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General Lionel Model Train Discussion / Lionel Expanding Into Mexico?
« on: March 13, 2021, 09:38:26 pm »
There are no Lionel stores in Mexico.

Two hobby shops, both in the same mall, are the only model train stores in the state of Jalisco. One of them has begun selling Lionel Play Gauge trains, O gauge bridges, and O gauge tracks. No O gauge trains or railcars.

Both stores have been focused on Bachman trains (along with other hobby items) but I'm hoping that Lionel is entering the area.

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Textmaster, the track looks pretty good. But that tinplate locomotive in your first video looked fantastic!

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General Lionel Model Train Discussion / Re: Caterpillar Lionel Trains
« on: March 01, 2021, 04:34:44 pm »
Excellent link Dave. John Deere currently makes PARTS for railroad equipment, although they do not manufacture any locomotives or railcars.

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General Lionel Model Train Discussion / Re: Caterpillar Lionel Trains
« on: February 27, 2021, 10:19:57 am »
Thank you, Dave.

And I corrected an error in my previous post. There  really are Caterpillar flatcars, but I cannot find photos of actual John Deere railcars of any type.

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General Lionel Model Train Discussion / Caterpillar Lionel Trains
« on: February 24, 2021, 07:37:36 pm »
Lionel used to make a very nice-looking Caterpillar steam locomotive set. I found a photo of someone's HO Caterpillar train set, and I found a plastic Caterpillar train set.

I cannot find any real-life Caterpillar trains except that there actually are Caterpillar flatcars for carrying their products.

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General Lionel Model Train Discussion / Do YOU Own a John Deere Train?
« on: February 16, 2021, 08:50:03 pm »
After buying a John Deere train, I did some research.

Lionel has made dozens of O gauge John Deere railcars and locomotives. Three or four companies have made HO versions, and even wooden versions. Several people on a forum admitted owning a John Deere train.

Does ANYBODY here  have a John Deere train lay-out, or at least have John Deere items or trains somewhere on your lay-out?

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The worst part about Dave's post is that it makes sense.

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It looks sharp and it runs like a Deere, and that's about it for Lionel's John Deere mini-train. To my surprise, the "mini-train" is O-gauge, and it does have plenty of plastic, non-powered track.

The control on top of the locomotive offers "forward" without sound, "forward" with sound (very good quality, by the way) and "Off." There is no Reverse, and freshly-charged batteries do not make it go fast enough to jump the track.

Issued on October 1, 2020, it appears to be discontinued already.

My advice? Skip it.

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General Lionel Model Train Discussion / Re: What Did I Buy?!?
« on: February 12, 2021, 10:22:23 pm »
Amazon.com.mx introduced a Lionel Polar Express mini-train that is almost identical to this one, but it costs about $100 US. I got my John Deere mini-train at the promotional price of $50 US, so I guess I shouldn't complain (too much).

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General Lionel Model Train Discussion / Re: What Did I Buy?!?
« on: February 12, 2021, 10:37:26 am »
That's the one. It was issued on October 1, 2020 and appears to be a one-time object. Amazon .com often transfers stuff it can't get rid of to Amazon.com.mx, which is how I got it.

Incidentally, I can find nothing on the internet about actual John Deere railcars or locomotives, but several companies have made John Deere model trains. Lionel has made far over half of the different John Deere railcars and locomotives.

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General Lionel Model Train Discussion / What Did I Buy?!?
« on: February 11, 2021, 10:08:21 am »
I live in Mexico and constantly check Amazon.com.mx for trains. Late at night, a new ad appeared. It was a Lionel remote-controlled John Deere mini-train, at the promotional price of $50 US, with free shipping. Because these ads disappear rapidly, I bought one immediately.

The next day I learned that it does not really contain a remote control. I cannot find out what gauge it is, but if it is HO, its hooked couplings are compatible with several of my HO railcars. Customer reviews rave about its high quality, while complaining angrily that it is not remote-controlled as advertised. And I cannot find it on the Lionel site.

I'll find out on Monday what I bought.

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Thank you, Dave. I hit every yard sale and junk shop I can find, but I haven't been able to find any Lionel Play gauge trains--yet.

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This year's Christmas lay-out will be "Coffee and Cocoa." The 2014 Lionel catalog had a Play gauge Hershey's candy  remote-controlled train that would go great on that lay-out.

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General Lionel Model Train Discussion / Play Gauge
« on: January 24, 2021, 12:44:53 pm »
After three years of mostly HO, I tried the Lionel Play gauge Pennsylvania RR train and got hooked. I have also bought the Hogwarts Express, and they both run great. But it looks like Lionel is discontinuing Play gauge after they exhaust existing stock.  Does anyone know if this is true?

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