It has been a number of years since I lasted added a post about a new (to me) Lionel train car to the blog, but today I'm sharing a car that I've had for a couple of years (I think), but since I just cleaned out a closet, I found it. It is: 6-39391: U.S. ARMY MADE IN USA FLATCAR. The listing on Lionel says that it was from the 2016 catalog - which means that I likely received it in 2017. The listing says that there's one of these for each of the branches of the military - this one is for the US Army. It has a separate 'load' from the flatcar that you can see in the box below. I mentioned in January that we *did* set up our Christmas train this year , but we didn't run this car. It will go into the tubs and maybe get a shot at the layout next Christmas.
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The boy had a proper Christmas train setup this year with the basement being done. (or mostly done) You can see his setup (a large oval) with a steam O-gauge locomotive running with some rolling stock behind it. The tubs in the corner contain a few more pieces of track and cars that we didn't get to this year, but it still is a Christmas tradition. My Dad set up a Christmas train with me. And I'm setting up a Christmas train with the KotBTs. Here's last year's post - 2020 Christmas train . In our new house, this marks four years - 2017, 2018, 2020 and 2021 (now). There's a very short period of time these days for a boy to be interested in these model trains. With our train being O Gauge (larger than the most popular - these days at least - HO), I think that also limits the potential in these trains. HO (smaller) can pack A LOT more into a layout with the same footprint and the hobby is more well-formed for adults at that scale. You can go to hobby shop
I was out walking one morning and came across this little garden railway. It is not too far from our house, but I've never come across it before, despite walking around for the past few years. It totally reminds me of the Epcot garden train that is just outside the Germany Pavilion - I've posted a photo of that railway here . This setup isn't huge - maybe eight feet by six feet and has a couple of switches and fie buildings. There is no locomotive or rolling stock out, so I'm guessing that they run this seasonally. The pond is a nice touch, too. There's a little bench for kids to sit in on the far left of the photo above, so it wouldn't be too much of a stretch to think that this is a grandpa's house/railway that he runs with his grandkids. I *think* this is O Gauge - or thereabouts - and not a big garden train nor a train the size of Walt Disney's where you could ' ride aboard '. There are a few cars from the Carolwood Pacific Railw
We were at Menards recently (of course we were) and in addition to all their Christmas decorations being out on display , we took a spin through their other seasonal section including the O Gauge train setup. There were a few interesting buildings that I haven't seen before including a branded Starbucks store and this vintage-looking Wally's Shell station . But, this grocery store - the Piggly Wiggly - is one of the standouts. The product listing on Menards site is here where you can find all the details. (Well... maybe this UFO scene with an animated claw device pulling a cow into the belly of the ship is a standout, too! Or...maybe this odd Taco Bell with a drive-thru ? The Piggly Wiggly is a nice Wisconsin-centric addition to the line of buildings that Menards continues to put out every year. There are more than 50 Piggly Wigglys in Wisconsin - including the only one I've ever been to in Lake Geneva. Here, below, is Menards video that shows off that lit
One of my Christmas traditions is going to the annual Dupage County Train Show with my Dad, my nephew and my kids. I've posted about it the past few years and have done a little show-and-tell in posts of the items that we've added to the Mantleburg line. Last year, I posted photos of the Plasticville Drug Store , a Schlitz Beer Lionel Billboard , an American Flyer Lackawanna Bridge , and a 70's or 80's era Lionel Flag Pole . In 2016, we added an operating car or two . This year, I ended up buying just one thing: this Marx Tin Plate Pre-War trackside sign. It was just $2 and I liked the looks of it, so I made the deal. It doesn't operate or animate and it isn't exactly in line with the kids Mantleburg line (with our FasTrack and all), but that's just fine. I've added it to our Christmas Train layout and I think it adds a nice, vintage touch. One of the things at the show that I was talking to my Dad and Nephew about was the fact tha
Just yesterday, I posted about with the kid's Christmas Train (the Mantleburg Line) set up in the basement, we're using more of our cars that we've picked up in the past few years while the trains were in storage. The operating barrel car that I shared yesterday was, as I noted, in a weird color gold and brown box from Lionel . In that post, I showed the components of the operating car - including the barrels, the car and just the simple tray to 'collect' the barrels once they're pushed out of the car. We run FasTrack from Lionel, so *that* setup is easy to use. Meaning...you don't need to modify any of the track/trackside in any way. The little tray just sits next to a segment of operating FasTrack and the car simply "works". Nice and easy - especially for us with the kids at the controls. Today's post is about a different operating car: The 3356 Santa Fe Operating Horse Car and Corral. Lionel part 6-19895. The car is liste
With our Christmas Train (The Mantleburg Line) set up down in the basement for the first time in a few years, I've been able to go a little deeper into the archives of Lionel O Gauge cars and accessories than before. One of the cars that I picked up over the years is this Operating Barrel Car. It is in this weird gold and brown Lionel box listed as "Limited Edition Series". This is the only car that is in *this* style of box. It runs on the Union Pacific line and is Lionel #6-9290. Inside the box is the car. Along with six barrels and the little tray that the barrels land in when you operate the car. In the most ideal situation, you wouldn't use that little tray, but instead have a barrel loader accessory (which we don't have!). To give you a sense for how it would work together, here's a video showing the operating car (that we have!) along with the loader. We're going to get this car up and running on the Mantleburg line tonight, so
For my birthday earlier this year, I was given this MTH Burlington Line Steel-sided Reefer Car. It is marked "Way of the Zephyrs" and has the vintage "Burlington Line" rectangular logo on the side. Those of you who read the blog and follow along with the Mantleburg line model train posts (ummm...there can't be *that* many of you, right???) might be confused about this box and the mention of MTH. This isn't a Lionel train, but is from the competing challenger brand: Mike's Train House or MTH for short. This is the third (I think) MTH train car that we have on the Mantleburg line. The first one was a caboose and the other one is a Santa/Snowman handcar. This Burlington line car is kinda neat because everyday now I ride the BNSF line on the Metra.
