Lionel Spotlights American Flyer Christmas Trains

Dec. 3rd 2013

Every railroader's favorite time of year is the Christmas season. We're taken back to years of old when new trains awaited us underneath the tree. And now we're able to surround our own trees with a train of our own, like these latest products from Lionel. 

It's never too late to start adding holiday cars to the line running around your Christmas tree. You could certainly have a very special American Flyer Christmas this year if you're able to add any of these cool new trains to your collection. Check out all the details and images on these new products straight from Lionel below. 

New Product Spotlight – American Flyer Christmas

This season marks the introduction of several new Christmas items in our American Flyer S Gauge line. These trains will be perfect for starting or expanding your collection and Christmas displays.

Dockside Steam Locomotive

Whether it is busy shifting cars at the North Pole workshops or endlessly coming ’round the tree, this 0-6-0 Dockside switcher will look great hauling your Christmas cars. The locomotive features transformer-controlled forward-neutral-reverse operation, directional headlight and backup light, puffing smoke, operating front and rear couplers, powerful maintenance-free motor and traction tires.

The colorful tank engine retails for $94.99 and, like all of the cars shown here, will negotiate an S-36 minimum curve.

6-42567 Christmas Dockside Switcher


Christmas Mint Car

For the first time in S Gauge, the classic “mint car” comes to the Christmas line. Santa’s checking his list to see who will receive the coal and who gets the presents seen inside the car’s big windows.

The car features a metal frame and die-cast trucks with operating couplers.

The car retails for $59.99.

6-48844 Mint Car

6-48844 Mint Car

Naughty / Nice Covered Gondola

Continuing the naughty and nice theme, this covered gondola has compartments for the good and mischievous as well. The two “coil covers” are removable so you can load it with whatever you’d like.

The car also features die-cast trucks and operating couplers.

Retail price is $69.99.

6-48572 Covered Gondola


Santa’s Sleigh Flatcar

This flatcar was so popular in 2012 we brought it back with new decoration in 2013.

The flatcar features die-cast trucks and operating couplers. Santa and his sleigh and reindeer are a removable figure. Retail price is $69.99 – don’t miss it this year!


6-48577 Flatcar with Sleigh

Cylindrical Covered Hopper

For the scale-minded modeler, our new cylindrical covered hopper will bring some Christmas cheer to your display. Filled with sugar for “Mrs Claus Sugar Plums and Confections” and decorated for the season this car combines the whimsy of the holidays with the detail and features of our 1:64 scale freight cars.

The covered hopper features die-cast trucks with scale wheels and operating couplers. For those who use other couplers, the truck-mounted couplers are designed for easy removal and mounting locations for scale couplers are provided on the car. The car also features many separately applied metal detail parts including the see-through tread walkways around the top.

Retail for this new car is $79.99.

6-48664 Scale Cylindrical Covered Hopper


If you're into holiday-themed trains, you ought to be giddy after seeing these! They might not be realistic and they're definitely a little goofy, but they are indisputably Christmasy. I love the Mint Car that features a load of coal for the naughty boy and girls! The North Pole Express locomotive is actually a very sharp train, as is the Sugar Plums & Confections hopper seen directly above. 

Any railroader who gets one of these cool items under their tree will definitely be filled with the holiday spirit! Keep your eyes out for these Lionel trains and other great Christmas products on the DASH Marketplace

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