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Tinplate Times

November 2015

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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:

An Introduction to “Arts & Crafts-Restorer” Wolfgang Bauer and His Work - By Bryant Booth. In his latest feature article for Tinplate Times, Bryant Booth takes and in-depth look at a superb tinplate craftsman from Leipzig, Germany: Wolfgang Bauer.

Disappointed No Longer: Voltamp or Carlisle & Finch Switches? - By Jim Burke. Jim focuses on two unique Voltamp switches which Jim believes were made by Carlisle & Finch, possibly an example of the crossover in tinplate train manufacturing that was prevalent at the turn of the 20th century.

Lionel 10 Series Standard Gauge Red Primer Freight Cars - By Brad Kaplan with contributions by Don Lewis. Brad and Don present a detailed analysis of a rare Lionel Standard gauge freight car variation, which is not well documented, and difficult to collect.

Merkur: Another Addition To The Roster Of Modern European 0 Gauge Tinplate Model Trains - By Egbert van Velzen. Here's a look at the affordable, well-made Merkur modern tinplate train models, now widely available throughout Europe, which have reshaped the European tinplate train market.

“Out Of The Display Case -- To The Top Of The Rail!” - By Wolfgang Bauer and Bryant Booth. A dedicated group of German tinplate train enthusiasts meets yearly to play with their trains on a wonderful floor layout. You can't help but fall in love with their trains and accessories!

Tinplate Times Photo Profile: George Pins - George Pins shares photos of his rare and unique trains and large Standard gauge layout from about 25 years ago.

A Look At Francesco Biaggi Ca. 1955 From The Pages Of The Gauge 1 Journal - by Jim Kelly-Evans. A cover article on Biaggi from the first issue of the Gauge 1 Journal is a small tinplate time capsule!

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

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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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