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From their humble beginnings around the turn of the 20th century Lionel trains rose to become one of the premier makers of trains in the world and especially in the United States. There are two types of Lionel trains that tend to get the most attention; Prewar Lionel trains and Post-war Lionel Trains. Post War trains refer to those built from 1945 to 1969, which was a turning point for the company which had ceased production of trains during WWII. During the war, Lionel, like many other companies was asked to shut down production and shift production to equipment used in the war. With Pre-War Lionel trains, the distinguishing feature was their bright colors which were popular among women buyers as well as their children. Post war Lionel trains reflected a new era which did not include the same bright, unrealistic colors as the pre-war trains, but they did however have many new features which made them unique. Post war Lionel trains added new and exciting features like the ability to add oil or small tablets which produced smoke, just like a real train. During this time it was O-Gauge trains that played the largest part in the companies return to normal operations and children were quite pleased with these new features. During the post war era, Lionel trains were selling fast and the only other company that came close to rivaling Lionel was American Flyer, yet Lionel still outsold American Flyer by at least 100%. The company was not without competition though, and their main competition came from Marx toys which had a sales volume more than Lionel. Lionel train sets were the foundation of a train set and then other pieces were added over time. These train sets were boxed sets that came with all pieces needed to setup a basic layout. Today a full Lionel boxed set has become a hot commodity among collectors as they are fairly rare. Once a train set was purchased, then came the real fun of adding individual pieces to build a large train empire and a new Lionel locomotive was the next piece that was often purchased. Lionel introduced diesel locomotives in 1948, which included the now very famous Santa Fe F-3 as well as the New York Central F-3. These two locomotives would become a turning point for the company, which up until that time was dominated by steam locomotives as this was what was being used by train companies at the time. Diesel however became popular in the 1950's as well as electric power and the days of steam powered locomotives was coming to an end. Since the design of the real diesel powered locomotives were different, they allowed for graphics to be added to the sides of these locomotives and Lionel followed suit by adding these colorful graphics as well. From sets and locomotives there came a need to keep adding and growing the train set and this included many other post war items including crane cars, boxcars, flat cars, coal dumps, barrel cars, passenger cars and of course cabooses.


Today collecting post war Lionel trains is more popular than ever. These beautiful and unique trains take us back to another era when life was simpler and toys seemed to have much more character.

Nelson Evans writes about Model Trains for model trains yard and fondly recalls his childhood memories of model railroading. Learn more about Postwar Lionel trains and Lionel train sets at this informative site.

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==== ==== Lionel - Manufacturers of hobby trains and accessories since 1900. The Lionel Online Store has all the latest Lionel products direct from Lionel. From our Ready-to-Run to our Premium sets, we offer train sets that are perfect for every Lionel enthusiast. Get 10% USD off your purchase use code CJN10P http://tinyurl.com/lionel10percentoff ==== ====

Collecting Post War Lionel Trains  

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