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With World War II ending in the summer of 1945, Lionel only had a few months to begin producing trains for the upcoming Christmas season. Due to the limited production deadlines, only one set, a few prewar carry-over accessories and a single transformer was available. All of this was represented in an abbreviated 4-page consumer catalogue.

The 1945 Consumer Catalogue is the rarest of all postwar consumer catalogues and is difficult to locate in nice condition.

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