Just yesterday, I posted a couple of photos of a boxcar that I picked up over the years at the annual Christmas Train Show in Wheaton. It was from Hamm's Beer . Today is another beer-related boxcar: one from Miller High Life. It features the classic tagline: "The Champagne of Beers" and was made two years earlier than the Hamm's one - in 1973. Similarly to the Hamm's car, this Lionel O Gauge 6-9852 billboard reefer car comes in the 1970's era Lionel Trains box and has the printed label on the side. This Miller High Life one also has an orange price sticker that the price scratched out but says "Sporting Goods". Not sure if that was the name of the store or the section of the store. Either way....kinda strange. I have a draw to vintage beer-related Lionel stuff. In addition to these two (The Hamm's one and *this* Miller High Life one), I also run a Schlitz boxcar that I'll have to capture in a photo and post. I also have
Another of the new items that Menards is showing in their O Gauge train section in stores this year is a series of gondola cars like this Santa Fe one you see above. I've written before about how my Dad runs a vintage (Post War) Santa Fe F3 locomotive and over the years I've gifted him a few Santa Fe cars from Lionel . I've never given him one from Menards, but I've bought a few on my own and while I LOVE the prices (see above..$20), I don't like two things: 1. the boxes that Menards sells these in. The packaging is NOT very re-usable. 2. the couplers. They're not great. #1 in the list above is really the biggest thing for me. We're Christmas train people. That means that we pack away our train for 10 months a year and then bring it out for the holidays. The boxes that Lionel ships their cars in are a big part of that storage process and the orange boxes have meaning to me whenever we get them out. These Menards clamshells don't reall
In addition to all the Christmas Village buildings from Lemax that I posted last week, Menards has also introduced their holiday toy section including a lot of HO and O Gauge train items. They have a bunch of cars (I've posted about some of them before ) and buildings . But this year, one item caught my eye: this Lighted Billboard . You can see it in the photo above. But also here on the Menards site . It comes with 26 different signs that you can put in the billboard ranging from vintage scenes to modern, current logos like Pepsi and Mountain Dew. Menards describes it thusly : Pre-lit and prebuilt, this O-scale billboard features 26 interchangeable decals. Decorate your billboard front and back with an assortment of colorful decals, including popular brand names and railroad advertisements. This backlit billboard also houses over 25 LED lights, ensuring your chosen decal will come to life with beautifully saturated light! Constructed of wood and metal for maximum
I picked up this pair of flat cars with Chicago and Northwestern trailers a while back at the train show, but it has not made it out of the box yet. I'm a sucker for Chicago and Northwestern (or North Western) train cars. My oldest sister worked at the C&NW before it was gobbled up by the Union Pacific. If you look closely around town, you'll still see signs for this line on bridges, buildings , stations and what-have-you. Maybe this is the year we get the full Mantleburg line out and running on a table?
