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Lionel Engines (89 items)

1-8816 Chicago & Northwestern GP-38 Diesel Locomotive #4600

When I first started playing with my dad's set in 1990, I bought this GP-38 engine to give the old UP 2023 a break. As with many early 90's items that Lionel put out, this one was comprised of mostly plastic pieces, so it sustained a lot of damage over the years. The horn was snapped off, but I have since replaced it. I also replaced the front truck and motor assembly, as the original was damaged. It is now is good operational order, although its conventional configuration makes it pretty much useless on my modern digital layout. Though this engine is pretty darn flimsy and cheap, one good quality that it does have is that it is VERY fast. Don't' ask me how, but this thing really flies and would give any of my new locomotives a run for their money.



6-11180 CSX Modern Auto Carrier Set (Motor City Express Set)

A fantastic set from Lionel for 2012. The set features a CSX SD80 with Legacy along with 4 of Lionel's new scale auto carriers. Great Job! Made in 2012, added to my collection in January of 2013.

6-11183.jpg Lincoln Funeral Train

A great little model. It's conventionally controlled out of the box, but I upgraded it with a Mini Commander 2 board from ERR (www.electricrr.com) and now I can run in with my Legacy remote in command control mode. Made in 2013, added to my collection in January of 2014.

6-11209 Vision Line 700E NYC Hudson

Lionel's Vision Line version of the legendary 700E Hudson from 1937. Apparently they used some of the original tooling! They did an amazing job recapturing the look and feel of the original 700E and yet packing it full of 21st century technology and features. Made in 2011, added to my set in July 2011.

6-11220 Vision Line Union Pacific 4-6-6-4 Challlenger

Another homerun for Lionel, this Vision Line Challenger is simply amazing. One of the best steam engines ever made in O-Scale. Click Here to watch this engine in action

6-11229 Milwaukee Road 4-8-4 S-3 Northern #261 w/Legacy

I originally did not order one of these when they came out in the catalog, but I heard such great things about them that I finally caved and bought one from Legacy Station. I'm glad I did, because this engine rocks. The cylinder steam effect is awesome! Made in 2011, added to my set in December of 2011.

6-11259 Union Pacific 2-8-2 Mikado #2840 w/Legacy

A Union Pacific "Mighty Mike". Lionel made these from the older K-Line Mikado tooling. It's very nicely detailed, though it lacks the newer smoking whistle/steam blowdown effects of most current Lionel steamers. Built in 2012, added to my collection in August of 2012.

6-11299 Chesapeake & Ohio #875 2-6-6-2 Mallet (USRA Scheme)

This is the USRA version of the great Mallet locomotive. Fantastic engine. Made in 2011, added to my set in March of 2012.

6-11301 Pennsylvania #6498 2-10-4 Texas Steam Locomotive

I love the front of this engine. It's so big an bulky, it just looks badass. The caboose is also really well done, with the neat doghouse on the back with a man inside. Great engine! Made in 2011, added to my set in March of 2012.

6-11329 Chesapeake & Ohio #1525 2-6-6-2 Mallet

This was an end of year offering from Lionel for 2011 and these are really done quite well. They've got a lot of pulling power and the whistle steam effect on these Mallet's is done very well. Built in 2011, added to my set in March of 2011.

6-11333 AT&SF 4-8-4 Northern Santa Fe #3759 w/Legacy

Absolutely gorgeous. The smoking whistle is really well done on this engine. The coolest thing is that the engine comes with 3 interchangeable smoke stacks. Made in 2012, added to my set in January 2013.

6-11334 Crescent Limited 4-6-2 Pacific Steam Locomotive #1393 w/Legacy

Nobody can deny how beautiful the Southern Crescent is, and this model is no exception. An exceptional model. Made in 2012, added to my set in March of 2012.

6-11336 2-8-8-4 EM-1 Undecorated Pilot

This is a unique unpainted pilot version of Lionel's big EM-1 steam engine. I think it's so unique and different looking, and that's why I like it. Fantastic engine! Made in 2012, added to my set in March of 2012.

6-11344 Union Pacific 4-12-2 #X9000 (Greyhound Scheme)

From my 2012 vol. 1 catalog order. The mighty 4-12-2 kicks ass. I chose to get the imaginary greyhound scheme but these were also available in black. Made in 2012, added to my collection in May of 2012.

6-11363 Cass Scenic Railway 2-Truck Shay #3 W/Legacy

I'm sure how true to the prototype this model is (I believe #3 was actually a 3-truck shay), but it's nice anyway. Sounds great! Made in 2012, added to my set in June of 2012.

6-11405 Norfolk & Western LEGACY USRA 2-8-8-2 Y-3 Steam Locomotive #2029

Beautiful engine with great sound. Built in 2013, added to my collection in June 2013.

6-11416 Pennsylvania 6-8-6 S-2 Turbine

One word: Awesome! Made in 2013, added to my collection in November of 2013.

6-11418 Unpainted GS-6 Pilot #9999

The unpainted pilot version of Lionel's Southern Pacific GS-6. Looks fantastic. Made in 2013, added to my collection in June of 2013.

6-11420 Southern Pacific LEGACY Scale 4-8-4 GS-2 (Daylight) #4415

From my 2012 vol. 2 catalog order. Great engine. My only beef is that it doesn't have the smoking whistle. Oh well. It's still an awesome engine. Made in 2012, added to my collection in March of 2013.

6-11437 Vision Line Union Pacific 4-8-8-4 Big Boy #4014

Yep, here it is. The engine is exactly what a Vision Line engine should be...a technological innovation. Simply awesome. Made in 2014, added to my collection in December of 2014.

