1930s: Lionel Jr. Diesel Engine

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Lionel Trains introduced the Silver Streak Diesel Engine line during the Great Depression in the '30s. The line was modeled after actual trains like the Pioneer Zephyr, which was a diesel-electric stainless steel train. These Silver Streak trains were originally wind-up models but the company later produced electric versions.

First published November 22, 2013: 5:05 PM ET

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