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After a NYC ToyFair I was attending closed for the evening, I wound up walking out with MDK, and his associates. They began looking to hail a cab, and I asked him where they were going.  JFK, he replied. I offered him a ride, as I live not too far away. We had a pleasant conversation, and he asked me if I was a member of the KCC. I was, and so informed him. He said “Great, I love to meet our best customers in person.” When we got to the terminal, he offered $$ for gas. I declined. 2 weeks later, an entire K-Line Train Set showed up at my house!

That certainly increased my enthusiasm for K-Line!

IDK why you are holding a grudge. K-Line was on shakey ground to begin with on thin profit margins, flooding markets with lots of product, and questionable technology - funny how they got EOB about 9-10  months AFTER the other guy developed and market it.

As another forumite eluded, I too believe K-Line would not have survived the 2008 Samhongsa fallout esp with their precarious finances.

IIRC, a settlement was reached between K-Line and Lionel that would have allowed K-line to continue operations. However, after the settlement was announced, K-line issued a press release that completely misrepresented the facts of the lawsuit and the settlement. Lionel and the court both took issue with that and the penalties and revised settlement imposed by the court are what precipitated K-Line's bankruptcy. Whether K-Line would have had the financial wherewithal to continue operations after the initial settlement is unknown, but it is clear that by issuing the press release that led to changes to that first settlement with Lionel, their fatal wound was self-inflicted.

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IIRC, a settlement was reached between K-Line and Lionel that would have allowed K-line to continue operations. However, after the settlement was announced, K-line issued a press release that completely misrepresented the facts of the lawsuit and the settlement. Lionel and the court both took issue with that and the penalties and revised settlement imposed by the court are what precipitated K-Line's bankruptcy. Whether K-Line would have had the financial wherewithal to continue operations after the initial settlement is unknown, but it is clear that by issuing the press release that led to changes to that first settlement with Lionel, their fatal wound was self-inflicted.

That is EXACTLY how I remember the events that lead to K-Line’s demise.

Like many of the responders, count me in as a K Line fan. Off the top of my head, who could not like their diesels ( Fs, Es, GPs, RSs ( nobody else did a PRR Hammerhead)), 15 and 18" passenger cars and interurbans, some really neat motorized units like the box cabs, Plymouths, etc. Some of their cabooses were stupendous IMHO-and if you are a 6464 box car enthusiast, the K Line 641 series fit your bill perfectly-and much less costly than other companies similar offerings. Add to those their milk and reefer cars, die cast hoppers, circus cars and die cast 16 wheel flats with some neat loads. Belonging to their "club" allowed for some really neat additions of mining sets and passenger car sets including cars and engines-all at very reasonable prices.  Being an old timer, I have been at this hobby for quite some time and believe that K Line was what Lionel use to be like-that toy train company whose catalog(s) you eagerly anticipated and looked at again and again for some truly affordable additions to your existing collection. Like many of you, I am sorry that they are gone.

After a NYC ToyFair I was attending closed for the evening, I wound up walking out with MDK, and his associates. They began looking to hail a cab, and I asked him where they were going.  JFK, he replied. I offered him a ride, as I live not too far away. We had a pleasant conversation, and he asked me if I was a member of the KCC. I was, and so informed him. He said “Great, I love to meet our best customers in person.” When we got to the terminal, he offered $$ for gas. I declined. 2 weeks later, an entire K-Line Train Set showed up at my house!

That certainly increased my enthusiasm for K-Line!

Wonderful story!  Thanks for sharing

I love K Line!! I actually have the American Freedom Train with the loco 2 showcase cars, two display cars, and the observation 205. I would love to collect the rest of the display cars and the 4 car passenger set, but its a nice setup as is!! I love the boxes for everything and I even have the shipping carton.

I know some don't like the gs-4, but this is one of the better semi scale locos in my opinion. Smokes great too!!Screenshot_20210506-110556_Gallery

I have a picture if it on the shelf, but excuse the mess I've been doing work in the basement

Gino.

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No one has mentioned their Service Department.  When I lived and worked in Cincinnati I took a package to the UPS station at 8AM on a Monday.  When I arrived home Friday evening, the same package was at my front door.  Before I even got out of my car I was livid thinking UPS fouled up the delivery.  WRONG!  The package arrived in Chapel Hill Wednesday morning, the item was repaired and shipped out that evening in time to be delivered in Cincinnati on Friday.  I cannot remember the names of the people in the Service Department but they were good.  John

I collect and run K-line scale freight and have for years. Being from Pittsburgh, K-line had the best series of scale Heinz cars. I have collected most of them.  I recently finished purchasing the historical railroad art reefers.  Towards the end, K-line made several scale box cars and reefers that grace my railroad. I love my K-line scale PRR steam engines. They made several PRR heavyweight passenger cars that are fun to upgrade.  I have been fortunate to not have any issues with the trucks.  They made some unique items like the Porters and Plymouth Switchers.  You can still get these used for a reasonable price.

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