New Product Spotlight – Presidential Series Boxcars

17 02 2014

Happy Presidents Day! Our Presidential boxcar series began in 2012 and marked the return of production to the United States. Each year we introduce four more cars into the line, with plans to build a car for each of our 43 Presidents here in the United States. Here’s a little Presidential trivia and a look a this year’s new cars.

New for 2014 will be Presidents Reagan, Jackson, Harding and Eisenhower. Each of these Presidents left their mark on history and the railroads of their time as well.

  • Jackson

    6-81488 President Jackson

    Andrew Jackson has the distinction of being the first sitting President to ride a train in 1833. Jackson came to office when railroads were still a novelty. But within the span of his two terms, the potential of these new “Iron Horses” was sweeping the country with unparalleled vigor.

  • Warren Harding held office when railroads were at the peak of their power. He worked with railroad labor unions in support of an 8 hour work day in 1922 following a great strike in 1921. Upon his sudden death in 1923 his body traveled across the country by funeral train.
  • Ike

    6-81490 President Eisenhower

    Dwight Eisenhower’s biggest contribution to transportation was certainly the creation of the Interstate Highway Act – a program which would come to have a major impact on the railroads. Eisenhower also made extensive use of air travel while President. While not an “anti-railroad” President, his time in office foreshadowed the coming decades of decline for the rail industry.

  • Ronald Reagan’s efforts to downsize the Federal Government put him up against several major railroad programs in the 1980s. His tenure saw the privatization of Conrail, transfer of the Alaska Railroad to the state and a constant battle with Amtrak. Reagan also signed into law the Staggers Act, which would play a critical role in the revitalization of the private rail industry in the coming years.

Lionel Presidential Series Boxcars

Harding

6-81489 President Harding

Like the previous cars in this series, each of these new boxcars will come beautifully decorated with the President’s portrait on the left and a brief bio on the right of the car. These cars are all decorated and assembled here in the USA.

The cars also feature sprung die-cast trucks, a metal frame and opening doors. The cars come attractively packaged so they can be displayed in or out of the box. They’d look great on an oval of track in your office.

The cars retail for $64.99. Our previous runs all sold out quickly. Don’t miss your chance to add to your collection!

Previous cars in this series:

Reagan

6-81487 President Reagan

2012

  • George Washington
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Theodore Roosevelt

2013

  • John Adams
  • Andrew Johnson
  • Calvin Coolidge
  • Harry Truman




New Product Spotlight – Lionel Christmas Collection

18 11 2013

A Lionel train has become part of the traditional Christmas decor in many homes – part of long-standing family traditions and the start of new ones every year. We know for many of you, just having a train around the bottom of the tree is not enough! Why not carry that theme throughout the house? Thanks to our new Christmas collection you can do just that.

Ornaments

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9-21012 Lionel Post-War Ornament Gift Box

Trim your tree with trains this year! Our new ornaments are sized and decorated to fit any tree and any taste. From classic Lionel art to pre and post-war trains to some of our newest classics, these Christmas ornaments will look great on your tree.

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9-21022 Large Outdoor Ornament (part of a 3-pack)

Want to make a BIG splash? You have to see our large outdoor Christmas ornaments to appreciate them. These 8 inch diameter balls are large and durable enough to be used inside or out. Let all of your neighbors know who has the best trains!

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9-22011 2013 Locomotive Collection Ornament Keepsake

For something a little more sublime, check out our Collector Series ornaments. Our sterling-silver-coated brass ornaments are of the highest quality. How good? They are being produced by the same company repeatedly entrusted by the White House for their annual ornaments.

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7-11287 Lionel Trains Christmas Lights

Brighten up the tree with our Lionel Trains Christmas Lights. Produced by Kurt S. Adler, these quality Christmas Lights will add a unique touch to any tree. With two complete trains on the strand, your trains can climb the branches.

All of our ornament sets come in attractive packaging and are the perfect gift for that Lionel collector who “already has everything.”

Home Decor

Spread your love for Lionel beyond the tree with these new prints, calendars, decorations and more. Perfect for the holidays or for display in your train room year round. These items are all priced to make perfect gifts for friends and family – or a treat for yourself!

Iconic Characters

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7-11288 Santa with Lionel Train

It has long been known that Santa is a huge fan of trains! Our Santa fabriche decoration is the perfect complement to any home. With red overalls and a Lionel hat, Santa merrily puts one more present in his Lionel train.

