Union Pacific Challenger

Legacy Control System Odyseey II Speed Control Electrocouper Railsounds Wireless Tether Connection Bluetooth Smoke Lighting

SKU: 1931210 Clinchfield #675
SKU: 1931220 D&RGW #3800
SKU: 1931230 D&RGW #3805
SKU: 1931240 Union Pacific #3975
SKU: 1931250 Union Pacific #3977
SKU: 1931260 Union Pacific #3985
SKU: 1931270 Union Pacific #3981
SKU: 1931280 Union Pacific #3717
SKU: 1931290 Union Pacific #3949
SKU: 1931300 Pilot #9999
Gauge: Standard O
Dimensions: Approx. 32"
Rail Line: Union Pacific
Min Curve: O72


MSRP: $1999.99

One of the most acclaimed locomotives of all time, the Union Pacific’s Challengers excelled in both passenger and freight service. Union Pacific continued to refine and improve their 4-6-6-4s even after the final orders were delivered during WWII. Now you can own an unparalleled model of these amazing locomotives. The Vision Line Challenger returns in new road names, road numbers and now for the first time with Bluetooth control. Each locomotive represents a prototypically unique version of these classic machines along with a pair of colorful “what if” versions. Widely regarded as one of the best locomotives ever produced by Lionel when first released nearly a decade ago, you won’t want to be left standing on the platform when this special release passes by!

Challenger Features


  • LEGACY® Control System equipped – able to run in LEGACY® Control mode, in TrainMaster Command Control mode, or in Conventional mode with a standard transformer
  • Bluetooth® Control - Operate with Universal Remote or LionChief App
  • Odyssey® II Speed Control
  • LEGACY® RailSounds sound system featuring:
    • CrewTalk™ dialog and TowerCom™ announcements, each with different scenarios depending on whether the locomotive is in motion or stopped
    • Six official railroad speeds with CrewTalk dialog
    • DynaChuff™ synchronized with 32 levels of intensity as the locomotive gains speed
    • LEGACY® “Real-Time Quilling Whistle” control with instant response for realistic signature “quilling” and correctly timed warning signals
    • Single hit or continuous bell sounds
    • Sequence Control: plays the sound effects of an entire trip, including warning sounds and announcements, based on the movement and speed of the locomotive
    • Current speed and fuel dialog, coal-loading sound effects
  • IR Transmitter works with LCS SensorTrack™
  • Powerful maintenance-free motor with momentum flywheel
  • Wireless Tether™ connection between locomotive and tender
  • ElectroCoupler™ on rear of tender
  • Directional lighting including operating headlight and back-up light on rear of tender
  • Illuminated classification lights on the front of locomotive
  • Traction tires
  • Interior illumination in cab
  • Die-cast metal locomotive body, pilot, and trucks
  • Die-cast metal tender body and trucks
  • High level of separately applied metal details
  • Separately applied builder’s plate
  • Synchronized fan-driven smoke unit
  • Adjustable smoke output
  • Authentically detailed cab interior
  • Cab “glass” windows
  • Engineer and fireman figures
  • Whistle Steam
  • Dynamo Steam
  • Stereo sounds with speakers in tender and locomotive
  • Cab-number specific CrewTalk and TowerCom
  • Wheel slip sound effects
  • Illuminated number boards
  • Illuminated work lights under running boards
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New York Central Niagara

Legacy Control System Odyseey II Speed Control Electrocouper Railsounds Wireless Tether Connection Bluetooth Smoke Lighting

SKU: 684960 New York Central #6005
SKU: 684961 New York Central #6013
SKU: 684962 New York Central #6023
SKU: 684963 Pilot #9999
SKU: 685267 New York Central #6001
SKU: 658111 New York Central #6019
Gauge: Standard O
Dimensions: 28"
Rail Line: New York Central
Min Curve: O54


MSRP: $1899.99

By most accounts, the New York Central’s Niagaras rank at the top of the charts when it comes to the development of steam locomotive technology. In head-to-head comparisons with contemporary diesel locomotives, the Niagara held its own against the three-unit sets of E7s competing for the prized spots on the point of the Central’s premier passenger trains. Averaging 29,000 miles of service monthly, the Niagara’s could be found on passenger and freight runs. And confined by the clearance and weight restrictions of the Central’s routes, the locomotives made use of every square inch of space within their relatively small footprint, outperforming much larger Northerns on other roads. Sadly, the Niagara’s time in the spotlight was brief - a mere decade of dominance on the rails.

