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Great Toy Train Layouts of America Parts 1 through 6

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Great Toy Train Layouts of America Parts 1 through 6 TM Books and Video GTTLDVD 780484632330
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The Great Toy Train Layouts of America, Part 1
Three fascinating toy train tours: Ward Kimball's multi-gauge layout and collection, which spans the history of toy trains from 1870 to 1940, Ralph Johnson's O gauge layout, which features a 40-foot long mountain range, and Michael Primack's O gauge, where toy trains are maneuvered and switched just like real trains.

The Great Toy Train Layouts of America, Part 2
Part 2 was named by People Magazine as one of the Top Ten Videos of the year. Featured are Stan Roy's amazing O gauge layout and Chuck Brasher's Standard Gauge. Stan operates 32 Lionel Postwar Lionel trains, many of which are rare and valuable, simultaneously on three levels - a world's record performance.

Chuck Brasher has probably the finest Classic Period (1925-1935) layout in the world. He operates a Standard Gauge Hall of Fame - the Blue Comet, State Set, President's Special, the Olympian, and many more.

The Great Toy Train Layouts of America, Part 3
This is the Pennsylvania Suite… two delightful toy train layouts in the beautiful state of Pennsylvania, the heart of toy train collecting in the United States.

The layouts belong to Phil Klopp of Easton, who operates Lionel Postwar and Modern Era, and Bruce Manson of Lancaster, who is strictly American Flyer S Gauge. Both have so many vignettes of mountains and bridges, villages and cities, work places and play sites that it will take repeated viewing to enjoy the wonder and whimsy of it all.

One of the highlights of Phil's layout is an amazing replica of the famous Horseshoe Curve in Altoona, PA. And, of course, there are the lovely trains…running through tunnels, over trestles, around mountains, by towns, and into stations.

The Great Toy Train Layouts of America, Part 4
Barry Leonard's postwar O-gauge layout spotlights Lionel's scale Hudson heading a sleek, red line of Rail Chief cars, the impressive Williams' Big Boy, a marvelous circus and carnival, animations, loads of accessories in action, and a brilliantly photographed segment on Lionel's space and military trains and accessories.

Plus Brad Nelson's American Flyer S-Gauge - an exquisite, scale-detailed layout with realistic scenery, both Lionel and Flyer accessories, and those lovely, long American Flyer passenger trains winding through curves, mountains, and over bridges.

Great Toy Train Layouts of America, Part 5
To build his dream, Doug DuBay of Des Moines, IA commissioned two-time Tony nominee Clarke Dunham, creator of the fabulous Citibank Station layout in Manhattan. Dunham has combined his two great loves - the Broadway stage and O Gauge model railroading - to fashion a four-level, multi-train operation which lifts layout building to an art form. Giant backdrops, theatrical lighting, and stagecraft come together to create scenes, which, until now, have existed only in our imagination. It's fanciful. It's magical. It's toy trains on Broadway!

Ron Zweig combines scale scenery, structures, animations, and exquisite stonework with state-of-the-art O gauge trains to create a miniature world as realistic as you will find in any gauge. Highlight of the layout is a scratch-built, prototypically operating centenary system, which powers GG-1 and EP-5 electrics over bridges, through mountains, and around sweeping curves.

Great Toy Train Layouts of America, Part 6 Frank Petruzzo has both a fine Lionel Classic Period Standard gauge collection and layout. The collection is displayed beautifully and features eleven different State Sets and eleven different Blue Comet sets. Highlights of the layout includes just about every Lionel prewar accessory ever made plus the "Petruzzo Special" Coal Train - 25 coal hoppers and three black-roofed 617 cabooses. Frank shares both his knowledge of collecting and his secrets for a smooth, trouble-free layout.

The Mall of America provides a spectacular backdrop for EnterTRAINment, a sensational nine-level layout featuring eight-foot bridges, 17 Lionel Modern Era trains in action, accessories you can operate, waterfalls, and great scenery.

Meet the creator, Elliot Feinberg, whose dream is to bring the joys of model railroading to as many people as possible. He's off to a good start. His scale-detailed layout, located in the largest already attracted over 100,000 visitors.

Total running time: 283 minutes

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Runtime:4 Hours, 43 Mins ($0.07/min)
Producer:TM Books and Video
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DVD UPC:780484632330
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Region Code:0 Worldwide NTSC

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Great Toy Train Layouts of America Parts 1 through 6
Ron J (Fallbrook, CA) on 2012-03-23 18:14:38.

