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Polar Express Baggage Car - Lionel has also added a lighted baggage car for your Polar Express train.

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Click for bigger photo. Polar Express Elf Hand Car - If you want to give your Polar Express a break from time to time, set this on the track and watch the comic action as the elves try to reach the handles to pump this car. Not many stores seem to have this in stock, so if you want one, order early.

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New for 2014! Polar Express Freight Train - A great companion train for the original Polar Express. This train uses an 0-8-0 "road switcher" locomotive that pulls two freight cars and a caboose. The markings on the locomotive tender are different, as befits a freight locomotive versus a passenger train, but the color scheme will blend right in with the original train. If you want to expand your Polar Express railroad, this may be the best way to go. I'm personal expecting a very high demand for this train set, so don't wait too long to order.

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Lionel O Gauge Coca Cola Anniversary Train

Lionel Coca-Cola 125Th Anniversary Vintage Steam O-Gauge Train Set

This is a new, very popular Lionel train that will sell out quickly. It includes the "General-style" old-timey locomotive, two freight cars, and a caboose. To see a slightly larger photo of the locomotive, click on the photo to the right.

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Other Coca Cola Trains and Acessories - If you like this train and would like to see other Coca Cola-themed trains and accessories to go with them, please visit our Hawthorne Village Coca Cola Train page. Even if you want to sick with Lionel trains, you'll find that the Hawthorne Village Coca Cola Railroad Accessories collection adds a great deal of interest to your railroad or Coke-themed Christmas Village.


Lionel Peanuts Christmas Train Set

This train commemorates a classic Christmas Television Special that is still shown every year. It features Peanuts characters and cartoons. By the way, other companies have offered similar Peanuts-themed merchandise in the past, and it usually sells pretty fast. So if you're a Peanuts fan, don't wait too long to order.

This train hauls two freight cars, and a caboose, but you can add more passenger cars or freight cars if you want (see below). To see a slightly larger photo of the locomotive, click on the photo above.

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Lionel North Pole Express

This train may win the award for the most complex paint job. Seriously, click on the photo above and zoom in to see the amazing detail. The boxcar plays Christmas music (you can also shut that off with a switch if you want), and the caboose lights up.

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Lionel Gingerbread Junction

This is Lionel's first Christmas train to use their little 0-6-0T "docksider" locomotive. Again, if you click on the photo, you can see the clever paint job. This is a smaller train physically than most on this page, because the locomotive is smaller and doesn't have a tender (coal car). Also the caboose is a 4-wheeled "shorty" caboose. But it's unique colors will certainly appeal to folks who connect the Christmas season with gingerbread houses and sugarplums. And if you need a smaller train than the other ones on this page (say you just have room for a circle of track), or if you want to add something distinctive to a Christmas railroad you already set up, this could be "the ticket."

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Lionel Silver Bells Train

If you like green, this is the train for you. Lionel has offered this Atlantic locomotive in green Christmas trains before. In fact, it was so popular that when they sold out, readers e-mailed me in disappointment. (A quick reminder - I can't make them here.) This run seems to have a deeper green than the last one, which is even more attractive. According to the flyer, the silver bells in the gondola should glisten and reflect the lights of your tree as they circle. Also, the offset-cupola caboose is a nice feature. To see a slightly larger photo of the locomotive, click on the photo above.

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Lionel Santa's Flyer Ready To Run Train Set

Lionel Santa's Flyer Ready To Run Train Set

After many years of making their "standard" Christmas train with an Atlantic-style 4-4-2 locomotive, Lionel switched over to making the trains with an 0-8-0 switcher locomotive. The boiler is identical, but that's not a problem - the real railroads often used the same boilers on their 0-8-0s, 4-6-0s, and 4-4-2s. The different wheel arrangments had to do with what the locomotive was going to be doing most of the time. Most 0-8-0 locomotives were assigned as "road switchers." This meant they had power to haul long trains, but were generally only used over short distances at low speeds. For example, if you wanted to form up a train in Cincinnati, then take it to Columbus for more switching, you might use an 0-8-0 to do it. The other thing they were used for was helping "push" trains over steep hills.

If you already have a Lionel Christmas train, especially one pulled by a 4-4-2 locomotive like the Silver Bells train above, this train will help you expand your empire without owning two of the same basic locomotive.

