• Lionel Operating Train Society

    “There is great pleasure in operating Lionel® and Lionel® compatible toy trains and accessories!”


    Experience the many benefits of a LOTS membership!


    Dayton, O-H-I-O
    July 10-17, 2022


Welcome to the
Lionel Operating Train Society (LOTS)

The members of LOTS are united by their love of operating and collecting Lionel toy trains.

Members have a variety of interests within the hobby. Among the various interests, most are involved with scenery, electronics, operations, lighting, accessories and repairing motors.

The most important and common denominator for all is having fun!

Join LOTS Today!


Exciting Conventions!

  • “We plan great conventions, so you can plan on having a GREAT TIME!”

Limited Edition Lionel Collector Cars

  • Unique & creative cars in a variety of styles!

The SWITCHER Magazine

  • Six issues per year, no paid advertising!

Club Owned “Kid Friendly” Modular Layout

  • Visit us at a train show near you

Track Changes

  • Buy, Sell or Trade your trains with other club members.

Informative Website with a Members Only Section

  • The LOTS website is the online hub where you can renew your membership, login to view past Switcher articles, view Track Changes and more!

Membership Roster

  • List of all dues current members of LOTS.

Lionel LLC Catalogs

  • LOTS Members receive Lionel Catalogs by mail, direct from Lionel.

Annual Convention Information

LOTS 43rd Convention Logo

LOTS plans great Conventions so you can plan on having a Great time!

Please plan on joining us during one or all of the following cities in the future.

Next Stop:  Dayton, Ohio – July 10 – 17, 2022

Our headquarters hotel will be the Radisson Hotel Dayton Convention Center.  Reservations within our room blocks is now closed.

The 2022 Convention brochure with complete tour and event details can be viewed at this link – LOTS 2022 Convention Details

Online Registration is Closed:  There is limited availability for each tour.  Please call 513-598-8240 for details.

The First in Flight Train Show, sponsored by LOTS, will be held at the Dayton, Ohio Convention Center.  Saturday, July 16 – 10 am – 3 pm – $7.00 per person, children under 16 free.  Do you have something train-related to sell?  Register for tables today!  A vendor registration form can be found at this link – First in Flight Train Show Registration Form

Online Registration:  Online First in Flight Vendor Registration 

Future Conventions are scheduled for –

Knoxville, Tennessee – July 9 – 16, 2023

Lawrence, Kansas – July 21-28, 2024

Limited Edition Lionel Collector Cars

The following LOTS cars are available for purchase now! Some will ship 3-7 business days after your order is processed others are available on a “pre-order” basis.

Click the picture of the car you want to purchase for more details and ordering instructions.


LOTS Articles, Tips, and Reviews