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Lionel actually had its own television show, but the new medium soon mesmerized America, and interest in toy trains waned.

Lionel was at its peak in the early 1950s, with record profits and some of its best products ever. Unfortunately, Lionel was selling far more engines and rolling stock than existed on real railroads, which were rapidly overwhelmed by competition from highways and airlines.

Meanwhile, streamlining was all the rage on America's railroads, and Lionel followed suit with its own designs, like the Union Pacific, the Hiawatha, and the Flying Yankee.

Lionel showed profits again in 1935, and the receivership was discharged. 700E New York Central Hudson, with its blueprint-accurate details, appealed to adult hobbyists.

The "father and son railroad" of Joshua Lionel Cowen and Lawrence Cowen ended in 1959, when they sold their interest in Lionel to distant relative Roy Cohn.

Joe Di Maggio, star player for the New York Yankees, hosts the "The Lionel Club House" on NBC television.

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