Lionel has a Catalog Archive back to 2000, but I don't see the JLC Challenger in 2000 to 2002.
Good morning Gunrunner John, just wishing you and your family, also Bruk, your model engineer that rebuilt this fantastic Challenger, a very Happy New Year. It’s projects like this that make our hobby so much more fun, amazing ways to make our locomotives/diesels operate with so much more realism. Yes, we love those post war favorites, but these new giant locomotives, with all the bells and whistles have taken our hobby to a much higher playground, a model railroading utopia. Your thread proves that if we think it, it might become a reality. Thank you for your contributions to our hobby, via the OGR Forum, a great place to be during this pandemic, a secret psychologist. Happy Railroading Everyone, 2021 will be a truly great year.
The JLC Challenger was in a series of brochures that Lionel put out. I think the Challenger might have bee the first or one of the first brochures sent.
This will confirm that the brochure for the JLC Challenger was distributed in 2000 and actually referred to three (3) product numbers, two of which were 3-rail versions and the other for a two-rail version. The UP Challenger #3985 with Coal Tender (which GRJ has) is 3-rail (6-28064), the other 3-rail is UP Greyhound Challenger #3977 with Oil Tender (6-28099), and the 2-rail version - for which no cab number was provided - is (6-28090); all of which had a MSRP of $1,799.95.
Now that you mention Lionel brochures, that rings a bell, I actually had one of those Challengers 6-28064 and sold it to a friend, (I kept upgrading from TMCC to Legacy steamers) Wow, and I probably have the Lionel brochure packed with other catalogs of the 2000 era. Thank you very much. I am really amazed at the work Bruk performed on this beautiful locomotive, I would have been a player to, it’s really nice. Happy Railroading Everyone.