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 – 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.


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.


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.


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.


6-39339 Theodore Roosevelt