Friday, March 11, 2016

Riding the Rails with a Dodgers Boxcar


I love trains.  So, when I found out a buddy of mine was given his father's entire collection of model trains I went bonkers.  I immediately demanded he set it up around his house.  Then, gleefully took over the controls like I was Casey Jones.  This past summer he set up that train set all over his backyard, and we spent the afternoon riding the rails; while directing his wife to grab us some beers.

That was a good time... And yeah, I feel no shame for my childlike behavior.  It was a blast, after all... And dammit!  When you're middle aged it's okay to live like a child from time to time.

So, when I got word of the item I'm featuring in this post I knew I had to share it.  Lionel, the leading maker of toy and model trains, will be producing made-to-order MLB Spring Training boxcars, and eight different teams are available:
  • Baltimore Orioles
  • Boston Red Sox
  • Chicago Cubs
  • Chicago White Sox
  • Detroit Tigers
  • Kansas City Royals
  • Los Angeles Dodgers
  • New York Yankees
For now, you can only get them via pre-order, and only from Lionel dealers.  Go here to find one near you.  MSRP is $84.99 each, but I've seen lower prices online.  (Here's one seller called The Train Shop) From what I understand, they will be shipped out in April, and they are only being made to-order.  Per a press release:
The new MLB™ Spring Training boxcars are perfect for the baseball fanatic or train enthusiast. These boxcars are Made in the USA of US and Imported Parts, and feature die-cast metal sprung trucks and operating couplers. The Spring Training boxcars will run on a traditional O Gauge track, and are the perfect addition to any layout or man cave.
  • Made in the USA of U.S. and Imported Parts
  • Die-cast metal sprung trucks and operating couplers
  • Opening boxcar doors
  • Metal frame
  • Gauge: Traditional O Gauge
  • Min Curve: 027
  • Dimensions: 10 ½” long
BTW, my buddy's wife never did get us those beers.  Instead, she bellowed, "get them you're damn self!"

So we did, and we had a blast.

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