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This vintage Lionel train has been gracing Casa de Shafer since 2006, delighting us and annoying the cat.
Upon Herb’s death, Tim exercised his executor privilege and snagged this train for us in lieu of selling it. Christmas 2006 marked the first Christmas at our house in Hannibal – the house I sold earlier this year after a seeming eternity. This train had escaped rough play as my wife’s Aunt Marion and Uncle Herb never had children.
In searching for Christmas presents in 2006, he rediscovered the train and realized the amount of time that had elapsed.
Rightly or wrongly, the train only comes out at Christmas time and it has done nothing but orbit our Christmas tree. In addition to the appeal of these trains, it does make me uncharacteristically nostalgic for times past and highly curious about what life was like prior to my arrival.
In the seven Christmases we have had it, this old train has brought a high degree of joy to our house. My daughter is still of a relatively young age and is the third generation to cherish this train set. Always wanted that mean impressive looking American locomotive for the Marklin trainset my brother and I had. Through the years the price of the Capitole engine from Marklin sky rocketed and my brother sold it, since used passenger wagons were over $ 85,00 each.
I had the early set, which appeared to run on AC with the motor being a buzzer that worked a ratchet on the rear axle of the cars.
The later Model Motoring sets switched to a DC motor, and the buzzer cars like I had, disappeared from the stores. When the Lionel trains were replaced by HO, I pulled the guide pins and brushes from the underside of the Aurora cars and used them for set dressing on the pike. I’ll add that on my 1971 version of this set, (yes the dreaded AMF years) you can lockout the reverser to provide either only forward motion or only reverse motion. I grew up with that set and dad would bring it out every christmas, and I do it now for my nephew. The only thing I’ve had to do to my Lionel Alco PA loco is replace the 40 year old traction tires and a squirt of oil on the gearing.
It does have a Motorcraft boxcar and has hauled lots and lots of hotwheels to new places on that 3×5 oval. This train set is priceless for so many reasons including the family legacy and what it represents of an era in this country that will be fondly remembered for a long time.
When I was very young, My aunt and uncle with my two cousins had a train layout that I would almost die for!
Dad bought me a bigger transformer with two levers on top, one for throttle and one for direction and whistle.


Later, I bought a KW transformer, 2nd from the ZW top-of-the-line, and mine can run two trains and all accessories.
My great uncle gave me a circa-1925 tin-plate American Flyer passenger train that was O gauge, a box-cab diesel and two coaches. The electric trains are the only thing besides some records and few odds-and-ends I have kept from my youth. I’m very thankful to mom and dad, who were not well-off at all, for allowing me a few things of great value to enjoy for many years! And all the drama in the local Detroit media about the fate of the Packard plant got me started reading up on Packard’s postwar journey to oblivion.
Growing up with Marklin trains as a kid in Austria, the Lionels were quite the contrast after moving to the US. My Marklins (including four big die cast metal locomotives) were tossed out by my mother, but my my dear MIL bought me a little Marklin starter set shortly after Stephanie and I were married. I grew up with HO trains, but my son played with Lionel trains, the three rail seems to stay on the track much better.
When I was 8 years old in the very early 90s, I asked for a train for Christmas and was given parts of two sets that my father somehow bought: an O27 gauge K-Line Pennsylvania Railroad freight train with a mid-1950s looking plastic diesel engine, plus several cars from a New York Central Railroad passenger fleet (also K-Line) without its engine.
I thought it was a strange combination, running a freight train with passenger cars, but Dad was too smart for me: the NY Central partial set was part of a bigger plan. In recent years, living in Manhattan, I haven’t had the time or space to set up my trains for the holidays.
The rail cars are very light, being basically plastic shells, but the loco is a substantial piece of machinery, very heavy.
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It still pulls well and when combined with the Polar Express set and the other little set I bought on sale a while back, it will still outpull the Berkshire steamer and the little 2-4-2 steamer, but its not as fun to watch as the steamers as it winds its way around the room.
I think you mean General Mills… although the General Foods era for Lionel was every bit as bad as the AMF years were for Harley-Davidson LOL! Last time I checked, it still worked, too, but the pot metal loco wheels have swelled a bit beyond the gauge and doesn’t stay on the track very well, unless A-F used a slightly different gauge back then.
One of these days I may build my layout again, as I kept all the buildings and accessories. Tne only stuff worth saving, as I’m not a pack rat, and Wifey knows I’d toss just about everything and live in a nearly bare cell if I could!
That was the large stuff sold only in grocery stores above the shelves in the produce aisles around the holidays!
I have such memories of friends with Lionel trains, from modest little 087 sets with just an oval set up on the floor to one affluent friend’s mammoth basement railway, with every Lionel bell and whistle, literally. You have read and agree to the Global Shipping Program terms and conditions - opens in a new window or tab. Import charges previously quoted are subject to change if you increase you maximum bid amount.
A spritz of Radio Shack contact cleaner will break up the gunk and make that a little more reliable. That’s probably the single best improvement you can make to its performance, which, not surprisingly, seems pretty strong anyway. I played with that thing for years and should have put it away, as it was the coolest toy short of Lionel trains a boy could have! When my grandson gets older, I’ll be bringing out the Lionel set again to put under the tree.
If you reside in an EU member state besides UK, import VAT on this purchase is not recoverable. They were well-off, and spent a lot of money on those trains, as Lionels have never been cheap.
Later, my parents bought me a couple more modest Lionel sets and eventually dad built me two 4×8 tables.
As far as collecting trains goes, I love the color and simplicity of the Marx tinplate trains. I put them together and ran two trains on them, trying to emulate on a small scale what my cousins used to have on a serious budget! A few of the old T-jets’ bodies had been hacked up beyond recognition by either my uncle or my pre-teen self.



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