If ever a locomotive were worthy of a VISION model, it is the Niagara. Lionel delivers with the most innovative rendition of these marvels to date. Redesigned from the inside out, our new Niagaras will be the envy of every model railroad’s operating department. Exciting new features include a new safety valve steam effect which will pop off automatically, a force coupler feature which will increase or decrease the labor effects on the locomotive based on drawbar pull and a new simulated water-scoop spray effect to capture the drama of one of the Niagara’s 80mph track pan fill-ups! You’ll also enjoy incredible sounds from three speakers located in the tender and smokebox, and fan-driven smoke and whistle steam. The gearboxes of these locomotives have also been redesigned for reliable performance. And now your LEGACY-equipped locomotive can also be run with the Universal Remote or LionChief App thanks to its Bluetooth control option. Available in three road numbers, an unpainted pilot version and a “what if” 20th Century Limited-style scheme, don’t miss your chance to own one of these models. This is the ultimate steam locomotive!

Niagara Features


  • LEGACY® Control System - equipped - able to run in LEGACY Control mode, in TrainMaster Command Control mode or in Conventional mode with a standard transformer
  • Bluetooth® Control - Operate with Universal Remote or LionChief App
  • Odyssey® II Speed Control
  • LEGACY® RailSounds sound system featuring:
    • Road number-specific CrewTalk™ dialog and TowerCom™ announcements, each with different scenarios depending on whether the locomotive is in motion or stopped
    • Stereo and localized sounds with speakers in the smokebox and tender
    • Six official railroad speeds with CrewTalk dialog
    • DynaChuff™ synchronized with 32 levels of intensity as the locomotive gains speed
    • LEGACY® “Real-Time Quilling Whistle and Horn” control with instant response for realistic signature “quilling” and correctly timed warning signals
    • Single hit or continuous bell sounds
    • Sequence Control: plays the sound effects of an entire trip, including warning sounds and announcements, based on the movement and speed of the locomotive
    • Current speed and fuel dialog, coal-loading sound effects
    • Kinematic drawbar between the engine and tender for close coupling on straights
    • Water scoop and safety valve dialog and sound effects
  • Synchronized fan-driven smoke unit
  • Whistle Steam
  • Safety valve steam
  • Water scoop spray effect
  • Force coupler - automatically adjusts locomotive labor sounds and fuel consumption rates based on drawbar pull
  • IR Transmitter works with LCS SensorTrack™
  • Powerful maintenance-free motor with momentum flywheel
  • Wireless Tether™ connection between locomotive and tender
  • ElectroCoupler™ on rear of tender
  • Directional lighting including operating headlight and back-up light on rear of tender
  • Traction tires
  • Interior illumination in cab
  • Firebox flicker
  • Die-cast metal locomotive body, pilot, and trucks
  • Die-cast metal tender body and trucks
  • High level of separately applied metal details
  • Real coal load
  • Adjustable smoke output
  • Separately applied builders plates
  • Cab “glass” windows
  • Engineer and fireman figures
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Union Pacific Big Boy

Legacy Control System Railsounds Odyseey II Speed Control Electrocouper Wireless Tether Connection Smoke Lighting

SKU: 6-11449 (#4004)
SKU: 6-11436 (#4005)
SKU: 6-11434 (#4006)
SKU: 6-11448 (#4012)
SKU: 6-11437 (#4014)
SKU: 6-11438 (#4017)
SKU: 6-11435 (#4018)
Gauge: Standard O
Dimensions: Approx. 32"
Rail Line: Union Pacific
Min Curve: O72


MSRP: $2699.99

As the enormous hulk of the first of Union Pacific’s new 4-8-8-4s emerged in ALCO’s erecting plant in Schenectady, NY, a worker looked upon the brute and simply chalked “Big Boy” on the engines side. The apt but impromptu name stuck. This meant it had to be powerful enough to drag the train up the 1.14% grades without helpers and fast enough to maintain schedules on the rest of the section.

