• 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!


    Knoxville, Tennessee
    July 9-16, 2023


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 45 Annual Convention, Auction and Model Train Show

Lawrence, Kansas – July 21 – 28, 2024

Hotel Information –

DoubeTree by Hilton Hotel – Lawrence, Kansas. Our group rate is $99 per night. Free parking and breakfast is included. Please call 785-841-7077 to make a reservation. Our group code is “LOTS Train Society.” The only way to make a reservation is to call the hotel directly.

2024 Group Tours 

Detailed tour descriptions and events can be found at this link – View the Tours and Event Details

Please register early!  Space is limited on each tour. As of 2/19/2024 – All tours and activities have availability.

Registration is now open!  Click here to register online.

Lawrence, Kansas Model Train Show

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel – Grand Ballroom

July 27, 2024: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

$8.00 per person. Under 12 is FREE! Free Parking!
Are you driving from a distance? Stay at the DoubleTree! See above for group rate information.

Train Show Features:

Train Layouts & Displays – Thomas the Tank, a large layout that operates with Ipads and more tbd.

Buying & Selling Trains & Related Items

Train Drag Races – 10:30 am – Loaner engines available. Visit the drag race area to register for the race. Prizes are awarded to the top two winners in 4 age brackets.

Registration for Vendors is now open.  Register at this link – Click here to register online.

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.

Lionel-LOTS CPKC Sunflower Oil Tank Car


LOTS Articles, Tips, and Reviews

Lionel-LOTS CPKC Sunflower Oil Tank Car