Way back when...What Lionel product did you like or want to be made by Gilbert in our early years?

Like many in the '50's and '60's I had my small share of a couple AF sets and additions of cars and accessories to enjoy.  Plus Dad and I built a small L-shaped layout.  After-Christmas sales at the department store would yield a few more NEW cars at a buck each!

Dad was a hardware salesman who knew many distributors.  Thus, I also ended up getting new dealer catalogs to study and dream.  A couple Lionel items really caught my eye.  I can get one now but I really loved the yellow Timken box car back then.  The pickle car was also a nice piece.

So what, back then, would you have wanted in the AF line that was made by Lionel?


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I am going to answer this opposite of how you asked - I envied Flyer for two things: that "Choo-Choo" sound, and the operating mail car. I was disapointed back in the 60's when Lionel bought Gilbert but never added those to the product line.

"You have to grow old. You don't have to grow up". Ray Bradbury

Not much, really.


A GG1 would have been nice because I saw the real ones often. The non-derailing turnouts were a desirable feature. Other than those two things, I felt little pull to descend into Lionelism. The Gilbert Flyers looked sooooo much better, the 2-rail track with rubber roadbed had a superior more realistic appearance, there were plenty of clever accessories, and the synchronized smoke and choo-choo out classed anything that the competition had.



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