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2010 Signature Edition and Ready-to-Run catalogs

TrainMaster Command Set Update

Since the release of our 2010 Signature Edition catalog, we've gotten questions about our plans for continuing with the original TrainMaster Command Set.  These days, it's a fact of life that when it comes to technology, time never stops. Even the most advanced technology of 2001 simply cannot compare with the gadgets available today that can do things never imagined just a decade ago.

And so it goes with our TrainMaster Command Set. When we introduced it in 1995, the system was revolutionary. It allowed operators to control the trains on their layouts like never before, running multiple trains and accessories at the touch of a button on an easy-to-use hand-held controller. Finally, operators were no longer stuck at a stationary control console.

In 2008, we introduced the LEGACY Control System which, by all accounts, dramatically advanced operator control and realism. The new system is completely intuitive to operate and has a bold read-out that allows you to keep track of what's on track. Best of all, the new LEGACY Control System was specifically designed to be "backwards compatible". It operates all of your trains, no matter what era, to their maximum capability. The fact is, the new system gives operators unparalleled, precision-control of both LEGACY-equipped and TMCC-equipped locomotives like never before. You don't lose a thing with the new LEGACY Control system...and what you gain is incredible:

  • Smoother starting and stopping of Odyssey I equipped locomotives
  • Expanded route, accessory, and lash up addressing
  • Nine user-selected remote frequencies for multi-layout operation
  • Quillable horns and whistles (LEGACY-equipped engines)
  • Expanded TowerCom and CrewTalk (LEGACY-equipped engines)
  • 200 speed step constant speed control (LEGACY-equipped engines)
  • Field upgradeable for future expansion of LEGACY control products and locomotive functionality
  • And that's only the beginning...

In short, to answer the question about our plans for the TrainMaster Command set, like all iterations of ongoing technology, its time has passed. We will continue to sell the few sets that are left in inventory - and there are probably a number still for sale at retailers around the country. But we have no plans to produce any more. (The fact is many of the components are so out-of-date that producing the set is next to impossible.)

So we thank you for the great reception and continued support our LEGACY Control System has received. We believe it's an important step forward and one that train hobbyists everywhere will want to experience.

 

Lionel 2010 Volume 1 Print Corrections

The following is a list of corrections to the printed Lionel 2010 Volume 1 Catalog.

Classic Line/ Postwar Scale

  • Postwar Scale Virginian FM TrainMaster #2331 (6-34581). Minimum curve is O-36. (page 18)

Classic Line/ Standard O Scale

  • HHP-8 Electric Locomotive (6-38402). Minimum curve is O-36; Length is 15 ½". (page 38)
  • Penn Central 3-Bay Hopper (6-27424). Car type is a 3-Bay Hopper, not a PS-2. (page 52) 

Classic Line/ Premium Traditional Sets

  • Great Northern Railway Empire Freight Express with Whistle Steam (6-31799). Correct price is $429.99. (page 64)

Classic Line/ Conventional Classics

  • No. 1619W Santa Fe Alco Freight Set (6-38342). Alco A-units do not have die-cast metal truck side frames. (page 72) 

Accessories

  • Lighted Coaling Tower (6-37912). Correct price is $179.99. (page 102)
  • Legacy Hotel (6-16847). This product has been dropped. (page 105)
  • Barrel Shed. Correct product number is 6-16881. (page 106)
  • Operating Sawmill (6-37919). Reference to sound in introduction is not correct. No sound. (page 110) 

Track

  • 45-Degree Crossover (6-12051). Correct price is $23.99. (page 125)
  • 42" Path Remote-Control Switch (6-65168). Correct price is $71.99. (page 128)

K-Line by Lionel

  • PRR K-4 (6-22402). This item has been dropped. (page 146)

 

Image Corrections

Classic Line/ Standard O Scale

  • WP Gondola in the Feather Route Freight Car 3-Pack (6-31796). Prototypical red-orange triangle added to side corner. (page 41)
  • Santa Fe Warbonnet AC6000 (6-28339). Red radiator wing on roof updated to silver. (page 48)
  • Penn Central 3-Bay Hopper (6-27424). Body changed from green to black. (page 53) 

