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A postwar Lionel haul unboxing

By | July 18, 2022

CTT examines a trove of O gauge trains as well as Marx and American Flyer accessories

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A postwar Lionel haul unboxing featuring Roger “Professor” Carp and CTT editor Hal Miller. The trains belong to a co-worker who received them from her father. He received his first Lionel train in 1941 – in fact, we have his original no. 1089 set box! Have a look at some of the well-loved and time-worn Marx and American Flyer gems we find, too!

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4 thoughts on “A postwar Lionel haul unboxing

  1. I have my dad’s old scale-craft trains. I would love to restore them but don’t know how to go about doing it or even if it would be worth doing. Any suggestions?

    1. It’s a tough question to answer because of time and cost, but if you’d like to see them run again, then by all means do so! The parts and information to do it are out there and on Trains.com/ctt.

  2. Thanks for sharing. I have had these same experiences many times with auction purchases, friends and family train leftovers, and even some of my own trains that I haven’t looked at for many years. It’s fun to watch and even more fun to do in person. And always a fan of Baby Ruth items.
    -jkelty

  3. Your video was a pleasure to view. Roger’s sensitivity to the source of the unboxing of the “Postwar Lionel Haul” was important. The beautiful toys were once loved and the program gave us a secondhand joy in seeing it opened and discussed. Happily, the man’s family allowed it to be shown and appreciated. I’m sure the staff will properly bring the many items “Up to speed” in the coming months. The objects seem to have waited patiently in a corner of a basement or attic – it’s an interesting scenario. Bravo to CTT.

    I was inspired to order the upcoming special-interest CTT issue on Lionel Trains of the 1940s.” I would have in any case, but the video just made it all less academic and more human.

    My best,
    Stanley J. Kozaczka
    Cazenovia, NY

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