Debuting in the 2013 Ready-to-Run Catalog, our new LionChief Remote system will revolutionize the way you enjoy your ready-to-run trains. Building on the success of our Thomas Remote set introduced last year, this new system will make it easy for anyone, including children, to enjoy multiple trains with a minimum amount of wiring and at a very reasonable cost.
The LionChief Remote (note that we’ve had to change the name from TrainChief in the catalog) uses a radio-control and a hand-held controller to operate the locomotive. Track power is supplied by a simple wall pack that plugs into the FasTrack. You’ll have control of the train’s speed, direction and sounds in the palm of your hand.
Best of all, each set is programmed to its own frequency, so multiple trains can be run in the same room or on the same track without any additional wiring! (For larger layouts we still recommend installing a wiring bus and larger power supplies to handle the increased load of multiple trains as shown on our wiring your railroad pages.) These trains will work on other conventional, TMCC and LEGACY powered layouts as well. All the train needs is a constant 18 Volt power supply to the rails. Run multiple LionChief trains together or with other trains.
The radio controllers have an incredible range. We’ve had no trouble running our remote set from 60 feet away at crowded trade shows. And they are so simple and easy to use, a child can pick one up and run the train immediately.
The new control system will be available on 12 new sets starting later this year. We’ve added some more friends to the Thomas line (in sets and for individual sale) as well as traditional steam and diesel locomotive sets in many popular road names as well as a new Peanuts Halloween, Christmas and the Polar Express trains. Each set includes track and a power supply.