Available Now ...

    ... the Toy Trains Digital Archive!!!




Carstens Publications, Inc. and Hybrid Systems Ltd., Inc.
are proud to announce the Toy Trains Digital Archive!! Published from 1951 through 1954 as a stand-alone publication (and included in Railroad Model Craftsman from 1956 to 1957), Toy Trains was a hobby magazine like no other! Focusing on, as the name implied, the toy train segment of the model railroading hobby, each issue was loaded with articles about Lionel, American Flyer, Ives, Bing, and many other toy train manufacturers. Highly respected authors of the 1950s (and up-and-coming authors who would have long-lasting careers in the model train publishing industry) contributed hundreds of feature articles. At its peak, more than 160,000 copies of Toy Trains were printed each month!

After a 50-year hibernation, the Toy Trains Digital Archive is breathing a second life into these great magazines! Every page of every issue has been meticulously scanned and developed into an easy-to-use CD-ROM. You can purchase these great magazines on eBay or at train shows for $5-10 apiece. Expect to pay in excess of $200 for a complete set. Or ... you can purchase the complete set of 35 magazines plus the Railroad Model Craftsman inserts for a grand total of $35!! That's over 2,200 pages of great toy train reading on a single CD-ROM!! The digital archive version is guaranteed not to contain a musty smell or crumble in your hands as you page through the magazines! Additionally, you can search for articles by author or title. Regular features are linked together in a feature unique to HSL digital archive products.

If you enjoyed Toy Trains 55 years ago or if you are merely fascinated by this period in toy train history, the Toy Trains Digital Archive is for you!

Toy Trains Digital Archive Features:

  • 25 "how-to" articles by Frank C. Ellison
  • 26 "Trains of Yesteryear" by Dr. Case Kowal
  • photos of Lionel's famous showroom layout
  • dozens of articles by Hal Carstens, Bill Schopp, Jim Corrick, George Friedman, Gordon Zern, and others
  • "Cut-Outs", "Layout & Design", "Detail Review", and many other great regular features
  • includes every page of every issue
  • includes all Toy Trains issues (35)
  • includes all RMC sections (7)
  • searchable table of contents
  • navigate easily between issues and "regular features" -- very easy to use!
  • print any page
  • HTML-based -- works with your web browser
  • compatible with both Mac OS and MS-Windows
In addition, Mr. Harold (Hal) Carstens, president of Carstens Publications, Inc. (also long-time publisher of Railroad Model Craftsman and then-associate editor of Toy Trains), provides introductory remarks that only one who was involved with the day-to-day development and production of the magazine can provide!

Toy Trains Digital Archive Price:
$35

Shipping and Handling:
$5

Order Information:
Click HERE to order.
HSL accepts checks, money orders, credit cards, and payments through PayPal. HSL is now accepting orders for immediate delivery!
Testimonials and User Comments: Click HERE to see what clients are saying about the Toy Trains Digital Archive!


Here's a neat idea ... Mike Hays and the San Diego 3-Railers (SD3R) were looking for a way to allow their "Kids Club" members to build something of interest while visiting their fantastic layout. Mike was looking for original copies of Toy Trains magazine when he learned about the Toy Trains Digital Archive. Mike purchased a copy and printed copies of the cut-outs to have on hand when children visited. Check out the results!



As you can see from the pictures, the San Diego 3-Railers have a great layout! Be sure to check out their web-site at: www.sd3r.org. Thanks for sharing these photos Mike!



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