6-11454 Nickel Plate Road 2-8-4 Berkshire #765

Now this is a sweet engine. Modeled after the real 765, which is still in operation, they took the trouble to sample sounds from the real thing and they also had Rich Melvin (he's one of the people who drive the 765) record the crew talk sounds! Wonderful job, Lionel! Made in 2014, added to my collection in November of 2014.

6-11462 Southern Pacific AC-12 Cab Forward 4-8-8-2 #4294

My second cab forward. Absolutely gorgeous. Made in 2014, added to my fleet in January of 2015.

6-11469 Pilot AC-12 Cab Forward 4-8-8-2 Steam Locomotive

This is the unpainted pilot version of Lionel's SP AC-12 Cab Forward. Looks incredible, doesn't it? Made in 2014, added to my collection in July of 2014.

6-28227 Union Pacific SD-70MAC Diesel Engine w/TMCC

My wife got this for me for Christmas 2005. This was my first TMCC equipped engine.

6-28306 Vision Line GE Evolution Hybrid

I was a little sceptical when lionel first announced their Vision Line, but I gotta say they've made a believer out of the me. This engine is, in my opininion, the best O-Scale diesel engine ever made to date. Absolutely a work of art. Made in 2009, added to my collection in February of 2010.

Click Here to see my review and running of this engine on YouTube.

6-28306 Vision Line GE Evolution Hybrid

This engine replaced my first GE Hybrid when it was damaged. I was later able to repair the damaged engine, so now I have 2 of these. Made in 2009, added to my set in 2011.

6-28312 Burlington Northern SD-60 #8301 w/Legacy

Just like #8302, but a different road number. Made in 2011, added to my set in December of 2011.

6-28314 Vision Line Union Pacific #2701 3GS21B Genset Switcher

Lionel hit a homerun when the first Vision Line GEVO Hybrid came out earlier this year and they've done it again with the genset switcher. Phenomenal attention to detail, superb sounds and fantastic Legacy control make this another milestone for Lionel. This is a 2009 catalog item, added to my set in October of 2010.

6-28320 Vision Line ES44AC Hybrid Diesel

This was the 2nd release of Lionel's Vision Line ES44 Hybrid Diesel. It's just as gorgeous as the GE demonstrator model and has great sounds as well! Just like the GE demonstrator, this engine has a die-cast body.

6-28320 Vision Line Canadian Pacific ES44AC Hybrid Diesel

This engine replaced the first CP Hybrid I had when it was damaged. I later was able to repair the damaged engine, so I now I have 2 of these engines.

6-28323 Vision Line Norfolk Southern #300 3GS21B Genset Switcher

From my 2010 Volume 2 catalog order. This was Lionel's second genset offering as part of their Vision Line. Just like the UP version before it, this engine is spectacular! Made in 2010, added to my set in November of 2010.

6-28334 Norfolk Southern Heritage SD70Ace Diesel Engine w/Legacy

From my 2009 vol. 2 Lionel catalog order, I was pleasantly surpised at the amount of detail on this engine. The sounds are great and the horn is one of the best I've heard. Made in 2009, added to my set in February of 2009.

Click Here to see my review and running of this engine on YouTube.

6-28339 Santa Fe AC6000 #9876 Diesel Engine w/Legacy

Gorgeous engine. Made in 2011, added to my set in December of 2011.

6-28347 Union Pacific Boy Scouts 100th Anniversary ES44AC Diesel Engine

A beautiful engine with an all die-cast shell. Made in 2010, added to my set in February 2011.

6-28350 BNSF ES44AC Diesel Engine

I can't get enough of these die-cast ES44's. They are the best O-Scale diesel engines ever made, period. Made in 2010, added to my collection in Mary of 2011.

6-28351 Kansas City Southern ES44AC Diesel Engine

An amazing paint scheme makes this a gorgeous engine. Runs and sounds great! Made in 2010, added to my collection in February 2011.

6-28354 CSX 3GS21B Genset Switcher #1303 w/Legacy

Great engine. Made in 2011, added to my set in June of 2012.

6-28355 BNSF 3GS21B Genset Switcher #1249 w/Legacy

Nice look engine that looks great and sounds even better. Made in 2011, added to my set in October of 2011.

6-28363 Burlington Northern SD-60 #8302 w/Legacy

From my Lionel 2010 catalog order. This beautiful SD-60 goes along with the BN crane car set that I got. They look great together and this engine runs like a champ. Built in 2010, added to my set in July of 2011.

6-28371 Union Pacific DD35A #72 Diesel Engine w/Legacy

I ordered this out of Lionel's 2010 Volume 2 catalog. It looks great, sounds great and runs fantastic. It's huge. Made in 2011, added to my set in January 2012.

6-28382 US Army 3GS21B Genset Switcher #6502

Love the colors! Made in 2011, added to my collection in May of 2012.

6-28448 CSX 4850TM Trackmobile

From Lionel's 2009 Volume 2 catalog, this little gem is equipped with TMCC control and is very cool looking. Making in 2009, added to my set in November of 2010.

6-28475 Union Pacific Early Era Inspection Vehicle

It's awesome that they are now able to put TMCC in stuff this small. Made in 2011, added to my collection in June of 2012.

6-29364 New York Central Water Level Freight Set

This set is awesome. It comes with a really nice Mohawk steam engine, 3 freight cars and a caboose. Awesome. Made in 2013, added to my collection in January of 2014.



6-29365 Norfolk & Western 4-8-4 J-Class #611 Pocahontas Passenger Set

It took Lionel forever to finally make this set, but it was worth the wait. It's gorgeous. The passenger cars are made from extruded aluminum, which only adds to the overall quality of the set. Made in 2014, added to my set in February of 2015.



