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Pretty exciting - thank you, Lionel. We need 40 orders each to get these made. To see images, since Lionel's artwork isn't done yet. follow the product links.

Announcing The Muffin's Custom Runs by Lionel


First, thanks for all of the suggestions. Some of your suggestions, you will see here. In some cases, where we aren't announcing them because:

  1. Our estimate of possible demand wouldn't be enough to get the minimum order quantity required by Lionel
  2. There's a limit on how many Lionel will make for us and we need to be respectful of that
  3. For some of the suggestions, Lionel has reserved for future catalogs

Regardless, we appreciate receiving each and every suggestion.

Here we are offering a Class A in Pennsylvania Dark Brunswick Green. Yes, this is a fantasy scheme, but it could've happened and people want it. It will be based on the pictures model, 2131480, except it will have the cast front end, and blackened drivers.As soon as I have the official Lionel art work, I will share it.

  • Lionel 2231PRR - Legacy Vision Line Class A Steam Locomotive "Pennsylvania" #3701 - Custom Run for MrMuffin'sTrains - Preorder Sale Priced at $1889.99 - If you order in the next two weeks, free weathering by harry Hieke - just say "Weather Me" in the notes
I had more email on this B&A Berkshire than anything in the catalog!
So, order these, you guys!
This tooling was originally K-Lines and they offered the Berkshire in the original green. They were very popular and hard to find. Lionel purchased the tooling and has enhanced this model a lot.
  • Lionel 22313GREEN - Legacy A1 Berkshire Steam Locomotive "Boston & Albany" #1425 - Custom Run for MrMuffin'sTrains - Regularly $1599.99 - Preorder Sales Priced at $1459.99



Okay - so the Nickel Plate Road purchased the Clover Leaf in 1922, and picked up a pair of Atlantic's in the acquisition. Repainted for NKP and renumbered #744 and #745.

"NKP #744 and NKP #745 roamed Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, and Missouri on what became NKP’s Clover Leaf District stretching from Toledo to St. Louis.  Both engines were laid up in Frankfort, IN in 1931 and subsequently stricken from the roster in 1933 thereby paving the way for both road numbers to resurface years later on Berkshires (the Berks are what you’ll find if you search for NKP #744 or NKP #745)."

  • Lionel 2231NKP - Legacy Atlantic Steam Locomotive "Nickel Plate Road" #744 - Custom run for MrMuffin'sTrains - Regularly $899.99 - Preorder Sale Priced at $809.99

The picture was taken after the NKP markings were stripped from the tender - we will definitely have it properly marked for the Nickel Plate Road

As you likely know, the Pennsylvania had more ALCo RS27s than any railroad. There are lots of pictures of them. The Pennsylvania fans wanted them included - so here we have one. Appropriate to MU with the PC's as well.

  • Lionel 22333PRR - Legacy RS-27 Diesel Locomotive "Pennsylvania" #2412 - Custom Run for MrMuffin'sTrains - Regularly $599.99 - Preorder Sale Priced at $539.99



Okay - I will be honest. I was really unhappy to hear that MTH had sold their RailKing Scale SW1 tooling to Lionel. Then along comes this catalog. Lionel basically used MTH's cab and diesel engine cover - the hood - and developed everything chassis down as new tooling. The engine features fixed pilots - both ends - and we have wanted that - and all wheels are powered. This is the SW1 we have wanted. Lionel cataloged some nice roads, I am in for the B&O, and I know we will see more of these in future catalogs. But, I asked them for some of my favorites now as custom runs - so here they are:

