New Product Spotlight – LEGACY GP35s

20 08 2012

The classic look of EMD’s 2nd generation diesels began with the GP35. 1,334 of the 2500 horspower units were built between 1963 and 1966 between plants in the U.S.A. and Canada.

GP35

The heritage of this recently retired Wheeling and Lake Erie GP35 isn’t hard to find. Note the trade-in ALCo trucks.

While the unique styling of the GP30 made them popular from trackside, there were several issues with the locomotives that made them far less enjoyable from the railroads’ and crews’ perspective. EMD had pushed that design somewhat to stay close to competition from GE and ALCo. Within a few years however, they had ironed out those problems and introduced the GP35.

The locomotive used the same prime mover as the GP30, EMD’s 567D, but cranked out an additional 250 horsepower. The locomotive also featured revised dynamic brakes and a better air-tight carbody that reduced wear from dirt entering the engine compartment. To the crews’ liking, the cab roof was higher inside and its heating system greatly improved. The GP35 proved to be a solid locomotive that would set the standard and the look of EMD’s to follow.

NYC

6-38524 New York Central

A total of more than 40 railroads purchased the units, many using older locomotives as trade-ins. Some, like those on the Ann Arbor, GM&O and Southern, rode on ALCo trucks from the trades. The Southern and N&W units were also unique in sporting high short hoods.

Often these locomotives outlived their original buyers to work for succeeding lines or later to be sold to regional and short line railroads. Many of these engines can still be found hard at work on those lines today. Others have been rebuilt, some as slugs without their own diesel engines, and remain on the Class One roads like BNSF and CSX today.

Lionel Models

Conrail

6-38539 Conrail

Lionel’s new GP35 features all new tooling to capture the look of this pivotal locomotive. Available in two LEGACY equipped powered numbers and an additional non-powered locomotive, you’ll be able to create prototypical consists whether you’re running the local or a hot piggy-back freight.

Powered locomotives feature:

  • LEGACY Control System – able to run on LEGACY, TMCC or Conventional control layouts
  • UP

    6-38527 Union Pacific

    Odyssey II Speed Control with On / Off switch

  • LEGACY RailSounds including
    • 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
  • CP Rail

    6-38533 CP Rail

    Dual maintenance-free motors

  • Traction Control
  • Refined Conventional Control mode with lower starting speeds
  • Front and Rear ElectroCouplers
  • Fan-driven smoke with adjustable output
  • EL

    6-38548 Erie Lackawanna

    Directional lighting

  • Marker Lights
  • Lighted cab interior with crew
  • Metal frame, pilots, trucks and fuel tank
  • MSRP: $499.99

Non-Powered models feature:

Milwaukee

6-38542 Milwaukee Road

  • Metal frame, pilots, trucks and fuel tank
  • Front and rear magnetic couplers
  • Select separately applied details
  • Detailed cab interior
  • MSRP: $259.99

All of the locomotives will negotiate an O-31 curve. Available roadnames include: Conrail, CP Rail, Erie Lackawanna, Milwaukee Road, New York Central, Pennsylvania, Southern Pacific and Union Pacific. Look for these in dealers near you early this fall.





New Product Spotlight – ALCo C-420s

6 08 2012

The ALCo C-420 had a look all its own. With its long, low short hood (many units were also delivered with high hoods), round cab roof and of course that distinctive ALCo sound, it set itself apart from the competition.

Apache

Apache Ry No. 81 (an ex-L&N unit) is part of a 5 ALCo consist waiting to head south at Holbrook, AZ.

Introduced in 1963 as part of the new “Century” line, ALCo produced a total of 131 C-420s. The 2,000 horsepower road-switcher matched up in stats nicely against the GE U25B and EMD’s GP30 – in every stat that is but sales. ALCo found 13 buyers for the C-420 all across the United States and Mexico, but most only purchased in small quantities.