6-31773 Norfolk Southern Dash-9 TankTrain Set w/Legacy

From Lionel's 2008 catalog, this is a very nice set. The engine lacks some of the detail I'd expect on a premium engine, but it runs fantastic and sound great too! This is a 2008 model, added to my set in October of 2009. You can see this engine in action by clicking here.

6-31783 BNSF Ice Cold Express AC6000 #32 Diesel Engine w/Legacy

This AC6000 leads the Ice Cold Express train set that I ordered from Lionel's 2010 Volume 1 catalog. It's not based on anything real, but it's still neat looking. The set consisted of this engine, 3 57' mechanical refrigeration cars (1 with sound and 1 with smoke) and an extended vision caboose. Not a bad deal for $800. Made in 2011, added to my collection in January of 2012

6-34613 Norfolk Southern SD70M-2 #2658 Diesel Engine w/Legacy

Gorgeous engines that sound great. Lionel's Legacy SD70's are fantastic. Made in 2011, added to my set in October of 2011.

6-34613 Norfolk Southern SD70M-2 #2663 Diesel Engine w/Legacy

Just like the other SD70M-2 above, but a different road number. Made in 2011, added to my set in October of 2011.

6-34617 Florida East Coast SD70M-2 #103 Diesel Engine w/Legacy

Great pain scheme and a great runner. Made in 2011, added to my collection in October of the same year.

6-34673.jpg Vision Line Union Pacific Baldwin Centipede A-A Set #998 & #999

Lionel's 2012 Vision Line offering. Expensive, but fantastic. 46 inches of die-cast metal with 4 motors, 4 smoke units and spinning fans on top of each unit. Made in 2012, added to my set in August of 2012.

6-34757 Seaboard C-420 Diesel #127 w/Legacy

I picked this up because I found the long alligator nose really neat. Sounds great and runs great too! Made in 2012, added to my set in June of 2012.

6-34779 CSX SD40-2 #8028

From my 2012 vol. 1 catalog order. Looks great! Made in 2012, added to my collection in May of 2012.

6-34780 CSX SD40-2 #8033

Made in 2012, added to my collection in May of 2012.

6-37062 Norfolk Southern TMCC Speeder

Great little speeder, now with TMCC. Made in 2012, added to my collection in January 2013.

6-37065 BNSF TMCC Speeder

Lionel's classic speeder is finally equipped with TMCC! I've been waiting for this for years. Made in 2012, added to my collection in January 2013.



6-38354 #1464W Union Pacific Anniversary Passenger Set (Alco AA #2023)

This is a reissue of the 2023 anniversary set from 1950. My dad had the original 2023 engines when he was a kid (I've still got those engines), so I decided to get a brand new reissue so that I could see how they looked when they were brand new. The set includes both AA units plus 3 passenger cars. This set does not feature command control, but I will probably add it later. Made in 2012, added to my collection in January of 2013.

6-38417 Burlington Northern Bicentennial Diesel #1776 w/Legacy U30C

I didn't order one of these from the catalog, but I liked it a lot so I picked it up from Legacy Station. Gorgeous engine! Made in 2011, added to my set in December of the same year.

6-38424 Southern U30C #3804 Diesel Engine w/Legacy

I didn't order this one from the catalog, but picked it up on a whim at Legacy Station. Beautiful engine and it sounds great. Built in 2011, added to my set in October of 2011.

6-38546 Kansas City Southern 3GS21B Genset Switcher #1404 w/Legacy

Although lionel dropped the awesome smoke effects when they took these out of the vision line, they're still great engines. Built in 2011, added to my set in October of the same year.

6-38568 New York Central RF-16 Sharknose Diesel A-A Set

I got this because I like the old NYC lightning stripe paint scheme. Great sounds and features. Made in 2013, added to my collection in November of 2013.

6-38702 Rio Grande LEGACY F-3 A-A Diesels

This outfit also consists of the 6-38705 powered B-Unit and the 6-38706 unpowered B-Unit. A beautiful looking string of F3's. Built in 2012, added to my collection in August of 2012.

6-38717 Milwaukee Road F-7 A-A Set w/added B unit

This is beautiful set that sounds great. I added the additional B-unit to make this an A-B-A set. The additional B-Unit is item number 6-38720. Made in 2012, added to my set in August of 2012.

6-38805 Conrail Scale Trackmobile

Love these little gems. Very detailed and equipped with command control. Made in 2012, added to my collection in August of 2012.

6-38806 Norfolk Southern Trackmobile

From my 2012 vol. 1 catalog order. Made in 2012, added to my collection in May of 2012.

6-38856 Burlington Mark Twain Zephyr

This gorgeous all-metal set is so awesome. Love it. Made in 2013, added to my collection in November of 2013.

6-38942 Norfolk Southern Heritage - Central of Georgia ES344 #8101

Living in Georgia meant I had to get this one. Made in 2013, added to my collection in December of 2013.

6-39606 Florida East Coast E9 A-A Diesel

This is a great A-A set and I love the colors. My first FEC piece. Made in 2013, added to my collection in April of 2014.

6-39636 Savannah & Atlanta NS Heritage LEGACY SD70ACe Diesel #1065

Part of Lionel's NS Heritage series. Love the paint scheme and the local roadname. Made in 2013, added to my collection in August of 2013.

6-39639 Virginian NS Heritage LEGACY SD70ACe Diesel #1069

Part of Lionel's great NS Heritage series. Great paint scheme. Made in 2013, added to my set in August of 2013.

6-42560 Norfolk Southern Heritage - Monongahela ES44 #8025

Looks great! Made in 2013, added to my collection in January of 2014.



