Coinciding with Toy Train Month, the California State Railroad Museum will debut a prized pastel-colored “Lady Lionel” train set. Originally manufactured in 1957, and at the time, considered to be the biggest flop in Lionel’s history, the boxed set includes five freight cars, a steam locomotive and tender along with five pieces of straight track, eight curved track, a transformer and an uncoupling section.
In an attempt to branch out to new audiences, Lionel boldly debuted the pastel-colored train set to try to appeal to young girls at a time when toys didn’t typically cross gender lines. Only about 5,000 of these train sets were produced by Lionel and are now considered a prized acquisition among collectors.
The “Lady Lionel” Train Set joins the Museum’s extensive and internationally recognized toy train collection that was donated by the Sefton family in 2002. The “Small Wonders” exhibit showcases approximately 1,000 vintage toy trains, six interactive displays, and a magnificent operating toy train layout with special pieces that are rotated regularly and decorated for the holidays and changing seasons.