|Produced by Lionel in 1988 and part of their Famous Inventors series. This car celebrates Thomas Newcomen. He developed the piston driven steam engine in 1712 for coal minning. Eventually this engine would lead to the greater industrial revolution and ultimately, to the steam train, the rest being history. Thanks to Lionel, Thomas Necomen is no longer forgotten. Woodsided boxcar, white sides and door, bright red roof and ends, black lettering. plastic arch bar trucks, opening cargo doors.