6-81094 Conrail "Big Blue" 86' Hi-Cube Boxcar Set w/SD70MAC #4133

This is a great set and the hi-cube box cars are awesome. Built in 2014, added to my collection in June of 2015

6-81176 Canadian National ES44 Diesel w/Legacy

Great paint scheme and sound! Made in 2014, added to my collection in January of 2015.

6-81180 Black Unlettered 2-8-2 Heavy Mikado

I bought this, thinking it would be cool to letter it myself at some point for the AWRX. Made in 2015, added to my collection in December of the same year.

6-81215 Southern H-24-66 Trainmaster #6300 w/Legecy

Not completely accurate to the real Southern trainmasters, but close enough. Sounds great! Made in 2014, added to my collection in November of 2014.

6-81237 Seaboard E8 Diesel A-A Set w/Legacy

A beautiful A-A set of Seaboard E8's. Built in 2014, added to my collection in May of 2015.

6-81247 Pennsylvania M1a Coal Hauler Set

This is a beautiful set. The engine is awesome, which a smoking whistle. The hoppers are a brand new tooling and look amazing, and the caboose is wonderfully detailed with LED lighting and a smoke unit. Well done! Cataloged in 2014, added to my collection in September of 2015.

6-81447 Norfolk Southern Command Control Tie-Jector Car

Yeah, it's not very prototypical, but it sure is fun to run. Made in 2015, added to my collection in May of 2016.

6-82184 Pennsylvania B6sb 0-6-0 Steam Locomotive #1670

I've always been a fan of the B6, so I'm really glad to finally have my first model of one. A great little switcher! Made in 2015, added to my set in September of 2015.

6-82214 Kansas City Southern "Southern Belle" ES44AC Diesel #4685

What a nice pain scheme. Made in 2015, added to my collection in December of the same year.

6-82219 Florida East Coast ES44AC Diesel #804

Great paint scheme. Made in 2015, added to my collection in December 2015.

6-82266 Canadian National 4-6-0 Ten Wheeler Steam Locomotive #1158

I like this little engine a lot, even though it's by no means the fanciest steam engine in my collection. It's got a nice sound to it and runs great. Made in 2015, added to my collection in June of 2015.

6-82282 Conrail SD40 Diesel #6308

Cataloged in 2016, added to my collection in May of 2016.

6-82284 Conrail SD40 Diesel #6300

Cataloged in 2016, added to my collection in May of 2016.

6-82340 Norfolk & Western 2-8-8-2 Yb6 Steam Locomotive #2171

A gorgeous representation of a legendary locomotive! Built in 2015, added to my collection in June of 2015.

6-82528 EMPIRE STATE EXPRESS SET (LEGACY SCALE J3A HUDSON #5426)

This is a stunning set, made all the more better by the fantastic new 21" passenger cars. A+. I purchased 2 additional passenger cars to add to this set, making a total of 6 cars. Made in 2015, added to my collection in December of 2015.

6-82959 115th Anniversary Berkshire

A gorgeous engine to celebrate Lionel's 115th anniversary. They call it a nano-painted finish, but it basically looked like chrome plating. Made in 2015, added to my collection in November of 2015.

6_82232 NICKEL PLATE ROAD LEGACY ALCO PA ABA Set

This consists of the 6-82232 AA set plus the add-on 6-82252 powered B unit. Great engines! Made in 2015, added to my collection in December of 2015.

8304 Steam Engine & Tender

I picked up a set from the early 70's on ebay that had this engine along with 5 cars for $32! Not bad. The e-unit on this engine was having some trouble when I got it, but I got that fixed at a local shop. The smoke stack really cranks out a ton of smoke! The tender whistle doesn't sound quite right, so I'll probably have to fix that as well...or get it fixed.

 

Lionel Rolling Stock (127 items, sorted by item number)

6-16068 Union Pacific "Romeo" Baggage Car (6068)

I bought this set of 5 cars in the early 90's. They are great looking and well built.

6-16069 Union Pacific "New Haven" Combo Car (6069

Added to my collection in the early 90's

6-16070 Union Pacific "Plainfield" Pullman Car (6070)

Added to my collection in the early 90's

6-16072 Union Pacific "St. Clair Shores" Vista Dome Car (6072)

Added to my collection in the early 90's

6-16074 Union Pacific "Livingston" Observation Car (6074)

Added to my collection in the 90's

6-16244 Duluth South Shore & Atlantic Boxcar

Built 1-93. This is pretty much the same type of boxcar as my Santa Fe model. It's nothing too fancy and mostly plastic, but it looks nice on the layout.

6-16244 Wabash Gondola

This was part of a set of 6 or so cars that I picked up on ebay. The whole lot cost me $15, I think. This car is used for weathering tests and other "non revenue" purposes. :)

6-16317 Pennsylvania Railroad Barrel Ramp Car

Another car that I added in the early 90's. The thin and fragile plastic rails have broken several times over the years, but never anything super glue couldn't fix.

6-16333 Frisco Bulkhead Car

I picked this one up off of ebay for a few bucks. It's a 1991, so it had a lot of plastic on it. However, it still adds some nice character to my layout. I replaced the cheap plastic trucks with die-cast trucks, so the car has a nice weight to it.

6-16485 Copper Range Ore Car

Built in 2005. Despite being a lower end car made mostly of plastic (including the plastic trucks), this is a nice looking car. I use this car for weathering tests.

6-16505 Wabash Caboose

This is a cheap caboose that I've used for weathering tests and other "non revenue" purposes.

