I've always been curious about the type and number of customized Lionel items made by Madison Hardware, Glen Uhl, and other Lionel wholesalers and retailers in the Postwar and early Modern Era (such as the Three Mile Island cars). Below is one piece (from Madison Hardware) that I have in my collection. I am not talking about the club made cars and releases, but pieces made for or by hobby retailers and suppliers.

What do our OGR Forum members have and what's their origin or source?

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This may not count for what your asking, but it sorta does. My dad had some postwar that he had boxed up and stashed away. I would take them out and run them on the layout, and it would drive him NUTS! I remember one was the red Lehigh Valley hopper with white lettering. Another was this lone passenger car. It has no stripes at all, and lettering on only one side. I was told Madison Hardware got this as a Lionel factory reject, but Madison sold it anyway. I don’t know if there are more cars like this out there. I think after Richard Kughn bought Madison Hardware this kind of thing came out of the woodwork.

*Edit* Looking at these pictures, I should put that dumb bulb in the 6557 caboose. I searched everywhere to find that special bulb! That’s another car my dad would be annoyed when I would run it.

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Ed  Are you absolutely certain that those green autos are from the old Madison Hardware ( MH ) ?  Some time ago I became interested in these autos and there are a few threads about them on this forum.  I spoke with a number of folks who use to go to the MH store and who are knowledgeable about Lionel. All firmly believe from observations at the store  that the only Lionel autos made by MH were in the four traditional 6414 colors-blue, red, yellow, white. Clearly Lionel had some green and brown cars-I believe that these were never done by Madison-nor were any of the other colors which show up on ebay ( like tan, black, etc.) Apparently before MH was sold, the owners sold their 6414 auto mold to another train store and they continue to make the cars in various colors and since they are using the MH mold, they advertise the cars as original MH cars. At least that is how I have come to understand the later production of these automobiles. turtle 7

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