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Hunches sometimes turn into great ideas; combine the great idea with an inquisitive mind, tinker with it, fabricate it, test it, sprinkle in a dash of creativity and a handful of innovation; and you’ll find a common thread among the Inventors. Thomas Edison played with two elements, and lit up the world; Alexander Grahm Bell experimented with hearing devices- creating the Telephone, making miles between relatives of no consequence. Bill Gates winds up being one of the greatest Computer Software Inventors – which the world relies on. Steve Jobs started with a crude computer in the 70′s, and what is the world left with – Smart Phone mania! And then we have Lionel Cowen that whittled a small train, saw a circular push train in a lower-manhattan store and knew he had to add power to a train; added a battery and thus gifted American families with the Lionel Pedal Train Cars for the last 100 years. Great things are born because of a passion that burns inside, to mold and idea, to grasp the difference that can set it apart, and finally to perfect and deliver that distinction!
I can remember as a young boy of about 8 years, making a Ferris Wheel out of 1000′s of tooth picks and a lot of Elmer’s glue. Remembering returning to the project for a few more hours, with great anticipation of figuring out how to build it, and make it functional and proportionate. When it clicked up-stairs, how to build the rotating seats, how to build the framework( foundation) around the Ferris Wheel and allow it’s rotation as well; then I can kinda relate to how Lionel Cowen must have felt when he whittled a miniture locomotive from wood. It took a lot of patience and perseverance for Lionel to figure out his design, after seeing his first “Push Train” in a lower-Manhattan store. Once he saw that train, the light-bulb came on- he knew almost instantly; he had to come up with a circular track and apply a battery to it- the rest is history. Lionel Pedal Train Cars drew admiration from Model Railroaders around the world for the solidity of their construction and authenticity of detail.The trains were considered a luxury Toy, at the height of the Depression, one of Lionel’s Locomotives cost as much as a used Ford Model T. Lionel’s colorful Santa Fe “Warbonnet” became the Icon for Lionel Company. The historic founder of Lionel trains, Joshua Lionel Cowen, took the original wooden toy train and turned it’s concept into an electric motor driven phenomenon that is still popular today. Lionel has sold over 50 million trains set and is one of the top 10 toys of the 20th century
Lionel Cowen was walking thru Lower Manhattan stopping at a Toy Store window where he saw, among the toys, a Push Train. Here is where he had a vision of going around a Circle Track. This vision launched an Iconic Legend. Lionel’s first trains were powered by battery, soon replaced by the 110-volt electric transformer. No Toy benefited more from electricity, than Trains. With the rising popularity of cars and their changes from Model T’s to the more familiar enclosed versions that became commonplace in the 20′s and 30′s, pedal cars were created for children who loved to imagine themselves driving on the open roads in their own vehicle. Pretty soon they were followed by a plethora of different car models, planes and pedal trains. Soon Fathers were inspired to join their offspring in Model Train Hobbies, lending itself to a richer Family Circle. With growing popularity, Lionel’s layouts sprung up in more living rooms across America, and became an Icon as we know it today. Today Lionel continues to nurture the Family Circle, by inventing new technologies. Officially licensed by Lionel Realistic locomotive sounds and a chrome bell that rings Child-safe, non-toxic paint, Adjustable pedals, and steering wheel, Padded seat, officially licensed by Lionel. Your little train engineer will shout “All Aboard” as he commands the Lionel Pedal Train. The first pedal train in Lionels history, this one is built to last, with quality all-steel construction. To add to the fun, the pedal train features all the “bells and whistles” that remind us of the real thing.. . . . . Real rubber wheels. Assembly required (approx. 30 min.). Recommended ages: 3 to 5 years. Our beautifully crafted Lionel Pedal Train Cars do not require electricity, only Pedal Power. Featuring – cattle guard, ball bearing drive, chrome bell, all steel body wrapped in a high luster Powder Coat finish and custom graphics. Surely, your ‘Lil’ Engineer will be thrilled to Whooooo Whooooooo around the block, and will reap memories for a Lifetime.
