On January 23rd Lionel released all of their new 2016 catalogs filled with a whole freight yard’s worth of exciting new trains. At first I thought there would not be anything of interest to me but that quickly changed! Here is my list of what I am thinking about and let’s be honest I will probably order all of these items from the new Signature Edition catalog.
First up we have the Reading T1 4-8-4 Northern #2100. Lionel worked with the American Steam Railroad Preservation Association, which is currently bringing the real Reading #2100 back to life at the Midwest Railway Preservation Society B&O Roundhouse in Cleveland, OH, to create this new model. All new tooling will be employed making this a rather special model to own. It will of course be equipped with Lionel Legacy, RailSounds and Whistle Steam. MTH made this in the Premier Line recently but I missed out on pre-ordering one at the time.
Find out more about Reading 2100 here – https://www.fireup2100.org/
The next two items go together and they are the U.S. Steel slag and hot metal car sets. Currently I own a set of 3 US Steel slag cars which were released over 10 years ago. If you saw me at the International Tree & Model Train Display at Lorain over the holidays you probably remember seeing them in action. Suffice it to say I cannot wait to add these new ones to my collection of U.S. Steel rolling stock! Why the obsession with U.S. Steel? It’s simple, both my grandfather and uncle worked a the Lorain Pipe Mill for years so it is part of family history. As a side note I hope Lionel releases a U.S. Steel version of their new Scale Sized Gantry Cranes in the near future because I want to buy one!
Last but not least is an engine that I am still on the fence about, the Akron, Canton & Youngstown H16-44. Offered in two road numbers I will more than likely just get one road number. The AC&Y was unique little railroad which is today part of the new Wheeling & Lake Erie Railroad. The AC&Y locomotive fleet was almost entirely made up of Fairbanks-Morse locomotives, with the exception of a couple of Alco switchers, so this a rare model in the O-Gauge world.
What do you think?
If you have not seen the new Lionel 2016 catalogs yet check them out here – http://www.lionel.com/catalogs