Lionel Postwar Christmas

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Lionel Postwar Christmas
Posted by EIS2 on Monday, November 13, 2017 2:47 PM

Lionel sells a lot of Christmas speciality sets and individual Christmas train items.  However, I am only aware of the Santa Claus handcar during the prewar and postwar periods.

Did Lionel make any prewar or postwar train items decorated for Christmas, other than the Santa Claus handcar?

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Posted by cwburfle on Monday, November 13, 2017 3:18 PM

The only holiday themed train that comes to mind is the Peter Rabbit Chickmobile, which was prewar.
Did they make a handcar with Santa on one side, and a Christmas tree on the other?

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Posted by rtraincollector on Monday, November 13, 2017 4:15 PM

how about the 6826 red flatcar with trees on it. I would think that would be christmas oriented

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Posted by Penny Trains on Monday, November 13, 2017 6:44 PM

The only "Christmas themed" cars I'm aware of (besides handcars) from either Lionel or Flyer were their Christmas tree cars.  Or as I like to call them, their "weed cars".

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Posted by phrankenstign on Monday, November 13, 2017 10:02 PM

Penny Trains

The only "Christmas themed" cars I'm aware of (besides handcars) from either Lionel or Flyer were their Christmas tree cars.  Or as I like to call them, their "weed cars".

 
Wow!!!
 
That car just screams with loads of Christmas cheer and Yuletide gaiety!!!
 
Lionel obviously spared no expense!!!
 
(Nobody would EVER DARE to try to describe it as a big, dead weed on a train!!! LOL)
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Posted by fifedog on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 7:50 AM

6050 (Blt by LIONEL 1961) XMAS SAVINGS boxcar.

If your other hobby is watching paint dry, this is the car for you.

It seems that when Dept 56 came out with their Snow Village, that's probably when the demand for Christmas/Holiday themed toy trains started to evolve.

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Posted by Firelock76 on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 6:55 PM

I think Lionel had a Santa Claus handcar pre-war, contemporary with the Micky Mouse and Easter Bunny handcars, but I'm not sure.  I'll have to look that one up and get back to everyone.

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Posted by Penny Trains on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 7:12 PM

1105 clockwork.

There is an illustration of this car that shows it as having a tree with one teardrop lamp on top which suggests Lionel considered making an electric version or one with a battery powered light on the tree.

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Posted by Firelock76 on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 7:03 PM

I checked my collector books as I said I would, and it looks like Lionel did NO Christmas themed articles in the post-war era, at least none that I could find.

However, in the Modern Era beginning in the 70's some Christmas themed boxcars began to show up.  By the late 80's-early 90's the Christmas cars were coming on a regular basis.  And then of course, the "Polar Express."

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Posted by palallin on Thursday, November 16, 2017 9:02 AM

The Lionel Corp. sold trains, not Christmas decorations.  That's not a judgment, just a statement. 

The tains could be used around the tree or otherwise at Christmas (many were used ONLY at Christmas), but they weren't limited to it by design or appearance.

Holiday-themed trains are a modern by-product of collecting.  In the Pre- and Post-war days, most families had one (or two perhaps) trains, not a collection.  They were toys, not display pieces.

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