I recently acquired 9 pieces of Lionel straight O-27 track made entirely of Aluminum. The ties are not marked, but the track is identical to 1940s-50s Lionel track except that the rails and ties are bare Aluminum. The track pins are typical Lionel steel pins. Can anyone shed some light on this stuff?

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Have you checked it with a magnet?  I have some Lionel 027 track that looks like could be made of aluminum.  The ties are a very light grey color and the rails a dull "alum" color due to the plating they applied. And, it is a very lightweight track, but is made of ferrous metal under the applied plating.  Use of a magnet will confirm beyond any doubt.  Unless it is stainless...… very doubtful.

Jesse

Do the pins look like they might be brass or possibly gold anodized? That picture shows exactly the kind of track I have found in Schilling battery sets.

 

See eBay auction numbers and zoom in on the track.  193248273898  and   113942504504

 

RoyBoy

Me thinks it IS MARX!  The why is because as a kid, my older cousins GENEROUSLY gave us their postwar trains. The trains came from at least 3 different families and it was a mix of Lionel, Flyer O, and some Marx.  When I saw that picture of the piece of track I was instantly taken back to about the year 1962,. I strongly remember having a few pieces of that track.

C-57D  Pilot

Thanks to all who replied. "Upon further review" and looking at pictures of Schilling track, it looks like what I have is indeed Schilling. Did Lionel manufacture it for them? The rail profile, ties, crimping, and track pins all look identical to Lionel designs.

Any offers for the lot of 9 plus shipping?

It’s Schylling, not Schilling, and it’s an American toy company that made trains in the modern era.

Nothing hard about making track. Lionel didn’t make track for other companies, especially if it would have had to obtain different materials to do so.

Jim R. 

Jim R. posted:

It’s Schylling, not Schilling, and it’s an American toy company that made trains in the modern era.

Nothing hard about making track. Lionel didn’t make track for other companies, especially if it would have had to obtain different materials to do so.

53CBDE55-2A01-4051-B1FE-B82DC83A9AEDHere is a Schilling set box. It’s at the bottom of a pile, so I cannot verify what type track it has.

Steve

Steve "Papa" Eastman

Yorba Linda, CA

Left Coast, Home of the lunatics

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GIO posted:

...The rail profile, ties, crimping, and track pins all look identical to Lionel designs...

 Not even close.

ADCX Rob posted:
Jim R. posted:

That’s not Lionel track.

Correct, that was not made with Lionel tooling. The ties are wrong, the pins are different(resemble Marx more).

Rob

Jim R. posted:

It’s Schylling, not Schilling, and it’s an American toy company that made trains in the modern era.

Read the box.

There may be two different companies being discussed. The early 50's company making the battery set with aluminum track is Schilling. The modern company making the windup toys could be Schylling.

RoyBoy

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