K-Line Feb Fair Days 2005
By Joe Mania
Once again, K-Line Electric Trains has been kind enough to allow
us to preview their new offerings at their February Fair Days
event. We were greeted by K-Line's licensing representative Joanne
who showed us their lineup of licensed products.
New Licensees For 2005:
Continued Licensees For 2005:
Bill Swarthout, K-Lines Midwest Sales Representative, then took
us on a tour of the entire product line. As he explained, there
isn't a lot of new stuff, but they are trying to catch up on
late offerings. Following are a few of the highlights:
The newest action accessory shown is the SuperStreets roadway
and Railroadsters vehicles. The sets consist of O Gauge sized
road in straight and curved sections along with things like a
double crossover, Y track and a grade crossing. There is also
a track that transitions to O gauge track. The last piece would
come in handy for a Trolley line leaving the local streets and
traveling to another town. All sorts of motorized trucks and
vans are available.
A neat alien themed set along with accessories obviously intended
for the younger set. Lots of play value like a smoking engine,
operating boxcar and tons of glow in the dark stuff.
Low cost, high value sets with smoke, whistle and operating
cars. Complete with track and transformer. Add the Add-On Train
Set Pac and get 3 passenger cars, a barrel loader and 4 straight
All new tooling was made to produce these Die Cast locos. Available
in prewar versions with or without smoke deflectors and the postwar
version. All are available for Conventional or Command Control.
All new tooling and available in 2 or 3 Rail versions. Very
striking and well detailed.
466T Tank Locos:
Beautiful scale Die Cast locomotives available in 2 Rail or
3 Rail, Conventional or Command Control.
Available in a myriad of versions, but the most striking is
the green Boston and Albany.
Bombardier Commuter Cars:
You have to see these cars to appreciate them. They are HUGE!
A set of F-7 ABA's and 8 extruded aluminum passenger cars. Just
beautiful! But the real prize in my opinion is the observation
Pennsylvania, B&O, Great Northern and Reading to go along
with the Milwaukee Road Hiawatha. Some highlights are the open
or closed pilots with either conventional or scale couplers.
Cloth diaphragms, metal door handles, brass mirrors, brake cylinders
and hoses etc. All units smoke and powered units have TMCC, Cruise
Control and Electrocouplers.
Texas Special, UP & Santa-Fe paint schemes. Complete with
TMCC, RailSounds, smoke, Cruise Control and Electrocouplers.
Porter and Plymouth Switchers:
Cute little Die-Cast 4 wheel switchers with lights, reverse
S Gauge Line Continues:
A new Die Cast 4-6-2 Loco with smoke, headlight and air whistle
heads 3 sets. Also a Plymouth switcher and loads of new cars.
Kid's “O” Train Sets:
An infrared remote controlled GP7, tank car, boxcar and caboose
along with an oval of track. All for less than $40.00.
New Action Accessories:
Operating Ford Dealership with rotating showroom platforms.
Railroad Diners with smoke, lighted signs and Jukebox sounds.
Caboose Yard office with smoke and simulated fire.
Watchman's Shanty with moving watchman and lighted lantern.
Rotating Swing Bridge
Speeded Shed and Speeder
Three Bay Coal Unloading Ramp