Lionel Soo Line Train Set from Menards
Here's my latest acquisition to my O scale train fleet - Lionel's Soo Line freight train set made exclusively for Menards, a midwestern home improvement chain, during the 2010 Christmas season. This set is a WINNER! It has an RS3 locomotive, a flatcar with a Menards truck trailer, a Soo Line 4-bay coal hopper car, and a Soo Line boxcar with a flashing E-O-T device on one end, which I thought was a nice touch. The RS3 locomotive featurs a nice horn which is an actual diesel horn recording, rather than the shrill, tone-like horns on older engines that I was expecting on this one. I was pleasantly surprised! The set came with a small oval of FasTrack as well as a "PowerMax" transformer (which as far as I can tell is like a CW-80 except it is only 40 watts and doesn't have an extra port for accessories), and a Menards billboard with two different advertisements. The set costs $300 but I paid $230 since the set is on sale until December 5th. I think this could be the best "Menards exclusive" train sets Lionel has made to date. It's not SUPER high quality or anything (the RS3 has only one motor, plastic frame and plastic handrails, for instance) but for what it is it's perfect. I love it!
Jerry's Lionel Train Set-Up
Five Lionel Trains (1950's era) running at the same time!
Soo Line RS3 Diesel train set from Menards and Soo Line PS-2-CD 4427 3-Bay Hopper from Lionel
LIONEL Soo Line RS3 Diesel train set exlusively from Menards
This attractive, limited edition O Gauge train set features:
A Soo Line ALCo RS3 Diesel-Electric Locomotive
A Soo Line 4-Bay Open-Top Hopper with coal load
A Soo Line Flat Car with a Menards Trailer
A Soo Line Boxcar with an End-Of-Train device that has a flashing red
The Lionel Standard O Scale SOO LINE PS-2-CD 4427 3-Bay Covered Hopper is
decorated in the original scheme on covered hoppers built and delivered
The trains race past a feed mill with corrugated sidings, concrete grain
silos, and a small town with grade crossings. The big city skyscrapers are
in the distance as the trains round the curve and pass a lumber spur.
All of the real Soo Line ALCo RS3 Diesel Locomotives were retired by 1974,
Lionel Milwaukee Train Set
Polar RR K 4 with Menards NYC Cars
LEGACY Polar Railroad K-4 Pacific pulls a train of Menards NYC boxcars & an
MTH NYC bay window caboose. The difference in the green between the
Mendard's cars and the more accurate MTH one is noticeable but doesn't look
as bad as I'd feared.