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9-33011 Lionel Lines Conductor Door Greeter

Looking for something a little bigger? Greet your family and friends with our Lionel Lines Conductor! Standing 40 inches tall and holding an illuminated Lionel lantern, he is the perfect greeter at your door. The battery-powered lantern features an LED light and is triggered by a light sensor to maximize battery life. He’s complete in every detail from the Lionel Lines pocket watch in his hand to the Lionel “L” on his buttons.

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9-32011 Lionel Engineer Bear

For your softer side, there is the new Lionel Engineer Bear. This cuddly Gund Teddy Bear comes dressed in a Lionel hat and overalls and red bandanna.

A Print for Every Passion

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9-31013 1926 Catalog Cover Canvas Print

Our new canvas prints will brighten any train room. With prints in two sizes featuring the 1926, 1927 and 1936 catalogs, these quality prints are ready to be hung and don’t require a frame.

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9-31021 1927 Catalog Cover Mouse Pad

Keep Lionel by your side at work or at home with our new Lionel mousepads. These durable pads feature one of four catalog images – 1927, 1936, 1939, and 1952.

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9-31014 Lionel 2014 Calendar

Lionel all year! A Lionel calendar has been one of our most requested items. You can even enjoy your 2014 Lionel calendar a little early – this 16 month calendar starts with September 2013! Featuring photographs of classic and modern Lionel trains and stunning layout scenery along with traditional catalog art, this calendar offers something new every month.

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9-31012 Post-War Notecards

Share the joy with our new Lionel note card sets. Available in pre-war and post-war designs, each box of 24 note cards contains four different images. With blank interiors, you can use these to send Christmas wishes, thank you notes, get well wishes or just to say hello.

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9-32013 1935 Catalog Puzzle

Puzzled by all of these choices? You’ll fall to pieces over our five new Lionel puzzles!  Featuring a great spread of colorful catalog art, these puzzles range in difficulty from 300 to 1000 pieces. And, our puzzles are made here in the USA! Fun for the whole family to assemble, these would also make great decorations for a train room if glued when finished!

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9-LNA658 Lionel Navy T-shirt (available in S – XXL)

Last but not least, we also have new Lionel shirts and hats for all sizes from kids to “big kids.”

Whether you are shopping for yourself, family or friends, our ornaments and gifts come in a variety of prices and styles for every taste. So whether you want to brighten up your home or just put a smile on someone’s face, the new Lionel Christmas Collections have the perfect present you’ve been looking for. See your Lionel dealer or the 2013 Christmas Catalog for complete listings and prices.





New Product Spotlight – Gingerbread Junction Train Set

4 11 2013

Baking gingerbread is just as much a part of the Christmas tradition as Lionel Trains – and we haven’t found a train lover yet who doesn’t also have a sweet tooth! The new Gingerbread Junction train set caters to both tastes.

set

The new Gingerbread Junction train set is sure to make your mouth water.

The new set features an 0-6-0 Dockside switcher, bulkhead flatcar, gondola and bobber caboose, 40″ x 60″ oval of FasTrack and CW-80 transformer. Finished in festive holiday colors, this train is sure to be popular on any seasonal layout. The locomotive features:

  • Transformer controlled forward, neutral and reverse operation

    0-6-0

    The Gingerbread Junction’s 0-6-0 is just the right size for any holiday display.

  • Electronic steam whistle
  • Directional lighting with operating headlight and back-up light
  • Die-cast metal locomotive body and frame
  • Powerful maintenance-free motor with momentum flywheel
  • Front and rear operating couplers
  • Traction tires
  • Puffing smoke unit
  • Engineer and fireman figures
  • vat car

    Add to your ingredients with the vat and tank car available separately.

The cars all feature:

  • Operating couplers
  • Removable canisters in gondola
  • Pipe load on flatcar with candy cane stripes
  • Each car in set individually boxed
gateman

With gumdrops and peppermint to spare, the gingerbread gateman will spice up any holiday layout.

Hungry for more?

The add on vat and tank cars are icing on the cake! Each car is available individually. The tank car retails for $54.99 and the vat car for $59.99. Also available, the Gingerbread Gateman accessory. This operating accessory will add adorable action to your platform. The Gateman retails for $79.99.

The set retails for $289.99. See your dealers or http://www.lionelstore.com to order your set and accessories today. We’ll get you started, baking and building the rest of your gingerbread town to complement the trains is up to you!





New Product Spotlight – More News from York

22 10 2013

Yesterday we showed previews of some of the major new releases coming in 2014 debuted last week in York. Of course there were lots of other products on display as well. Here are some of the highlights.

