Lionel 2014 Preview Catalog

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September 6, 2013 8:35 AM

The new catalog goes live this wednesday on their web site as well as ours. Great mix of new items. Had the pleasure yesterday of a visit from most of the "upper management" at Lionel. Howard and I talked about a number of things and without going into details expect some changes. And yes they hear us about the shipping sked! Remember they are just getting use to things and how they worked and now they plan to improve on that. Their Marketing guy, Mike Phillips spent some time with our IT guy and alot was accoplished. I am looking forward to the day when we go live with our new inventory control system and have "real time" data. I am not allowed to discuss what is in the new catalog till Wed. so please don't ask me too. Thanks Charlie....

 
 
 
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September 6, 2013 9:00 AM

Thanks Charlie.

 
 
 
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September 6, 2013 9:09 AM

Charlie you are a gem to always keep us informed, while respecting the wishes of your supplier. Thanks for the heads up about the release date for the new catalog.

 

I was told back in February that there were BIG changes coming from Lionel and this sure has played out. Let's all hope that these changes with give us the best Lionel ever.

 

 
 
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September 6, 2013 9:30 AM

Thank you, Charlie!
 

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September 6, 2013 9:40 AM

Sounds like Lionel is at least trying to listen. 

 

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September 6, 2013 10:41 AM

Their Marketing guy, Mike Phillips spent some time with our IT guy and alot was accoplished. I am looking forward to the day when we go live with our new inventory control system and have "real time" data. 

 

THANK GOD  for both Lionel management and the hobby shop owners comming up with an mth product locator clone! You don't realize how POWERFUL a tool that is to both the consumers and store owners.

 

For those store owners who refuse to get on board you don't realize the easier $$ that can be made!

 

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September 6, 2013 11:17 AM

A big hear hear for product locator.  I have bought MTH items which I would never have found the old fashioned way.  LIONEL™ going that route would be a big deal for me since 80% of what I buy is the big L.

 
 
 
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September 6, 2013 11:21 AM

Charlie,

 

Eveyone seems to be assuming that your statement "new inventory control system and have "real time" data" references a Lionel specific dealer-wide system.

 

Is that what you're talking about or do you mean system for your store's use only?

 

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September 6, 2013 11:38 AM

Or it could be giving dealers real time access to Lionel's on hand inventory of products and parts as well as current shipping status

 
 
 
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September 6, 2013 11:39 AM

Thank you for the info. In Germany, many businesses are run by "Mittlestand" meaning a non-adversarial approach to common issues by all parties. We need this in the USA, where our habit in many instances is a shoot-out at the OK corral, with a lot of wasted time, money and energy. So, Lionel sitting down with a big seller and working through common issues is wonderful.
 

 

 
 
 
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September 6, 2013 12:00 PM

I saw something on the inter-web and it looks like the cover of the 2014 catalog has a New Haven Little Joe (EP-5) on the cover.

 

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September 6, 2013 12:47 PM

Originally Posted by LionelLLC:

I saw something on the inter-web and it looks like the cover of the 2014 catalog has a New Haven Little Joe (EP-5) on the cover.

 

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I believe what you saw was the 2014 Lionel Calendar. I have one and the Little Joe is on the cover of the calendar.

 
 
 
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September 6, 2013 12:58 PM

Originally Posted by Balto:
Originally Posted by LionelLLC:

I saw something on the inter-web and it looks like the cover of the 2014 catalog has a New Haven Little Joe (EP-5) on the cover.

 

Stu

I believe what you saw was the 2014 Lionel Calendar. I have one and the Little Joe is on the cover of the calendar.


Upon further review, I think you're right.  Sorry for the false alarm.

 

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September 6, 2013 1:32 PM

Charlie,

 

Eveyone seems to be assuming that your statement "new inventory control system and have "real time" data" references a Lionel specific dealer-wide system.

 

Is that what you're talking about or do you mean system for your store's use only?

 

 

That would be us, not Lionel.

 
 
 
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September 6, 2013 1:43 PM

I saw something on the inter-web and it looks like the cover of the 2014 catalog has a New Haven Little Joe (EP-5) on the cover.

