According to Wolf, "after years of competing head to head, it was delightful to sit down and negotiate the sale of these tools with Lionel's Howard Hitchcock. The Lionel team did a great job selecting models that will fit in nicely within their lineup.”
And to think that back in the early 90s all Mike wanted to do was build & sell trains for Lionel. They shot down his initial idea of making a new engine (which would have been marketed as a Lionel product) that spawned him to developing his own train line up. I wonder if Lionel bought the tooling to that first Locomotive?