Weathered Locomotives

B&O weatherered

Weathered B&O Sharks

9000

Weathered UP 9000

PRR

Weathered PRR Sharks

Samples of the UP 9000, PRR and B&O weathered sharks, all featured in the 2013 Fall Catalog, were all on display. Each weathered model will be hand-weathered by artist Harry Heike – a beautiful and personal touch to make your models unique. The extra touch of weathering really brings out the details on the models.

Norfolk Southern Heritage

Preproduction samples of all 10 shells for the Heritage SD70ACE and three of the ES44AC O Gauge locomotives were on display as well as many of the American Flyer versions as well.

AF CR

Conrail Heritage in American Flyer…

O CR

…and in O!

NKP

Nickel Plate Heritage

WAB

SD70ACE’s too. Here are the Wabash…

RDG

…and the Reading.

Christmas

PE set

The Polar Express colors work very well on the FT.

From the new Polar Express Streamlined Passenger set to our new home-decor items, Christmas came early in York. (Even Santa showed up!)

Look for more Christmas product blog posts in the coming weeks.

American Flyer

mint car

The American Flyer Mint Car looks like a million bucks!

In addition to the new Heritage locomotives, there were several other American Flyer cars shown was well, including the new mint car.

Traditional

Samples of many of our LionChief Remote sets ran the days away on our display towers. There were plenty of other traditional locomotives, sets and cars to see as well.

SF Set

The new Santa Fe Scout was just one of many LionChief Remote sets operating.

WWTA

“Where the Wild Things Are” Mint Car

USA

We had enough new Made in the USA cars to fill an entire wall, including Presidential series cars and the Armed Services series flat and box cars.

CNW F7

CNW F7

Scale Locomotives and Rolling Stock

A few more goodies to round out our display.

L&N 2-bay hopper

L&N 2-bay hopper





New Product Spotlight – News From York

21 10 2013

This past week marked the 44th annual fall gathering for the TCA Eastern Division’s “York Meet.” Twice a year we and other manufacturers debut some of our new products at these events and this fall Lionel had several big announcements to make. So if you didn’t make it to York, or if you just didn’t get enough of the new stuff, here are our highlights:

Vision Big Boy

Big Boy

The VISION Big Boy will be packed with new features. Look for more details on this exciting piece in 2014.

For those who have been waiting and wondering if there would be any more ground-breaking Vision Line products, as you can see we’ve been working on something BIG! Our new Vision Line Big Boy will be featured in the 2014 Signature Catalog but you can get a sneak peek right now. Like other Vision Line engines, this model brings never-before-seen features to the market.

For the Big Boy this includes a special dual-smoke stack which will mimic the dual chuffs from the Big Boy’s paired driver sets. In addition to the twin smoke units for the stack, the Big Boy also features whistle steam and a blowdown effect. That’s four smoke units in one boiler!

Also new on the Big Boy, an amazing depleting coal load effect. As the engine runs, the coal load slowly drops into the center of the tender just like the prototype. Even better, this effect is controlled through the LEGACY system and the speed of the coal depletion is based on how hard the engine is working. It may take 15 minutes – it may take 45 – it all depends on how hard you run your engine. You can keep tabs on the coal and water with the new sensor tracks as well. When the coal gets low, simply refill it. You’ll hear the sound of coal dropping into the tender as the load slowly piles back up.

Speaking of sounds, the Big Boy will have three speakers; two in the tender and one in the boiler. This will provide the most realistic sound quality and placement possible on the locomotive.

There will be many more features on these engines of course. Look for more details in the 2014 Signature Catalog and future updates here on our blog!

LionChief Plus Locomotives

LCP Mikado

The new LionChief Plus locomotives will combine the best of our remote and conventional engines. This is a prototype for the semi-scale Mikado.

While we know you all love to see how we’ll push the envelope with our new VISION features, we also recognize that the cost of this technology is more than many can spend to enjoy this hobby. Our new LionChief Plus locomotives offer exciting new technology at a much lower price point.

As the name implies, these locomotives use the LionChief Remote control system you’ve seen on our new Ready-to-Run sets, but with additional features. Just like the remote sets, these locomotives can be operated using the included remote control on any layout, whether it is powered by a wall-pack, conventional transformer, TMCC or LEGACY. Now with the flip of a switch, you can control the engine with your conventional transformer like any other conventional engine as well.

RS-3

The LionChief Plus system will be available on 5 different types of locomotives in 20 total roadnames in 2014.

