Pictured below are each of the LOTS Convention Cars and other commemoratives.
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1980: 360 #9414 Cotton Belt boxcars were overstamped to commemorate the 1st LOTS Convention, in Little Rock.
1981: 300 #7700-series woodside reefers (acquired from the Tobacco Road set) were redecorated as #3764 E. Kahn's Sons Co. brine tank reefers for the 2nd National Convention (Cincinnati). 124 were issued with a red roof and ends; 176 with a brown roof end ends (NBT designator "605-1160").
1982: 150 #9620-series sports boxcars were redecorated by PVP for the 3rd National Convention in Kalamazoo, to create the #80948 Michigan Central boxcar. (NBT designator "505-1204"). This is the hardest-to-find of all LOTS Convention cars (not including the Seattle meet car).
1983: 200 #6111 L&N covered quad hoppers were overstamped by PVP for the club's 4th National Convention at New Orleans. The car includes a molded coal load. (NBT designator "306-1268").
1984: 225 #9600 series Hi-Cube boxcars were repainted as PRR #121315 to mark the LOTS 5th National Convention in Pittsburgh. (NBT number 705-1333").
1985: 300 Tootsie Roll single-dome tank cars were redecorated by PVP as SCHX #303 Stauffer Chemical Company tankers, for the 6th LOTS Convention in St. Louis. (NBT designator "705-1391").
1986: 450 #6211 C&O gondolas were overstamped for the 7th LOTS National Convention in Philadelphia. This special run differs from the regular production with added overscore and underscore lines around the number. The load includes two blue canisters and a bag of coal. They have one fixed coupler. (NBT number "306-1437").
1986: 47 #9600-series Hi-Cube boxcars were redecorated by PVP as SNCT #1223 Seattle and North Coast boxcars, to mark LOTS' 2nd annual Seattle train meet. It is the only LOTS meet car made, and is the most difficult of all LOTS production to obtain. There is no NBT designator on this car.
1987: 450 #6314 3-dome tank cars were redecorated as DOWX #38356 Dow Chemical Co. industrial tank cars, for the 8th National Convention in Tulsa. It is the last of the LOTS car series made outside the Lionel factory.
NBT designator is "705-1453".
1988: 500 #59629 Milwaukee Road log carriers were produced by Lionel Trains, Inc. for the club's 9th annual Convention in Seattle. The logs were barked and had securing chains. This was the first car made for LOTS completely by Lionel.
1989: 400 #8805 Union Pacific RS-3 diesel switchers were made by Lionel for LOTS's 10th anniversary. The piece differs from regular production by the addition of a red LOTS placard on the cab.
1989: 800 #1289 Port Huron & Detroit boxcars were produced by Lionel for the club's 10th National Convention in Dearborn, MI.
1990: 1215 #298011 Baltimore & Ohio double-door boxcars with End-Of-Train Device were produced by Lionel for LOTS' 11th National Convention in Baltimore. This was LOTS' first car to exceed 1,000 in orders.
1991: 1350 TTGX #151161 CSX covered auto carriers were produced by Lionel for the 12th annual convention in Dayton, OH.
1992: 1272 Western Pacific #1952 Standard O boxcars were made by Lionel for the 13th annual convention in Modesto, Calif. This is LOTS' first Standard O car
1993: 1725 Burlington Northern #637500 (A&B) articulated TTUX flatcars with NW trailers were produced by Lionel for the 14th National Convention in Ft. Wayne. These were the first two units of the club's unique green BN Intermodal Service TTUX set, which eventually included five pieces (see 1994 entries). The NW trailers are also individually numbered. (Lionel #52014).
1994: 1785 Burlington Northern #637500 (C) single-unit articulated TTUX flat cars with CN trailer were made by Lionel to commemorate LOTS' 15th anniversary. It is also the fifth and last piece of the BN set, matching 52014 and 52041.
1994: 1900 Burlington Northern #637500 (D&E) articulated TTUX flatcars with Conrail Mercury trailers were produced by Lionel for LOTS' 15th National Convention in New Brunswick, NJ. These were the second two units in the BN set started by the 52014 cars the year before. Graphics on the car are different on each side, and the trailers are individually numbered. (Lionel catalogue No. 52041).