What set the 25 Big Boys apart from other massive steam locomotives was not just its size but its purpose. The Union Pacific wanted a single locomotive capable of pulling 3,600 ton trains between Ogden and Wasatch.


Railroad engineers and of course fans traveled to the hills of Wyoming from around the world to see these engineering marvels. The Big Boys spent their entire careers in this role and on this specific line – if for no other reason than no turntable or roundhouse track existed anywhere else on the system that could accommodate their 132’ 9 1/4” length! While their territory was limited, their fame was not.

Unfortunately for the Big Boys, the Union Pacific would ultimately find its “jack-of-all-trades” locomotive solution along with the rest of the railroads in the diesel-electric. The last revenue run of a Big Boy came in 1959. While some remained on the roster for an emergency call that never came, by 1962 the eight survivors could be found only in museums.


Each of Lionel’s new Vision Line Big Boys represents one of these surviving legends. This includes No. 4014 – which may one day soon run under its own power along Union Pacific’s mainline. The locations for the others are as follows: UP 4004 – Cheyenne, WY | UP 4005 – Denver, CO | UP 4006 – St. Louis, MO | UP 4012 – Scranton, PA | UP 4014 – Pomona, CA – Cheyenne, WY | UP 4017 – Green Bay, WI | UP 4018 – Frisco, TX

Big Boy Features


  • Powerful maintenance-free motor with momentum flywheel
  • Depleting Coal Load in tender responds to actual running time, engine speed and labor
  • High level of separately applied detail parts
  • Directional lighting including operating headlight and back-up light on rear of tender
  • Illuminated classification lights on the front of locomotive
  • Traction tires
  • Interior illumination in cab
  • Die-cast metal locomotive body, pilot, and trucks
  • Blowdown Steam on each side of the firebox
  • Whistle Steam smoke effect in sync with whistle sound
  • Dual Smoke - Each stack is equipped with its own smoke unit, released in sync with dual chuff sounds
  • IR Sensor-equipped
  • Die-cast metal tender body and trucks
  • High level of separately applied metal details
  • Separately applied builder’s plates
  • 4 Fan-driven smoke units
  • Adjustable smoke output
  • Authentically detailed cab interior
  • Glowing firebox in cab
  • Glowing ash pan
  • Cab window “glass”
  • Engineer/Fireman figures
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Legendary 700E Scale Hudson

Legacy Control System Railsounds Odyseey II Speed Control Electrocouper Wireless Tether Connection Smoke Lighting

SKU: 6-11209 #5344
SKU: 6-11218 (Gunmetal Grey) #5331
Gauge: Standard O
Dimensions: Length 24 ¾”
Rail Line: New York Central
Min Curve: O-42


MSRP: $1599.99

In 1937, Lionel unveiled what would become one of the most famous locomotives ever in model trains–the legendary 700E Scale Hudson. Based on the J1-e class of New York Central’s world-famous Hudson engines, the Lionel prewar model aimed for 1/48th scale, rivet-for-rivet perfection. The ultimate statement piece in trains, this “aristocrat of models” instantly set the century-standard for engineering excellence and detailed realism that is as impressive today as it was over 70 years ago.

Our lofty goal today is the same as it was in the early days of Lionel–to create the most innovative, ground-breaking model trains in the world. To complete the circle of excellence begun in Lionel’s earliest days, we proudly present the Vision 700E Scale Hudson, equipped with some of the most sophisticated and innovative features ever offered in model trains. As a VISION Line locomotive, the legendary Lionel scale J1-e has been re-engineered to give you the most authentic, technically advanced Hudson ever made, with unprecedented operational realism and user control. Equipped with the Lionel LEGACY Control System, a full array of lighting options, smoke and steam effects, and other features are synchronized to the unequaled, ultra-realistic RailSounds sound system.


Using much of the tooling that built the first 700E, Lionel offers the new scale J1-e in the original #5344 number. In addition, the Vision Scale Hudson is also available in a 763E-inspired gunmetal grey paint scheme.

