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Lionel Announces First Special Introduction of 2004
03/12/2004

Press Release

Contact: Cara Lynn Orchard 

(586) 949-4100 x 1572

March 12, 2004

For Immediate Release

Lionel Announces First Special Introduction of the Year

Santa Fe 4-8-4 Northern

(Chesterfield, Mich.,) – Lionel announces the 6-38055 Santa Fe 4-8-4 Northern. This first Lionel special introduction of 2004 marks the first die-cast metal O gauge model of a very famous steam survivor – Santa Fe #3751.

Scale-sized with exquisite separately applied detailing, the Santa Fe Northern is also fully featured, including the RailSounds® 5.0 sound system with two FatBoy speakers. This new industry standard in O gauge sound offers more variety and the best overall sound quality available, including new CrewTalk dialog and enhanced TowerCom announcements providing even more train crew characters and operator interaction.

"We’re thrilled to be the first company to bring this historic model to the O gauge market," said Lionel product manager Todd Wagner.

A fitting tribute to a true American classic, the Santa Fe 4-8-4 features another O gauge first. Each model comes equipped with interchangeable metal smokestacks – straight, "smoke bonnet" and telescopic stacks to model the different types that were found on the 3751 during its operational career.

The bodies of both the scale-sized locomotive and tender are constructed of die-cast metal and include separately applied metal details including sand lines, whistle and bell cords, painted interior and exterior valve handles, and accurate separately applied builder’s plates.

"Once again, Lionel raises the O gauge bar in terms of fit, finish, features and function," said Wagner. "Don’t miss the Santa Fe Northern when it arrives at Lionel Value Added Dealers in late April."

For more information on the Santa Fe 4-8-4 Northern, please visit www.lionel.com or an authorized Lionel Value Added Dealer today.

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