In the 1990's, Walter M. Matuch was an authorized licensee and designer of the LIONEL® Corporation and many other well-known brands. Different 'model train related' products were made that were very unique and collectible.
Walter's was also the only company ever approved and licensed to make a 3-rail O-gauge locomotive and freight cars with LIONEL® colors and lettering etc.
Both plastic trucks (like the HESS toy truck) and diecast trucks were made.
O-gauge items included ...
FLATBED TRAILER TRUCK with operating lights and horn sounds with a...BEEP® locomotive (non-powered) load, 3-dome tank car load, operating helicopter car load and a caboose load.
BOX TRAILER TRUCK with operating lights, horn sound, opening rear and sliding side doors that featured different LIONEL® catalog art on trailer sides.
TANKER TRAILER TRUCK 'Smoke Fluid' with operating lights, horn sound.
All trailer trucks were packaged in a LIONEL-style orange-blue box with LIONEL-style lettering and artwork on outside of box. These boxes were crafted to replicate actual LIONEL® train boxes of the 1950's era.
The diecast pickup truck boxes were crafted with the new LIONEL® 100th Anniversary logo.
It is interesting to note that the caboose on the flatbed trailer truck also used this 100th Anniversary logo...the only 3-rail car with LIONEL® orange/blue colors to use this unique logo.
All the Flatbed Trailer Trucks, Box Trailer Trucks and Tanker Trailer Truck were also imprinted with a unique serial number.
All in all, these toy trucks made for a truly collectible series of LIONEL® items.
Walter M. Matuch, retired President of RMT, created these LIONEL® toy trucks and toy train items during his tenure as Vice-President at Taylor Made Trucks/Toy Truck Collector and continued into Ready Made Trains.
All the LIONEL® truck items are authentic licensed items that were made starting over 20 Years ago. They will not EVER be made again!
In going through the RMT warehouse, these LIONEL® toy trucks with trains were discovered...a long lost find of toy train history.
Only a few of these LIONEL® toy trucks w/train items are available!
In addition to these LIONEL® toy trucks with trains, Walter also created toy trucks (similar in size and detail) for various oil and gasoline companies that included a 3-dome tank car load as listed below. The box packaging used is a collectible itself!
Not to be outdone, Walter created a series of NJ TRANSIT® toy trucks with railcars (caboose and 3-dome tank car loads) with railroad maps on box packaging along with a special SEPTA® DIECAST flatbed truck with unpowered BEEP® diesel load that was painted in authentic SEPTA markings.
*Batteries not included for toy trucks...use 2x C batteries to operate horn and lights and sound if required.
All toy trucks are complete and in NEW-IN-BOX condition and have been in storage starting in 1991 when the LIONEL® truck series started.
Walter was also an influece in subsequent DIECAST ITEMS made by CORGI® (and EASTWOOD®) such as airplanes, busses, pickup trucks and Mack® Trucks. A few of these long lost samples have also been discovered in the RMT warehouse and are offered here.