700E Hudson Features

  • Prototypical swinging bell synchronized to bell sounds
  • Swing-out scale front coupler with interchangeable, fixed O-Gauge coupler for double-heading
  • Opening roof vent
  • Cab window glass
  • Opening boiler front with authentic interior detail
  • Separately applied details including grab irons, piping, and valves
  • Spoked drivers with metal rims
  • Realistic coal load in tender
  • High-torque motor with momentum flywheel
  • Die-cast metal locomotive body, pilot, and trucks
  • Die-cast metal tender body and trucks
  • Traction tires
  • Engineer and fireman figures
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Union Pacific 4-6-6-4 Challenger

Legacy Control System Railsounds Odyseey II Speed Control Electrocouper Wireless Tether Connection Smoke Lighting

SKU: 6-11210 (coal fired) #3967
SKU: 6-11220 (coal fired) #3989
SKU: 6-11211 (oil fired) #3976
SKU: 6-11221 (oil fired) #3983
Gauge: Standard O
Dimensions: Length 32”
Rail Line: Union Pacific
Min Curve: O-72


MSRP: $1824.99

During World War II, as the Pacific front intensified, rail traffic congestion threatened to cripple western railroads like the Union Pacific. Railroads placed urgent requests for more motive power to the War Production Board. The UP knew of no better candidate for a fast freight hauler than the 4-6-6-4 simple articulated Challenger-type that they had developed with the American Locomotive Company in the 1930s.

These earliest Challengers, some 60 in total, proved their worth on the steep grades of the Wasatch Mountains, showing clearly that the big brute 4-6-6-4 engines had more power and speed than their predecessors.


In 1943, twenty five additional ALCO Challengers arrived at the Union Pacific Railroad. These locomotives were initially designed as coal burners thanks to plentiful Wyoming coalfields. In 1944, however, some “Greyhound” Challengers of U.P. were converted to burn oil for Los Angeles passenger service, where they often exceeded 80 miles per hour speeds. The U.P. Challengers hauled passenger and freight consists through the late 1950s.

Union Pacific Challenger Features

  • Swing-out scale front coupler with interchangeable, fixed O-Gauge coupler for double-heading
  • Opening cab windows and roof vent
  • Cab curtains and window glass
  • Detailed and decorated cab interior
  • Hinged cab deck
  • Opening boiler front with authentic interior detail
  • Authentic see-through boiler walkway
  • Separately applied details including grab irons, piping, and valves
  • Authentic smokestack interior detailing
  • Prototypical dual smokestack
  • Removable smoke deflectors – run your engine with or without "elephant ears"
  • Opening roof hatches on tender
  • Oil tender on U.P. Greyhounds
  • Coal tender on black U.P. engines
  • High-torque motor with momentum flywheel
  • Die-cast metal locomotive body, pilot, and trucks
  • Die-cast metal tender body and trucks
  • Traction tires
  • All twelve driving wheels powered
  • Accurate separately-applied builders plates
  • Engineer and fireman figures
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Clinchfield 4-6-6-4 Challenger

Legacy Control System Railsounds Odyseey II Speed Control Electrocouper Wireless Tether Connection Smoke Lighting

SKU: 6-11219 (with Coal Tender)
Gauge: Standard O
Dimensions: Length 32”
Rail Line: Clinchfield
Road Number: 672
Min Curve: O-72


MSRP: $1824.99

While a large number of Challengers found service out West, 4-6-6-4s had colorful careers in the East, too. In 1942, eight Challengers were initially ordered by Clinchfield, and after the war they received four additional units. The Clinchfield Railroad also purchased six final Challenger locomotives in 1947 that the D&RGW had rejected a few years earlier and sent back to the War Production Board. On the Clinchfield, the single stack ALCO-built Challengers were used to haul Appalachian coal until dieselization forced them to the scrap yard in the early 1950s.