In addition to the conventional control option, these locomotives feature fan-driven smoke, amazing sound and a working electro-coupler! (The electro-coupler feature is only available when using the LionChief Remote control at this time.) We introduced five new models at York with prototypes on hand. These include the semi-scale Mikado, Hudson and Pacific and an RS-3 and GP-7. Each locomotive will be available in several roadnames and like the sets, each engine will have its own radio frequency so you can run multiple locomotives on the same track without interference.

Look for more information on this exciting new product as we get closer to release in 2014.

LCS Sensor Track and LCS Control System

sensor track

The new Sensor Track opens many doors and connects quickly to your layout and LEGACY system.

With our display layout now updated with the new sensor tracks and the new LCS control modules, we also demonstrated the exciting possibilities soon to be available with both of these new technologies.

The Sensor Track will work with your LEGACY locomotives to activate a wide variety of features on the engine or on the layout. You can use the sensor track to report back fuel levels on the locomotive, automatically blow the whistle or horn, stop the train and many many more functions. There are 8 pre-programmed actions and you can even create your own for a virtually unlimited variety.

LCS

LCS can put control of your entire layout at your fingertips – in your cab or other wireless devices.

The Sensor Track is just one part of the inclusive Layout Control System that you can use to put all of the features of the layout at your fingertips. LCS is completely customisable to your needs. There are modules to control switches, accessories and power blocks. These modules will allow you to control your entire layout from not only your LEGACY cab but also up to 15 wireless devices with the addition of the optional Wi-Fi module.

We know there is a lot to take in and think about with LCS, so we’ll present more detailed features on all of the components here on the blog in the near future. For more information right now, check out our lcs site.

More News!

There is always more good news from York than will fit in one post. In addition to all of these previews, we displayed many examples of other exciting products soon-to-ship or now shipping at York. We’ll post photos of those tomorrow here on the blog.





New Product Spotlight – City of Los Angeles

30 09 2013

Let’s head west this week with the City of Los Angeles as we take a closer look at our upcoming streamliners.

The City of Los Angeles
Most passenger trains were the pride of a railroad and closely associated with its image; the New York Central’s 20th Century, the Great Northern’s Empire Builder, the Santa Fe’s Chief. But there were also a select group of trains which were shared by several roads. In the eyes of the traveling public, it didn’t matter whose name was on the letterboards as long as the service inside the car was comfortable and friendly.

AD

The UP featured EMD E units in the advertising for it’s City trains, including the City of LA.

The City of Los Angeles began as a joint service between Chicago and Los Angeles via the Chicago and Northwestern and Union Pacific in 1936. At the time, only one train consist was available, making only 5 round trips per month. It became a daily train in 1947.

In 1955, operations east of Omaha shifted from the CNW to the Milwaukee Road. It was also in this year that a new train consist was added with dome cars, including a dome lounge observation. This lounge car was used for sleeping car passengers. There was an additional dome diner and lounge car for coach passengers. At this time there were also connecting cars from New York via the Pennsylvania and New York Central (operating on alternate days and using cars lettered for the owning railroad but painted in UP’s yellow color scheme for a matched consist in the west.) Connecting cars from Minneapolis and St. Paul also arrived in Chicago via the CNW.

The dome observations only lasted about a year. In 1956 the UP modified them and placed them mid-train behind the diner. That year also saw the seasonal combination of service with the Challenger between Omaha and Los Angeles. During peak season, the City was sleeper only, with the Challenger handling coach travelers.

E9

The Milwaukee’s E9s were also frequently seen on the City of Los Angeles, especially when second sections were run.

As service slowly declined through the 1960s, the train was combined with some of the UP’s other City streamliners. First with the City of San Francisco in 1960. At Ogden, the San Francisco section was pulled out and departed via the Southern Pacific. By 1969 it had become a “City of Everywhere” (never an official name) with multiple sections being combined. Between Cheyenne and Green River, WY. the train averaged 27 cars behind an impressive A-B-B-B-B-A consist of E9s!

The domes disappeared altogether in 1970 and the train would make its last run in 1971 with the arrival of Amtrak. Some cars from the 1955 consist have survived in private hands.

Lionel’s Models

Now you can recreate the glory years of this fine train on the Union Pacific and Milwaukee Road. The 18″ aluminum passenger cars will look great behind our new E9s, or a variety of other motive power.

The new E9s include one powered and one non-powered locomotive. Both engines feature:

  • Fan-driven smoke unit with adjustable output
  • Directional lighting including LED headlights

    E9

    The E9 was a regular feature on the City of LA and other important trains.