1994: 1000 LOTS Tractor-Trailer units with CN Intermodal Laser Service #197993 trailer were produced by Lionel for the New Jersey Convention. The trailer here is identical to the one on the 52042 single TTUX car, except it is sequentially numbered. (Lionel #52048).
1995: 1365 BRDX #50240 Burlington Route operating ice cars were made by Lionel for the LOTS 16th National Convention in Chicago. This was LOTS first true operating car, and the first one made for any club. There were 224 original sets of ice cubes made for those members who attended the annual convention. In addition, five sets were used to test colors. (Lionel #52067).
996: 1200 GTW #315060 Grand Trunk 2-bay ACF standard O hoppers were produced by Lionel for LOTS' 17th annual Convention in Boston. (Lionel #16812).
1997: 1575 PPLX #297 Pennsylvania Power & Light 3-bay Standard O hoppers with coal load were made for the 18th LOTS Convention in Scranton-Steamtown. (Lionel #16813).
1998: 1100 SFRD #22739 Santa Fe reefers were produced by Lionel for LOTS' 19th National Convention in San Diego. This car has different graphics on each side.
1998: 310 #7598 Santa Fe "San Diegan" Fast Mail Express 40-foot boxcars were produced for LOTS by Weaver and overstamped by GENCO with small notes about the Convention hotel. It was intended as a fundraiser for and in association with the 1998 Convention. This is not a Lionel piece.
1999: 1100 GM&O #24580 Gulf, Mobile & Ohio double-door boxcars were produced by Lionel for the LOTS 20th annual Convention in Mobile, AL. (Lionel #52162).
2000: 1700 CP Rail #524115 Maxistack Cars with trailers were produced for LOTS by Lionel in association with the club's 21st National Convention in Detroit, MI. The trailers include one with the CP System map and one with the "sleeping bear" logo. This car was made in conjunction with the joint LOTS-LCCA meet in Dearborn and matches the LCCA's convention car for that year. (Lionel #52196).
2001: 900 Western Maryland F-9 Well Cars with specially-designed transformer load made out of pewter, to mark the club's 22nd National Convention in Baltimore, MD. Car was sold with only one transformer load with the option to buy an extra one after delivery. (Lionel #52234)
2001: 700 National Aquarium boxcars decorated with National Aquarium logo to celebrate the club's 22nd National Convention in Baltimore, MD. The National Aquarium is located in the Baltimore Inner Harbor. (Lionel #52260)
2002: 900 Schlitz Reefer refrigerator cars were produced by Lionel commemorating the beer manufacturing industry of Milwaukee, WI, the site of the club's 23rd National Convention. (Lionel #52261)
2002: 700 LOTS "More Precious than Gold" Mint cars were produced by Lionel illustrating how valuable a LOTS convention car collection is to most members. Pictures of past LOTS convention cars are seen as they were produced in little Lionel boxes through the clear sides of the car. (Lionel #52280)
2003: 900 PRR Operating Merchandise Service boxcars were produced by Lionel commemorating the the site of the club's 24th Annual Convention in Lancaster, PA. The PRR hosts some of the most memorable sites in railroad history including the freight service to Lancaster.
2003: 700 Patriotic Tank cars were produced in Standard O scale by Lionel paying tribute to all those who have struggled and sacrificed to give us the gifts of liberty and freedom.
2004: 705 Southern RR Operating Stock Car with pig sounds were produced by Lionel commemorating our 25th Anniversary Celebration in Cincinnati, OH, formerly known as "Porkopolis". (Lionel 52342)
2004: 302 Santa Fe SD MAC 80's were produced by Lionel to commemorate the club's 25th Anniversary. (Lionel #52347)
2004: 1,080 Silver Ore Cars one numbered 1979 to commemorate the year LOTS was founded and one numbered 2004 to commemorate LOTS' 25th Anniversary were produced by Lionel. 540 of each.
(Lionel #52359 and #52360)
2005: 472 Virginian Coal Cars with an ETD and 459 Virginian Coal Cars without an ETD were produced by Lionel to commemorate our 26th Annual Convention in Norfolk, VA.
(Lionel #52380 w/ETD and #52381)
2005: 625 Santa Fe Extended Vision Cabooses were produced by Lionel to compliment the club's 25th Anniversary Engine and/or any Santa Fe Warbonnet engine in a person's collection. This caboose was the first caboose ever designed in the Warbonnet paint scheme.