6-16533 Chicago & Northwest Bay Window Caboos

This was one of the first new cars I got for the set back in the early 90's. For the time, it was a pretty nice car. It doesn't have die-cast trucks, but it's quite attractive nevertheless. It's a lighted caboose, and I have made a custom modification by placing thin paper over all of the windows. Not only does covering the windows give the illuminated car a warmer look, but it also provides a bit more realism since you are not able to look into the car and see the light assembly. I like to use this technique on a lot of my other lighted train accessories as well. The paper is attached with some Elmer's glue, so it can be easily removed at any time.

6-16601 Canadian National Searchlight Car

Another one of the set of 6 cars I got on ebay for dirt cheap. Yeah, it's cheap 80's Lionel crap, but it works perfectly.

6-16610 Track Maintenance Car

An ebay find. Not a scale car, but it's nice for kids to run.

6-16907 Flatcar w/Farm Tractors

My son loves the little tractors. Built 1-94, purchased by me on ebay for $15 in October 2005.

6-17026 Delaware & Hudson 50 Ton Offset Hopper

These new offset hoppers that Lionel has made are simply gorgeous. In my opinion, these cars blow away just about any postwar car as far as beauty and sheer craftsmanship are concerned. These things are big, bulky, heavy as hell and oh so very detailed. I've got 2 of them so far, but I plan to get a few more before it's all said and done. Lionel has to compete for the train market now, and they have really come through with this series.

6-17027 Illinois Central 50 Ton Offset Hopper

Just like the one above, except it's Illinois Central. Man, I can't get over how gorgeous these cars are.

6-17041 Great Northern Offset Hopper #73530

You guessed it, just like the 2 above. I can't get enough of these big and heavy beauties.

6-17042 Green Bay & Western Offset Hopper #418

Another one like the 3 above. I've got 4 of these hefty hopers now, and they look so good on the layout!

6-17251 BNSF 50' Modern Boxcar

A nicely done boxcar. My favorite part is the well done roof, which isn't visible in the photo. Made in 1999 and added to my set in March 2007.

6-17588 CSX Husky Stack

I got this as a birthday present from my dad. Built 2005, added to my layout in January 2006.

6-17589 TTX Trailer Train Husky Stack

Just like the Husky Stack above the real-life versions of this car go though the CSX yard behind my place all the time, so I was really happy to get this. It's a big, rugged car and is highly detailed. This car was built in 2005 and bought by me in November of the same year.

6-17900 Santa Fe Uni-Body Tank Car

This 1990 tanker is not too bad for the age in which it was made. Yes, the tank itself is cheap plastic and so is much of the rest of the car. However, the trucks are die-cast, which makes this a pretty nice car overall. I picked it up for a few bucks on ebay. I have since weathered this car. It was my second weathering attempt. I made a slight goof on the underside of the car, but otherwise I think it looks pretty good.

6-17983 GATX Tank Train 3-Pack

I ordered these at the same time I ordered the new Legacy Norfolk Southern Tank Train set. I found it funny that this expansion pack came in before that actual set that it's supposed to enhance. At any rate, these cars are wonderfully detailed and very, very beautiful. Well done, Lionel! Made in 2008, added to my set in November of 2008.

6-18490 Union Pacific Ballast Tamper

Pretty much useless on my DCS layout for right now., but still a neat little gadget. The little tampers move up and down as the unit moves. I'd like to eventually upgrade this to TMCC. Added to my collection in March of 2006.

6-18497 Norfolk & Western Speeder

I plan to eventually upgrade this to TMMC functionality. Added to my collection in March of 2006

6-19216 Santa Fe Boxcar

This is just a cheap boxcar, but it has special meaning for me. After I took possession of my dad's old Lionel set in 1990, this car was the first new car that I added to the set. Moreover, it was the first new car to run with the set in over 30 years. I think I bought this for around $30, which was a ton of money to me at the time. This is a 1990 model.

6-19216 Santa Fe Boxcar

I found this on ebay. It exactly like the one above, which makes for a nice pair of cars. Sure, they're the same car number, but who cares? Built in 1990.

6-19567 Railway Express Agency Reefer

A reissue car by Lionel. Very high quality and a beautiful car any way you look at it. I added this car to my collection in July of 2005.

6-19653 Jersey Central Tool Car

An early 90's addition to the set. It's not too fancy, but it does light up! Pretty good quality too.

6-21853 BNSF PS-2 4427 Hopper 3-Pack

These are out of Lionel's 2006 catalog. I like that Lionel has started using the trucks with the rotating bearing caps like Atlas does. It adds another level of realism. These hoppers are very nicely done. Made in 2006 and added to my set in June 2007.

6-21877 Domino Sugar Unibody Tank Car 3-Pack

Very nice modern era scale tankers from Lionel. I picked this set and the one below for a discounted price from a Lionel dealer whose website I designed and manage. From the rotating bearing caps to the many die-cast parts, these tankers are sweet. The 3 cars in this set are sequentially numbered, which is an added bonus. Made in 2007, added to my set in February of 2008.

6-21878 Procor Unibody Tank Car 3-Pack

Same type of tankers as the Domino set above, but with Procor markings. Made in 2007 and added to my set in February of 2008.

6-21895 Burlington Northern Husky Stack 2-Pack

Added to my collection sometime in 2008.

6-25059 Democrat 2008 Election Boxcar

I figured these were unique cars, and since my local train store was selling them for 50% off I decided to pick them up.

6-25060 Republican 2008 Election Boxcar

I figured these were unique cars, and since my local train store was selling them for 50% off I decided to pick them up. Naturally, I think the republican car looks a little nicer than the decocrat car. ;)

6-25622 Milwaukee Road 18" Aluminum Passenger Car 4-pack

These stellar all-aluminum cars are awesome. They're simply gorgeous. Made in 2013, added to my collection in January of 2014.