The biggest C-420 fleets could be found on the Long Island (30) and the Seaboard Air Line (27). Other big users included the Monon (18), L&N (16), and Lehigh Valley (12). Many of the orders went to smaller railroads like the Piedmont and Northern, Tennessee Central and Lehigh and Hudson River. Their orders may have been small in comparison, but the C-420s would be the principle road engines on the lines.

SAL

6-34757 The classy SAL paint really looks great on this model. She’d look great mixed in a consist with our RS-11s!

Production ended in 1968. Many of the locomotives enjoyed long careers however, spanning multiple owners. Several are still in regular operation today in museums and in hard service on short lines like the Apache, Delaware Lackawanna and Arkansas and Missouri.

If you like modern ALCo diesels, the C-420 is just the right size and fit for a model railroad, no matter what part of the country you prefer!

Lionel’s Models

Monon

6-34745 The Monon’s C-420s came in Purdue University black and gold.

Our latest release of the C-420 comes with both LEGACY and non-powered options, with three numbers per road name. Features include:

  • LEGACY Control System – able to run on LEGACY, TMCC or Conventional control layouts
  • Odyssey II Speed Control with On / Off switch
  • LEGACY RailSounds including
    Lehigh Valley

    6-34748 Lehigh Valley had both red and gray C-420s. We opted to the red scheme in this run.

    • 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

    NKP

    6-34760 The Nickel Plate rostered only 1 C-420.

  • Traction Control
  • Refined Conventional Control mode with lower starting speeds
  • Front and Rear ElectroCouplers
  • Fan-driven smoke with adjustable output
  • Directional lighting
  • Marker Lights
  • Lighted cab interior with crew
  • Metal frame, pilots, trucks and fuel tank
  • MSRP: $529.99

Non-Powered models feature:

Alaska

6-34754 The Alaska never owned a C-420, but their roster did hold a lot of ALCos over the years.

  • Metal frame, pilots, trucks and fuel tank
  • Front and rear magnetic couplers
  • Select separately applied details
  • MSRP: $259.99

The locomotives are available in Monon, Lehigh Valley (gray and yellow scheme), Alaska, Seaboard and Nickel Plate. All locomotives will negotiate an O-31 curve. These engines have already shipped and are at your dealers now. For a more in-depth look at the models in action, check out our Customer Service product video: Lionel C-420





New Product Spotlight – Presidential Boxcars

2 07 2012

Let’s kick off a week of Red White and Blue with a product we know you’ve been wanting for a long time. First announced in the 2010 Vol. II catalog, this project hit a number of snags and problems along the way. But we remained committed to delivering not only the product we displayed but the MADE IN THE USA stamp that makes them special.

Washington and Lincoln

The wait is nearly over – MADE IN THE USA is back.

These colorful patriotic cars feature four of our most prominent Presidents, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt. These are of course the four featured in the Mount Rushmore Monument. Each car features a portrait flanked by the correct American flag for their term in office. The flag on the doors also features the correct number of stars for their era. On the other side of the door, a quick biography of their service to their country.

Washington

6-39337 George Washington

These cars feature all-new tooling and are made entirely in the U.S.A. The cars feature plastic carbodies on metal frames and sprung trucks. The cars have operating doors and couplers Additionally, these cars will come with special packaging – also made and printed in the U.S.A. – that will allow collectors to prominently display their cars without even opening the box.

Jefferson

6-39340 Thomas Jefferson

The cars have reappeared in the 2012 Christmas Catalog, so you can make it a Red White and Blue Christmas this year, or leave them out all year long! These cars would be the perfect complement to any of our patriotic locomotives or other rollingstock.

Lincoln

6-39338 Abraham Lincoln

These are just the first four of our Presidential boxcars. More Presidents are coming, so start your collection now. Also featured in the catalog are additional Made In The USA boxcars featuring more popular American icons – this isn’t a one-time project. The long wait is nearly over. MSRP is $64.99. Get your orders in early, these cars should be appearing at your dealers towards the end of summer.

