Looking back into a personal Lionel Catalog from 1951 made me think, how many boys (and girls) dreamed of having these beauties under the Christmas tree in 1951. I for one have it on mine! The 1951 catalog listed Set numbers 2185W (New York Central) and 2175W (famed Santa Fe Warbonnet) as "Twin-Diesel Freights with Magne-Traction" for a list price of 70.00, quite a bit of money in 1951!
Photographs & History
For many years young boys and girls and even moms and dads find that sentimental spot for the holiday train set buried in the attic that comes out once a year. The Lionel Train Company among others was no exception to many family holiday memories. What captured me as a child were the sleek lines of the PRR styled steam models, spark of ozone, and what seemed to be an intense noise for such young ears! Here are some samples from a 1949 and 1951 catalog the earlier stamped with Dealer "Wagners Roundhouse" of Pleasantville NJ, both courtesy of a close family member. Lets enjoy the memories of the Holidays past, and the excitement of Holidays to come!