produced in a limited production run.  All the signs will debut at the April '07 TCA York train meet.

Visit the Miller Engineering website to see the signs in action.

December 21, 2006

A Conversation with Lionel CEO and President Jerry Calabrese by Erol Gurcan

Photo1 The Past Is Prologue
Train hobbyists familiar with the history of Lionel® know that when New Yorker Joshua Lionel Cowen entered the electric train business more than 100 years ago, he setup shop in lower Manhattan. During Lionel’s golden years following World War II, the company had an office and display showroom at 15 East 26th Street in mid-town Manhattan. After General Mills bought Lionel in 1969, the company moved to Chesterfield, Michigan.  The connection to New York City all but disappeared.

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December 20, 2006

O Gauge Trains on NBC's Nightly News

NBC aired a piece entitled "Toy Trains Make a Comeback" on the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.  You can view it here (you have to watch a 30 second commercial before it plays).

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New York City Model Train Displays

If you're planning to visit New York City during the holidays there are 4 model train displays in mid town Manhattan (within walking distance for the younger crowd) worth visiting.  3 of the displays are presented by Lionel and one by Dunham Studios. 

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Williams Winter 2007 Flyer Available On-Line Williams Electric Trains has published their Winter 2007 flyer.  My favorites in this flyer are the Norfolk & Western 4-8-4 Class J and the Pennsylvania Congressional GG1 and 4 car passenger set.  For those looking for quality, traditional style trains at reasonable prices, Williams' trains are a great choice.  They don't have all the fancy electronics and sounds but do have "Tru-Blast II" digital whistles and bells and they run as great as they look.

Check out the Winter 2007 flyer here.  (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0 or later)

Model Railroading In The News #16

OGW NewspaperThis will be the final installment of Model Railroading In The News for 2006.  As Christmas approaches newspapers and websites are filled with stories about model railroading.  Enjoy!

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December 19, 2006

World's Largest O Gauge Layout Proposed

According to an article in The Morning Call, a Lehigh Valley Pennsylvania newspaper, Steven Brenneisen of Ross Custom Switches in Norwich, Conn. is proposing to redevelop a 107 year old railroad storehouse outside of Jim Thorpe, PA.  Mr. Brenneisen wants to build the world's largest model railroad (the article doesn't say but I'm assuming it's going to be O Gauge because Mr. Brenneisen's company manufactures O Gauge switches and track)  as part of the redevelopment plan for the 42,000 sq. ft. two story building.  He also is proposing to relocate his manufacturing operations into the building, bringing 10 full time positions into the area.  The redevelopment will be privately financed. 

Mr. Brenneisen's  offer is falling on deaf ears as the article states local commissioners are determined to have the building razed now that the county has purchased the building and awarded a contract to have it demolished.   Hopefully the commissioners will take a closer look at Mr. Brenneisen's plan and reconsider because having a model railroad manufacturer and the world's largest model railroad in an area rich in railroad history seems like a perfect fit.

Read The Morning Call article here.   

Lionel Earns $2.8 Million Profit in November 2006 by Erol Gurcan

On December 14, 2006, Lionel filed its monthly operating report for November 2006, with the bankruptcy court. For the month of November, Lionel posted a profit, or net income of $2,868,000. Its monthly disbursements were $6,818,000. The report was affirmed to by its Chief  Financial officer, Scott Turkington. Lionel is required to file a monthly operating report since it is in bankruptcy. November’s numbers were obtained directly from its profit and loss summary filed with the court.

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December 14, 2006

More Press Coverage of MTH v Lionel Court Ruling

Lionel Awarded New Trial In Model Trains Trade Secrets Case, Associated Press
Appeals Court Sends Lionel-MTH Back To Square One, Classic Toy Trains

Lionel's Press Release

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Summary of Appeals Court Ruling in MTH v Lionel Trade Secrets Case

Summary of Appeals Court Ruling in MTH v Lionel Trade Secrets Case by Erol Gurcan

On June 7, 2004, the jury in the trade secrets case ruled in favor of MTH and awarded them $40.7 million dollars as follows; $11,978,887 for PAST lost profits, $13,794,518 for FUTURE lost profits, and $12,834,820 against Lionel, and $2,167,440, against codefendants Korea Brass and Yoo Chan Yang for UNJUST ENRICHMENT. Lionel filed for bankruptcy in November, 2004, and filed a notice of appeal, in January 2005. Korea Brass did not appeal.

In a nutshell, overall, today's appeals court's decision is favorable to Lionel, and not to MTH.

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Court Rules on Lionel's Appeal

Just heard from my friend Erol Gurcan and he stated that the court (Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati Ohio) has ruled on Lionel's appeal of the $40.7 million dollar judgment obtained against it by MTH.  Erol's reading through the court documents now and expects to have a summary of the decision out soon.  Stay tuned.  Thanks for the tip Erol!


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December 09, 2006

Building Your First Christmas Layout - Part 2

Tipstricks_1In Part 2 (view Part 1 here) of Building Your First Christmas Layout I offer up some suggestions about starter sets with a few short video clips of some sets I own and touch on layout and scenery design.  When all is said and done you should be ready to take on your first Christmas layout project.

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December 08, 2006

A Good Article About Lionel posted a very nice article about Lionel.  Check it out here.

December 05, 2006 Poll Results - Oct/Nov 2006

CheckmarkFor the October/November 2006 poll questions I wanted to get a feel for what types of O Gauge trains people collect.



Question 1:  "When buying O Gauge locomotives do you focus on a few specific road names or have no preference?"  72.7% responded they focus on a few specific road names.

Question 2:  "What type of locomotive do you collect?"  Two answers tied for the top spot, Steam Engines and a mix of Steam, Diesel and Electric engines with 36% of the votes.  This was a bit surprising to me because I expected a mix of Steam, Diesel and Electric engines to be the top answer.

Question 3:  "What type of cars to you tend to collect?"  90.2% responded they collect freight cars.

Question 4:  "What model train manufacturer do you collect?"  Lionel topped the list with 42.9% of the votes.

Click here to view all the results of the October/November 2006 poll questions.

Thanks to all who participated.  December/January's poll questions will be posted shortly.

Related Posts: Poll Results - September '06 Poll Results - August '06 Poll Results - July '06

December 02, 2006

Atlas O December Announcments

Atlaso_1Atlas O released their new product announcements for December.  New paint schemes for Altas O's ALCO RS-1 locomotive top the list.  The New York Central RS-1 is a beauty.  Atlas is also offering their USRA Double Sheathed Box Cars in new paint schemes and 2 new O-27 Industrial Rail models, a double door box car and 2 bay coal hopper

Atlas will be offering free UPS ground shipping to destinations in the Continental US on orders from their on-line store totaling $75 or more.  The free shipping offer ends February 2, 2006.

Visit the Atlas O website for more details.

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