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The yellow and magenta choo-choo known to turn heads and stop traffic is a staple of Moore County’s railroad crossings but known far and wide for its enguine-uity.

Sold by Lionel Trains, the pair of cars includes a powered unit with operating lights, and “SuperBass B unit” to deliver the sound you’d expect to hear when you find out you’re going to be late for lunch.

Part of Lionel’s “legacy” collection, the Aberdeen Carolina & Western will set you back $1,149.99. A two-pack of passenger cars are sold separately — 21 inches ($449.99) or 18 inches ($499.99).

  • See the catalog page here.
  • Shop online here.

What’s the Big Deal? This is Off the Rails.

OK, so the ACWR is the largest privately-owned Class III short line railroad in North Carolina. The railway serves around 18 industries, transporting so many different materials through the local area it’s hard to keep track. Lionel’s model is a replica of the company’s recently restored F-unit locomotives, which are used for fancy business excursions. It’s also often parked near Pinehurst Resort, so it can sit and look pretty.

We wish our marketing budget allowed for tactics that could capture this kind of attention.

For more on the Aberdeen Carolina & Western, visit the company’s website.

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