The Big Book of Lionel: The Complete Guide to Owning and Running America's Favorite Toy Trains
In 1900, Joshua Lionel Cowen invented his first toy electric train, and within a few short years Lionel layouts became a part of American living ... Show synopsis In 1900, Joshua Lionel Cowen invented his first toy electric train, and within a few short years Lionel layouts became a part of American living rooms at Christmastime. In this officially licensed guide, veteran hobby industry writer Robert Schleicher presents an illustrated treasury of practical advice for the year-round Lionel enthusiast, or for beginners who want their own holiday tradition with a Lionel set under the tree. Contains comprehensive information for prototype railroads, including track plans for the floor and tabletop, advice for scenery and structures,tips for wiring and track how-to, maintenance and restoration techniques, and instruction s for operations to best emulate a real train. Also includes information on choosing steam or diesel locomotives, freight vs. passenger trains, and Lionel product development.