Clinchfield Challenger Features

  • Swing-out scale front coupler with interchangeable, fixed O-Gauge coupler for double-heading
  • Opening cab windows and roof vent
  • Cab curtains and window glass
  • Detailed and decorated cab interior
  • Hinged cab deck
  • Opening boiler front with authentic interior detail
  • Authentic see-through boiler walkway
  • Separately applied details including grab irons, piping, and valves
  • Authentic smokestack interior detailing
  • Prototypical dual smokestack
  • Removable smoke deflectors – run your engine with or without "elephant ears"
  • Opening roof hatches on tender
  • Oil tender on U.P. Greyhounds
  • Coal tender on black U.P. engines
  • High-torque motor with momentum flywheel
  • Die-cast metal locomotive body, pilot, and trucks
  • Die-cast metal tender body and trucks
  • Traction tires
  • All twelve driving wheels powered
  • Accurate separately-applied builders plates
  • Engineer and fireman figures
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Pennsylvania 0-8-8-0 CC2 Steam Locomotive

Legacy Control System Railsounds Odyseey II Speed Control Electrocouper Wireless Tether Connection Smoke Lighting

SKU: 6-11154
Gauge: Standard O
Dimensions: Length Approx. 24”
Rail Line: Pennsylvania
Road Number: 8183
Min Curve: O-54/O-72 Recomended


MSRP: $1749.99

Weighing over 458,000 lbs, the hefty and powerful CC2s mallets were used for a variety of services including “working the hump” on yard duty and transfer runs. As with other compound engines, steam was first fed to the rear cylinders and then forced forward to the larger low pressure cylinders in the front.

The massive front cylinders on the CC2s were positioned unusually high, which insured adequate track clearance when the locomotive was in operation. While 0-8-8-0 engines were replaced over time by simple powered articulated steam engines, a number of these “big bruisers” continued to pull heavy transfer runs and service the hump yards through the 1940s.

Pennsylvania 0-8-8-0 Features

  • Upgraded realistic coupling and hose details between locomotive and tender
  • Swing-out scale front coupler with interchangeable O gauge coupler for double-heading
  • Hinged door on each side of the cab front swings open
  • Opening roof hatch on cab
  • Decorated cab interior with enhanced panel detail
  • Cab window glass
  • Enhanced realistic lighting in cab interior
  • Directional lighting including operating headlight and back-up light
  • Illuminated front classification lights on locomotive
  • Illuminated rear marker lights on tender
  • Illuminated number boards
  • Flickering firebox in cab
  • Variable ashpan glow
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Santa Fe 2-10-10-2 Steam Locomotive

Legacy Control System Railsounds Odyseey II Speed Control Electrocouper Wireless Tether Connection Smoke Lighting

SKU: 6-11155
Gauge: Standard O
Dimensions: Length Approx. 31”
Rail Line: Santa Fe
Road Number: 3000
Min Curve: O-72


MSRP: $2249.99

In 1911, Santa Fe 2-10-10-2’s were combined with Baldwin-built front boiler sections to create ten mammoth 2-10-10-2 articulated mallet locomotives. At that time, these were the largest locomotives in the world – over 120 feet in length with tender, and weighing nearly a million pounds.

Besides its enormous size, one of the most arresting features of the 2-10-10-2 was the sleek “turtleback” tender that serviced the loco. With rounded sides and rear, and an overall modern appearance, turtleback tenders had a clean, streamlined look that was years ahead of its time. Most eye-catching was the distinctive cow-catcher fitted on the rear of the tender. With this locomotive, Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway discovered the limits of the compound mallet locomotive experiment. While their tractive effort was phenomenal, the engines suffered in overall speed. Simply put, the under-designed boiler and firebox could not make steam fast enough to power the massive cylinders at higher speeds. Ultimately, 3000-class mallets were relegated mainly to helper service in California on the Cajon Pass and on the Tehachapi Loop. By 1918, all ten “magnificent failures” were converted back to 2-10-2 locomotives. The unique turtleback tenders, however, lived on throughout the steam era to service a large assortment of Santa Fe engines.

Santa Fe 2-10-10-2 Features

  • Upgraded realistic coupling and hose details between locomotive and tender
  • Swing-out scale front coupler with interchangeable O gauge coupler for double-heading
  • Opening roof hatch on cab
  • Decorated cab interior with enhanced panel detail
  • Cab window glass
  • Enhanced realistic lighting in cab interior
  • Directional lighting including operating headlight and back-up light
  • Illuminated front classification lights on locomotive
  • Illuminated rear marker lights on tender
  • Illuminated number boards
  • Flickering firebox in cab
  • Variable ashpan glow
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