Lionel has been producing trains since the early 1900s, and there are many sets available from these earlier years. Pre-war and post-war are designations as to the types of these trains. Availability descriptions are published by various groups. On eBay, the vintage trains are categorized based on year of production and range from 1910-1944.
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For much of the 20th century, Lionel trains were the kings of toys, the presents you couldn't wait unit Christmas morning to unwrap. Antique Lionel trains from before World War II are particularly prized, but many model-railroad enthusiasts appreciate Lionel trains made later in the century, from the pink “Lady Lionel” engines wind-up Mickey Mouse handcars made during the Great Depression.
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