New Product Spotlight – Victorian Christmas LionChief Set

7 07 2014

How about a little Christmas in July? Lionel’s complete new 2014 Christmas Catalog is available for viewing on our website. Here’s a look at one of our new sets to get you thinking about this year’s Christmas train display!

Victorian ChristmasUsing our Hall Class 4-6-0, this new set brings all the charm of an English Victorian Christmas home. (For more background on the actual locomotives, see this earlier blog on our new Albert Hall set!) This train will be a natural complement to many of the Christmas village collectables as part of a larger display.

The set includes a LionChief-controlled “Saint Nicholas” Hall Class 4-6-0 and tender, two coaches, a combination car, wall-pack power supply, remote control, and a 40 x 60 inch oval of FasTrack with eight O-36 curves, three 10 inch straight and one plug-in terminal track. Adding to the fun, the train plays British Christmas music in addition to its train sounds!


6-81280 The Victorian Christmas set includes a locomotive, tender and three matching passenger cars.

This new Lionel set captures the graceful lines of these beautiful trains beset with all the warmth and charm of Christmas’ past. Controlled by the LionChief Remote, the new train is easy to control and comes with many great features:

  • Electric locomotive controlled by 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 Christmas music selection. The remote requires three AAA batteries, not included.

Retail for the set is $399.99. See you local Lionel dealer to order one today!

New Product Spotlight – Christmas Accessories

23 12 2013

The big day is almost upon us. Putting your layout in the Christmas spirit doesn’t stop with the trains. From buildings to bridges to street lamps and figures, these accessories will help bring a seasonal touch to any display.


6-37187 Kris Kringle’s Kloseouts

For all the last minute shoppers out there, we introduce Kris Kringle’s Kloseout Shop. Filled with discounted bargains “direct from the North Pole” this bright building will look right at home on your town’s main street. This 9 1/4″ x 6″ building is sized to comfortably fit most layouts and comes with a lighted and decorated interior. Retail price $49.99.


6-37196 Extension Bridge girder 6-37197 Girder Bridge

We’ve got all the bridges you’ll need to get over those frozen streams and rivers. There is the simple Christmas Extension Bridge for just $14.99, the North Pole Central Girder Bridge for $29.99 or the classic covered bridge decorated with holiday greens and advertising and featuring a lighted interior for $42.99. All of the bridges will work with O-27, O or FasTrack.

covered bridge

6-37184 Covered Bridge

station platform

6-37121 Station Platform

Christmas travels begin and end at the train station. Our Christmas Station Platform comes all decked out for the holidays from bright red and green colors to Christmas scenes on the advertising billboards.  Retail price $24.99.


6-37151 Street Lamps

Light up the streets of your Christmas village with the new Christmas Classic Street Lamps. The set includes three of our working street lamps with metal posts and bright red decor. Great for use with other collectible Christmas Villages as well! Retail price, $39.99.


635295 Billboards

Advertise the Holidays on your platform with the new Christmas Billboard set. The set includes three billboard frames and three colorful double-sided signs featuring railroad, Lionel and Christmas motifs which you can install as you please. Retail price, $12.99.


6-37185 Christmas Railroad Signs

These last items are just pure fun. What would street signs look like at the North Pole? From Sleigh Loading Zones to Flying Reindeer Crossing signs, this set of six whimsical warning signs would look great around any Polar Express or North Pole display – or just for fun around your town no matter what it’s latitude. Retail price $9.99.

As our last blog posting before Christmas, we’d just like to end by wishing you all the very happiest of times with your family and loved ones this Christmas and beyond. Merry Christmas!

New Product Spotlight – Christmas Freight Cars

16 12 2013

This year we’ve added many new Christmas-themed freight cars to our catalog to help brighten your layout. Whatever your model interest, we’ve got something to help trim your trains!

Postwar Inspired


6-27946 Christmas Savings Boxcar

For those who still thrill at the memories of Christmas’ past we have four new cars inspired by some of our classic Postwar trains.

