|Lionel Shares Technology with Atlas, K-Line and Weaver Models
CHESTERFIELD, MI – Richard N. Maddox, President and COO of Lionel LLC, announced at Toy Fair 2000 that Atlas O, K-Line Electric Trains and Weaver Models have formed a partnership to license the Lionel TrainMasterÒ Command Control (TMCC) and RailSoundsÒ technology.
"We are extremely pleased to form this alliance with Atlas, K-Line and Weaver Models," said Maddox. "This partnership is one more acknowledgement that TMCC and RailSounds is recognized by the toy train industry as the most realistic, highest quality sound system on the market. This joint venture will benefit the consumer by bringing compatibility of product from these industry leading manufacturers."
Tom Haedrich, Atlas O, LLC President said, "We're pleased to be working with Lionel in this mutually beneficial endeavor that includes multiple manufacturers. Lionel's new open approach with RailSounds and the TMCC system demonstrates that positive developments can quickly occur for the entire O scale industry, and especially consumers, when manufacturers are willing to work together."
"K-Line is excited to partner with Lionel and utilize their industry-leading sound and control system and technology," said Maury D. Klein, President of MDK, Inc. "We applaud Richard Maddox for his forward-thinking approach to the electronics compatibility issue in the "O" Gauge market and welcome this standardization of model railroading operation for the new Millennium."
"We feel RailSounds and the TrainMaster Command Control digital operating control system are well known to be the best in the industry," said Joseph Hayter, President and CEO of Weaver Models. "Weaver Models is very excited to be able to offer both in our products. Our number one concern is customer satisfaction, and we feel all modelers will benefit from this union as it will enable the customer to run a multitude of compatible products regardless of the manufacturer."
The first locomotive with this licensed technology will begin shipping in spring 2000.