All Aboard!: The Story of Joshua Lionel Cowen and His Lionel Train Company

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The marvelous toy electric trains and the man who made them. Photographs throughout, with 32 pages of full-color.

The story of Joshua Lionel Cowen, the man who made those marvelous toy electric trains, and his Lionel Train Company.

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The marvelous toy electric trains and the man who made them. Photographs throughout, with 32 pages of full-color.

The story of Joshua Lionel Cowen, the man who made those marvelous toy electric trains, and his Lionel Train Company.

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Palm Beach Post
All Aboard will be required reading for anybody who ever had a model railroad.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761121336
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 8.86 (w) x 11.16 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author


Ron Hollander directs the journalism program at Montclair State University and was judged the best college newspaper adviser in the country. He was a Fullbright Scholar for two years in the People's Republic of China and returns frequently to photograph China's steam locomotives. He was featured on the History Channel's special on Lionel trains. His reporting has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Chicago Sun-Times, Boston Globe, Newsday, Town & Country, New Republic, and many others.
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Table of Contents

TIMETABLE
BUYING YOUR TICKET (7)
IN THE STATION (11)
PULLING OUT (27)
PICKING UP SPEED (49)
COLOR STOPOVER (65)
FULL STEAM AHEAD (83)
BETWEEN STATIONS
SIDETRACKED (127)
COLOR STOPOVER
RIGHT ON SCHEDULE (179)
OFF THE TRACK (213)
IN THE ROUNDHOUSE (237)
BACK ON THE MAIN LINE (243)
SCRAPBOOK (275)
INDEX (281)
SYNOPSIS% One century ago, Joshua Lionel Cowen created his first electric train. A simple open wooden box on wheels, its sides stained red and printed with Electric Express in gold lettering, it was intended for shop windows where, loaded with goods, it would advertise a store's wares. But as it turned out, customers coveted the train, not the cargo, and Cowen discovered a new business.

And as it also turns out, there's a picture of an Electric Express on page 29. Because All Aboard! Is the definitive illustrated history of Joshua Lionel Cowen, the company he founded, and the electric trains that for decades were synonymous with boyhood in America. Originally published in 1981, it has been revised and updated for Lionel's 100th anniversary, capturing the spirit of a company remarkable for its resilience and dedication to innovation — traits that continue to define it even today.

"No book tells the story better than this new, centennial edition of ALL ABOARD!" -Richard P.Kughn Chairman Emeritus Lionel L.L.C

Here are the steam locomotives that puffed real smoke. The flashing diesels. The lifelike accessories from the milk car delivering milk cans to operation semaphores to billboards advertising Baby Ruth Candy. And the glorious full-color catalogs and breathtaking layouts that brought the Lionel world to life and mesmerized kids and their fathers alike. Jump on board for a ride through Lionel's grand history — and a glimpse into the future of toy trains.
Author Bio: RON HOLLANDER directs the journalism program at Montclair State University and was judged the best college newspaper adviser in the country. He was a Fullbright Scholar for two years in the People's Republic of China and returns frequently to photograph China's steam locomotives. He was featured on the History Channel's special on Lionel trains. His reporting has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Chicago Sun — Times , Boston Globe, Newsday, Town & Country, The New Republic, and many others.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2007

    A Delightful Read !

    It is the writing style of the author, combined with fascinating details, that makes this book well worth reading. It is the story of Lionel the man,his company and his relationships within his family. I was sorry when I finished the book. It is truly a great present for anyone who ever owned a Lionel train.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2000

    a fine book

    I purchased this book a number of years ago and enjoyed it very much-the right proportion of text to photos and an unbiased style of writing. A charming read.

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