We had many new products on display this past week at the National Toy Train Museum and the TCA York meet. So many in fact that we’re going to split this look into two days! Today we’ll share some of the new scale models that were on display, in both O and S.
Scale Autorack Pre-Production Sample
No other model produced a more audible “OOOOOOHHHH” in Strasburg than the sight of the new scale autorack. You really do have to see these in person to appreciate their size.
Not only are they huge, these new models have many fine details as well. From the see-through side panels to opening doors to the interior floors of the car, these new racks look as good up close as they do from a distance.
Perhaps most unbelievable of all is that these will still negotiate an O-54 curve thanks to the innovative coupler arrangement on the bottom of the car.
We’ve announced additional racks as 2-packs in the Volume 2 catalog, and there will be more to come!
Although we first showed the VISION Line Centipedes at a previous show, we were able to show one of the just-cataloged LEGACY Centipedes in the N de M and PRR 5-stripe paint schemes this weekend.
These locomotives have a more simplified sound system than their two-unit VISION sisters, but still have all of the other popular features of the model.
We brought along one of the BNSF heritage units in the Santa Fe scheme. These fanciful engines are a fun combination of history and modern power in the tradition of other “what-if” heritage engines from Lionel.
These are now available at dealers!
We had several decorated samples of the round-roof X-31 boxcars on display, including the single and double-door varieties. These will no doubt be popular with transition-era modelers.
Although created on the Pennsylvania, these cars found homes on many railroads and could be seen hauling automobiles and other large loads all across the country. The high level of detail on these models will make any scale modeler proud.
Cylindrical Covered Hoppers
Samples of the popular cylindrical covered hoppers were seen in both O scale with a decorated Canadian National version, and a pre-production sample of the same car for our American Flyer line.
The O scale cars feature great detail and colorful graphics and the American Flyer versions will be no different. Although only a first sample, the new American Flyer model shows Lionel’s commitment to raising the bar in S Gauge rolling stock with this new model.
From see-through roof walks to a mounting location for scale knuckle couplers, these cars are designed for the demanding modeler. Look for these tubular cars to roll out in many paint schemes in the near future.
Texas Special PA’s
Bridging the gap between our new and traditional American Flyer lines, the first samples of the ALCo PA in the Texas Special scheme were also on display. These models feature amazing graphics on a classic carbody.
The PA’s are offered as an A-A powered / non-powered set.
American Flyer 2-8-8-2
Samples of the new 2-8-8-2 in all roadnames were seen at York. The detail on these articulateds is amazing, including many roadname-specific variations.
From big eastern roads like the N&W and PRR to the Santa Fe and Union Pacific out west, these steam locomotives were found all across the country. One look at the finish on these beautiful models and we think the American Flyer versions will be too! The 2-8-8-2 sets a new standard for S Gauge steam.
American Flyer SD70M-2
Also seen were undecorated samples of the new SD70M-2 in the American Flyer line and one painted for Norfolk Southern (the traditional scheme.)
These burly locomotives are quickly becoming a standard on railroads all over North America. The railroad paint scheme options were incredible – even before Norfolk Southern started their heritage program!
Like the 2-8-8-2 these mod.els are all new and set to raise the bar for S Gauge. Powerful and well detailed, if you’ve been waiting for a reason to get into S, these locomotives are quite the temptation
As you can see, this October was one of the best shows for American Flyer yet. With these two high-quality locomotives now just around the corner, American Flyer fans have a lot to look forward to in the coming months.
That is all just a taste of the new product on display. We’ll continue tomorrow with some of our new traditional products as well as some of the newly announced power options and more.