Lionel NYC MTA Subway train set with working lights, station announcements

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Lionel is selling its first-ever subway train set, modeled after the New York MTA’s R-27 subway cars that were in service up until the early 1990s. These are the same cars that were re-painted red in the ’70s and ’80s in an effort to discourage graffiti, earned them the nickname “Redbirds”. (Other cars were painted the “Deep Gunn” red, too.)

According to Wikipedia, the R27s were “‘Protestant’ married pairs, which means that they were coupled together as pairs.” The Lionel replicas are Protestant pairs, as well.

The “O” scale cars are finished in a kale green enamel, have real working opening doors and also speak out the subway stops recorded from the subway itself. The four-car (two pairs) set can be had for around $600.

A Model Subway, but the Announcements Are Clear [NYTimes via Animal]

Image: Chang W. Lee/NYTimes

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17 Responses to Lionel NYC MTA Subway train set with working lights, station announcements

  1. Jack says:

    @#10 POSTED BY STEFAN JONES:
    Now you’re bumming me out. My dad and I would make trips to Herald Square, go to the Empire State Building occasionally (the gift shop always) and then walk to Polk and then to one of the first computer stores in NYC at the time, Computer Center so I could check out all the new-fangled stuff.

    I feel like buying a bunch of fake model trees and making a diorama.

  2. Jack says:

    Joel, since you’re in NYC and have posted this piece on model trains, I highly recommend you visit the Red Caboose @ 23 W. 45th Street. It’s the last surviving model train & hobby shop on 45th Street; a strip that used to be filled with hobby store. Crammed basement space, and a staff that pulls no punches, but something one must really see before it goes the way of the dodo bird.

  3. OM says:

    …$600.00 for a Lionel train? That better include two full-sized miles of track, a dozen stations, and at least two dozen boxcars of various makes and special features. If that price is just for the engines, forget it!

  4. Dungeonbrownies says:

    dont forget the urine and hobos. thats a must for authenticity

  5. T0AD says:

    Will it also be equipped with rate hikes every 6 months. Any sleeping homeless people taking up half the car with their garbage. How about loud as mariachi wannabees singing in your ear when all you want to do is read in peace and quiet.

  6. Downpressor says:

    Shame on you whiney biyaches! This looks like a really neat toy and if I had the money or space to play with it, I’d surely buy one.

  7. Stefan Jones says:

    #8: Man, you’re bumming me out. I remember Polks’ Hobbies right on 5th Avenue.

  8. Anonymous says:

    And Poster Boy. It must come with Poster Boy.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/26296445@N05/

    Seriously, other companies have been making subway cars in HO for years. I guess this is a big breakthrough for Lionel, but that’s just one market segment for model trains.

  9. Bottlekid says:

    I must be gettin’ old. I was hoping for a “Warriors” action figure set.

  10. Frank_in_Virginia says:

    … and what about Bernie Gotez?

  11. clueless in brooklyn says:

    I just watched Spike Lee’s “Clockers” again last weekend.. “Strike” would have loved this! Along with his Lionel belt buckle.

  12. vamidus says:

    ..what kind of a terrorist-lover came up with this idea? can you imagine what kind of information this “toy” may provide if it ends up in the wrong hands?? you might as well start blowing up the NYC subway cars yourself! i certainly hope fingerprinting and background checks are performed on each child/adult that purchases this toy, as well as necessary language is added to EULA to prohibit duplication and photography of this highly sensitive material. in the war of terror we shall win!

    lol jk

  13. jjasper says:

    Due to budget cuts, the price will go up by 20% every year or so.

  14. Not a Doktor says:

    But dose it come with a Martha Cooper running around the platform.

  15. Halloween Jack says:

    Given the MTA’s recent cutbacks in service, you can probably pick up a real subway car sometime in the near future for less.

  16. Simon Greenwood says:

    Do some parts have to be installed on elevated tracks and others under the floorboards?

  17. homestarrunrun says:

    Can you get a little crazy guy talking about how the world will end on Tuesday or what about Tay Zonday wannabes, their keyboard could even work.

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