Lionel and HO

I have not seen this news released before, so here goes.
We just received notice that Lionel will reenter the HO manufacturing arena
again. Lionel has been into HO twice before and will reenter it again with
a die-cast engine with QSI sound and DCC this October. A second engine will
be out after the first of the year. The notice did not address rolling
stock (it maybe in their new catalogue that is due out this week.)
Mike
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Mike Craig
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The new Lionel catalog is up and pictured page by page on their website
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It does not list any HO but the site does mention their reentry into the HO field. According to dealers in NYC the locomotives will be a UP Challenger and a UP Veranda. There is no mention of any rolling stock.
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EppersonJohnR
"EppersonJohnR"
More big power???
Ah well, guess there's a market. :-(
-- Cheers Roger T.
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Roger T.
A PDF file of the press release can be found at:
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The text of the press release is:
Press Release
Lionel Introduces HO Locomotive
(Chesterfield, Mich.,) * For the first time in 26 years, Lionel is entering the HO model train market with the first of several die-cast steam locomotives, and injection molded diesels beginning with the Union Pacific 4-6-6-4 Challenger. First available in the marketplace this fall, this newly tooled locomotive features a metal frame, boiler, tender body and tender frame.
"With all of the steam locomotive options available in HO, we (Lionel) decided to develop a series of products that 'Challenge' and expand current expectations," said Lionel President and CEO Bill Bracy. "As the company that introduced affordable, digitized sounds and control to the O gauge model train marketplace, Lionel is perfectly suited to bring the best electronic and performance features together in HO gauge trains."
The Lionel HO Challenger is equipped with QSI Quantum Sound and DCC decoder for analog or digital operation. This three-pound workhorse is powered by a five-pole can motor with two flywheels, and measures 17-1/4 inches from coupler to coupler. Featuring a host of authentic sounds and operating features like firebox glow constant speed control, magnetic knuckle couplers and directional lighting, the Challenger is being offered in six different versions, with two road numbers each, at a suggested retail price of $699.99.
"In both modes of operation, the Challenger has a complete array of sounds including bell, whistle, chuff, even a doppler effect. While in neutral you can hear everything from air pumps to injector sounds - and be sure to prepare yourself when coming to a stop because the brakes squeal like the prototype!" said Bracy. "Lionel is designing our new HO locomotives to National Model Railroad Association (NMRA) standards with built-in quality that is an integral part of all top-of-the-line scale Lionel O gauge locomotives including such fine details as a deck plate, full cab interior and added-on piping and appliances."
"Customers can expect to see another HO die-cast locomotive from Lionel around the first of next year," said Bracy. "Due to ship in late December 2003, Lionel will be offering a die-cast HO model of the Union Pacific's Veranda Gas Turbine. It is the first time this locomotive has been produced for HO in any material other than brass. It will be similarly equipped as the Challenger."
The Lionel HO line will be available through the existing Lionel dealer and wholesaler network. For more information on the Challenger and Veranda Gas Turbine, please visit a Lionel dealer or call 1-800-4Lionel for a dealer near you!
Lionel previously offered HO products from 1957-1966 and again from 1974-1977.
Lionel L.L.C. is one of the world's leading marketer of model trains and accessories. Established in 1900, the Lionel name is the most widely recognized brand in the toy train industry and one of the most recognized brands in America. Lionel has been at the center of every major innovation in toy train manufacturing and marketing since its inception.
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Alan W. Dye
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Nope.
-- Cheers Roger T.
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of the Great Eastern Railway
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Roger T.
"Alan W. Dye"
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Nope.
-- Cheers Roger T.
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of the Great Eastern Railway
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Roger T.
There is info on Model Railroader's Trains.com website on the Lionel HO releases. They have a new section listing new product announcements that would have been made at the NMRA's National Train Show currently being held in Toronto if the MRIA and the NMRA hadn't folded.
Bob Boudreau Canada
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Railfan
=>Roger T. you need a new browser or newsreader. =>The problem is at your end. => =>Dave.
No, those posterior orifices who design web-pages should follow standards. There is _no_ problem with older browsers even if the page is designed using XTML, and even with CSS. It's Microsoft's wiierd "improvements" on these standards that cause problems -- they don't even work with older versions of Explorer, fer gawdsake! The paranoid among us think it's a ploy to, er, persuade us to "upgrade" to WinXP - which of course has turned out to be as insecure as all its predecessors, just in different ways.
Besides, most of the glitches are caused by unnecessary and bandwidth-eating kitsch. If a webpage designer wants to have all that glitzy crap, (s)he can give you the option of going there -- it's simple enough to create two versions of the site, after all.
Bah!
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Wolf Kirchmeir
Well, all that flaming and you still didn't articulate a clue as to what you think is the "nope" poster's problem.
I read news with Agent, and it had no problems launching an IE to the URLs posted. If your browser cannot deal with the webpages content, that is not the problem of OP. The URL is valid, the content is another matter.
Dave.
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Dave Mitton
Geee folks I opened up that page without any problem. Runing a 400 meg PC with the first 98, not the SE, the browser is the Netscape 4.xx remember them? Roe
Wolf Kirchmeir wrote:
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Roe Thomas
The page is denoted .PDF so you will need to have Adobe Reader installed to see it. Get a free copy on-line.
Dave in GA
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David M. Diehl

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