6-25623 Milwaukee Road 18" Aluminum Passenger Car 2-pack

These stellar all-aluminum cars are awesome. They're simply gorgeous. Made in 2013, added to my collection in January of 2014.

6-25631 Lincoln Funeral Train Passenger Car 2-pack

2 additional cars for the Lincoln funeral train. Made in 2013, added to my collection in December of 2014.

6-25654 Southern "Crescent Limited" Heavywight Passenger Car 4-Pack

This is the matching passenger set to the Crescent Limited 4-6-2 Pacific. Wonderfully detailed and very well built! Made in 2012, added to my collection in March of 2013.

6-26132 Union Pacific Single Dome Tanker

picked this up at a local train store recently. This is a beautiful die-cast car and was instantly one of my favorites. It's not a scale car, but it's still very nice.

6-26147 Archive Collection Diamond Chemicals Tank Car

One from Lionel's archive. The same high quality construction as the UP tanker listed above. A very nice car.

6-26766 Priority Mail Operating Box Car

Another high quality car that Lionel has put out recently. Nice construction all around, and you can't beat the classic operating boxcar bit. The car came with a tiny little mailbag that you can attach to the mailman and he will throw it out of the car when he pops out. I had no idea the mailbox existed until I was packing the car up for the move to our new house and found it taped to the plastic liner in the box. This car was built in 2001, and I bought it in August of 2005.

6-26781 #3540 Operating Radar Car

This is remake of the original postwar #3540 Operating Radar Car. It's really cool. I've got a soft spot for all of those 50'/60's Cold War era cars. So cool!

6-26820 Penguin Transport Aquarium Car

Since the old 3435 aquarium cars are pretty expensive to get, I picked up this 2005 version. It's really a well made and beautiful car to have. The way that this car operates is so neat. Basically, you have clear windows on the outside, and on the inside there is a long piece of plastic with pictures of fish (or penguins in this case) on it. When electricity hits the car, little motors inside slowly roll the plastic film by and it gives the appearance that the fish/penguins are swimming around inside the car. This car is a perfect example of why I think that the postwar engineering by Lionel was so darn clever. They had to figure out ways to do it all "analog", with no help from computers or microchips or any of that stuff we take for granted now.

6-26934 Phillips Petroleum Die-Cast Tank Car

Exactly like the Union Pacific car below, except with the Phillips 66 logo. An amazingly rugged and beautiful car. I think that only piece of plastic on these tank cars are the armatures on the trucks.

6-26943 Union Pacific Oil Die-Cast Tank Car

Almost 100% die-cast metal construction, this 1998 tanker is just lovely. It's heavy as hell and has those nice sprung trucks. This beauty easily stacks up to anything that the postwar era cranked out.

6-27047 Chessie PS2 Hopper #600120

The local trainstore, Atlanta Trains, was having a 40% off sale so I snagged this car and the two cars below this one. Three brand new cars for just over $100 is a damn good deal. I'd been looking for some Chessie System stuff anyway, so it was nice to get these for a good price. I like the these hoppers have opening roof hatches. I'm going to weather both of these cars in the near future. Made in 2008, added to my set in July of 2008.

6-27048 Chessie PS2 Hopper #600125

Just like the hopper above, but a different road number. Made in 2008, added to my set in July of 2008.



6-27169 Canadian National Cylindrical Hopper #370708

When I bought this cylindrical hopper, it appeared to be dull gray color you see in the first picture here. That's the side that was facing out in the box when I bought it. When I got home and opened it up, however, I turned to car over to find a literal rainbow of color other side. Maybe this was part of CN's Gay Pride series. Hehe. In case your curious, the chemical formula on the side of the car, OCN[CH2]6NCO, is apparently the formula for "Hexamethylene diisocyanate" which is apparently a chemical used to harden paint. At least that's what Wikipedia had to say about it. This car is nicely done and is strikingly similar to Atlas' version of the cylindrical hopper. Made in 2007, added to my set in July of 2008.

6-27184 Chicago & Northwestern 3-bay Hopper #135001

This car is all die-cast and is incredibly well done as well as quite heavy. Built in 2007 and added to my set in January 2008.

6-27185 Chicago & Northwestern 3-bay Hopper #135002

I got this car about a week after the one above. Same car, different road number. Built in 2007 and added to my set in January 2008.

6-27235 Railbox Modern Boxca

I picked this car up at The Roundhouse in North Hollywood while I was on a business trip in Los Angeles. It's your basic Lionel scale boxcar with an attactive paint job, die-cast sprung trucks and a metal brake wheel. If you've ever wondered why Railbox cars carry the slogan "Next Load Any Road", click here for the answer. Made in 2007, added to my collection in February of 2008.

6-27397 BNSF 57' Mechanical Refrigerator Car w/Cooling Generator Sound Effects

The reefer is part of the Ice Cold Express set I ordered from Lionel's 2010 Volume 1 catalog. This is a sound car that makes cooling generator sounds on a 2 minute cycle. Made in 2011, added to my set in January of 2012.

6-27398 BNSF 57' Mechanical Refrigerator Car w/Ice Cold Smoke Effect

The reefer is part of the Ice Cold Express set I ordered from Lionel's 2010 Volume 1 catalog. This car has a smoke unit inside that creates an "ice cold" frost effect when activated. Pretty cool. Made in 2011, added to my set in January of 2012.

6-27399 BNSF 57' Mechanical Refrigerator Car

The reefer is part of the Ice Cold Express set I ordered from Lionel's 2010 Volume 1 catalog. Made in 2011, added to my set in January of 2012.



