Inside the Lionel Trains Fun Factory

Robert J. Osterhoff
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Take a tour of the facilities Lionel has used since its establishment in the early 20th century to manufacture its miniature trains. 

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Description

Many years of research in libraries and archives culminated in this history of the facilities Lionel has used since its establishment in the early 20th century to manufacture its miniature trains. Many photographs supplement the text to let readers join on a tour of the factories in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Michigan where ingenious engineers, industrious supervisors and legions of laborers developed and assembled electric trains, along with the other products Lionel has made, which range from fishing equipment to precision instruments for the American military.

Author: Robert J. Osterhoff
Size: 10" x 10"
Pages: 248
Table of Contents

 Acknowledgments

Dedication

Prologue

PART I: Building the Fun Factories

  • Manhattan Job Shops: The Early Years
  • The First Fun Factories
  • A New Beginning in Irvington
  • Expanding Into Hillside

PART II: New Opportunities & Diversification

  • The Twisted Sixties
  • Selling The Hillside Factory
  • Acquired Factories in Transition

PART III: Lionelers & Their Inventiveness

  • A Great Place to Work: Or Was It?
  • Intellectual Capital of the Toy Train Business
  • How Trains Were Made
  • In Defense of America: The War Years

PART IV: Toy Train Reprise

  • Ruins of a Great Era
  • Epilogue

PART V: Appendices

  • Lionel Factory Departments
  • Timeline of Major Lionel Fun Factories
  • Lionel Patents

Illustration Credits

Bibliography

Index

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