Joshua Lionel Cowen's little factory
By Mike Stella GHS;AA;BSEE;MSLT;Esq.
It seems it is not enough that Lionel has seen fit to copy,
reintroduce, reproduce, and reissue just about everything ever
made by Joshua Cowen. The latest trend now is to offer models
of buildings that were or are located on famous toy train railroads.
I cannot wait for the Frank Ellison series as I have always
been his biggest fan.
This picture of the Lionel Showroom Layout shows where
the J.L.C. Manufacturing Co. was located.
One building that I have always liked is the J.L.C. MANUFACTURING
CO. that appeared on the famous 1949 Lionel showroom layout.
The exact location of this factory can be seen just behind
the main station. The "Bantam" book on model railroading
utilized much 'help' from Lionel and might have even been written
by Lionel editors.
Included in the pages were plans on how to construct a factory
based on the showroom model. I cheated a bit and bought a kit
that was first produced by Kober. When I finally got around
to constructing it, I decided to put in a wooden floor made
from individual popsicle sticks and also make the roof removable
to look inside and see what those Lionel boys are doing.
I made a 1/4" scale mockup of "Lionel Lines" (the
Largest Lionel Railroad on my Block) and mounted it inside
the 1/4" scale J.L.C. factory. You can see that either
my Lionel Railroad is either pretty large or the Lionel Factory
is actually quite small.
The folks at Lionel gave instructions on how to build
your own factory.
Maybe a combination of both? Anyway, in a short while I will
be rebuilding a part of my railroad to incorporate this factory
as well as about a dozen detailed buildings while replacing
a town of Plasticville. It may then come to pass that the Largest
Lionel Railroad on my Block has the Largest 1/4" model
of a Lionel Railroad! Sometimes I just confuse myself?