New Product Spotlight – Scale Christmas

9 12 2013

For our modelers who enjoy Christmas trains but also prefer scale-proportions to match the rest of their models, Lionel has several new offerings sure to brighten any layout for 2013. These models have all of the features, size and details you’ll find in our scale models decorated for their specific prototypes but with graphics that are pure Christmas fun.

Christmas Pioneer Zephyr


The Christmas Pioneer Zephyr – Santa’s Streamliner.

The Zephyr may have derived its name from the “West Wind” but this train is screaming like an arctic front down from the North Pole!

The train features all of the same great features of the Pioneer Zephyr. (You can read more about the history of the prototype and the models from this earlier blog.) This version is decorated for the North Pole Central with red and green accents added to the gleaming carbody.

The train features:

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


      The “West Wind” meets the North Pole in this Christmas version of the Pioneer Zephyr.

  • Realistic Articulation between cars
  • Dual motors with flywheels
  • Refined Transformer Control with lower starting speeds
  • Traction Tires (4)
  • Fan-driven smoke unit with adjustable output – smoke emits from all four stacks
  • Working headlight on locomotive and tail light on observation car
  • Working Marker Lights on locomotive and observation car
  • Lighted and detailed cab and car interiors with crew and passenger figures
  • Metal frames
  • Die-cast metal bodies, trucks and vestibules
  • O-54 minimum curve

The train retails for $1099.99 and is available at your dealers now.

North Pole Central Freight

Complement your passenger service with this great freight power and equipment for the North Pole Central!

GP35 Diesels

The reliable and venerable GP35 is just what the North Pole Central needs to ensure the timely delivery of its parcels. So you can handle any surge in holiday traffic, the GP35 is available in two powered and one non-powered road number.

The festive red, green, white and gray locomotives feature:

Powered locomotives feature:

  • LEGACY Control System – able to run on LEGACY, TMCC or Conventional control layouts
  • Odyssey II Speed Control with On / Off switch
  • LEGACY RailSounds including

    Powered GP35 comes in two road numbers; 2525 and 2512

    • CrewTalk and TowerCom dialog
    • 6 Official railroad speeds
    • 8 Diesel RPM levels
    • Quilling Horn
    • Bell (single hit and continuous)
    • Sequence Control
    • Current speed and fuel dialog
    • Refueling sounds
  • Dual maintenance-free motors
  • Traction Control
  • Refined Conventional Control mode with lower starting speeds
  • Front and Rear ElectroCouplers
  • Fan-driven smoke with adjustable output
  • Directional lighting
  • Marker Lights – front and rear
  • Lighted cab interior with crew
  • Metal frame, pilots, trucks and fuel tank
  • MSRP: $499.99

Non-Powered model features:


Nonpowered GP35 (No 2513) also available.

  • Metal frame, pilots, trucks and fuel tank
  • Front and rear magnetic couplers
  • Select separately applied details
  • Detailed cab interior
  • MSRP: $259.99

All of these locomotives are available now. See your dealers!

Boxcar and Caboose

Those Geeps need something to pull!  Start with the North Pole Central PS-1 boxcar. Decorated in colorful “Christmas Eve Freight Service” graphics, the car is reminiscent of the many less-than-car-load freight forwarding cars seen in the golden era of railroads.

Our boxcar features:


Carry all those Christmas gifts in style with this new boxcar.

  • Die-cast sprung trucks with operating couplers
  • Hidden uncoupling tabs
  • Opening Doors
  • Die-cast metal frame
  • Many separately applied details including metal underframe brake detail.

The boxcar retails for $69.99.

And of course, you’ll need a proper caboose to bring up the train. Our North Pole Central extended-vision caboose is the perfect end to a train of southbound packages. It features:


The extended vision caboose is the perfect way to end any Christmas train.

  • Die-cast sprung trucks with operating couplers
  • Hidden uncoupling tabs
  • Smoke unit with on/off control
  • Interior illumination
  • Painted and detailed interior including crew figure
  • Many separately applied details including metal underframe brake detail.

Retail price for the caboose is $94.99. See your dealers now for all of these Christmas items!



6 responses

9 12 2013

Is Lionel kidding with this ???????????

9 12 2013
Louis Bruette

The only problem I have with Lionel is; I love them all and I can’t buy them all!

9 12 2013
William Blum

Love the Train but you have outlandish prices. I’d rather do without.

9 12 2013
Dave Fron

How about doing an S Gauge version in Highrail/Scale?

9 12 2013
Fred Patton

I would love to see more cars along the lines of the Polar Railroad hot cocoa boxcar and reindeer stock car – I have both and love them. I like that they’re not too blatantly Christmas-y, have realistic road markings and such. The colors are more subtle, and you kind of have to look twice to see what they are. I’ll admit I’m not crazy about the lighter blue of the rest of the PRR line.

A caboose in that dark red or green (or midnight blue!) and a dockside 0-6-0, plain black, with PRR markings would be awesome for those of us who want a more understated look.


11 12 2013

I just read Mike’s Train House new releases for December 1st. It offers The Zephyr trains in both refined conventional control or Proto 3.0 (remote control) for $600US. I say U.S. because I’m in Canada and despite our dollars being near parity, here that $600US is much higher numerically.
Your $1099US compounds the price tag beyond most people’s disposable toy train allowance.
$500US and $260US for an R/C (w/refined transformer control) motorized unit and accompanying dummy is outrageous! The freight car prIces ($70US & $95US) are discouraging to children, even to middle class kids, in America let alone Canada. Lionel is no longer for boys and girls.
Quality costs – YES – but those prices are similar to the lower quality stuff.
I wish you and yours Merry Christmas.

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