Originally Posted by cbojanower:

It's true, straight from Lionel's reps mouth today


Sounds good!  When is it due out, this month or in the fall?

 

 

 

"Moreover, experience proves that there is virtually no limit to the amount of cars, track, equipment, etc., the scale model railroader will buy once you have planted the "system" idea in his head. The more he has, the more he still wants." A.C. Gilbert Co. - 1947

Originally Posted by NotInWI:

Hopefully its a safe assumption that it will be available on Lionel's website.  I cant imagine that the S gauge catalog will be sent to all the hobby shops out there like the O gauge ones are currently?  

I'll say this, my LHS owner just found out about Flyer Fastrack (I don't blame him, as far as I know, he's only got two S Gauge customers) and is willing to stock it.  So, he'll probably get the Flyer catalogs, too.

 

Even though Lionel's on probation with me, I'm still interested to see what they'll be offering.

 

Rusty

Originally Posted by NotInWI:

I got to wondering, is there going to be just one American Flyer catalog a year or two?

 

I hope two.  

 

My two cents,

Ben

Two might be pushing it, but you never know.

 

It's possible a "Vol 1" would have all the major announcements and "Vol 2" would have some minor ones and additional roadnames.

 

Order early for delivery in 2015.

 

Rusty

I saw that. They did hedge saying that they may change their mind. Being that the last Flyer section was only 8 pages, is it economically feasible? It would feasible in digital format, but not in printing and distributing such a small catalog.

Herb Wasserman

Right from Lionel's Facebook page this morning:

 

Lionel LLC Chris, We are releasing a separate American Flyer catalog. This will come out on the same day as the ready to run catalog - within a couple of weeks. Our Signature catalog is delayed a bit. We're aiming for late March. Hope that helps!

 

-Chris

Hmmm....

 

"Hello, we have the American Flyer in our catalog now. It has only been rumored that are making an American Flyer catalog. That might change but as for right now we do not have a definite answer. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Thank you
Talk To Us"

 

"Right from Lionel's Facebook page this morning:

 

Lionel LLC Chris, We are releasing a separate American Flyer catalog. This will come out on the same day as the ready to run catalog - within a couple of weeks. Our Signature catalog is delayed a bit. We're aiming for late March. Hope that helps!"



 

First there is a separate catalog, then there isn't, then there is again.

 

Ever get the feeling there's a certain lack of internal communication in the ol' Circle L Ranch?  Tune in next month! (Apparently...)

 

Rusty

Originally Posted by cbojanower:

It's not the first time that one department of Lionel doesn't know what the other department is doing. So far the FB page has been 100% reliable

The thing is, both are responsible for communicating with the customer in some way or another.  They should both be on the same page.

 

One can't help but wonder what other internal communication gaps there are.

 

Rusty

Originally Posted by NotInWI:

Production and quality control issues aside, I think this bodes very well for the future of S gauge.  I hope there are some s gauge starter sets that are attractive to potential new comers.  

 

Ben

Yes, S Gauge may become the beneficiary of the O Gauge market possibly "Maxing Out."

 

Rusty

Good Day,

 

I’ve said it and I’ll say it again. American Flyer is a diamond in the rough! I think Lionel is on the right track to continue to build the brand and offer more American Flyer engines with the Legacy Control, new rolling stock and track. 21st Century Model railroaders can easily build an empire in that extra bedroom or den in the house. It's really a great scale.

 

On a side note, perhaps someday S Scale will have the Norfolk Southern Heritage engines!

 

Regards,

Swafford

 

     Drawing by Michael Eby          Painted by Frank Swafford

 

 

 

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The 2012 American Flyer Catalog I have been told is 28 pages.  It will be posted online  March 2nd at 9:30 a.m.  Some of the highlights are the following:

 

 Mallet Steam Engine 2-8-8-2 

A)N&W

B)PRR

C)Santa Fe

D)UP

E)Virginian

 

U33C

A)Santa Fe

B)D&H

C)IC

D)Milwaukee

E)PRR

 

U33C Heritage

A)UP

B)MP/UP

C)SP/UP

D)Rio Grande

E)CNW

 

SD70ACe

A)BNSF

B)CSX

C)NS

D)KCS1

E)KCS2

 

Cylindrical Hopper

CN, BN, SP, Saskatchewan, UP 4 versions

 

Legacy Pacific Steam set with Heaveyweight cars

 

MStl Baldwin

 

Clear Plastic Docksider and caboose 

 

Full Vistadome PRR

 

Freight Cars

Schlitz Reefer

Pepsi Reefer

MStl Boxcar

1958 Catalog car

AF Smoke Fluid Tank Car

Cities Service Tank Car

PRR Gondola with Coil Cover

WP 3bay Hopper

Hershey's Hopper

Mr. Goodbar Reefer

 

FasTrack R&L remote switches and Transition Track

 

Bilboard set

Reality check.  Bear in mind these are photoshopped O Gauge locomotives.

 

Still, it's an admirable selection. I see a Y3a and the MP Heritage unit in my future. (Maybe they'll even be decorated completely on both sides!)

 

Too bad the Santa Fe U33C's not in pinstripes or yellow bonnet, it's in the passenger scheme that was used on the U28CG's.  The IC is tempting, though...

 

Rusty

Yep, photoshops for sure. Having said that, I am pretty happy with their direction. They need to get wider curves and turnouts made ASAP to fill out the Fastrack line, but it looks like they will so that's probably just a matter of time. I think this catalog is a good step for them and it is a good step for S in general. As my good friend CSXTroy pointed out, Des Plaines hobbies will probably see a lot of orders for their modern freight cars. Even though I'm not a Diehard modern diesel or articulated steam fan, I'll probably order  a few and the cylindrical hoppers are a must have as well. Good catalog. Better than I expected.

-Jonathan

 

Good Day,

 

The new Lionel American Flyer catalog is the start of a new ERA for S Scale! As I have said, Lionel is on the right track to continue to build the brand and offer more American Flyer engines with the Legacy Control, new rolling stock and track.

 

Regards,

Swafford

 

  

 

Wow lots of nice stuff! Will have to see the early buy prices to see how much of it I can afford. Was a little surprised not to see a RTR set with fastrack. I have been asking for a Cities Service tank car for a while. Little disappointed in the one they chose to do. I would have preferred a single dome with large Cities Service spelled out across the side, like the Gilbert HO version

FlyerMike S gauge railroading on the floor

Already did there Andre, the KCS Southern Belle paint scheme.  I'll wait for the WP unit to come out though.  Two of the modern hoppers on order too, luckily the wallet won't get hit for a while.  If the U33C is any kind of indicator it will be two years.......
 
Greg
 
Originally Posted by laming:

The modern diesel thingies look pretty impressive. 

 

Now we'll see if those that whine for modern power in S scale will put their money where their mouth is!

 

 

Andre

 

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