April 30, 2009

We are sold out of Lionel Grand Central Terminals

In case you are looking for the new Lionel 16859 Grand Central Terminal on our website, we have unfortuanately sold out. It turned out to be quite popular, and with production limited to only 250 pieces, they went pretty quick.


Change in Lionel's Vision Line Pricing--No Rebates, Lower Prices

At the York Train show, Lionel announced that they are restructuring the pricing of Vision Line locomotives and eliminating the rebate program. The 11154 PRR CC-2 now has a MSRP of $1799 instead of $1999, the Santa Fe 2-10-10-2 has a MSRP of $2299 instead of $2499, the 28306 GE Hybrid now has a MSRP of $899 instead of $999, and the 28314 UP Genset switcher now has a MSRP of $699 instead of $799.

At Trainz, these prices are now:

If you have already ordered one of these locomotives from us, your order will now have the newer, lower price instead of the initial preorder price. If you have any questions, feel free to email us at customerservice@trainz.com.


April 24, 2009

Rebates on Lionel Vision Line and Conventional Classics

At York, Lionel has announced the following rebate programs for 2009 items:

Vision Line steam locomotives (#11154 and 11155)--$200 each, or $700 if both engines are purchased at the same time.

Conventional Classics: $50 per set (#31784, 38310, 38311, 38312, and 38313).

These items can all be viewed on Trainz.com's Preorder website. Just click the Preorder Store button at the top of the home page.

Be sure to get your orders in today!

April 15, 2009

Ending April 15: Lionel 2009 Vol. 2 Catalog Pre-Order

The Lionel 2009 catalog is here! We have all the items from this volume posted on our preorder website (http://store.trainzpreorder.com). We invite you to browse our website and enjoy special preorder pricing and cash in on the savings with FREE Shipping! The deadline to get your Lionel order in by is April 15th.

We will continue to take preorders after the deadline, unless it is released or sold out. Keep in mind that occasionally Lionel can sell out of an item before it is even released, so we can not absolutely guarantee delivery on preorders placed after April 15th

Don't miss out on all the great items Lionel added in this volume, like the all new Vision Line locomotives and new additions to the Postwar Conventional Classics line. Quantities are limited so be sure to order early to secure your order. Vision Line locomotives have manufacturer rebates of up to $500 each!!

Bookmark this link to stay up to date on current release dates: http://lionel.com/Products/ShippingSchedule/index.cfm

If you have never preordered from Trainz, we welcome you! You will find that our service and handling of your order is top priority. Our customer service is top-notch; at anytime that you have a question or concern you can always reach us promptly by email. We strongly encourage all new customers to visit our FAQ page for details about our fantastic program at http://support.trainz.com.

For questions concerning preorders please email us at preorder@trainz.com Or, you may call us at 1-866-285-5840.

After the deadline (April 15th), if you did not order something that you wish you had, give us a call! We'll add it to your existing preorder, with free shipping as long as it hasn't been released by the manufacturer yet. When you order from Trainz.com you'll receive FREE SHIPPING on your Pre-Order.

The Terms of this Program are as follows:

  • For 2009 Lionel Preorder, the deadline is April 15th, 2009.
  • You must use a valid credit card during checkout. It will not be charged at checkout time.
  • We do not accept Paypal for preorders.
  • Your credit card will only be charged when we ship your items.
  • Items that you order and cancel will be charged a 10% restocking fee.
  • Georgia Sales tax will be charged for Georgia orders.

Special Shipment Terms apply for all items sold under this program as follows:

  • SHIPPING IS FREE! Lower 48 United States Only.
  • We now ship to Alaska, Hawaii & Canada. Please see listing for shipping amount.
  • WE SHIP ITEMS TO YOU IMMEDIATELY upon receiving them from the Manufacturer.
  • Lionel Shipping Schedule

For questions concerning preorders please go to http://support.trainz.com.

Thank you for shopping with us at Trainz, we look forward to securing your preorder!

The Trainz Crew

April 7, 2009

Mike Wolf at MTH interviewed by Toy Collector Magazine

MTH took on big competition and is still chugging along
Mike Wolf has heard all the gloom and doom about model railroading, and he doesn’t buy it.
Derailed interest? He doesn’t see it.
Aging collectors? Not the case.
Declining business? No way.
Wolf, the founder and owner of MTH Electric Trains in Columbia, Md., has plenty of reasons for his optimism. The MTH Railroaders Club has more than 10,000 members, and MTH products are carried by about 800 dealers.

Read the entire article on the Toy Collector Site :


Lionel Vision Locos redesigned for O54 Track

Just Announced from .... LIONEL ELECTRIC TRAINS



The Lionel design teams have been working very hard to bring you the very latest innovations and the very best features for our Vision Line products.

This just in from our design engineers - The Pennsylvania 0-8-8-0, GE ES44AC Evolution Hybrid diesel and the 3GS21B Genset switcher will now be able to run on a minimum of O-54 curve track.

These new updates will allow for expanded use of these locomotives on layouts that use O-54 diameter curves. The 2-10-10-2 Santa Fe uses O-72 diameter curves.