Spotlight on Lionel Junction Starter Sets

April 2nd 2014

Lionel is always providing beautiful models for collectors, but they also manage to keep the toy train side of their business exciting and relevant. Today we have a new spotlight that focuses on the toy side of things.

It can be difficult to find the right starter set for family members or grandchildren in your life, especially at an affordable price. The newest product spotlight from Lionel might make that dilemma a little easier, because they have four new sets that are perfect toys for the little ones. Read the full details and see the images below. 

New Product Spotlight – Lionel Junction Starter Sets

Looking for an affordable way to get a child started with electric trains? Look no further than Lionel’s four new Lionel Junction starter sets! Featuring the LionChief Remote control and sounds, we’ve designed these fun sets to stir the imagination and invite interactive play.

Little Steam

From dinosaur adventures to pet rescues, kids will love developing their own worlds and stories around these trains. These sets are designed for easy assembly and operation so your young engineers can get right to the fun. And while you get everything you need to get started, these sets are designed to grow as your children look for new adventures.

LionChief Remote

The LionChief Remote is easy to use and filled with fun features.
All four of these sets feature the LionChief Remote control system. There is no complicated wiring – just plug the wall pack into the track and your home outlet. The hand-held remote control includes speed and direction in one knob with three buttons for the whistle, bell and fun sounds customized to each train.

Each set, like all of our other LionChief Remote sets, has its own radio frequency. This means you can run multiple trains on the same track without any extra wiring! You can also run your set engines on other layouts that use conventional or command control – making these the perfect starter set for families with existing layouts as well. All these engines need is 18 volts of AC or DC power and their remote control.

Easy Assembly

A circle of FasTrack is provided to get you started. This track snaps together quickly and easily and will stay locked together. Safe for operation on a platform or on the floor – even carpet – you don’t need a large dedicated space for the train. When you’re finished, simply pull the sections apart until next time. FasTrack can be put together and taken apart hundreds of times without failure.

Additional straights, curves, switches, crossings and accessory tracks are all available separately to expand your set.

With the track together, just plug in the power supply and you’re ready to go! The cars of these sets are equipped with two-wheel trucks and fixed couplers so they’ll be easy for small hands to put on the rails and couple yet sturdy enough for trouble-free play.

Designed to Grow

An add-on tank car is available for each set.
Sets can be combined with each other and with add-on track sections to create larger and more elaborate track plans.

You can also expand the trains with additional cars. An add-on tank car is available to match each of these sets. These will work with all other O Gauge trains as well.

Diesel Sets

Our two diesel-powered sets, 6-81031 Dinosaur Diesel and 6-81288 Pet Shop Express, include all of the following:

-Vulcan diesel switcher with
  • LionChief Remote control
  • Powerful maintenance-free motor
  • Diesel engine sounds and user-activated horn, bell and special dinosaur / animal sounds
  • Separately applied bell and ladder details
  • Working headlight
  • Fixed couplers
  • Traction tire
  • Sturdy plastic construction
-Boxcar
-Gondola with removable loads (dinosaur eggs and figures / animal figures)
-Bobber Caboose
  • All cars feature metal wheels and fixed couplers
-Circle (approx. 40″ outside diameter) of FasTrack
-Wall Pack plug-in power supply
-Remote Control (requires three AAA batteries – not included)

Steam Sets

Our two steam-powered sets, 6-81286 Lionel Junction and 6-81287 Union Pacific, include all of the following:

-“Kickapoo” steam locomotive with
  • LionChief Remote control
  • Powerful maintenance-free motor
  • Steam engine sounds and user-activated whistle, bell and special announcements
  • Separately applied bell and whistle details
  • Fixed couplers
  • Traction Tire
  • Stamped metal frame
  • Sturdy plastic construction
-Boxcar
-Gondola
-Bobber Caboose
  • All cars feature metal wheels and fixed couplers
-Circle (approx. 40″ outside diameter) of FasTrack
-Wall Pack plug-in power supply
-Remote Control (requires three AAA batteries – not included)

Each set has a retail price of $174.95. There has never been a better time to get started with Lionel Trains! See your favorite dealer to place orders today.

Anytime trains are designed for the kids in our lives, I think it's a wonderful thing. It's hard to get some kids excited about the history of the real life rails, but showing them the colorful, creative, and splendid worlds of imaginary trains can foster a love for the rails that will blossom later in life. If you want the children in your life to love trains, almost any of these starter sets will help to accomplish the task. 

They're all splendid, but I think the Dinosaur Diesel Set and the Pet Shop Express will grab the most attention for younger generations. The Union Pacific Set and Little Steam Set might look more appealing to us old timers, but they should be reserved for slightly older kids who can begin to appreciate a standard train.

You can keep an eye out for these great sets on the DASH Marketplace

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