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Convention Cars & Other Offerings

Convention Cars

To commemorate LCCA Annual Conventions, the club designs and Lionel LLC produces for its members a limited-edition car—sometimes two cars as a pair—in celebration of this recurring train hobby and social event. The Convention Car concept was established in 1972 with the release of the #9701 B&O Automobile Car for the Convention held in Kansas City, MO. It’s now a rarity.

The practice has continued to the present day, and the general trend has been toward truer-to-scale cars, unique items that assure collectibility, and niche products not available elsewhere. Because of their uniqueness and relatively low production runs, club members purchase these cars as prized possessions in their collections. Some of the cars may occasionally appear for sale in the secondary market, and nonmember collectors or hobbyists may seek them out because of road name, the event or location, or special features.

Decade 1: 1972-1981


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1972

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1973

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1974

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1975

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1976

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1977

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1978

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1979

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1980

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1981, Car #1 of 2

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1981, Car #2 of 2

Decade 2: 1982-1991


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1982

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1983

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1984

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1985

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1986

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1987

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1988

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1989

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1990, Car #1 of 2

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1990, Car #2 of 2

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1991, Car #1 of 2

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1991, Car #2 of 2

Decade 3: 1992-2001


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1992

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1993

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1994

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1995

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1996

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1997

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1998

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1999

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2000, Unit A (for LOTS)

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2000, Unit B (for LCCA)

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2000, Lines SD-40 and Caboose (Dearborn, MI)

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2001

Decade 4: 2002-2011


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2002, Car #1 of 2

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2002, Car #2 of 2

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2003

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2004, Car #1 of 2

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2004, Car #2 of 2

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2005

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2006

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2007

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2008
2009 Convention Car
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2009
2010 Convention Car
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2010
2011 Convention Car
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2011

Decade 5: 2012-2021


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2012
2013 Convention Car
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2013
2014 Convention Car
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2014
2015 Convention Car
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2015

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2016

Convention On-Site Cars

Beginning in 1998 at the LCCA Annual Convention held in Philadelphia, PA, and continuing annually thereafter, the club has regularly offered a Convention-related, limited-edition Lionel® car only to members who attended these events in person and purchased these cars on site. The cars were often based on railroads in the region of the host city or related to industries in the area. The trend has been toward niche products and has included a few playful items. Because of the relatively low numbers produced, these unique items have become prized collectibles among members.


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1998 – Philadelphia, PA

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1999 – Fort Worth, TX

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2000 – Dearborn, MI

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2001 – Lexington, KY
Car #1 of 2

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2001 – Lexington, KY
Car #2 of 2

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2002 – Pittsburgh, PA
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2002 – Pittsburgh, PA
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2003 – Las Vegas, NV

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2004 – Milwaukee, WI

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2005 – St. Louis, MO

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2006 – Denver, CO
Car #1 of 2

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2006 – Denver, CO
Car #2 of 2

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2007 – Chicago, IL
2008 On-Site Convention Car
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2008 – Buffalo, NY

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2009 – Sacramento, CA

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2010 – Denver, CO

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2011 – Dallas, TX

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2012 – Norfolk, VA

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2013 – Chattanooga, TN

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2014 – Indianapolis, IN

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2015 – Danvers, MA

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2016 – Kansas City, MO
2014 Convention Gift
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2014 – Indianapolis, IN
2013 Convention Gift
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2015 – Danvers, MA
2016 Convention Gift
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2016 – Kansas City, MO

Convention Banquet Cars

Beginning in 2005, LCCA offered a very limited, special car to lucky members attending the concluding banquet of the Convention. Only one person per table will receive this car, and the fun is in “the chase.”

These cars are often whimsical in décor, and this enhances their uniqueness and collectibility. Because there are usually about 50 tables in the banquet hall, members realize that one car per table will make this item rare indeed. This car cannot be purchased; it must be won in a delightfully unpredictable manner announced at the occasion by the Master of Ceremony. It’s all part of the fun of owning one of these cars!


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2005 – Operating Giraffe Car

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2006 – Operating “Chase” Gondola Car

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2007 – Mrs. O’Leary’s Dairy Farm Stock Car
2008 On-Site Convention Banquet Car
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2008 – NYC Gondola Car
2008 On-Site Convention Banquet Car
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2009 – IMCO Two-bay Hopper w/Graffiti

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2010 – LCCA 40th Anniversary Box Car

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2011 - Richard Kughn Lionel Owner Commemorative Boxcar

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2012 - NS Vulcan Switcher (Gold Lettering)

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2013 - Lionel Center Flow Hopper

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2014 - South Shore Lines trolley

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2015 - Boston Trolley

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2016 - KCS Inspection Truck

2017

Convention Special Products

LCCA has regularly offered carefully selected items to club members for separate sale at many Conventions as commemoratives of these events. Most of these products were related to the locale of the region of the host city. Some – like the 2002 Flat Car with Submarine – incorporated a unique story that further enhanced its status as a very special memento.


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2000 – Dearborn, MI

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2001 – Lexington, KY

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2002 – Pittsburgh, PA

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2003 – Las Vegas, NV

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2004 – Milwaukee, WI

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2006 – Denver, CO

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2009 – Sacramento, CA

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2010 – Denver, CO

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2010 – Denver, CO

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2010 – Denver, CO

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2011 – Dallas, TX

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2011 – Dallas, TX

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2011 – Dallas, TX

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2012 – Norfolk, VA

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2014 – Indianapolis, IN

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2014 – Indianapolis, IN
 

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2014 – Indianapolis, IN