2006: 600 D&H Covered PS2 Cement Hopper were produced by Lionel to commemorate our 27th Annual Convention in Saratoga Springs, NY.
2006: 200 Refrigerator Boxcar blanks were ordered from Lionel and decorated by Weaver with the OSBC graphics as the LOTS 2006 Meet Car. Weaver numbered the cars 20061, 20062 and 20063 for LOTS so they would be unique. Cars were sold individually but most Members purchased all three so they would have a set.
2006: 700 Touring Layout Cars were produced by Lionel. The cars on the revolving strip are cars issued by LOTS.
2007: 500 SP&S Boxcars were produced by Lionel to commemorate our 28th Annual Convention in Portland, OR. (Lionel 52425).
2007: 300 Alpenrose Dairy Milk Car. Members who registered for the Convention received a matching die-cast pick up truck with a tarp and silver milk cans decorated by Bill Allen of The Ink Well.
2007: 700 REA Boxcars we offered to LOTS Members to go with the 2004 Engine and 2005 Caboose.
2008: 1015 NYC Evans Auto-Loaders with Yat-Ming Studebaker Hawks were produced to commemorate our 29th Annual Convention in South Bend, IN. (Lionel #52474).
2008: 300 Studebaker Parts Boxcars were produced by Lionel at the LOTS 2008 Meet Car. (Lionel #52506)
2008: 25 NYC Evans Auto-Loader Convention Cars were over-stamped by LOTS Member Larry Smith with the lazy "S" logo in the center of the frame as the LOTS Banquet Car. Black and teal colored Hawks are from Yat Ming.
2008: 800 Santa Fe TOFCs with a matching tractor were offered as the fourth car in the LOTS' Santa Fe car series.
2009: 500 NC&StL Boxcars were offered to commemorate our 30th Annual Convention in Chattanooga, TN.
2009: 500 Operating Radioactive Waste Removal cars were offered as our Meet Car for our 30th Annual Convention in Chattanooga, TN.
2009: 700 Tennessee Aquarium Cars were offered commemorating our time in Chattanooga and our 30th Anniversary. The fish on the fish strip inside the car are actual pictures of fish from the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, TN. (Lionel #52553).
2010: 500 New Haven State of Maine Double-Sheathed Boxcars were produced by Lionel commemorating our 31st Annual Convention in Hartford, CT. (Lionel #52566).
2010: 300 NH Yankee Clipper cars were issued as our 2010 Meet Car. (Lionel #62280)
2010: 700 Santa Fe 2-Bay Hopper cars were offered as the fifth car in the SF series set. (Lionel #52567)
2011: 550 Robin Hood Beer Double-Sheathed Boxcars were produced by Lionel commemorating our 32nd Annual Convention in Omaha, NE. (Lionel #52580).
2011: 700 Santa Fe Mint cars were offered as the sixth car in the SF series set.
2012: 525 Genesee Beer Double-Sheathed Boxcars were produced by Lionel commemorating our 33rd Annual Convention in Rochester, NY (Lionel #58508).
2012: 349 TOFC blanks were ordered from Lionel and decorated by Weaver with the Kodak graphics as the LOTS 2012 Meet Car. Each car came with a "Certificate of Limited Edition" (Lionel #58538)
2012: 600 Santa Fe Transparent Boxcars were offered as the seventh car in the SF series set.
2013: 700 Union Pacific Maxi-Stacks were produced by Lionel commemorating our 34th Annual Convention in Reno, NV (Lionel #58508).
2013: 350 Virginia and Truckee Ores cars were offered to LOTS Members as our 2013 Meet Car. (Lionel #58558 and #58559)
2013: 600 Virginia and Truckee Mint cars were offered to LOTS Members as our 2013 Extra Car.
2014: 700 H.J. Heinz Double-Sheathed Standard O boxcars cars were offered to LOTS Members as our 2014 Convention Car.
2014: 300 Porter Locomotive Works Parts Double-Sheathed Standard O boxcars cars were offered to LOTS Members as our 2015 Meet Car.
2014: 625 Santa Fe Crane and Work Caboose sets were offered to LOTS Members as our 2014 Extra Car.
(Lionel #58594 & #58595)