The 6050-25 Christmas Savings Club boxcar features AAR-style die-cast trucks and a coin slot in the roof (so you can start saving for more trains!) It retails for $54.99.


6-27948 Great Northern Christmas Boxcar

Our 6464-25 Great Northern Christmas boxcar has operating doors and bar-end style die-cast trucks. It has a metal frame and retails for $59.99. All of our Postwar Inspired and other Christmas cars seen here have operating couplers.


6-27947 Reindeer Transport Car

The 6473-25 Reindeer Transport Car is sure to be a hit with kids of all ages. The reindeer heads bob in and out of the side windows as the stock car rolls along the track. Retail price: $59.99


6-27949 Christmas PRR Merchandise Car

For even more action, the Merchandise Car returns with the 3854-25 PRR Christmas Merchandise Car. With the press of a button, the doors of the green car open automatically as presents are dispensed from the car. The car includes six colorful packages and retails for $74.99.

Traditional Freight Cars


6-26489 Hershey’s Christmas Bells Boxcar

These festive cars will all fit in with any traditional layout. Many are will complement our existing licensed train sets as well.

It’s just not Christmas without chocolate! Add to your Hershey’s trains with the Hershey’s Christmas Bells Boxcar. The car features die-cast sprung trucks, metal frame and opening doors. Retail: $64.99


6-29698 Tree Topper Transport

Top things off with our Tree Topper Transport bulkhead flatcar. The red and green car comes loaded with three large gold stars which are removable. This car also has sprung die-cast trucks and retails for $79.99.


6-26481 BSA Christmas Gondola

We salute the Boy Scouts’ spirit of giving with the BSA Christmas Gondola. A perfect addition to your Christmas trains or your BSA set, this gondola comes loaded with crates and decorated for the Scouting for Food and Clothing drive. Car features die-cast trucks and retails for $64.99.


6-25977 Leg Lamp Mint Car

The Leg Lamp – need we say more? It has become a holiday icon of “major” proportions and now its warm glow can draw neighbors from all around to your layout. The Christmas Story “Leg Lamp” Mint Car features a look into the windows in that timeless movie scene. The lighted car features die-cast trucks, metal frame and a lighted interior. Retail price is $79.99. Don’t worry, it’s not nearly as “Fra-Gee-Lay” as the original!


6-29792 Angela Trotta Thomas Toyland Express Boxcar

From the living room window to the storefront display… This year’s Angela Trotta Thomas boxcar features “Toyland Express.” Angela’s painting captures all of the warmth and excitement of those classic Lionel train displays. The boxcar features sprung die-cast trucks, metal frame and opening doors. Retail price: $64.99


6-25960 Christmas Tree Transparent Boxcar

Railroads were at one time a leading shipper of Christmas trees every December. Now you can add these movements to your railroad with the North Pole Central Christmas Tree Transparent Boxcar. The car has see-through sides and opening doors along with die-cast trucks. Retail price: $74.99.


6-29697 Santa’s Submarine Flatcar

From the starry skies to the deep blue oceans, Santa has to get around! We’d love to see what stories you’ll come up with to go along with the new Santa’s Submarine Flatcar. No doubt this car will be a treat for kids of all ages with its removable sub. The car retails for $69.99.


6-29699 Silver and Gold Mint Car

The new Silver and Gold Mint Car comes decorated in Christmas decor and loaded with bars of silver and gold bullion. This classic car will look great in any Christmas consist. With die-cast sprung trucks and a metal frame it retails for $69.99.


6-39364 2013 Christmas Boxcar

And of course we couldn’t leave 2013 behind without our annual commemorative boxcar. This year’s car features a silver background, green sides and ends and a red door with graphics of a classic toy train rushing through the snow. The car features sprung metal trucks, metal frame and opening doors and retails for $59.99.

See your dealer or visit to add to your Christmas collection today. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas from Lionel Trains!

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!