I gave my late father a nice book for Christmas 1983. I recently found it and have been greatly enjoying it this week prior to Christmas. It's a softcover volume, All Aboard! by Ron Hollander, c. 1981. It's the complete story of Lionel with all kinds of interesting bits of insight on the people involved in product engineering, marketing and distribution, plus writings on item design, success and failure. There're also hundreds of great photos of the trains, catalog pages and showroom layouts. It's a fun read that I highly recommend for anyone with an interest in Lionel and it can be found most anywhere on line for $10 to $15.