 

Stu

 

 

 

I have the catalog and that is NOT on the cover

 
 
 
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September 6, 2013 1:47 PM

Originally Posted by Passenger Train Collector:

Charlie you are a gem to always keep us informed, while respecting the wishes of your supplier. Thanks for the heads up about the release date for the new catalog.

 

I was told back in February that there were BIG changes coming from Lionel and this sure has played out. Let's all hope that these changes with give us the best Lionel ever.

My thoughts exactly!  Charlie, thanks for your contributions to the forum.

 

 

 

 

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September 6, 2013 2:31 PM

Hoping they throw a few bones to those of us wanting some more Conventional Classics/PWC type items.

 

Thanks for the news on the ’14 preview.

 

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September 6, 2013 4:20 PM

There are new road names for one of their popular diesels.

 

 

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September 6, 2013 6:43 PM

I sure hope us Lionel Railroader Club members get our catalog in a timely manner.

 

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September 7, 2013 9:45 AM

If so inclined would one be able to preorder from this 2014 preview catalog?

 

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September 7, 2013 10:07 AM

Yes you can preorder. In fact if I recall correctly Lionel has stated they will only make the amount that has been ordered. So if you really want it better order in advance or chance getting one from a store that order extra ones.

 

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September 7, 2013 5:38 PM

I guess TrainWorld didn't get the memo? They posted this on Facebook.

 

 
 
 
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September 7, 2013 5:51 PM

Thank You Charlie, I will make a point to check out your web site locator. Will it be ready for the Christmas season?

 

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September 7, 2013 6:05 PM

It's just the cover.  No biggie.
 
Originally Posted by jonnyspeed:

I guess TrainWorld didn't get the memo? They posted this on Facebook.

 

 

 

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September 7, 2013 6:08 PM

can anyone identify what the steamer is?

 
 
 
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September 7, 2013 6:13 PM

Originally Posted by tr18:

can anyone identify what the steamer is?

Look's like a 9000 Class 4-12-2.

 
 
 
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September 7, 2013 6:50 PM

Thanks, Charlie & Chris!

 

 

 

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September 7, 2013 6:50 PM

That's what I thought too.  Both locos on the catalog cover appear to have already been released...  unless of course Lionel is offering new road numbers.

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September 7, 2013 6:56 PM

It says 2013 on the picture posted. 

 
 
 
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September 7, 2013 7:36 PM

Yes Fall 2013 would be correct.

 

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September 7, 2013 8:02 PM

Perhaps the 2 locos on the catalog cover are weathered versions of existing locos ?

 

 
 
 
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September 7, 2013 8:12 PM

Originally Posted by Rocky Mountaineer:
That's what I thought too.  Both locos on the catalog cover appear to have already been released...  unless of course Lionel is offering new road numbers.

David

Thats probably the point, theres plenty of those still on the shelves, especially the sharks. I saw the sharks going for $455 at Hobby Station.

 

Items that do not "move" typically roll over into the next catalog.

 

No reason for Trainworld to hide the cover, nuthin new on it.

 

 

 

 

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September 7, 2013 8:57 PM

Soooo....

 

What's in the catalog Charlie???

 

 
 
 
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September 7, 2013 11:25 PM

If they want the item to move quickly, then they need to make small amounts in new road numbers each year.

 

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September 8, 2013 2:40 AM

It would be nice if they had better pictures of the E8s that more accurately describe what they claim them to be.

 
 
 
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September 8, 2013 5:26 PM

Will they use this catalog to show the finished locomotives and freight cars that were just concept art in the Signature Catalog?

Will the Lionel marketing team make corrections?

 

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September 8, 2013 6:19 PM

Looks like maybe they're going back to the "landscape" catalog format? Let's hope it's not just a flyer! 

 

As long as there's a decent Amtrak engine in this catalog, I'll be happy.

 
 
 
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September 8, 2013 6:35 PM

I hope there is some new items that actually look interesting. Some new VL locomotives?

 
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September 8, 2013 7:24 PM

 

 

 

i hope there is a 4014 in there  I hope, I hope .

 
 
 
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September 8, 2013 8:20 PM

Specifically. Have the finished versions of the Auto Rack paint schemes been photographed for this catalog?

 

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