View Full Version : Lionel Trains

11-22-2007, 09:16 PM
Anyone here have any experience with them? I'm interested in a train to go under the Christmas tree but I'd also like to have something that will last and could be expanded when the kids get older if they are interested and we had the room.

Lionel is quite expensive but I trust they are the best from what research I have done.

Might be a long shot but I thought I'd throw it out there.

11-22-2007, 10:33 PM
my dad has them and they are very reliable. he's had his since before i was born and im 18 years old. they are very nice trains.

11-22-2007, 10:37 PM

You know what happened to the last guy that bought a Lionel Train

11-23-2007, 04:47 AM
It's been over 40 years, but growing up we had one of the finest train sets money could buy in our basement thanks to our Dad. It was the large scale, and I think it was "O" (but I am no longer sure).

It was humongous. And the layout and detail my Dad and us kids put into it was simply awesome. My one brother still has most of it in boxes in storage.

You can't go wrong with Lionel MaineRed. But unless you yourself are really into it as a hobby, I'd maybe consider starting out with something inexpensive at first to see if it peeks your kid's interest and is worth the investment, because while it is a worthwhile hobby, it can be expensive.

Thank God for the internet. Here is one place where you can start....


We also had HO slot car tracks too. My younger brother and I use to really get into it. We'd go out and buy the AFX and Tyco cars and paint them up like the actual Nascar drivers of that time with the decals and everything. We had every kid in the neighborhood over at our house in bad weather.

My brother, who is now in his late 40's, still is into it and has an HO track in his house. He has a whole room "dedicated" to Nascar (drives his wife nuts too).

Ah the good ol' days! :lol:

11-23-2007, 10:22 AM
Neil Young owns 20% of that company


Here's an article I read last year on the history.


11-23-2007, 10:42 AM
The Cincinnati Model Railway Club uses the space in the basement of the building where my office is located. They love talking trains and can answer any questions you might have. They have the entire basement built up into a train tracks, about the size of a small ballroom!


I don't know if it was just my system, but the picture pages loaded very slowly (I'm running something system wide on my computer at the moment - so that could be it).
The contact page shows a number of the members. I know both Bill & Frank as I see them as they come in on Tuesdays and Thursday to work on the layouts. Friendly people who love to talk to folks about model trains.

If anyone ever wants to visit their location, they're there on Tuesdays and Thursdays as I said. The early birds usually come in about mid-day and are there until about 6:30.

11-23-2007, 10:46 AM
I'm a HUGE fan of building the layouts for trains. Funny thing is, I'm not into the trains in the least...I just have always been fascinated w/ building the layouts. When we move to Vegas this spring, I plan on having workspace to start building these!