What was the original intention for Lionel’s Icing station?
Specifically, the long “chute” that seems to sit at track level?
Was the original intention to have the station reside at a 90 degree crossover and use a car that could dispense the cubes into the wide mouth of the chute?
Obviously not prototypical but I imagine that round-trip accessories were, in management’s eyes, more desirable.
Also, I noticed in the 2021 catalog that the Merchandise car is now being paired w the Icing station as a Holiday rebadging that dispenses presents
The latest Units use can motor delivery so the action is slow and smooth in both the station and car
wonder if that was the original intent but the solenoid action was just too aggressive to work correctly