Roosevelt

6-39339 Theodore Roosevelt





New Product Spotlight – LEGACY GP-9s

25 06 2012

Through the history of railroading, there are few locomotives that can stand up with the GP-9 for its longevity, versatility and impact on the industry. Perfect in their simplicity, these locomotives could be found just about everywhere.

Santa Fe

6-38579 Santa Fe

The GP-9, and its immediate predecessor the GP-7, were not the first of the “road-switcher” design locomotives, they didn’t introduce a new diesel engine or other ground-breaking technology, and their styling was such that even EMD didn’t expect these utilitarian locomotives to sell. In fact, the simple no-frills locomotive was exactly what the railroads were looking for.

While the move to replace steam began well before the “Geep” was designed, it was these locomotives more than any other that drove the final nail. The GP was everything a steam locomotive was not. It was a versatile locomotive, capable of handling just about any assignment given. Unlike steam locomotives that were specifically tailored to a specific operation or even a specific operating territory, the GPs performed equally well as freight, passenger and switch engines in mountains, across the plains or shuttling around urban yards.

Great Northern

6-34664 Great Northern

The new locomotives were also efficient. The simple design made maintenance much easier on a locomotive that was already miles ahead of its steam counterparts. Multiple units could be coupled together and operated as one, increasing both the versatility and efficiency. Operating cost fell quickly as railroads replaced remaining steam locomotives with new Geeps.

L&N

6-34666 Louisville and Nashville

Although style was not a prime consideration in its design, by their numbers and longevity, the GP-9 has become one of the most recognizable faces in railroading. And while to those who watched these ubiquitous diesels replace beloved steam, they “all looked the same,” there was a surprising amount of variety in the basic Geep. EMD and GMD built 4,095 GP-9s and many enjoyed exceptionally long careers, being rebuilt numerous times. You can still find these landmark locomotives in service today on shortlines, regional railroads and industrial sites.

LEGACY GP-9s

Rock Island

6-34662 Rock Island

In our latest release of this popular model, we’ve tried to capture some of the many variations in details on these locomotives, and some paint schemes that haven’t been offered in the past. Details like exhaust stacks, bells, horns, dynamic brakes and winterization covers are all customized per road. Two powered and one non-powered models are available for each scheme. In addition to the roads shown here, Canadian National is also being offered, with one of the powered units as part of the Piggyback Set (6-11181).

LEGACY Powered GP-9s include:

UP

6-34681 Union Pacific

  • LEGACY control – capable of running on TMCC and conventional as well
  • Odyssey II Speed Control for 2 Maintenance free motors with momentum flywheels
  • LEGACY Railsounds including
    • Crewtalk and TowerCom communications
    • Six official railroad speeds
    • Eight diesel RPM levels
    • Quilling Horn along with appropriate warning sounds
    • Bell with single hit or continuous sounds
    • Sequence Control to narrate an entire trip
    • Fuel and speed announcements and refueling sounds

    C&O

    6-34670 Chesapeake and Ohio

  • Fan-driven smoke unit with adjustable output
  • Lighting Effects including
    • Directional LED headlight and back-up light
    • Marker lights front and rear
    • Number boards
    • Cab interior
  • Traction tires
  • Die cast metal pilot, trucks and fuel tank
  • Detailed cab interior with window glass and engineer and fireman figures
  • Loads of separately applied details
  • ElectroCouplers on front and rear
  • MSRP: $479.99

Non-Powered Locomotives Feature

NP

6-34737 Northern Pacific

  • Die cast metal pilot, trucks and fuel tank
  • Select separately applied details
  • Magnetic couplers on front and rear
  • MSRP: $239.99

Available roadnames include: Rock Island, Louisville and Nashville, Great Northern, Chesapeake and Ohio, Northern Pacific, Union Pacific and Santa Fe. All locomotives will negotiate an O-31 curve. The GP-9s are at your dealers now! See more on our Customer Service Product Video.