Taylor Made Trucks - Flatbeds With Lionel Loads

These trucks were officially licensed Lionel products. All came equipped with switchable on-off truck lighting and, at the touch of a button, truck motor and air brake sounds. "GVWR 80,000" and "DIESEL FUEL ONLY" are printed on the truck cabs. There were a total of seven trucks produced. Not pictured are the first and second trucks in the series, which are Lionel tractor trailers, and the fourth, a Lionel tanker truck. Trailer loads and flatbed differences are discussed below.

TMT flatbed with Lionel four-wheel switcher

Taylor Made Trucks flatbed with Lionel Lines 2002 four-wheel switcher, also known as a Beep, stock number TMT-18416. Using former Kusan and Williams tooling, TMT produced an unpowered locomotive and placed it on a flatbed truck. Locomotive lights illuminate with the truck lighting. The truck cab has the Lionel "L" logo and "LIONEL NEW YORK, N.Y." printed on the door. The blue storage boxes below the flatbed are labeled "LIONEL ZW TRANSFORMER" and "LIONEL HOOKUP WIRE." The trailer landing gear is orange. This model is marked "LIONEL TRAINS LIMITED EDITION 2002 7th IN SERIES."

The story goes that when Lionel found out that hobbyists were detaching the Lionel Beep shell from the truck and placing it on a powered chassis, thus making an unofficial Lionel powered engine, the license was revoked.


TMT flatbed - headlights view

Taylor Made Trucks flatbed - headlights view.


TMT flatbed - taillights view

Taylor Made Trucks flatbed - taillights view.


TMT flatbed with Lionel caboose

Taylor Made Trucks flatbed with a lighted Lionel caboose, stock number TMT-18405. Using former Kusan, Williams and K-Line tooling, TMT produced a caboose and placed it on a flatbed truck. The truck cab has the Lionel "L" logo and "LIONEL" printed on the door. The orange storage boxes below the flatbed are labeled "LIONEL COAL" and "LIONEL SMOKE FLUID." The trailer landing gear is blue. This was the third truck in the series, of which 8,004 were produced. Photo courtesy of the M. Smith collection.


TMT flatbed with Lionel tank car

Taylor Made Trucks flatbed with a Lionel Lubricant tank car, stock number TMT-18410. The tank car tooling is reminiscent of Kusan, Williams and K-Line. The truck cab has the Lionel "L" logo and "LIONEL SAGER PLACE HILLSIDE, N.J." printed on the door. The orange storage boxes below the flatbed are labeled "LIONEL LOCK ONS" and "LIONEL RAIL JOINER PINS." The trailer landing gear is blue. This was the fifth truck in the series, of which 29,200 were produced. Photo courtesy of the M. Smith collection.


TMT flatbed with Lionel helicopter car

Taylor Made Trucks flatbed with a Lionel helicopter car, stock number TMT-18418. Note that the helicopter car end railings, steps and tool box are the same as those on the caboose above. The helicopter features lights, landing lights and turbine sound. The truck cab has the Lionel "L" logo and "LIONEL IRVINGTON, N.J." printed on the door. The orange storage boxes below the flatbed are labeled "LIONEL LUBRICANT" and "LIONEL TRACK SCREWS" (picture shows helicopter car posed on an incorrect caboose flatbed and cab). The trailer landing gear is blue. This was the sixth truck in the series, of which 8,004 were produced. Photo courtesy of the M. Smith collection.

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