Lionel History in Detroit

Originally posted on Freight Car Friday – Lionelllc blog
The first Lionel rolling stock produced at Lionel’s Chesterfield, MI factory in 1970 was an orange Grand Trunk Western SP-type caboose, sporting a white “GT” wet-noodle herald. This caboose also holds the record for being the very first modern-era car, featuring “fast-angle wheels and needle-point bearings”. These Lionel features became standard for ALL 3-rail O-gauge trains. A maroon version was produced for the Canadian market.
The Chesterfield factory was located near GTW’s Detroit-Port Huron Mount Clemens Subdivision, built in 1859. Young Tom Edison worked along that line during the Civil War.


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