This train hauls two freight cars, and a caboose, but you can add more passenger cars or freight cars if you want (see below). To see a slightly larger photo of the locomotive, click on the photo to the right.

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Lionel A Christmas Story O-Gauge Train Set

This train commemorates a classic Christmas movie that didn't do all that well in the theaters, but now is a part of many families' annual celebration. For folks who grew up in the American midwest in the 1940s and 1950s, it is THE classic Christmas movie.

This train hauls two freight cars, and a caboose, but you can add more passenger cars or freight cars if you want (see below). To see a slightly larger photo of the locomotive, click on the photo to the right.

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Lionel® Hogwarts' Express®

Still a Favorite!Harry Potter's Hogwarts Express® - First introduced in 2007, this set is still introducing kids of all ages to the wonders of the old British "Great Western Railways" trains, albeit in a color scheme designed to attract fantasy lovers of all ages. This model of the Hogwarts Express™ is big enough for small hands to operate. Enjoy the magical journey that is portrayed in J.K. Rowling's enchanting Harry Potter series. Train lovers will enjoy a truly historic event in the world of toy and model trains.

This is the first European train ever modeled in O gauge by Lionel! And it includes a specially-machined model of the real, historic "Hall Class" British locomotive that was repainted for the Harry Potter movies. (If you are from the UK, you're probably used to seeing these Great Western Railways locomotives in green, but all of the other details and proportions will be familiar.)

Okay, a "Harry Potter" train may not quite seem like a "Christmas" train, but it will look great around your Christmas tree. In fact, we were impressed enough with this train to give it its own web page.

To learn more, visit the Lionel® Hogwarts' Express® page.


Longer Trains Need More Track. All of the trains on this page come with Lionel's new "FasTrack," which looks better and goes together easier than traditional O-27 track. To give your train a little more room to run, consider adding a few pieces. This 10-inch Straight Track Section is the same as the pieces that come with the Polar Express and the Hogwarts Express. Please click on the button to check price and availability.

Lionel FasTrack Curves A set of four curved pieces, along with a few more straight pieces, will give you many more choices of how to set up your Polar Express Train. These are what Lionel calls O-36 curves, the same curves that come with the Polar Express. Please click on a supplier button to check price and availability.

Lionel FasTrack Railer - The Railer is used to help you and your family easily roll your locomotives and rolling stock onto the tracks. No more fiddling with the wheels to get them on correctly. Instead, you set this on top of the track temporarily and "feed" each car through it to get it onto the track. Great for kids who are just learning about trains. This product works with all the train sets on this page.

A Freight Expander Package to increase the size and fun of ANY O Gauge Christmas train is also available. The North Central Christmas Train Expander Pack includes:

  • Flatcar with Santa and Mrs. Claus OPERATING handcar
  • Refrigerator car
  • Operating Searchlight car
  • Lubrication and Maintenance Kit
  • Three trees
  • Four straight FasTrack track sections, to expand your railroad from 40” x 60” to 50” by 70”
Note: This expander package is compatible with any train on this page.

A Passenger Expander Package to increase the size and fun of ANY O Gauge Christmas train is also available. The North Central Christmas Passenger Train Expander Pack includes:

  • Combination car (baggage and passenger in one car)
  • Coach car
  • Observation car
  • Four straight FasTrack track sections
  • Station platform
  • Three trees and five presents,
Note: This expander package is compatible with any train on this page.


Improved O Gauge Thomas the Tank Engine Set Improved! - Thomas the Tank Engine Set

Lionel has upgraded their popular O Gauge Thomas set. Thomas's eyes move as he goes around the track, pulling Annie and Clarabel. Two Railway Workers and Sir Tophman Hat are included, as well as enough of the new, more attractive FasTrack track system to make a 40" x 60" oval, and the CW-80 transformer for more power.

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Preview: Lionel's Frosty the Snowman Train

This train will be blue, which makes it unique among all of Lionel's Christmas trains offered so far. It also features the Frosty the Snowman graphics from the original cartoon. Unfortunately, as I write this, it's still on a "slow boat from China," expected in the stores some time in November. If you want a preview or maybe to check to see if it's come in early, click the Amazon button below.


O Scale AccessoriesIn addition, the O-Scale Accessories page includes many relatively inexpensive details such as bridges, fencing, and stations, that will bring life to any O-Scale or O-Gauge railroad. Click on the picture at the right to see that product page.


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