Lionel Central


Lionel Corporation, the great toy manufacturer that began as a retail store in New York nearly 100 years ago, founded the Lionel model train set in 1900 and continued up until 1993. The Lionel name is still an icon today to the model train community not only for serious collectors of model train sets but to many hobbyists and enthusiasts alike.


Lionel trains have been demanded by retail customers since the turn of the century and are still enjoyed today.  Lionel Central is devoted to providing experienced collectors as well as model train enthusiasts information and resources for everyone interested in the Lionel brand.

We offer a checklist for determining Lionel trains value as well as price guide for buyers and sellers. We also offer a historical background and timeline of Lionel as well as many resources for identification, appraisal, and instruction and operating diagrams.

Check out our online auctions store with real time shopping links to Lionel trains, parts, and set pieces.

A Timeline


Value of
Lionel Trains


Lionel Price Guide





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