One of the other great rivalries was Lionel electric trains versus American Flier. In that era, especially the 50's, an electric train was the ultimate Christmas gift. So, I thought I'd excerpt pieces of an article that appeared three days ago in the Wall Street Journal.
Yes, the "ozone" smell of a Lionel transformer. Wonderful memories.
At the Smith House, 2015 will be the "year of the train." Stay tuned. And, Merry Christmas.