  • Front ElectroCouplers
  • Working front Marker Lights
  • Illuminated number boards
  • Lighted and detailed cab interior
  • Die-cast metal trucks, fuel tank and pilots
  • High level of separately applied details
  • O-31 minimum curve

Powered locomotives also feature:

  • 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
  • Dual motors with flywheels
  • Refined Transformer Control with lower starting speeds
  • Traction Tires
  • Engineer and Fireman figures

Passenger cars feature:

  • Die-cast sprung metal trucks with operating couplers featuring hidden uncoupling tabs
  • Extruded aluminum bodies with flush-fitting windows

    COLA

    You could easily combine multiple sets of our City of Los Angeles cars to recreate the prototype’s often colossal consists.

  • Operating end vestibules with flexible diaphragms
  • Separately applied metal roof vents and grab irons
  • Interior lighting with on/off switch
  • Detailed interiors with passenger and crew figures
  • Operating marker and end lights on observation car
  • Lighted drumhead on observation car
  • Metal frame
  • Metal underframe details
  • O-54 minimum curve

The locomotives retail for $929.99 and the passenger car 4-packs for $639.99. The City of Los Angeles showed the cooperation railroads could bring when the public demanded the best in service. Don’t miss this opportunity to serve the fine folks of Plasticville, Lionelville or any of the towns on your layout.





New Product Spotlight – The Southern Belle

23 09 2013

We’ll wrap up our look at Lionel’s famous passenger trains with a true glamour girl, the Kansas City Southern’s Southern Belle.

The Southern Belle

The Southern Belle was the premier train of the Kansas City Southern between Kansas City, Missouri and New Orleans. Service began in 1940 with new cars from American Car and Foundry and some rebuilt heavyweight sleepers to match the new consist.

Southern Belle

In an era of silver-sided streamliners, the Southern Belle stood out.

New cars were bought again for the train in 1948. The consist was never a lengthy one compared to some of the super-streamliners we’ve seen. A typical consist from the 1940s through the 1950s would have included about 9 cars. For most of its years a round-ended observation brought up the markers. One of these is preserved today in Houston.

For the trivia buffs out there, there was a “southern belle” to represent the train. Chosen from contestants in cities along the line in 1940, Margaret Landry Moore was the KCS’s “Miss Southern Belle” and featured in advertising. The story of the pageant and the train’s debut are well documented on the video seen below. It is clear that in 1940 the railroad was still an important part of small town America as crowds packed station platforms along the route.

Although the train discontinued service in 1969, a few years after the loss of mail contracts, the famous color scheme would come back again. In 1995 the KCS brought back the classic livery on its “new” executive passenger cars and F units. An adaptation of the locomotives’ paint scheme has been added to some of the roads modern freight diesels in recent years as well. The “Southern Belle” remains a classy train whether it is an E9 on a lightweight streamliner or ES44AC’s on an intermodal train.

Lionel’s Models

Now you can bring this classy train to your rails. These new Lionel models are packed with the features you’ve come to expect and when decorated in this paint scheme are simply hard to beat.

The new E9s include one powered and one non-powered locomotive. Both engines feature:

  • Fan-driven smoke unit with adjustable output
  • Directional lighting including LED headlights

    E9

    Kansas City Southern’s E9s maintained a classy charm and a paint scheme that looks good even on modern diesels.

  • Front ElectroCouplers
  • Working front Marker Lights
  • Illuminated number boards
  • Lighted and detailed cab interior
  • Die-cast metal trucks, fuel tank and pilots
  • High level of separately applied details
  • O-31 minimum curve

Powered locomotives also feature:

  • 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
  • Dual motors with flywheels
  • Refined Transformer Control with lower starting speeds
  • Traction Tires
  • Engineer and Fireman figures

Passenger cars feature:

  • Die-cast sprung metal trucks with operating couplers featuring hidden uncoupling tabs
  • Extruded aluminum bodies with flush-fitting windows

    passenger cars

    Whether you want to recreate the classic streamliner or a modern business train, these cars are sure to be the belle of your layout.

  • Operating end vestibules with flexible diaphragms
  • Separately applied metal roof vents and grab irons
  • Interior lighting with on/off switch
  • Detailed interiors with passenger and crew figures
  • Operating marker and end lights on observation car
  • Lighted drumhead on observation car
  • Metal frame
  • Metal underframe details
  • O-54 minimum curve

The locomotives retail for $929.99 and the passenger car 4-packs for $639.99. The Southern Belle could add a little class to your layout. Whether you want a classic streamliner or a modern business fleet this train will be a hit.