LionChief Plus Hudson

10 02 2014

Leading the charge with the new LionChief™ Plus locomotives is the Hudson. One of the most popular locomotives in Lionel history, this classic example of Super Power steam will be a perfect fit on any layout.

Prototype Background


The production sample of our new C&O Hudson performs as good as it looks!

As passenger trains grew in length and weight in the 1920s, the New York Central found itself in a motive power problem. With its Pacifics limited to 12 car trains, many of its long distance passenger trains were running in multiple sections. A more powerful passenger locomotive was needed.

While many railroads at the time were stretching the Pacific and adding additional drivers for more power, the New York Central took a different course and applied the new “Super Power” concept of the Lima Locomotive Works’ Berkshire. Adding a larger firebox, supported by a four-wheel trailing truck, the Central created the first 4-6-4. Only 5 inches longer than the road’s K-5 Pacific, the new locomotive generated more than 3,800 pounds of additional tractive effort.


The LionChief Plus Hudson is the latest in a long line of Lionel replicas of this NYC icon.

The first 4-6-4 was completed by ALCo in 1927 and NYC President Pat Crowley had the honor of naming her. “Hudson” was chosen after the Hudson River. As if building the first locomotive and naming it weren’t enough, the NYC had by far the largest roster of Hudsons – 195 in total – forever linking this locomotive with the New York Central in the hearts and minds of most railfans.

Twenty other railroads (including NYC-controlled Michigan Central and Boston and Albany) owned at least one Hudson. Primarily a passenger locomotive, they were sometimes seen in fast freight and mail train service as well. The Hudsons served well until the end of steam. Twenty-one survive in museums – unfortunately none of those are from the New York Central.

LionChief™ Plus Hudson


The proportions of these LionChief Plus Hudsons work well with traditional and scale freight cars. Production Union Pacific sample shown.

Your LionChief™ Plus Hudson is ready to go to work on any railroad. With its LionChief™ Remote it can run on layouts powered by the LionChief™ wall pack, a conventional transformer (set to 18V) or a Command Control system. Flip a switch on the locomotive and you can run it conventionally with a transformer as well. (For more information on the LionChief™ Plus control system and how it relates to others, see last week’s blog.)

It’s not just the control system that sets the new LionChief™ Plus locomotives apart. This new Hudson is packed with features normally reserved for our more expensive models. The locomotives include:

  • User selected operation – Conventional AC transformer control or LionChief™ Wireless Remote (included)
  • RailSounds RC™ with steam chuffing and background sounds, whistle, bell and user activated announcements
  • Fan-driven smoke
  • Speed Control maintains a constant speed on curves and grades automatically
  • ElectroCoupler on tender controlled by the remote


    Canadian National had 5 Hudsons, all built in Canada.

  • Operating headlight
  • Maintenance-free motor
  • Die-cast locomotive body, frame and trucks
  • Metal tender frame
  • Lighted cab interior
  • Flickering Firebox
  • Engineer and fireman figures
  • Traction Tires

The Hudsons’ cabs feature detailed backheads, crew figures and a flickering firebox. The drawbar connection to the tender automatically connects the wiring.

The LionChief™ Plus Hudson will be available in Canadian National, Chesapeake and Ohio, New York Central and Union Pacific. The LionChief remote is preprogrammed specifically for each locomotive. You can have one of each on your layout – or any number of the other LionChief™ or LionChief™ Plus locomotives – without a signal conflict.

The new locomotives will retail for $429.99. See your local Lionel dealer to place your order today. The Hudsons should be available by early Summer.



12 responses

10 02 2014

Wow Lionel! !!
This Lionchief will be a lit of fun for my boys—and me too!!

10 02 2014
john votano

I like the concept but I have tmcc,how many remotes will I need

11 02 2014

You can run any of the locomotives, in conventional transformer mode, with your TMCC Cab 1 the same way you would run any other conventional locomotive. Each LionChief Plus locomotive also runs on its own independent remote which is included with the locomotive.

11 02 2014
bernard f zamenski jr.

we not not need any more remotes to have to deal,with.

11 02 2014
Harry Hill

I am a novice and In the planning stages: 72 feet of fast track needed for Lionel chief ceiling set up, question is how much power supply needed? Will the dc power supply run this much track, can you use two at a time and under what limitations and if not what is recommended or do I need to think Legacy.

12 02 2014

The DC power pack has enough power to run your LionChief or LionChief plus engine on any size loop. For a large loop like this, you don’t need more power you need to distribute it properly around the layout. To improve the flow of power, you can solder connecting wires from section to section under the track base, or install additional bus and feeder wires as shown on this page:

11 02 2014
Conductor Andrew

Reblogged this on theredcaboose1.

12 02 2014
Stanley LEACH

If the Lion Chief is only conventional than I cannot run my Tmcc locos in command control at same time. Is this corre t?

13 02 2014

You can run your LionChief or LionChief Plus locomotives at the same time as your TMCC locomotives by using the remote control. LionChief, or LionChief Plus in the remote mode, only need to see 18 volts of AC or DC power to operate.

14 02 2014
Pete Flaherty

Will you / Could you offer a tmcc/legacy upgrade ?
It would be great to be able to convert the LionChief units to full tmcc/legacy. Hopefully your engineers have already made the Lionchief Lines modular enough to accomplish this effectively and economically.

15 02 2014
Altimate Merchandise

Wow awesome post… love reading the history behind the actual train models and how they were turned into model trains! They look so real its just unbelievable!

28 02 2014

Nice write up, but you need to offer an upgrade path to, at least, tmcc.

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