As Lionel entered the 1950's, it marked a manufacturing and consumer shift from the traditional black steam locomotive to all new, colorful diesel and electric locomotives. Additionally, America was moving to the suburbs and Lionel kept abreast of this market with the introduction of several electric locomotives including the infamous GG-1.
Since the GG-1 was a popular and common site on many northeastern railroads – which was a primary marketing target of Lionel – this was a logical choice to appear in the world of Lionel. Additionally, Lionel also modeled a couple of lesser known rectifier style locomotive for their consumers. Ultimately, this era would some of the most interesting and rare electric locomotives ever produced by Lionel.
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