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Riding the Rails: Like the Internet in the second-half of the 20th century, trains were the major disrupter of the 19th century. They changed the way we brought our goods to market, where we lived, and how we traveled.

Like the Internet in the second half of the 20th century, trains were the major disrupter of the 19th century. They changed the way we brought our goods to market, where we lived, and how we traveled. They raised towns around a few miles of track, provided employment, and created wealth. They brought us closer […]

Lionel Standard Gauge: 1906 – 1940

Lionel Standard Gauge: 1906 – 1940

Lionel Standard Gauge: 1906 – 1940 by Bruce C. Greenberg, Ph.D First Period: 1906 Trolleys and Steam Engines Joshua Lionel Cowen was an extraordinary entrepreneur.  In 1900, he  and  Harry Grant founded what became one of the world’s greatest toy train companies. In 1901 they produced their first trains. In new industries most new businesses […]