New Product Spotlight – LEGACY Dash 9 Locomotives

25 11 2013

Following on the heals of the Dash-8 line which helped General Electric grab the Number 1 spot in locomotive production, GE’s Dash 9 became the face of North American railroads from the 1990s to today. Found on railroads in every corner of the continent, no modern-era layout should be without at least one of these locomotives.

Prototype Background

ATSF

6-39565 Santa Fe

The first Dash 9 rolled out of Erie, Pennsylvania in 1993. The Dash-9 was also micro-processor controlled like the Dash-8. They also include split-cooled radiators (a feature found on some late-production Dash 8’s as well) and the 7-FDL diesel engine.

While there have been several locomotives in the “Dash 9” line, by far the most common is the C44-9W. These six-axle, comfort-cab equipped locomotives generate 4,400 horsepower. Norfolk Southern’s fleet of C40-9Ws have 400 less horsepower but are identical on the exterior. There are some variations in headlight arrangements and other small details between railroads, but overall the locomotives are strikingly similar.

NS

6-39586 Norfolk Southern

Not since EMD’s SD40-2 has a single locomotive so completely dominated the motive power landscape. The C44-9W can be found in all types of railroad freight service, from unit coal trains to priority intermodal runs.

Other than locomotives too badly damaged in wrecks to be rebuilt, all of the Dash 9s built remain in service today. Some have changed hands due to mergers. The end of production came with the introduction of GE’s new Evolution Series of locomotives which bring added EPA Tier 2 compliance to the line.

Lionel’s Models

BC Rail

6-39568 BC Rail

Lionel is happy to bring this modern powerhouse to your railroad in roadnames to fit any interest.

All of the models feature:

  • LEGACY Control – also capable of running on TMCC or Conventional
  • Odyssey II Speed Control

    CNW

    6-39574 Chicago & North Western

  • 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
  • ElectroCouplers on front and rear

    BNSF

    6-39571 BNSF

  • Dual motors with flywheels
  • Refined Transformer Control with lower starting speeds
  • Traction Tires
  • Fan-driven smoke unit with adjustable output
  • Directional lighting including LED headlights

    csx

    6-39583 CSX

  • Working Marker Lights
  • Illuminated number boards
  • Lighted and detailed cab interior with figures
  • Operating Ditch Lights
  • Metal frame
  • Die-cast metal trucks, fuel tank and pilots
  • O-36 minimum curve
CN

6-39859 Canadian National

Two LEGACY powered and one non-powered locomotive are available for each roadname allowing you to recreate a hefty 3-unit consist. These locomotives also frequently wandered from one railroad to another, so mixing some of your favorites will look perfectly prototypical.

UP

6-39580 Union Pacific

Non-Powered locomotives feature:

  • Die-cast metal trucks, pilot and fuel tank
  • Select separately applied details
  • Magnetic couplers
SP

6-39577 Southern Pacific

Powered locomotives retail for $529.99, non-powered for $259.99. All locomotives will negotiate O-36 curves. Whether they’re on the point of doublestacks, autoracks, mixed freight or a coal train, these common workhorses are a must for your modern layout. See you dealer to pick up yours today.





New Product Spotlight – Zephyrs

22 07 2013

As the nation struggled to climb out of the Great Depression, thousands gathered along the tracks from the Midwest to the East Coast to see a brilliant silver flash of the future. More than just a train, the Pioneer Zephyr promised a brighter future and exciting changes to come.

The Pioneer Zephyr

Pioneer Zephyr

The Pioneer Zephyr was a train ahead of its time.

Officially introduced at the Pennsylvania Railroad’s Broad Street Station in Philadelphia (also the Budd Company’s home town) on April 18, 1934, the Zephyr began a long introduction to the world before entering regular service on the Burlington. The introduction was advertising not only for the CB&Q but for Budd as well, hoping to sell the new technology and service to railroads and passengers around the country.

On August 24, the Burlington arranged a special showing for the Zephyr. It would race from Denver to Chicago at record pace. Carrying dignitaries, employees and the train’s mascot burro “Zeph,” the train left Denver at 7:04 in the morning. The “Dawn to Dusk Dash” ended in Chicago just 13 hours and 5 minutes later at 8:09 PM. Achieving a top speed of 112 mph and averaging 77 mph, the train arrived nearly two hours earlier than expected.

This run of the “Silver Streak” made national headlines and even prompted a movie about its amazing journey. But the tour didn’t end in Chicago. The Zephyr would go on to visit the Century of Progress Fair in Chicago and then 222 cities in 31 states.