I've written about the Carolwood Pacific Railroad twice before on the blog here. First, was in 2016 when we stayed at the Wilderness Lodge Villas - which has a Carolwood Pacific Room adjacent to the lobby . In the room, there's a bunch of Carolwood Pacific stuff, but the centerpiece is pair of actual cars that came from rolling stock. Then in December, I posted a photograph from that same room that showed Walt himself operating the locomotive (Steam!) with a few folks on board the Carolwood Pacific. This post features a photo that I took inside of One Man's Dream at Hollywood Studios . The description accompanying the photo of Walt oiling the steam locomotive metions that that their home was in HOlmby Hills. Here's a Curbed LA post about the property (which, I think has a house that was built in 2001 and NOT the home that Walt lived in. But...does mention the Carolwood Pacific). I've been fascinated by model trains (thanks, Dad!) and - as you guys
Yesterday, I posted about an operating chicken-sounds boxcar which is the first of a few of my potential pre-orders from the 2018 Lionel O-Gauge catalog. Today, I'm sharing the second item that I am eyeing in this year's catalog: the Moe & Joe Lumber Flatcar. Note...in the image above from the catalog the red "NEW!", which the chicken-sweeping car from yesterday didn't have . Trainworld has this one up on their pre-order site for $20 less than the listed price above and includes this description: "Moe & Joe figures unload boards at the touch of a button". The Trainworld image and description also includes the unloading bin, which is absent in the image above from the catalog. I poked around YouTube and came across this same car, but the description says that the last time it was made was 2004. So, this will be the first one in 14 years? Watching the video (I've embedded it below), I'm surprised that Moe & Joe unload jus
The folks over at Lionel Trains have recently released their 2018 catalog or 'Big Book' as they call it. You can find it here in this magazine-style viewer. Or you can download it as a pdf here . I've been thumbing through it and like a kid with the old Sears Catalog, I've been circling the items that I'm interested in and will likely pre-order. The catalog is split between O-Scale and O-Gauge. O-Scale is Lionel's premium product. And it isn't meant for kids. The locomotives and cars come with high-end features, are more realistic - meaning they are true 1:48 scale, all have built-in bluetooth/other power controls and cost quite a bit more. We're talking about $700 to $900 for a locomotive. O-Gauge is where we play. They now call it 'traditional O-Gauge'. The pieces are smaller than O-Scale (not by much) but still run on the same 3 rail track that Lionel is famous for. This is also where they seem to have more fun with things in
Photo via Facebook. Original here . Via the Frankfort Station comes this news that there's a Lionel O Gauge Hobby Shop called Choo Choo Works that has sprung up in Frankfort. That's cool and all. But it is in the location of a place that was a big part of my childhood: the (as I called it) Laundrymat. More photos here on Facebook via this guy and this guy who I believe are involved/own in the shop (and the custom car shop next door). This is a weird collision of concepts and places that brings a HUGE smile to my face. My Dad is smiling too, I bet.
When the 2017 Lionel catalog came out early in the year, like most years, I ended up pre-ordering a few items from TrainWorld that I knew would trickle in throughout the year. That's what most often happens - starting around Halloween, the cars start to arrive. But, just like last year, a car that has Christmas theme'ing arrived in January...post-Christmas. Here's the post from last February showing the Buddy the Elf boxcars that arrived late . This year's late arrival is the car you can see above: a Tell-Tale Reindeer Christmas Car. If you look closely, you'll see that this is part of the "North Pole Central Lines" and is marked with "Reindeer Transport Express" on the sides along with some drawings of Christmas symbols like teddy bears, drums and a brass instrument. So, you're probably wondering...what is a "Tell Tale" car? Welp, it is a car with an animal inside that kind of 'ducks'. In this case, it is a r
I was packing up my train stuff for the year (btw....we finally got around to putting out our Christmas Train, yeah!) and I came across this Plasticville Pharmacy and Hardware Store that I picked up at the 2017 Christmas Train Show in Wheaton. This is a piece that we bought for $1 and goes along with the other items that I've already posted here including the Plasticville Town Hall , the Schlitz beer billboard , the American Flyer Lackawanna girder bridge and Lionel flag pole . According to the fine folks at Tandem Associates - who have chronicled Plasticville - this piece you see above is the 1853 Tan Version. From their site, we find out when this was released : Bachmann introduced the No. 1853 in 1974 in a Bicentennial box, they had redesigned the front wall that was now TAN in color. As you can see in the version I bought, there are two big open windows up front. Turns out, those are for little cardboard inserts. Again....Tandem comes to the rescue : Via Ta
I picked up this Lackawanna girder bridge at the same Christmas train show that I bought the Plasticville Town Hall building earlier this month and we are going to add it to the Mantleburg line this week. This isn't a Lionel part, but rather this is made by American Flyer . I think this might be the first American Flyer part that we've acquired. It was just $5, but looking at the various listings on Ebay and Etsy , they're mostly listed for between $40 and $50. So...thinking we scored a deal. The sticker itself is cool, right? Shows it was made by The A.C. Gilbert Company in New Haven, Connecticut, USA. Who knew...but...The Gilbert Company invented the erector set ! They owned American Flyer from 1938 to 1966 , but I can't quite figure out when they put out this bridge. From the sounds of it, I would guess it happened sometime after the 1946 post-war startup and like the mid-1950's when things slowed down before their founder died in 1961 . We h
Last week, I posted a photo of the Schlitz Lionel O Gauge billboard that I scored at the Christmas Train Show out in Wheaton and hinted that we bought a few more things. Today, you see one of those: Plasticville Hall. The version that I bought was fully assembled as you see it here and decorated by someone with some garland and a wreath over the front door. It is all doll'd up for Christmas time. And that's part of the appeal here for me: we only set up the Mantleburg Line as our traditional Christmas train. We have enough cars and rolling stock for Mantleburg, but we don't have that many accessories or buildings or structures, so that's what I've been focusing on at the show. I've come across some of these Plasticville structures and they never appealed to me. But for some reason (I'm pretty sure it is the garland and wreath!?!?), this one called out to me. Five dollars later, it was coming home with us. Turns out, the one we bought is the