It's always exciting to look through and browse Toy Soldier and Train catalogs. Like most collectors of Toy Soldiers and Train enthusiasts I too enjoy viewing what's new.
Although The Lionel Trains Catalog for 2019 has been out for awhile its now time to seriously take a look at what we at Trains and Toy Soldiers will add to our inventory. This year as in years past presents the challenge...what should we order? To some extent the first items to jump out of the 2019 catalog is a series of World War II boxcars all of which are made in the USA with both US and imported parts. Our favorite is 'Kiss the War Goodbye'. Collect them all!
Each of the WWII boxcars feature Die-cast metal spring trucks, operating couplers, metal frame, opening doors and fantastic graphics. Our favorite here at Trains and Toy Soldiers is Lionel 1938210 'Kiss the War Goodbye'. It features graphics of the sailor in iconic World War II kissing photo in Times Square. As you know he recently passed away at the age of 95.That ecstatic sailor shown kissing a woman, in nurses uniform, in New York's Times Square celebrates the end of WWII. The Sailor's name was George Mendonsa and the nurse, a dental assistant, was Greta Zimmer Friedman. They had never met but found themselves taken in with joy of Japans surrender to the United States. This day known as V-J Day was August 14, 1945. You can find this Boxcar on our website, you can pre-order it today; it will be available later this year.
Two additional boxcars the WWII Liberty Ships Boxcar Lionel 1938240 and the WWII Sherman Tank Boxcar Lionel 1938220 will also be released later this year. Both boxcars are available for pre-order n our website: TRAINSANDTOYSOLDIERS.COM.
Another NEW item is the US War Bonds Trolley Lionel 1935090. Beautifully detailed in Red, White and Blue with stars and graphics advertising U.S. War Bonds & Stamps. Of couse the American Flag is also part of the graphics. The US War Bond Trolley features bumper-controlled forward and reverse operation, interior lighting, operating LED headlights, window silhouettes, maintenance-free motor, traction tire and two adjustable trolley poles on the roof. It's 6 3/4" in length and will operate on 027 minimum curves.
World War II Pinup photography is also available to train collectors and operates from Lionel. These boxcars, with colorful graphics, are featured in a NEW series from Lionel called "Wings of Angels". Lionel has teamed up with Michael Malak, an amazing photographer specializing in 1940's Hollywood glamour and World War II Pinup photography. Wings of Angels is truly a unique collection Made in the USA. The Wings of Angels collection is the perfect way to pay tribute to WWII pinup and aviation on your railroad layout.
The Wings of Angels features three boxcars beginning with Wings of Angels - Blonde 1938260, Wngs of Angels - Redhead 1938270, and Wings of Angels - Brunette 1938280, Collect them all! The Wings of Angels boxcar collection feature die-cast metal spring trucks, metal frame, operating couplers, opening doors, fantastic graphics and they are made in the USA. Length is 10 1/2" and they will operate on a minimum curve of 027.
There are also a number of newly introduced LionChief sets. One in particular caught our eye; The Union Pacific America Proud LionChief set featuring the UP GP38 diesel locomotive, cab number 2319, with the waving American Flag on the side of the locomotive body. The Union Pacific America Proud set includes the GP38 diesel locomotive, Union Pacific 4-bay covered hopper, Union Pacific Flatcar with girder bridge load and the Union Pacific wide-vision caboose with the American Waving Flag. Also included is eight pieces of 036 curved Fastrack, two Fastrack 10" straight sections, a plug-expand-play power lock-on section, wall pack power supply and LionChief remote for locomotive. Sold separately is a Union Pacific Uni-body Tank Car, a great add-on to the Union Pacific America Proud Train Set or a beautifully graphiced stand alone on a railroad siding.
That's All For Now Folks!
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