Pedal Trains are now more than just nostalgic, representing a time when kids were mostly outdoors playing with the neighborhood kids in the city or out in the countryside. Today, we find many of those same kids indoors playing computer games or watching TV. Get them outdoors with pedal trains that are well crafted, safe and easy to play for young kids as they let their imagination soar along the tracks. Pedal Trains go back to the post-World War One era when manufacturers were able to more easily craft lightweight metal into shapes that replicated the latest cars, trucks and trains. With the rising popularity of cars and their changes from Model T’s to the more familiar enclosed versions that became commonplace in the 20′s and 30′s, pedal cars were created for children who loved to imagine themselves driving on the open roads in their own vehicle. Pretty soon they were followed by a plethora of different car models, planes and pedal trains. However, for children of today looking for a little outdoor entertainment, there are a variety of pedal trains like our Lionel Pedal Train Car to choose from, allowing them to imagine themselves on the railroad tracks all within the safety of your own neighborhood. Made from high quality materials and built to last, pedal trains are also beautifully painted and decorated to help inspire the imagination of kids as they pedal around the house or in the neighborhood.
When Joshua Lionel Cowen’s family immigrated to America in the late 19th Century, the Railroads were at the heart of America’s success, and literally inspired Lionel to invent the first Lionel Pedal Train Cars . He would spend his whole life prodding America’s passion with the romance of the Rails. He told children that the Lionel Train would equip them for their Adult life. Soon Fathers were inspired to join their offspring in Model Train Hobbies, lending itself to a richer Family Circle. With growing popularity, Lionel’s layouts sprung up in more living rooms across America, and became an Icon as we know it today. Today Lionel continues to nurture the Family Circle, by inventing new technologies.
Lionel trains, produced from 1901-1969, drew admiration from Model Railroaders around the world for the solidity of their construction and authenticity of detail. In 2006, Lionel’s electric train was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame. Founded in 1900 by Joshua Lionel Cowen, his first train, the “Electric Express” was used as a storefront display, running on Brass tracks and powered by battery and a fan motor. It’s earliest models were simply painted with solid enamel colors, and appointed in brass parts. By the 1920′s, Lionel had become the market leader, with colorful combinations. The trains were considered a luxury Toy, at the height of the Depression, one of Lionel’s Locomotives cost as much as a ussed Ford Model T. Lionel’s colorful Santa Fe “Warbonnet” became the Icon for Lionel Company. Lionel Pedal Train Cars , are a stunning replica of the Model Train Icon. Featuring – real locomotive sound ( w/2 AA batteries ) and ringing chrome bell, adjustable pedal assembly, padded seat, solid rubber tires, all steel body wrapped in a high luster Powder Coat finish ( lead free ) with custom graphics. Surely, your ‘Lil’ Engineer will be thrilled with this Gem, certainly casting a Happy Face for a Lifetime.
Some of the earliest means of Transportation was by primitive railed roads built with wooden rails over which horse-drawn wagons or carts were driven. George Stephenson, the first inventor of the first Steam Locomotive Engine, built the Darlington Railway Line’s first locomotive, the “Locomotion”. His invention would make a contribution in connecting the East to the West, and providing a more efficient and cost-saving method to transport products and passengers. Although our Lionel Pedal Train Cars do not carry materials, they certainly will Transport your ‘Lil’ Engineers Spirit, into orbit. Featuring – solid rubber wheels, produces a locomotive sound with ringing Chrome bell, adjustable pedals, padded seat, all steel body wrapped in a high luster Powder Coat finish and custom graphics. Surely, this beautifully crafted Pedal Train will bring years of enjoyment, and become an Heirloom for a lifetime.
Unless your riding in the Caboose, a Train Engineer’s required abilities are many-fold; Control Precision – calls for an ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls, Response Orientation – requires an ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals ( lights, sounds, images ), and Selective Attention – an ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. The only Selective Attention by your ‘Lil’ Engineer required, will be to select climbing aboard our charming Lionel Pedal Train Cars; once aboard however, their attention span will be right out the window from the Thrill of pedaling the Engine. Features – real locomotive sounds ( w/2 AA batteries ), ringing chrome bell, adjustable pedals, and padded seat, all wrapped in a high luster Powder Coat finish with custom graphics. Surely, your ‘Lil’ Tyke or Princess will fall in love with such a Jewel, and become an Heirloom for life.