2011 Lionel Tinplate Volume 1
Highlights From This Catalog
While the first toy trains were rudimentary wooden models-created to be pushed or pulled (by a string) across the floor, before long, American trains had a design and individuality all their own. These new trains now used cast iron instead of wood, allowing manufactures to capture details, as they never had before. The later years of the nineteenth century brought consumers self-propelled locomotives that ran on pieces of sectional track.