Lionel Spotlights Scale Christmas Trains

Dec. 9th 2013

We already showed you some of Lionel's newest Christmas-themed toy trains, and now we've got a closer look at their scale-proportioned products centered on Christmas. These trains are more realistic and will fit right into a layout, but still carry the joy and excitement of the holiday season. 

Whether you buy them for yourself to decorate your Christmas tree or put them on your list so that others will help you build your collection, these Christmas trains from Lionel are the perfect fit for the serious collector. Check out all the details and photos below. 

New Product Spotlight – Scale Christmas

For our modelers who enjoy Christmas trains but also prefer scale-proportions to match the rest of their models, Lionel has several new offerings sure to brighten any layout for 2013. These models have all of the features, size and details you’ll find in our scale models decorated for their specific prototypes but with graphics that are pure Christmas fun.

Christmas Pioneer Zephyr

The Zephyr may have derived its name from the “West Wind” but this train is screaming like an arctic front down from the North Pole!

The train features all of the same great features of the Pioneer Zephyr. This version is decorated for the North Pole Central with red and green accents added to the gleaming carbody.

The train features:

  • LEGACY Control – also capable of running on TMCC or Conventional
  • Odyssey II Speed Control
  • LEGACY RailSounds including
    • CrewTalk and TowerCom dialog
    • 6 Railroad speeds
    • 8 Diesel RPM levels
    • LEGACY Quilling horn
    • Single hit or continuous mechanical bell
    • Sequence control provides sounds and dialog for an entire trip around your layout
    • Current speed and fuel dialog and refueling sounds 
  • Realistic Articulation between cars
  • Dual motors with flywheels
  • Refined Transformer Control with lower starting speeds
  • Traction Tires (4)
  • Fan-driven smoke unit with adjustable output – smoke emits from all four stacks
  • Working headlight on locomotive and tail light on observation car
  • Working Marker Lights on locomotive and observation car
  • Lighted and detailed cab and car interiors with crew and passenger figures
  • Metal frames
  • Die-cast metal bodies, trucks and vestibules
  • O-54 minimum curve
The train retails for $1099.99 and is available at your dealers now.

North Pole Central Freight

Complement your passenger service with this great freight power and equipment for the North Pole Central!

GP35 Diesels

The reliable and venerable GP35 is just what the North Pole Central needs to ensure the timely delivery of its parcels. So you can handle any surge in holiday traffic, the GP35 is available in two powered and one non-powered road number.

The festive red, green, white and gray locomotives feature:

Powered locomotives feature:

  • LEGACY Control System – able to run on LEGACY, TMCC or Conventional control layouts
  • Odyssey II Speed Control with On / Off switch
  • LEGACY RailSounds including
    • CrewTalk and TowerCom dialog
    • 6 Official railroad speeds
    • 8 Diesel RPM levels
    • Quilling Horn
    • Bell (single hit and continuous)
    • Sequence Control
    • Current speed and fuel dialog
    • Refueling sounds
  • Dual maintenance-free motors
  • Traction Control
  • Refined Conventional Control mode with lower starting speeds
  • Front and Rear ElectroCouplers
  • Fan-driven smoke with adjustable output
  • Directional lighting
  • Marker Lights – front and rear
  • Lighted cab interior with crew
  • Metal frame, pilots, trucks and fuel tank
  • MSRP: $499.99

Non-Powered model features:

  • Metal frame, pilots, trucks and fuel tank
  • Front and rear magnetic couplers
  • Select separately applied details
  • Detailed cab interior
  • MSRP: $259.99

All of these locomotives are available now. See your dealers!


Boxcar and Caboose

Those Geeps need something to pull!  Start with the North Pole Central PS-1 boxcar. Decorated in colorful “Christmas Eve Freight Service” graphics, the car is reminiscent of the many less-than-car-load freight forwarding cars seen in the golden era of railroads.

Our boxcar features:

  • Die-cast sprung trucks with operating couplers
  • Hidden uncoupling tabs
  • Opening Doors
  • Die-cast metal frame
  • Many separately applied details including metal underframe brake detail.

The boxcar retails for $69.99.

And of course, you’ll need a proper caboose to bring up the train. Our North Pole Central extended-vision caboose is the perfect end to a train of southbound packages. It features:

The extended vision caboose is the perfect way to end any Christmas train.

  • Die-cast sprung trucks with operating couplers
  • Hidden uncoupling tabs
  • Smoke unit with on/off control
  • Interior illumination
  • Painted and detailed interior including crew figure
  • Many separately applied details including metal underframe brake detail.

Retail price for the caboose is $94.99. See your dealers now for all of these Christmas items!

The Zephyr is a beautiful train in its normal colors, but it looks even sharper with a little Christmas red-and-green! This is perfect shiny silver train that adds a flash of the holidays while its runs beneath your Christmas tree. And if the Zephyr's holiday decor is just a hair too subtle for you, the North Pole Central Freight options might be right up your alley. In both powered and non-powered varieties, this freight line proudly bears the red-and-green coloring, but also features a snowflake paint deco that really adds to its looks. 

You just can't go wrong as a railroader around the holidays, and these trains are proof of that fact! They're perfect for casual railfans or the most hardcore collectors. Keep an eye out for these Christmas trains and many others on the DASH Marketplace as the season approaches!

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