Inside the Lionel Trains Fun Factory: The History of a Manufacturing Icon and the Place Where Childhood Dreams Were Made – Robert J. Osterhoff

Project Roar Publishing

One touchstone in a boy’s life is the train set, and perhaps no other company fulfilled would-be engineers than Lionel. Collectibles expert Robert J. Osterhoff delivers what is likely the definitive history of the New England-based company in this rather detailed, heavily illustrated hardcover awaiting arrival atop your coffee table.

Blueprints, building plots, letters and legal documents dot the opening chapters as Lionel sets up shop, but that soon gives way to more appealing vintage ads and packaging of the corporation’s race car sets and beloved electric trains. Osterhoff clearly knows his stuff and does his job; thus, his “Inside” look will hold undeniable appeal to the hobby enthusiast.

The hardcover deserves special note not only for its apparent completeness, but also for its crisp, colorful design. All aboard!

“”Rod Lott

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