New Product Spotlight – Albert Hall Train Set

5 05 2014

Fans of our Hogwarts Express train have been asking us to deliver the locomotive in a more prototypical scheme. With the sleek lines and brilliant colors of this British steam locomotive, it’s no wonder.

Albert Hall

Bring the class and elegance of British rails home with the Albert Hall set.

The Great Western’s Hall Class enjoyed a long production and career. In total, 259 of the 4-6-0s were built between 1924 and 1943. Additional locomotives of a modified design to cope with diminished coal quality were built up until 1950. The Ten Wheelers found service in both passenger and freight assignments.

All but one of the locomotives (destroyed during World War II) passed from the Great Western to the unified British Railways in 1948. All were retired from active service by 1965. Eleven have been preserved, including No. 4983, the Albert Hall.  Well, at least partially!

combine

The chocolate and cream colors of the coaches are the perfect complement to the locomotive.

During major overhauls, it was not uncommon for parts from multiple locomotives to be combined to speed repairs and cut costs. Rebuilt in 1962, Albert Hall contained many parts, including the tender, from No. 4965 Rood Ashton Hall. In subsequent restorations, the switch was uncovered and the locomotive now carries the Rood Ashton Hall name and number (although one side has since been given the Albert Hall plate as well.) The locomotive is a regular on the Shakespeare Express between Stratford-upon-Avon and Birmingham.

This new Lionel set captures the grace of the original train and should bring a touch of class to any railroad. Controlled by the LionChief Remote, the new train is easy to control and comes with many great features:

  • Electric locomotive controlled by remote

    remote

    The LionChief Remote puts all of the controls in the palm of your hand.

  • Operating headlight
  • Puffing smoke with ON/OFF switch
  • RailSounds RC with steam chuffing and background sounds, whistle, bell and user-activated announcements
  • ON/OFF switch for steam chuff and background sounds (all other sounds are only activated by pressing the buttons)
  • Operating coupler on rear of tender
  • Maintenance-free motor
  • Cab window “glass”
  • Die-cast metal locomotive body and tender frame
  • Two traction tires
  • Separately applied details including buffers, coupler air lines, brake stands, marker lamps and valve gear

The user-friendly LionChief remote features a single forward/reverse/speed control knob and three separate buttons for the whistle, bell and announcements. The sounds for this set will have a distinctly British flair, from the shrill whistle to the crew dialog.  The remote requires three AAA batteries, not included.

coach

An additional 2-car set is available to extend your train.

Trailing behind the Albert Hall are three passenger cars in the sublime chocolate and cream livery of the Great Western. The combination and two coaches feature interior illumination, window silhouettes, die-cast metal trucks and operating couplers and soft diaphragms on the ends. An additional combination / coach 2-car add-on set is also available separately.

The set also includes a 40″ x 60″ oval of FasTrack and a wall-pack power supply – everything you need to get started. Retail for the set is $399.99. The add-on passenger cars are $129.99. See you local Lionel dealer to order one today!

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3 responses

5 05 2014
tom russ

with the lionchief set how do we power accessories?

6 05 2014
lionelllc

The power supply included with the LionChief sets is not robust enough to power many accessories and your train. It also puts out a constant 18 Volts. While this voltage will not hurt your accessories, you’ll get much longer life out of bulbs and better performance from motors at 14 Volts. As with a conventional transformer set, we still recommend adding an independent transformer to power your accessories for the best performance from each. For more on accessories, see these page:https://lionelllc.wordpress.com/projects-and-tips/wiring-your-layout/.

You can however still power accessories via the track. We’re working on some additional components that will make this easier, but for now you can use the pads on the underside of the FasTrack.

26 07 2014
Leszek Mazur

It’s great to finally see some reasonably priced European sets in O gauge.

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