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Lionel Trains with Magne-Traction (1953)


A vintage ad from 1954 for Lionel Trains with Magne-Traction. Locomotives equipped with Magne-Traction had driving wheels that were magnetized through the insertion of Alnico magnets in the driving axles. This feature allowed the locomotive to grip steel tracks more tightly, pull heavier loads, and climb steeper grades without slipping.

Remember the toys and games of years past through vintage advertising – for better and for worse!