Tinplate - Union Pacific O Gauge Streamliner Passenger Set w/Proto-Sound 2.0
"Tomorrow's Train. TODAY!" heralded a Union Pacific brochure on the M-10000, America's first lightweight, streamlined, internal-combustion-powered passenger train. Lionel's model of the "Little Zip," introduced just months after the February 1934 debut of the prototype, could rightfully have been called "Tomorrow's Model Train Today!" While Lionel's catalogs had long proclaimed that "Lionel trains and real trains differ only in size," that boast became fact with the introduction of the Streamline Train in the 1934 catalog. Lionel's designers had worked hand-in-hand with the Union Pacific to produce an accurate 1/45-scale replica of its new speedster. Although the model was largely made of brightly painted sheet metal like its tinplate brothers in the 1934 catalog, it signaled their death knell. Within a few years, Lionel's catalogs would be filled with relatively accurate O gauge models like the Streamline Train, and the tinplate era and standard gauge would be history.
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