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  •  4 of 5


If you enjoy toy trains this is a must see.

Additional remarks by Ron J:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Yes.
Image quality: Good.
DVD Value: Good Value
Recommend to others? Definitely.

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Great Toy Train Layouts of America Parts 1 through 6
Garrett (Michigan) on 2013-05-25 21:21:52.

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  •  4 of 5


This video is well worth having and watching if for no other reason than the Ward Kimball sequence. Kimball had one of the most historically interesting toy train collections ever assembled and many of the trains shown running on his layout have since been sold off to collectors who will likely never run them again. The other layouts and collections are also very interesting and make the set as a whole a wonderful compilation.

Additional remarks by Garrett:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Yes.
Image quality: Good.
DVD Value: Good Value
Recommend to others? Yes.

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Great Toy Train Layouts of America Parts 1 through 6
Wondo on 2013-04-18 14:30:34.

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  •  4 of 5


This was the first TMbooks and video production I had purchased in a while. Overall I was pleased with the product. The layouts were interesting and the fact they included a visit to Disney legend Ward Kimbell's layout was very impressive. Something I found surprising was that I had seen some of the layouts in this program on another videotape I had as a kid, in addition to the famous "I Love Toy Trains" video. Though, there are two problems with this set though; one more so than the other.

The first problem is that the image quality isn't very good on some of the presentations and others are just fine. I am aware that it says that the original programs were remastered on the box and I don't doubt that they were. I just think that the master copies likely degraded overtime since I think these were the first videos made by TMbooks and videos. Overall this isn't a major problem but could be a issue if one expects them to look extremely good on a HDTV set.

The second one is a much bigger problem and could be a deal breaker to some. While music can help in a toy train video, there is also a seemingly unnecessary background music that sometimes overpowers both the layout owner and even the narrator in the layout presentations that use it. I find this addition of music so unusual since the videotape I have that includes some of these layouts doesn't include them. I just hope that these weren't added in during the production of the DVDs since it is unnecessary.

Additional remarks by Wondo:
Narration: A little bit too much.
Would kids enjoy this? Yes.
Image quality: A little rough around the edges.
DVD Value:: Fair.
Recommend to others? Yes.

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Great Toy Train Layouts of America Parts 1 through 6
HDT on 2012-08-24 14:04:56.

People who found this review helpful: 1

  •  5 of 5


I bought this specifically for the video record of the collections, display and just "running trains" of Ward Kimball and Chuck Brasher. I was very pleased. The other layouts were simply lagniappe for me.

Additional remarks by HDT:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Yes.
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value: Excellent Value!
Recommend to others? Yes.

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Great Toy Train Layouts of America Parts 1 through 6
chris collins (fletcher north carolina) on 2021-03-08 21:30:44.

  •  5 of 5


tm's great toy train layouts of america series looks at many layouts across the country based on the book of the same name (i never had the book just only knew the series by video) there's many layouts that are featured are some major highlight's including the layout's of ward kimball's multi gauge layout and collection chuck brasher's tinplate layout stan roy's o guage layout with many lionel trains of the postwar era as well as the mpc era (which most of the trains featured are mostly the ones from the mpc era) ron zweig's hi-rail layout as well as the layout's of phil klopp and bruce manson this is a vary fine collection of layout's all around the us it's a great series that everyone is sure to enjoy

Additional remarks by chris collins:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Definitely!
Image quality: Good.
DVD Value: Good Value
Recommend to others? Definitely.

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Great Toy Train Layouts of America Parts 1 through 6
Paul Hyde (Troy,Michigan) on 2015-02-09 21:36:49.

  •  5 of 5


Great DVD! Really enjoyed watching the remastered VHS recordings(I think they were done in early 1990's). So glad this dvd was available!

Additional remarks by Paul Hyde:
Narration: Just enough.
Would kids enjoy this? Yes.
Image quality: Excellent!
DVD Value: Excellent Value!
Recommend to others? A "Must Have"!

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Great Toy Train Layouts of America Parts 1 through 6
jnd on 2010-04-10 07:28:45.

  •  4 of 5


Two of the layouts were "repeats" of what was in American Flyer DVD.

Additional remarks by jnd:
Narration: Way too much!
Would kids enjoy this? Maybe.
Image quality: Good.
DVD Value: Good Value
Recommend to others? Yes.

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