New Product Spotlight – Polar Express Streamliner Passenger Set

28 10 2013

In conjunction with the 10th anniversary of The Polar Express™ movie, Lionel is releasing several new trains and accessories in our Polar Express™ line. There is nothing more nostalgic than a classic steam-powered passenger train, but Santa appreciates a good streamliner too! The new diesel powered streamlined Polar Express™ will be the perfect complement to your roster.

This new transformer controlled set includes an FT diesel, two coaches and an observation car, 40″x60″ oval of FasTrack and transformer. The locomotive features:

  • Transformer controlled forward, neutral, and reverse operation
  • RailSounds RTR sound system with diesel horn, bell, and user-activated crew dialog scenarios
  • Operating headlight


    6-30220 The Polar Express Streamliner adds a new level of service.

  • Operating coupler on both ends
  • Dual powerful maintenance-free motors
  • Die-cast metal trucks and pilot
  • Metal frame
  • Lighted cab interior
  • Engineer and conductor figures
  • Special 10th Anniversary marking on locomotive

Passenger cars feature:

  • Die-cast metal trucks and operating couplers
  • Detailed interiors

    add-on cars

    Additional add-on passenger cars can complete your consist.

  • Flexible diaphragms at coupler ends
  • Opening doors
  • Interior illumination
  • Special 10th Anniversary marking on the end of each passenger car
  • Length: 13″ each car

An additional two-car add-on pack is also available and includes a baggage and dining car. It retails for $149.99.

The new streamliner set retails for $469.99. Whether you are just starting or expanding your Polar Express™ railroad, this train will be a hit with your northbound passengers this year!

New Product Spotlight – The Polar Express® with LionChief Control

19 08 2013

Lionel’s Polar Express set has been the best-selling train in the company’s 113 year history. How could we make it any better? Add the new LionChief Remote control system!

These new sets are shipping to dealers soon so you’ll have them in plenty of time for the 2013 Christmas season. The Polar Express retains all of the quality and excitement of the original models and puts the power in your hands with walk-around radio control.

PE set

The new Polar Express has all the charm of our original set with improved sound and control.

Set up of the new set is now even easier than ever. Snap together the FasTrack, plug in the wall pack, put the train on the rails and you are ready to go! The hand-held controller is intuitive and easy enough for our youngest engineers. With its impressive range, you can have complete control of the train’s speed, direction and sounds from anywhere in the room. Speaking of sounds, our new Railsounds RC package includes sound clips from the 2004 movie release for that authentic “All aboard the Polar Express” experience.

Like our other LionChief Remote sets, the radio frequency for the Polar Express is unique to that set. So you can run other trains in the same room – even the same layout – without any interference. And the trains will run on your conventional, TMCC or LEGACY controlled layout too. It’s the perfect way to start, share or grow your collection and hobby.

The new set includes:

  • Berkshire 2-8-4 locomotive featuring
    • Die-cast metal body
    • Railsounds RC sounds including locomotive chuffing and background noises synchronized with train speed, bell, whistle, user-controlled announcements and official sound clips from the Polar Express movie
    • Working headlight


      The new LionChief Remote system features a simple plug-in power supply and hand-held control with all of the features at your fingertips.

    • Puffing Smoke
    • On/Off switches for smoke and sounds
    • Operating coupler on tender
    • Powerful maintenance-free motor
    • Traction Tires
    • Large pilot and headlight shield details to match the movie locomotive
  • Two passenger cars with interior lighting and silhouette figures in windows
  • Observation car with curved railing and drumhead plus interior lighting and window silhouettes.
  • FasTrack oval including eight curves, three straight and one straight / wall pack terminal section
  • Wall-pack power supply
  • Remote control (three AAA batteries required, not included)
  • Four Polar Express character figures
  • Polar Express decorative bell

Hear the quality of Railsounds RC!

The locomotive in this set has more than power to handle the many add-on cars and accessories now available in our ever-growing Polar Express roster. See our 2013 Christmas Catalog for more!

The LionChief Polar Express retails for $379.99. These new sets should be shipping soon and can be ordered through your local Lionel dealer or

THE POLAR EXPRESS and all related characters and elements are trademarks and copyright of Warner Brothers Entertainment.

New Product Preview – American Flyer Polar Express Train Set

29 04 2013

The story of the Polar Express never gets old – and now the magic comes to our American Flyer line as one of our first new complete S Gauge train sets to help marks the tenth anniversary of the popular movie in 2014.

Polar Express Set

The magic of the Polar Express is coming to American Flyer. (O Scale artwork shown.)

Whether you are just starting with American Flyer, expanding your collection or looking for a train around the Christmas tree, this set will be a perfect fit. You’ll also find the size of S Gauge American Flyer to be a very nice complement to collectible Christmas villages.

This set will feature completely new tooling. Like our O and G gauge versions, the Polar Express will be modeled after the train as it appeared in both the book and movie. The locomotive, based on Pere Marquette No. 1225, pulls two coaches and an observation.

The set will also include an oval of American Flyer FasTrack.

This set is sure to delight for years to come. And stay tuned for more information about this set and more American Flyer Polar Express announcements in the near future!

New Product Spotlight – Polar Express Freight Set

16 07 2012

Our Polar Express set has been one of our most popular trains in recent memory. Now you can expand your Polar Express layout with a new freight train!

freight set

The Polar Express freight set will add variety and excitement to your North Pole adventures.

This new set (6-30184) complements the O Gauge passenger set beautifully, and it should only stand to reason that the North Pole would have a great need for some freight service. Featuring our rugged 0-8-0, this freight train will look also look great sharing the tracks with your Polar Railroad or other Christmas trains.

The locomotive features:

  • Die cast body and frame
  • Powerful maintenance-free motor
  • Traction Tires
  • Silver metal rims on drive wheels
  • Upgraded valve gear assembly
  • Operating headlight
  • Operating steam whistle with On/Off switch
  • Puffing smoke unit
  • Working front and rear couplers
  • Engineer and fireman figures in the cab

The train includes a boxcar, gondola piled high with gifts and trees and a lighted caboose. All of the cars feature metal frames, trucks and working couplers. The caboose features metal ladders and toolbox and a working light. The boxcar has working doors. The color scheme of the train is similar to our “Polar Railroad” freight cars as well and the group would look great interchanged together.

PE reefer

Add more to your consist with this Polar Express reefer.

The set also includes an oval of FasTrack and a CW-80 transformer, everything you need for your Polar Express adventure. The train set and the add-on car will all negotiate an O-31 curve. The set retails for $369.99.

For a longer consist, you might want to add our Polar Express reefer, 6-36166. The car features working doors and couplers and sprung metal trucks and retails for $54.99. And of course we have lots of other figures, a tunnel and bridge to complete your Polar Express display.