  • Lionel 22333CIL - Legacy SW1 Diesel Locomotive "Monon" #6 - Custom Run for MrMuffin'sTrains - the Monon had two #5 and #6 - Regularly $549.99 - Preorder Sale Priced at $494.99. Want both road numbers? Order two and I will ask Harry to change one to #5
  • Lionel 22333WS - Legacy SW1 Diesel Locomotive "West Shore" #8525 - Custom Run for MrMuffin'sTrains - I got a lot of email requesting this one - so here it is! The WEST SHORE/WTSE was a small shortline/tourist operation in Lewisburg, PA that closed in late 1980s/mid 1990s and track was abandoned in the 2008. The WEST SHORE (in PA) had a former PRR diesel and it was repainted into a few different liveries over the years.
    - Regularly $549.99 - Preorder Sale Priced at $494.99
  • Lionel 22333MR - Legacy SW1 Diesel Locomotive "Milwaukee Road" #1634 - Custom Run for MrMuffin'sTrains - beautiful in all black - Regularly $549.99 - Preorder Sale Priced at $494.99
  • Lionel 22333CBQ - Legacy SW1 Diesel Locomotive "Burlington" #9136 - Custom Run for MrMuffin'sTrains - beautiful in all black - Regularly $549.99 - Preorder Sale Priced at $494.99



Here are some custom run SD40-2's - we had a lot of suggestions for these - so I had to pair it down to 4 - I hope you'll order one or two! Regularly $649.99 - Preorder Sale Priced at $584.99

  • Lionel 2233IN3 - Legacy SD40-2 Diesel Locomotive "Indiana Railroad" #4002 - Custom Run for MrMuffin'sTrains
  • Lionel 2233LN1 - Legacy SD40-2 Diesel Locomotive "Louisville & Nashville" #1231 - Custom Run for MrMuffin'sTrains
  • Lionel 2233CL1 - Legacy SD40-2 Diesel Locomotive "Clinchfield" #3011 - Custom Run for MrMuffin'sTrains
  • Lionel 2233RI1 - Legacy SD40-2 Diesel Locomotive "Rock Island" #4790 - Custom Run for MrMuffin'sTrains



And Finally - SD90MAC in Indiana Railroad - both paint schemes Regularly $649.99 - Preorder Sale Priced at $584.99 - With Legacy and all the bells and whistles!

  • Lionel 2233IN1 - Legacy SD90MAC Diesel Locomotive "Indiana Railroad" #9025 - Custom Run for MrMuffin'sTrains
  • Lionel 2233IN2 - Legacy SD90MAC Diesel Locomotive "Indiana Railroad" #9008 - Custom Run for MrMuffin'sTrains
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  • Lionel 22333WS - Legacy SW1 Diesel Locomotive "West Shore" #8525 - Custom Run for MrMuffin'sTrains - I got a lot of email requesting this one - so here it is! "The West Shore Railroad was the final name of a railroad that ran from Weehawken, New Jersey, which is across the Hudson River from New York City, north along the west shore of the river to Albany, New York, and then west to Buffalo. It was organized as a competitor to the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad, but was soon taken over by that company." - Regularly $549.99 - Preorder Sale Priced at $494.99

Hate to be *that guy* but it is a different West Shore Railroad. That SW1 belonged to the West Shore Railroad of Pennslyvania, a shortline around Northumberland, PA. I am sure there are some other guys out there who can better explain it than me.



  • Here are some custom run SD40-2's - we had a lot of suggestions for these - so I had to pair it down to 4 - I hope you'll order one or two! Regularly $649.99 - Preorder Sale Priced at $584.99
  • Lionel 2233IN3 - Legacy SD40-2 Diesel Locomotive "Indiana Railroad" #4002 - Custom Run for MrMuffin'sTrains
  • Lionel 2233LN1 - Legacy SD40-2 Diesel Locomotive "Louisville & Nashville" #1231 - Custom Run for MrMuffin'sTrains
  • Lionel 2233CL1 - Legacy SD40-2 Diesel Locomotive "Clinchfield" #3011 - Custom Run for MrMuffin'sTrains
  • Lionel 2233RI1 - Legacy SD40-2 Diesel Locomotive "Rock Island" #4790 - Custom Run for MrMuffin'sTrains


The L&N and Clinchfield engines are SD40's, not -2's. Lionel already did a run of Clinchfield SD40's so the tooling is there to do a run of L&N SD40's. Besides, Lionel's SD40's are much nicer than their -2's since they have the correct truck spacing / fuel tank.

