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BTO # 117, Fall 2005 Feature Articles

In this issue...


Chicago Traction

Big Train Operator - Chicago Traction - 2005 BTOC

Bob Roth chronicles the history of Chicago's street and elevated railways.



Collector: LGB's 4041 Hoppers

Big Train Operator -LGB's 4041 Hoppers - 2005 BTOC Inc.

Larry Cromwell counts the rivets on LGB's long-running 4041 Hopper.



2005 BTO Club 50' Reefer

Big Train Operator - 2005 BTO Club Car - 2005 BTOC Inc.

A sneak peak and order form for the 2005 BTO Club Car.



Railroad Architecture 

Big Train Operator - Lackawanna-Gnomeboose - 2005 BTOC Inc.

From the sublime to the whimsical...
The Lackawanna Train Station gets transformed into a grand hotel.
Ron Gibson builds the "Gnomeboose" to house trains and tools.



Aim, Shoot, and Send

Big Train Operator - Send your photos to the BTO - 2005 BTOC Inc.

Send in photos of your layout for a chance to have your railroad featured
in the 2006 BTO Club Calendar. Don't delay, deadline for entries is Oct. 15.



I didn't get a toy train like the other kids. I got a toy subway instead. You couldn't see anything, but every now and then you'd hear this rumbling noise go by. - Steven Wright


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