New Product Spotlight – Neil Young Signature Line

8 07 2013

When tradition meets modern, it’s sweet music with the new Neil Young Signature Line from Lionel. The famous musician has partnered with our Lionel engineers to create many memorable products and this new line of trains will be a fitting addition to that tradition.

Combining the classic look of our F3 and streamlined passenger cars with today’s LEGACY control and sound and upgraded details, these new trains take the best of both for maximum fun and value. Whether you’re a collector or just want to run cool trains, these will fit the bill.

Texas Special

Texas Special

The Neil Young Signature Texas Special combines the fun and excitement of this classic train with today’s finer details and operation.

The Texas Special won the hearts of passengers and Lionel fans alike in the 1950s. Operated by the Missouri Kansas and Texas (the Katy) and the St. Louis San Francisco (Frisco), the red and silver streamliner left a lasting impression on all who saw her.

This signature series is pulled by a pair of our classic postwar F3 diesels (One powered, one non-powered A units) and includes a combine, coach, Vista Dome and observation car. A powered and non-powered F3 B are also available and a baggage and Station Sounds diner expansion pack are on schedule for 2014 release to expand your consist. See pages 90-94 of our 2013 Signature Catalog for more details on the B units and add-on passenger cars.

Pennsylvania F3 Set

Pennsy set

The Pennsy’s “Fleet of Modernism” is the perfect match for the spirit of the Neil Young Signature Line.

Working with Raymond Loewy, the Pennsylvania introduced its new “Fleet of Modernism” passenger trains in 1938. The new streamlined cars featured the most elaborate decoration applied to the Pennsy’s passenger cars since the days of the “Yellow Kid” Pennsylvania Special.

Like our Texas Special set, a pair of postwar F3s lead this train which includes a baggage, combine, coach and observation car featuring a blunt end. Powered and non-powered F3 B units are also available and a coach / Station Sounds diner add-on pack will come in 2014.

The diesels in both sets include many new features not normally associated with our postwar models. Most noticeable on the carbody will be add-on details like lift rings and boiler stack details and Trainphone antennae on the PRR locomotives. The extra features continue inside the shell:

  • LEGACY Control – also capable of running on TMCC or Conventional

    B unit

    Powered and non-powered B units are also available.

  • Odyssey II Speed Control
  • LEGACY RailSounds including
    • CrewTalk and TowerCom dialog
    • 6 Railroad speeds
    • 8 Diesel RPM levels
    • LEGACY Quilling horn
    • Single hit or continuous mechanical bell
    • Sequence control provides sounds and dialog for an entire trip around your layout
    • Current speed and fuel dialog and refueling sounds
  • ElectroCouplers on front and rear

    PRR B

    B units also include added lift ring and steam generator details to the roofs.

  • Dual motors with flywheels
  • Refined Transformer Control with lower starting speeds
  • Traction Tires
  • Fan-driven smoke unit with adjustable output
  • Directional lighting including LED headlights
  • Working Marker Lights
  • Illuminated number boards
  • Lighted and detailed cab interior with figures
  • Metal frame
  • Die-cast metal trucks, fuel tank and pilots
  • O-31 minimum curve

The non-powered A units are also packed with features including:


Pre-production A and B units.

  • Die cast metal trucks, pilot and frame with fuel tank
  • Fan driven smoke unit with adjustable output in TMCC or LEGACY mode
  • LEGACY controlled front Electro Coupler
  • Directional lighting with LED headlight
  • Working marker lights
  • Illuminated number boards
  • Illuminated cab interior
  • LEGACY control for lights

Back after a long hiatus, these sets include our 15″ aluminum passenger cars.  The cars feature

texas pack

Expansion packs will be available for each train in 2014.

  • Sprung die-cast metal trucks
  • Metal frame and aluminum carbody
  • Operating couplers with hidden uncoupling tabs
  • Separately applied metal details including roof vents and grab irons
  • Removable roofs
  • Vestibules with operating diaphragms and opening doors
  • Detailed interiors with painted figures

    prr pack

    Each expansion pack includes a Station Sounds diner.

  • Interior lighting with on/off switch
  • Lighted tail sign on observation cars

The Texas Special and Pennsylvania sets retail for $1109.99. Add on B units are $379.99 powered and $229.99 non-powered. Add on passenger car 2-packs will be $399.99. See your dealers today to get in on these unique trains which are sure to be fun collectibles for years to come.



3 responses

8 07 2013

way,way to exspensive,NOT FOR ME!!!

9 07 2013

Dear Folks

I truly like Lionel. My Dad was the first in our family to bring home Lionel. He had just returned from The Korean War as an AirForce pilot, married my Mom and went back to College. e picked up a part-time job and with his first paycheck bought his first Lionel Trains. My Dad went BIG with a Hudson, ZW and a bunch of nice accesories that he added over the years. Even after I was born he added to his collection.

Eventually as I became older we went from setting up at Christmas to a ful time lay-out in the basement.

I now am married with 5 kids my youngest at 9 years old loves electric trains, especially Lionel. We recently added a Hoseshoe Curve Steamer and a GP-35 to our layout. And yes the quality is very obvious and the “Trainsounds” are awesome to behold. Last night one of my older sons had a friend over and he was so enthralled with the trains he asked my “little one” if he could please run them and he did for almost a half hour!!!!!!

What does this all mean..I have loads of stories I could relate all good and wonderful about this hobby. Yea I dropped some extra bucks to have those Lionel Locomotives and as I tap this I will be ordering the Southern Pacific GP-35 and a Dummy UP to go with our UP GP-35.

I write this because I know about the enormous contribution Neil Young has made. What a God-send he his as I think he(as well as Richard Kuhn) were very instrumental in saving and expanding this hobby.

The down side is the cost. I am well aware of cost of doing business today. The life blood of the hobby are the youth. In today’s world there is competition with all sorts of electronic media. In my experience observing kids the video games have only so much appeal and are very limited. Nothing is more powerful than one’s imagination and this hobby supplies it in spades.

I know you ar aware of what I say. It is difficult expecially in the economy of today and the educational environment which doesn’t focus on “guy” stuff like airplanes, trains, trucks etc as in the past. Kids are expose to what I call “namby pamby istic” stupidity”.

I had this chance to pick up that GP-35 at the Hobby Shop I never thought of getting into Legacy. But the price offer was so tempting. A customer bought it brand new decided he didn’t want it and put it up for sale on consignment at a price to move. It is one handsome commanding locomotive. The owner at the shop put it on the tracks ran it through its paces and like a well implanted viral infection it took hold. I left the shop to get back to my patients and about 2 hours later I called him back to tell him I wanted that engine and please wrap it up for me. I couldn’t have a happier kid as “Joey” runs that locomotive almost every day. NOW I have to sit down and learn about Legacy and decide how to go from here. Everyone I talk to says I will ever regret my decision.

All I am saying is Lionel is the Pinarello(Premier Italian Bicycle) of model trains hands down somehow if we can keep prices somewhat in reach I hope it gets more into this most wonderful of all hobbies!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for your time

Dr Frederick J. Meccia
Father of “Joey ” Meccia a kid who loves trains

11 07 2013

Thank you for all the kind words and the great stories! We all hope you and your family enjoy the trains for years to come.

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