Toy Trains of Yesteryear by Case Kowal

Toy Trains of Yesteryear
Toy Trains of Yesteryear
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Toy Trains of Yesteryear

Ives O gauge lithographed No. 1810 boxcab locomotive with die cast wheels in blue, yellow, and black. It was a short-lived solution for a low-cost locomotive once Lionel had assumed control of the company. Note simplified styling.

Toy Trains of Yesteryear puts into one convenient low-priced volume many of the fascinating toy train collecting articles written by Case Kowal for Toy Trains Magazine during 1953 and 1954. The issues containing these articles have long since been out of print, and the back issues of Toy Trains usually command collector's prices when they can be found. At the request of countless collectors we have reproduced some of the more popular articles into Toy Trains of Yesteryear.

Toy Trains of Yesteryear
O gauge handcar powered by clockwork and produced by Bing.
Collection Hal Carstens.

Toy train collecting has come a long way since 1953, the year before the Train Collectors Association was organized. Many items manufactured in 1953 and later have become sought after collectors items in themselves. Restoration, once looked down upon, has come of age and is recognized as an important tool for the legitimate collector when properly done. Train meets are now a regular occurance throughout North America.

Toy Trains of Yesteryear
Lionel's chunky No. 33 locomotive can be found in many toy train collections.

While all of the material in this volume has been completely reset for this book, the publishers have not changed the orginal articles in any way. They are reprinted just as they originally appeared insofar as the text is concerned and without apology. The reader should be aware that new research or discoveries since the original writing might conflict with some of the data presented here.

Toy Trains of Yesteryear
Bing No. 528 tin lithographed caboose.
Collection Hal Carstens.

Toy Train of Yesteryear - Contents

1. Carlisle & Finch

2. Knapp Trains

3. Weeden Live Steamers

4. Howard Trolleys

5. Howard Trains

6. American Flyer's Unsuperstitious No. 13

7. American Flyer's Deluxe No. 3020

8. American Flyer's Wide Gauge

9. Bing of the Twenties

10. Bing Clockwork Trains

11. Early German Clockwork Trains

12. Lionel's No. 33

13. Lionel Electrically Lighted O Gauge

14. Lionel's Big No. 42

15. The Lionel Armored Train

16. Dear Mr. Ives: No. 17

17. Ives No. 1 Gauge

18. Ives Economy Models

19. Made in the Ives Shops: Wide Gauge

20. Limited Vestibule Express

21. Ives Streamline Train Designs

22. Dorfan and Die Castings

50 pages, softbound, black and white.

Toy Trains of Yesteryear
Bing's double-trucked observation car is decorated for New York Central's famous Twentieth Century Limited, though similar to Ives construction of the same period. Collection Hal Carstens.