Classic Line/ LionMaster

  • U.P. Big Boy (6-11208). Detailing under deck revised. (page 57)

Classic Line/ Traditional

  • CSX Gondola in the CSX Freight 2-Pack #1 (6-11166). Car does not include load insert. (page 90)
  • B&O Quad Hopper in the CSX Freight 2-Pack #2 (6-27431). Car has a covered roof with opening hatches, and no coal load. (page 91)

Product Video: Lionel VISION Line Diesel

Bringing the future to you today, Lionel offers a special version of the Evolution Hybrid decorated in the dramatic red livery of Canadian Pacific. You can read all about it on pages 14-15 of the Lionel 2010 Signature Edition catalog.

Click the "Download" link below to view our video highlighting some of the spectacular features of this Lionel VISION Line product.

Product Video: Traditional Train Sets

From passenger to freight, steam to diesel, Lionel is proud to offer a wide range of Traditional Train Sets to please everyone. See the Lionel 2010 Ready-to-Run Catalog for a wide selection of products to help you and your family get started in this great hobby.

In our Signature Edition catalog (pages 60-67), you'll see how this year we've taken our premium sets to a whole new level by adding new features, more track, and spectacular paint schemes. And, all cars in these sets are individually boxed.

Click the "Download" link below to view our video highlighting just some of the Traditional Sets from our 2010 Signature Edition and Ready-to-Run catalogs.

Product Video: Lionel VISION Line Challengers - Part 2

Click the "Download" link below to see Part 2 of the video where some members of our Product Development team discuss the VISION Line Challengers.

Five VISION Challengers are available for 2010, all equipped with the highest level of realistic features and state-of-the-art LEGACY technology that's possible. You can learn more about these engines on pages 8-11 of the Lionel 2010 Signature Edition catalog.

 

Product Video: Lionel VISION Line Challengers - Part 1

Five VISION Challengers are available for 2010, all equipped with the highest level of realistic features and state-of-the-art LEGACY technology that's possible. You can learn more about these engines on pages 8-11 of the Lionel 2010 Signature Edition catalog.

Click the "Download" link below to see Part 1 of the video where some members of our Product Development team discuss these amazing engines.

Product Video: Lionel VISION Line 700E Scale Hudson

This year, Lionel reintroduces the legendary 700E Scale Hudson -- now with incomparable VISION features. Pages 6-7 of the Lionel 2010 Signature Edition catalog has all the details.

Click the "Download" link below to see some members of our Product Development team discuss this amazing product.

Customer Question: Running LEGACY-equipped engines with a Conventional Transformer

Q: What features are lost if a LEGACY engine, like the LionMaster Pennsylvania T1, is run on a conventional 80-watt transformer?

A: Since you will be limited to the basic buttons on a conventional transformer, you will lose most of the user-controllable sound, light, and running features that can be accessed from a LEGACY CAB-2 controller. With that said, the sound quality will still be wonderfully realistic and the operation of the engine will be fine and smooth.

Product Video: Accessories

This year, you will see the most detailed accessories we've ever offered. Lionel is making an aggressive new commitment to giving operators highly realistic operating and non-operating accessories to enhance any layout.

Click the "Download" link below to view our video highlighting some of the accessories from our 2010 Signature Edition catalog.

Dynamo Steam Effects in VISION Line Challengers

Many people have asked, "What exactly is a dynamo?" and "What are the Dynamo Steam Effects?"

The dynamo is a generator for providing the electricity in the locomotive. The dynamo is located on top of the boiler, and when active, has a stream of steam emanating, accompanied with a distinctive whining sound.

For our new VISION Line Challenger locomotives, we will be adding sound and "steam" to this dynamo feature to deliver this effect. When the Loco "starts up" the sounds of a dynamo will be produced (whine) and the smoke will emanate from the dynamo steam exit (stream).

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