6-27410 Vision Line 30,000 Gallon Ethanol Tank Car 3-Pack

These Vision Line tank cars are amazing! In a nutshell, the "smart" cars sense when the train is moving and make appropriate tank care movement sounds. These sounds include tank fluid sounds, squealing brakes, flat wheels, air brakes and many more. Very, very cool cars! Made in 2010, added to my set in September of 2010

6-27412 GATX Tank Train Car #53782

An add-on car to Lionel's fantastic Tank Train series of cars. Great stuff. Made in 2010, added to my set in August of 2013.

6-27440 Burlington Northern Cylindrical Hopper

Made in 2010, added to my collection in April of 2012.

6-27446 Norfolk Southern Heritage Southern Cylindrical Hopper

A Christmas gift from my wife in 2010. Part of Lionel Norfolk Souther Heritage Series. Amazing looking! Makde in 2009, added to my set in December of 2010.

6-27462 Chessie ACF 4-bay Hopper

Aluminum body! Made in 2011, added to my set in March of 2012.

6-27523 TTX Trailer Train Husky Stack

This car and it's matching counterpart below were the first batch to come in from my 2006 catalog orders. Amazing detail and quite lovely. Built in 2006 and added to my collection in October 2006.

6-27524 TTX Trailer Train Husky Stack

The counterpart to the husky stack above.

6-27546 GBRX Husky Stack

Nice die-cast construction on the car body. Added to my set in 2007.

6-27637 BNSF Ice Cold Express Extended Vision Caboose #31

The caboose is part of the Ice Cold Express set I ordered from Lionel's 2010 Volume 1 catalog. It's got a VERY detailed interior and a smoke unit that puts smoke out of the stack on top. Made in 2011, added to my set in January of 2012.

6-27685 Norfolk Southern Heritage - Central of Georgia Ca-4 Caboose

Matches the C of G heritage ES44 I picked up at the same time. Made in 2013, added to my collection in December of 2013.

6-27877 New Haven Double Door Boxcar

Made in 2011, added to my set in April of 2012.

6-27892 Conrail PS5 Gondola w/Covers #612690

I've weathered this gondola, I think it turned out pretty good. Made in 2011, added to my collection in February of 2012.

6-27929 Union Pacific O27 Streamlined Anniversary Passenger Car 2-Pack

I got these as an add-on to the UP Anniversary Set that I bought. Made in 2012, added to my collection in January of 2013.

6-28409 Conrail Rail Bonder

I picked this up on ebay for $32. Apparently, a rail bonder welds the rails on the roads. At any rate, it's nice little piece and will help add realism on the layout. This was made in 2006 and added to my collection in January of 2007.

6-29203 Maine Central Boxcar

I love this little gem. It's nothing fancy, but the yellow body adds some nice character to my set. Very solid construction with die-cast sprung trucks. Built January of 1997, bought by me Sept. of 2005.

6-29603 Comet Single Done Tank Car

My girlfriend thought this car was cute, so I picked it up. It's very high quality, like most of the other tank cars that Lionel has been putting out. Built 2005, added to my collection in October 2005.

6-29717 Norfolk Southern Extended Vision Caboose

Since the use of the caboose is almost nonexistent on modern railroads (there are a few exceptions here and there), I'm usually not a big caboose fan. However, when I saw this one, I instantly knew it would make a perfect companion to my MTH Norfolk Southern Dash-9. This is a nicely built unit with die cast trucks, interior illumination and a smoke unit as well. Since this picture was taken, I have attached translucent paper to the windows of the cupola (upper windows) so that the interior bulb is not so obvious. It seems to me to it'd be more realistic for Lionel to frost all of the windows at the factory, but oh well. Built in 2005, and bought by me in November of 2005.

6-29885 Burlington Northern Command Control Crane Car

These command control crane cars are so awesome, you just have to see them in action to believe it. I love this car! Made in 2010, added to my set in May of 2011.

6-29886 Burlington Northern Command Control Boom Car

This car compliments the BN crane car and provides all of the sound for the crane. Amazing stuff! Made in 2010, added to my set in May 2011.

6-34359 2011 Dealer Appreciation Boxcar

This car was given to me as a gift from one of my Facebook fans. Thanks, Bobby! Made in 2011, added to my set in May of 2012.

6-36029 Southern Pacific Auto Carrier

Built 1999, bought by me in November 2005.

6-36262 Central of Georgia Box Car

Even though Lionel has been making more high quality stuff since the mid 1990's, they still crank out some low end cheap stuff. Even with it's plastic trucks and couplers, it still looks nice. I mainly got this car because I've lived in Georgia all my life and wanted something having to do with Georgia railroads on my layout. One funny thing that I noted about this car is that the brake wheel is made of metal. On Lionel's higher end cars that use more die-cast metal, this is usually no surprise. However, the lower end cars with plastic trucks and couplers usually have plastic brake wheels. I guess it's a sign that even in the cheaper cars, Lionel has improved quality. This car was built in 2004 and bought by me in October 2005.

6-36727 WeyerHaeuser "Moe and Joe" Operating Lumber Car

Built in 2003 and bought by me in September of 2005, this is a great high quality car. When activated by a control track, the two men (Moe and Joe) unload sheets of wood into the dump bin (included with Car) one sheet at a time. It came with about 5 or 6 sheets of wood that get unloaded. A real beauty of a car to adorn my layout! watch quicktime video

6-36740 3469 Lionel Lines Coal Dump Car

Part of Lionel's "Celebration Series", this is an exact replica of the original 3469 dump car. I actually have an original 3469 in my postwar collection, and the two cars look fantastic side by side.

