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Prewar Switchers, Poster Child for the Semi-Scale Movement? By Tom
Panettiere. Tom takes a close look at Lionel's Prewar scale and semi-scale 0
gauge switchers. Should they all be considered scale tinplate?
Also, don't miss the many
great articles currently available in our archives.
- by Jim Kelly-Evans ...musings
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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
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