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


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:


6-81487 President Reagan


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


  • 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.



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.


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!


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!

t shirt

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.


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


    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

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 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


Weathered UP 9000


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.


Conrail Heritage in American Flyer…


…and in O!


Nickel Plate Heritage


SD70ACE’s too. Here are the Wabash…


…and the Reading.


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.


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.


“Where the Wild Things Are” Mint Car


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.



Scale Locomotives and Rolling Stock

A few more goodies to round out our display.

L&N 2-bay hopper

L&N 2-bay hopper