Box cars ... flatcars ... tank cars ... cranes ... the list goes on and on. Lionel tried to create many different, yet prototypical freight cars into its own line of trains.
During the 1940s, their trains were very realistic and in many cases, plain regarding their external appearance. Some would say too blame, yet very realistic. As Lionel transitioned into the 1950's, their trains became more colorful, creative and designs were sometimes loosely based upon a prototypical freight car. However, by the 1960's their freight cars were whimiscal, odd, dangerous and in some cases so far from realistic, it was borderline comical or surreal!
No matter what era you perfer, Lionel has an abundance of options, styles, colors and variations to choose from as you build your collection.
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