Mark Twain Zephyr

As the Zephyr’s fame and success grew, it became part of the popular culture.

The train finally entered regular service on the Burlington between Kansas City, Missouri and Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska in November of 1934. With seating capacity of only 72 people plus baggage and mail space, the railroad would at times add a fourth car to the consist.

Aside from its limited capacity and a serious head-on collision in 1939, the train performed better than expectations. It was renamed the “Pioneer Zephyr” in 1936 as the Burlington bought additional train sets and added many “conventional” trains with the Zephyr name.

The landmark train reached its first million miles of service with its first five years. It stayed on the roster until 1960 when it was donated to Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry where it remains a major exhibit today.

Lionel’s Zephyr

Now you can add this momentous train to your layout. Lionel’s latest release of this historic streamliner comes complete with LEGACY control and sound and all of the features you’ve come to expect.

  • LEGACY Control – also capable of running on TMCC or Conventional
  • Odyssey II Speed Control

    Lionel Lines

    The Lionel Lines Zephyr wears a color scheme reminiscent of the New Haven’s similar “Comet” train.

  • 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
  • Realistic Articulation between cars
  • Dual motors with flywheels
  • Refined Transformer Control with lower starting speeds
  • Traction Tires (4)

    Christmas

    The “West Wind” meets the North Pole in this Christmas version.

  • 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

In addition to the Burlington Pioneer and Mark Twain Zephyr, we are also offering the train in some very non-conventional but seriously cool color schemes. The “Lionel Lines” and North Pole Central “Christmas Zephyr” are sure to be a hit on many layouts. Each 3-car set is priced at $1099.99. See your dealers to order, these trains are expected to arrive this fall. Don’t miss this historic train as it blows by!





New Product Spotlight – Neil Young Signature Line

8 07 2013

When tradition meets modern, it’s sweet music with the new Neil Young Signature Line from Lionel. The famous musician has partnered with our Lionel engineers to create many memorable products and this new line of trains will be a fitting addition to that tradition.

Combining the classic look of our F3 and streamlined passenger cars with today’s LEGACY control and sound and upgraded details, these new trains take the best of both for maximum fun and value. Whether you’re a collector or just want to run cool trains, these will fit the bill.

Texas Special

Texas Special

The Neil Young Signature Texas Special combines the fun and excitement of this classic train with today’s finer details and operation.

The Texas Special won the hearts of passengers and Lionel fans alike in the 1950s. Operated by the Missouri Kansas and Texas (the Katy) and the St. Louis San Francisco (Frisco), the red and silver streamliner left a lasting impression on all who saw her.

This signature series is pulled by a pair of our classic postwar F3 diesels (One powered, one non-powered A units) and includes a combine, coach, Vista Dome and observation car. A powered and non-powered F3 B are also available and a baggage and Station Sounds diner expansion pack are on schedule for 2014 release to expand your consist. See pages 90-94 of our 2013 Signature Catalog for more details on the B units and add-on passenger cars.

Pennsylvania F3 Set

Pennsy set

The Pennsy’s “Fleet of Modernism” is the perfect match for the spirit of the Neil Young Signature Line.

Working with Raymond Loewy, the Pennsylvania introduced its new “Fleet of Modernism” passenger trains in 1938. The new streamlined cars featured the most elaborate decoration applied to the Pennsy’s passenger cars since the days of the “Yellow Kid” Pennsylvania Special.

Like our Texas Special set, a pair of postwar F3s lead this train which includes a baggage, combine, coach and observation car featuring a blunt end. Powered and non-powered F3 B units are also available and a coach / Station Sounds diner add-on pack will come in 2014.

The diesels in both sets include many new features not normally associated with our postwar models. Most noticeable on the carbody will be add-on details like lift rings and boiler stack details and Trainphone antennae on the PRR locomotives. The extra features continue inside the shell:

  • LEGACY Control – also capable of running on TMCC or Conventional

    B unit

    Powered and non-powered B units are also available.

  • 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
  • ElectroCouplers on front and rear

    PRR B

    B units also include added lift ring and steam generator details to the roofs.

  • Dual motors with flywheels
  • Refined Transformer Control with lower starting speeds
  • Traction Tires
  • Fan-driven smoke unit with adjustable output
  • Directional lighting including LED headlights
  • Working Marker Lights
  • Illuminated number boards
  • Lighted and detailed cab interior with figures
  • Metal frame
  • Die-cast metal trucks, fuel tank and pilots
  • O-31 minimum curve

The non-powered A units are also packed with features including:

F3

Pre-production A and B units.

