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Tinplate Times

December 2016

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Welcome to Tinplate Times, an online resource focusing on tinplate toy trains and the people who collect and operate them.

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Feature Articles:

A Look At Joy Line Trains - By Barbara Jones. Joy Line Trains are are not well known in the toy train collecting world. Barb Jones guides us through their relatively short production life span with lots of photos of these colorful, toy-like tinplate trains from the Depression era.

Modifying And Running A Biaggi Gauge 1 "Krocodil" - By Jim Kelly-Evans. A beautiful Maerklin replica locomotive could only run on straight track until casting modifications were completed.

Adding the Dorfan Lighted Wide Gauge "Victory" Bridge To A Layout - By Jim Kelly-Evans. A rare and spectacular Dorfan accessory makes a very interesting addition to the author's layout.

Replacing A Fried Circuit Board In A Repro Dorfan 3930 Wide Gauge Crocodile - By Jim Kelly-Evans. A destroyed circuit board is replaced by mounting a Dallee board on its own steel cross member inside the locomotive chassis.

Commentary - by Jim Kelly-Evans ...musings of the publisher.

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Contributions of articles focusing on tinplate* toy trains are needed. Articles appearing on the Tinplate Times web site focus on tinplate history, repair and restoration, modern tinplate, shows and events of interest to tinplate enthusiasts, and personal profiles of tinplate operators and collectors. Submissions should be emailed to:

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*For the purposes of the Tinplate Times web site, tinplate toy trains are defined as "prewar" electric trains constructed entirely or primarily of "steel, plated or coated, with a thin layer of tin- just like a tin can" (Hertz) and related accessories, as well as current day reproductions thereof.

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