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Awhile back, I was watching the long gone History Channel series Trains Unlimited, including the episode on toy trains.

In the later part of the episode, they discussed in the Summer of 1997 that Lionel was showing a prototype for a concept called Lionel Vision where a miniature camera and microphones in the Dash 8 locomotive running long hood forwards could stream the footage on the Internet.

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I knew about Railscope that Lionel made in 1988, but this idea seemed to escape my knowledge.

I can’t find any documents online about this concept, but I can only assume that much like the proposed Odyssey motors of 1998, this project got scrapped in the end. What a turbulent time for Lionel 1997-8 was…

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@ed h posted:

Fairly certain there was an article in OGR magazine about these items. They were part of the HORDE tour which was brought to one of the TCA York show shows in the late 1990s. The Juliens auction catalog of Neil Young's train collection had some of these items listed.

And many of the items just sold on ebay over the weekend including the Lionel Vision Line Dash 8 non powered Camera engine and the Horde Dash 8 shell

@ZWPOWER13 posted:

And many of the items just sold on ebay over the weekend including the Lionel Vision Line Dash 8 non powered Camera engine and the Horde Dash 8 shell

If you mean these ones, you’d be right!

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I missed out on the blue and white camera Dash 8 (by $10 at that, which sucks), but it is nice to get two actual Lionel prototypes, and that were in Neil Young’s collection at that!

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