  • Die cast metal trucks, pilot and frame with fuel tank
  • Fan driven smoke unit with adjustable output in TMCC or LEGACY mode
  • LEGACY controlled front Electro Coupler
  • Directional lighting with LED headlight
  • Working marker lights
  • Illuminated number boards
  • Illuminated cab interior
  • LEGACY control for lights

Back after a long hiatus, these sets include our 15″ aluminum passenger cars.  The cars feature

texas pack

Expansion packs will be available for each train in 2014.

  • Sprung die-cast metal trucks
  • Metal frame and aluminum carbody
  • Operating couplers with hidden uncoupling tabs
  • Separately applied metal details including roof vents and grab irons
  • Removable roofs
  • Vestibules with operating diaphragms and opening doors
  • Detailed interiors with painted figures

    prr pack

    Each expansion pack includes a Station Sounds diner.

  • Interior lighting with on/off switch
  • Lighted tail sign on observation cars

The Texas Special and Pennsylvania sets retail for $1109.99. Add on B units are $379.99 powered and $229.99 non-powered. Add on passenger car 2-packs will be $399.99. See your dealers today to get in on these unique trains which are sure to be fun collectibles for years to come.





New Product Spotlight – SD40-2 Diesels

1 07 2013

The best-selling locomotive of all time. Anyone who has spent any time beside the rails from the 1970s to today would have no trouble believing the SD40-2’s rightful claim to that title.

Chessie

6-38918 Chessie System

The SD40 was overshadowed in the trade press by the more powerful SD45 when EMD introduced the locomotives in 1965. But crankshaft problems and high fuel consumption in the midst of rapidly rising oil prices caused many railroads to quickly reconsider the priorities of horsepower over efficiency. Soon the “mid-size” SD40 was gaining ground and finding buyers all across North America.

When EMD introduced it’s upgraded “-2” electrical package in 1972, the SD40 became even more attractive. The 3,000 horsepower road engine was just the right size for nearly every task. Its efficient and reliable operation sealed the deal.

B&O

6-38924 B&O

In order to accommodate the new HT-C trucks without compromising the space for the fuel tank, EMD used a longer frame for the SD40-2. The result was a pair of very large “porches” that gave the SD40-2 a distinctive look. When EMD modified the radiator air intakes for the “Tunnel Motor” SD40T-2, most of the back porch was eliminated. We’ve included this variation on our Union Pacific model.

UP

6-38936 Union Pacific (SD40T-2)

In total, EMD sold 3,982 SD40-2s between 1972 and 1989. A testament to the locomotive’s reliability,  most are still in service today. Many railroads have rebuilt their SD40-2 fleets as opposed to selling or trading them. Most of those that have been sold have gone to leasing companies which loan the locomotives back to the railroads when traffic demands are high. Other locomotives like SD45s and SD50s have been rebuilt so that, at least internally, they are identical to the SD40-2.

Found on railroads coast-to-coast (and beyond), Lionel is proud to add five new roadnames to our growing family of SD40-2s. All of the models feature:

  • LEGACY Control – also capable of running on TMCC or Conventional

    Conrail

    6-38933 Conrail

  • 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
  • ElectroCouplers on front and rear
  • Dual motors with flywheels
  • Refined Transformer Control with lower starting speeds
  • Traction Tires
  • Fan-driven smoke unit with adjustable output
  • Directional lighting including LED headlights
  • Working Marker Lights
  • Illuminated number boards
  • Lighted and detailed cab interior with figures
  • Operating Ditch Lights
  • Metal frame
  • Die-cast metal trucks, fuel tank and pilots
  • O-31 minimum curve

Two LEGACY powered and one non-powered locomotive are available for each roadname allowing you to recreate a typical 3-unit consist. These locomotives also frequently wandered from one railroad to another, so mixing some of your favorites will look perfectly prototypical.

Non-Powered locomotives feature:

NS

6-38939 Norfolk Southern

  • Die-cast metal trucks, pilot and fuel tank
  • Select separately applied details
  • Magnetic couplers

In addition to the five new roadnames pictured here, the SD40-2s are also available decorated for the Norfolk and Western, Missouri Kansas and Texas, Burlington Northern, Frisco, Chicago and Northwestern and CSX. See our 2013 Catalog for more images.

From sea to shining sea, the SD40-2 is the perfect power for anybody who enjoys the trains of the 1970s to today. See your local dealer to add this best-seller to your roster.