In 1947, the Friendship train made a cross-country journey from California to New York, picking up carloads of provisions at dozens of stops along the way. By the time it reached its destination, over 200 carloads of food were unloaded onto ships bound for war-ravaged France and Italy. Many of the cars were fitted with banners or even hastily repainted in the towns where they were loaded, sending warm messages along with rations. The colorful train was well advertised and its spirit and generosity not lost the people of Europe. The French would respond soon with a "Merci Train" of their own. Lionel is proud to bring back this little piece of American history with boxcars and passenger cars decorated to match documented cars in the train. Our first selection includes six PS-1 boxcars representing different railroads and regions and a pair of sleeping cars which traveled with the train providing accommodations for organizers and press.
Operating couplers with hidden tabs
Separately applied details
Easy conversion to scale couplers or 2-rail wheelsets (available separately)