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Lionel's products of the period surveyed in this resource represent an interesting mix of very basic and modest to elaborate and specialty sets certain to be the centerpiece of many collections. Organizing the products of any model train line is a process of sorting and categorizing releases by type and year, etc.
Lionel adds to the interest by dividing its entire line in two parts with its Traditional and Collector Series categories beginning in the late 1970s. You'll be able to navigate based on subject, as well as product type with the method I've selected for presentation. There is a Lionel Collector Series section detailing and illustrating releases done for this category. You'll also find Traditional Series releases from 1970-1985 presented in their own section. You will also find a section of Lionel Locomotives, Rolling Stock, Train Sets and Accessories. A note to the visitor, there is duplication in my presentation of products by following this pattern. However I think it is the optimal approach to my subject. An example, the Chessie U36C was introduced in the Collector Series in Lionel's The Royal Limited. You'll find the Chessie U36C in the Collector Series pages, plus the Chessie U-boat is included in the roundup of diesels in the Locomotive pages. I do attempt to always provide the visitor with related reference information with items.

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