‘American Pickers’ on History Channel Have a Lionel Postwar Train Wreck

Fans of the highly popular American Pickers show History Channel witnessed a Lionel Postwar Train Wreck recently, when pickers Mike Wolfe & Frank Fritz paid $8,000.00 for Lionel Trains and see the set sell for only $3,400! A loss of $4,600. Just goes to prove that you really need to know your business. Read more about this bad deal by clicking here.

For years, Lionel Trains came from Hillside, N.J.

See a picture of workers assembling components of Lionel trains at the company’s factory at 28 Sager Place in Hillside, NJ, not long before the location was closed by the Lionel Corp, and read the entire feature courtesy of The Star Ledger.

Lionel Presents “Made in the USA” Train Cars

Lionel reintroduces “Made in the USA” boxcars with the U.S. Presidential Box Car Series
Forged from new tooling


All parts manufactured in America

Each boxcar fully assembled in America

Every package printed in America

Celebrate the return of Lionel’s renowned manufacturing tradition to American shores!

Click here to visit Lionel and read more.

Miniatur Wunderland, World’s Largest Train Layout

Advertised as the largest operating model railroad in the world  ‘Miniatur Wunderland’ covers 12,380 square feet, and features almost six miles of track and is still not complete.  Twin brothers Frederick and Gerrit Braun, 41, began work on Miniatur Wunderland in 2000 and expect completion in 2020!

The layout covers six regions, including America, Switzerland, Scandinavia, Germany and the Austrian Alps.

Although the layout is in Hamburg Germany, the U.S. is well represented  with giant models of the Rocky Mountains, Everglades, Grand-Canyon and Mount Rushmore.

It is expected to be finished in 20 20, when the layout is anticipated to cover more than square 19,376 sq  ft and feature almost 13 miles of track, by which time detailed models of parts of France, Italy and the UK would have been added

Its stats are amazing:  It’s composed of Marklin HO products exclusively, with more than 900 trains with more than 14,000 rail cars. The longest train is 46ft long.  Scenery includes 900 signals, 2,800 buildings, 4,000 cars – many with illuminated headlights….and 160,000 individually designed figures.  Thousands of pounds of steel and wood was used to construct the scenery… The 250,000 lights are rigged up to a system that mimics night and day by automatically turning them on and off. The entire system is controlled from a massive high-tech control center.

In total the layout’s construction has taken 500,000 hours and more than twenty-two million dollars to to together, the vast majority of which has come from ticket sales.

Gerrit said: “Our idea was to build a world that men, women, and children can be equally astonished and amazed in.”

Click this highlighted text to watch a four minute video of Miniatur Wunderland.

He’s Saving a ‘dying hobby’

The Motor Doctor’s Lionel Train Repair Site

Lionel train motor repair is one of the Motor Doctor’s specialties.  The Doc can perform a wide range of Lionel train repair services that include Lionel train repairs not typically covered nor performed by most Lionel train repair centers.  You can count on the Doc to handle difficult Lionel train repairs and Lionel train motor repairs such as armature rewinding and armature coil-to-commutator repairs.   Included in the scope of the Doc’s Lionel train repair services are complete motor field repairs and general solenoid rebuilds for accessories that use coils to activate mechanical features such as semaphore flags. So….please read on and learn about what the Doc can do for you when it comes to pre- and post-war Lionel train repair and the repair of other trains by MTH, Bing, American Flyer, Atlas, Ives, Bub, Marx, LGB and more!!

Tom Snyder’s Train Layout Goes on Display In New Jersey

The beautiful large scale tin-plate train layout of popular television broadcaster and avid train collector, Tom Snyder has been successfully moved to the New Jersey-Hirailer’s facility in Paterson N.J. Click here to read the full story appearing on NorthJersey.com