Unfortunately, Lionel eventually outsourced their trains to Asia. After a series of supply chain interruptions and lower standards, Lionel brought back production to the United States. In 2012, for the first time in over a decade, Lionel began production of a line of Made in the U.S.A model trains. The Made in the U.S.A. line features limited edition boxcars made in Chesterfield, Michigan. My grandfather was a big proponent of Made in America. He would have been thrilled to see Lionel bring production back to the states.
I'm happy I had a chance to review one of the Presidential Series boxcars, Made in the U.S.A.
It was truly exciting to see the Made in U.S.A. label on the Abraham Lincoln Boxcar. After all, a U.S. president deserves a U.S.A. made title after him. What I really liked about the boxcar is that the wheels are made of metal, not cheap plastic. This gives them a little weight, helping them stay on a track better. Plus I don't have to worry about them breaking as easily. The doors open and close without forcing them. The moving parts were my favorite thing about my grandpa's trains so it was a bonus to find moving parts on the boxcar. I bought a cheap plastic train to go around my Christmas tree a few years ago and now I wish I had the Lionel boxcars instead. The quality is definitely better than what I have. The informational tidbit about Abraham Lincoln on the boxcar was a bonus for me. It's a beautiful tribute to a great president.
When I saw the list of U.S.A. made boxcars, I was thrilled to see the Peanuts Gang on the Thanksgiving box car. I grew up on Charlie Brown and Linus. I watched all of their holiday specials every year.
To make it easy to find all of Lionel's Made in America items, I have included the list of the boxcars.