6-36766 Erie Chase Gondola

The classic animated gondola with the cop chasing the hobo. I actually found it pretty hard to find the classic cop and hobo scenario. These days, most of the animated gondola's depict something silly like the Simpson's chasing each other or santa and his reindeer. Not that those are bad, I just like the original idea better. Built in 2004, bought by me in October of 2005

6-36780 Sea-Monkeys Aquarium Car

Still on an aquarium car kick after I got the Penguin Transport car above, I picked up this little number. I remember seeing ads for Sea-Monkeys when I was growing up, so this car gives me a good chuckle every time I look at it. Definitely a unique car, and very good quality to boot! Built 2004.

6-39204 6464 Series X New Haven Boxcar

Just like the classic postwar version, except with sprung trucks! Made in the USA in 2001, bought by me on ebay in Sept. of 2005.

6-39248 Erie (Lackawanna) Double Door Box Car

Built in 2003 and bought by me in October 2005. This is a solidly built box car with die-cast sprung trucks. Opening the doors on this car reveals a hobo with a guitar sitting on the floor. The livery on the side of the car reads "The Route of Phoebe Snow". If you're like me and have no clue who the hell Phoebe Snow was, click here for the Wikipedia.org explanation.

6-39337.jpg George Washington Boxcar

For 2012 Lionel decided to start making a limited number of boxcar here in the USA again. The Mount Rushmore series of boxcars (Roosevelt, Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln) were the first series to be made. This is the Washington car. They look fantastic. I don't usually buy much O-27 stuff these days, but I had to buy these to support Lionel's decision to bring some manufacturing back home! Made in 2012, added to my set in August of 2012.

6-39338 Abraham Lincoln Boxcar

For 2012 Lionel decided to start making a limited number of boxcar here in the USA again. The Mount Rushmore series of boxcars (Roosevelt, Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln) were the first series to be made. This is the Lincoln car. They look fantastic. I don't usually buy much O-27 stuff these days, but I had to buy these to support Lionel's decision to bring some manufacturing back home! Made in 2012, added to my set in August of 2012.

6-39339 Theodore Roosevelt Boxcar

For 2012 Lionel decided to start making a limited number of boxcar here in the USA again. The Mount Rushmore series of boxcars (Roosevelt, Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln) were the first series to be made. This is the Roosevelt car. They look fantastic. I don't usually buy much O-27 stuff these days, but I had to buy these to support Lionel's decision to bring some manufacturing back home! Made in 2012, added to my set in August of 2012.

6-39340 Thomas Jefferson Boxcar

For 2012 Lionel decided to start making a limited number of boxcar here in the USA again. The Mount Rushmore series of boxcars (Roosevelt, Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln) were the first series to be made. This is the Jefferson car. They look fantastic. I don't usually buy much O-27 stuff these days, but I had to buy these to support Lionel's decision to bring some manufacturing back home! Made in 2012, added to my set in August of 2012.

6-39406 Republic Steel Hot Metal Car #101

Simply gorgeous! This 2004 model is almost 100% die-cast, weighs about a ton and would certainly elicit some very colorful language if you dropped it on your foot. In fact, it's so heavy that it has 6 wheels on each truck. When the track is energized, the hot molten load of metal inside the car glows! I bought this in August of 2005.

6-39624 Erie NS Heritage SD70ACe #1068

Beautiful Erie paint scheme on the Norfolk Southern Heritage SD70ACe. Built in 2013, added to my collection in September of 2013.

6-81142 Vision Line Pacific Fruit Express Steel-Sided Reefer 3-Pack

The latest freight offerings from Lionel's Vision Line. Equipped with sounds and features to enhance the entire trains, these cars are exceptionally cool. Made in 2015, added my collection in June of 2015.

6-81487 Ronald Reagan Boxcar

The Gipper! Made in 2015, added to my collection in September of 2015.

6-81518 Moonpie Boxcar

Quite an attractive car! Made in 2015, added to my collection in September of 2015.

6-82394 Union Pacific Auxiliary Water Tender

This is an auxiliary water tender, meant to be paired up with the Vision Line Big Boy. Built in 2014, added to my collection in July of 2015.

6-82396 Union Pacific Commemorative Edition Auxiliary Water Tender #907857

These were made my Lionel to be coupled with the Vision Line Big Boy. I now have 2 of these. I picked this one up at the York train meet. They look great. Made in 2014, added to my collection in October of 2015.

9015 Reading Hopper

Built 1-73. This car is part of a 1973 set that I picked up on ebay. They came with a 8304 steam engine. Back in 1990 when I first started getting new cars, I thought the late 80's and early 90's cars were pretty cheaply made. I now know that they were spectacular cars compared to some of the stuff that Lionel put out in the 70's. This stuff is REALLY cheaply made. Plastic everything. The only metal parts on these things are the axles wheels. Even the little rivet thing that hold the truck to the car is plastic! Thank God Lionel doesn't put out stuff like this anymore. I have since put die-cast sprung trucks on this piece, which has made all the difference.

9125 Norfolk & Western Trailer Train

Built 1-73. More cheap 70's stuff. I use this for airbrush weathering tests.

9141 Burlington Northern Gondola

Built 1-70. Another ebay find. I think I paid about $9 for this one.

9704 Norfolk & Western Boxcar

Picked this up for a few bucks on ebay. Made in 1972. It's not scale, so I don't use it very much, but it's still a nice car.

lionel_6-26604.jpg Halloween Spooky Grave Gondola

picked this up at Legacy Station so that I could have a Halloween themed car for the 2009 Piedmont Pilgrimage, since my open house fell on Halloween. It's a cute car. Made in 2009, added to my set in October of 2009.

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