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And when Americans started driving to suburbia and flying cross-country, they stopped buying Lionel trains. By the 1960s, freight lines were being scrapped, and fathers and sons were on opposite sides of the "generation gap." That decade saw the tragic demise of New York's Pennsylvania Station, the retirement of The Twentieth Century Limited, and the passing of Joshua Lionel Cowen.
But now the Lionel dream is back and better than ever. America is renewing its relationship with the railroads -- building new high-speed passenger lines and even recreating historical landmarks like Penn Station. Joshua Lionel Cowen's legacy of family, friends, and shared enjoyment has endured and grown. At today's Lionel, we're rekindling old traditions and inventing new technologies.
So take a ride into our past and relive the Lionel story, from the 1900s to the 1990s -- from the turn of the last century to the dawn of a new millennium!