The First Short Streamlined Cars

In a previous video, I showed my very first Lionel train set, which had the silver small streamline passenger cars (  My set dated from 1955, but the series of small streamline cars actually premiered in 1948 with a set of three green cars named Maplewood (2400), Chatham (2402), and Hillside (2401) (all towns here in NJ, where Lionel's factory was located).  They came in set #2140WS (in both 1948 and 1949) with a #671 turbine steam locomotive.  In this True HD 1080p video, you can see my recreation of that set, though I have a 681 turbine (with magnetraction) rather than the 671.  For toys this old, they've held up rather well and you can tell that they were treated with care.  They have coil couplers that are triggered by sliding shoes, so I've insulated the shoes with electrical tape so that they aren't energized by the hi-rail switches that I use on my layout.

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