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BTO # 121, Fall 2006 Feature Articles

In this issue...


BTO Club Christmas Caboose

pre-production prototype shown, load may vary

The Big Train Operator Club is pleased to announce, in conjunction 
with Hartland Locomotive Works, 
the 2006 BTO Club Christmas Work Caboose.

This custom offering from Hartland is finished in a festive livery, with gold trim and red bows. It carries a special Holiday Load (may vary from picture).
Made in America and delivered in time for this year’s Holiday Season. This car is a VERY LIMITED run of 50 cars - so act fast, these will sell-out in no time! 

LGB Files for Insolvency

In September LGB sought protection from their creditors, 
just months after Marklin met a similar fate. 
Read about LGB's and Marklin's struggle 
to stay alive in today's business climate.


Manufacturer Centerfold : USA Trains

Big Train Operator  - ©2006 BTOC Inc.

All about USA Trains, by Kathy Nassif.


A Side Trip to Berlin 

Big Train Operator - ©2006 BTOC Inc.

Dave and Gail Stachnik visit Berlin via rail.


A Locomotive with a Flat Tire

Big Train Operator - ©2006 BTOC Inc.

An axle gets swapped out  on the siding, by HJ Mueller 


Backyard Caboose

Big Train Operator -  ©2006 BTOC Inc.

Charles Hall builds a caboose in his back yard.


When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don't throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer. - Corrie Ten Boom


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