In an effort to continue to diversify their offerings, Lionel began producing small motorized units in 1954. This new, distinctive line of trains helped broaden the company's market as well as stay abreast with the current trends within the real railroads. During the early 1950's, many railroads built special units to address odd or unique tasks. Lionel did not let this fact go unnoticed and built many of these unique items for its own line -- such as the 68 Executive Inspection car and 3360 Burro Crane. These relatively inexpensive and self-propelled units were small in size and contained a single motor. Although pulling power was minimal -- usually two or three freight cars being the maximum load -- it helped create a whole new segment within a Lionel railroad layout.
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