I'd hold out for the next run of SD40's and look for either of these 2 road names as a catalog run or possible custom run.

Walt Matuch sent me a nice note that my  research showed up the wrong West Shore RR, so I corrected my listing above:

The WEST SHORE/WTSE was a small shortline/tourist operation in Lewisburg, PA that closed in late 1980s/mid 1990s and track was abandoned in the 2008... NEVER associated with the NYCs West Shore Railroad out of Weehawken, NJ. The WEST SHORE (in PA) had a former PRR diesel, and it was repainted into a few different liveries over the years.



Thank you, Walt!

Mr. Muffin,

I’m really excited to hear of the PRR RS-27’s, a gorgeous model in one of my favorite road names!  I found another great picture of #2412 online, and I gotta say, I’m really glad to see it included in your custom run.

A quick question, if you happen to have time: will the model come in dark green or black? Just curious, those classic photos sometimes make it tricky to tell the exact color!

Link to photo source: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/314266880250770014/

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With respect to freight diesel engines, the correct exterior color for everything above the running gear is called Dark Green Locomotive Enamel (DGLE).  Despite the spelled out description, when applied to locomotives, it almost looks like black paint with an ever so slight green tinge.

So, any model that "looks" green would not be appropriate.  Most manufacturers get this right.

Chuck

@laz1957 posted:

I’m in for the PENNSY CLASS A.  When is the deadline for ordering?

Just an FYI for anyone that does not receive Steve's emails.

Custom run orders are due 2/11/2022.

Also, according to the email I received yesterday regarding 2022 Volume 1 custom run engines, with a minimum order of 40 engines for a custom run, Steve needs additional preorders for most of them.

For the record, I have one SD40-2 custom run engine on preorder, I hope it receives sufficient preorders to be made.

I've got the Milwaukee SW-1 on order. The black paint scheme dates to 1939 or 1940 and is perfect for both WWII era layouts as well as steam/diesel transition era. I really hope it gets enough pre-orders to get produced. (The Beer Line needs this switcher to help quench the mighty thirst of all those dog faced soldiers on maneuvers in Louisiana).

Speaking of the deadline, don’t forget the Atlantic in the Nickel Plate Road livery. It’ll be a sharp looking engine for your fleet and is a unique addition for any NKP fan.

https://mrmuffinstrains.com/co...ducts/lionel-2231710

Artwork for the NKP Atlantic is now available on the same link. It’s gonna be terrific. (The artwork for green berk is also fantastic).

Just an update. With a week to go, the engines that will have enough preorders to get made are:

  • B&A Berk
  • NKP 4-4-2
  • PRR RS27
  • IN RR and L&N SD40-2
  • Milw & Monon SW1


With just a few more orders, I will take a chance and have the Class A's made - hopefully get Lionel's artwork this week and that will help. Maybe the IN RR SD90 in red will make it. The rest are pretty far out of the money.

Steve a diesel N and W switcher would probably do well as would something other than a J or large steam… lots of A, Y3, and Y6B. MTH did an 0-6-2 a few years ago.

Too late now but something to remember. And if an A is being done, why no 6 car sets of N and W hoppers?

We have enough “giant” engines…. Of course we ordered an A from you. N and W was not all big stuff.

A Lionel N and W aux tender would probably  also do well. We need 2-3.

Thanks

@Bill Webb posted:

Steve a diesel N and W switcher would probably do well as would something other than a J or large steam… lots of A, Y3, and Y6B. MTH did an 0-6-2 a few years ago.

Too late now but something to remember. And if an A is being done, why no 6 car sets of N and W hoppers?

We have enough “giant” engines…. Of course we ordered an A from you. N and W was not all big stuff.

A Lionel N and W aux tender would probably  also do well. We need 2-3.

Thanks

Thank you, Bill.... I think we have N&W hoppers by both MTH and Atlas now - they always sell out first.... I find if the string is long enough, I can hide duplicate numbers in there, no problem....

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