The Lionel Freight Train Set includes a 2-4-2 locomotive and tender complete with a gondola, a hopper and a caboose. It also comes with eight curved O-36 FasTrack sections, one straight FasTrack section and FasTrack terminal section with a PowerMax transformer to help build combinations of track. This toy train set comes with a "Lionelville Destination: Adventure!" DVD. The locomotive is equipped with transformer-controlled forward, neutral and reverse operations and other features such as an operating headlight, air whistle and a puffing smoke unit to add to the realism. It also has a powerful maintenance-free motor, traction tires and a die-cast metal body. The Lionel Scout train set also features operating couplers and two removable canisters in the gondola. It is suitable for anyone ages 8 and older and ideal for kids and adults alike.
Lionel train sets and MTH Trains sets are the most popular O Scale train starter sets. Both Lionel and MTH are compatible with each other,meaning either manufacture's cars will run eithers track system and the cars will couple together.
"For years, Lionel train sets have been a mainstay in celebrating the holiday season," said Jerry Calabrese, CEO of Lionel Trains. "With the addition of our new ornament line, we're excited to provide a range of products that each member of the family can enjoy. From classics like the Polar Express train to newcomers like the LionChief Silver Bell Express set, our gift guide offers something for everyone."
Nowadays quite a few train enthusiasts get pleasure from the old-time feelings and tradition of having a Lionel train set. Lionel Corporation was an American company that specialized in producing electrical novelties and lighting devices. It was started by Joshua Lionel Cowen, an enterprising young inventor, in 1900. When they first started to build trains, they were not intended to be sold to consumers as toys, but were rather used as store window displays, especially during the Holiday season. The first Lionel train operated through the use of electric batteries and ran on a track made of brass. It wasn't long before customers began to inquire about these trains so that eventually, the company decided to build 12 of them for public sale. The rest, they say, is history.