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Union Pacific Boy Scouts of America 2010 Diesel

Reviewed by Herb Koch, Jim Subka and Ray Subka

Southern Pacific GS4

Reviewed by Herb Koch and CLRC Member Luke Hatje

611 Norfolk & Western

Reviewed by Herb Koch and CLRC Member Luke Hatje

Lionel Fast Track

Reviewed by Joe Smolinski


Reviewed by Dave Batson and Herb Koch

Thomas the Tank Engine

Reviewed by Herb Koch

Lackawanna Multi Unit Commuter Cars

Reviewed by Joe Smolinski

Lionel Bi-Level SF El Capitan Passenger Cars

Reviewed by Peter Conrad

Southern Pacific #4286 Cab Forward Steam Engine

Reviewed by Jim Sobczak

Santa Fe E8

Reviewed by Herb & Deb Koch

Club Car Sales

The Western Pacific / Union Pacific Heritage Boxcar

Time Table

New Lenox’s Channel 6’s program on CLRC Part 1

New Lenox’s Channel 6’s program on CLRC Part 2


Lionel Lines 4-6-4 Hudson #773

Tour of CLRC Layout via Caboose View

Hi-Rail Times


February 20, 2016 Open House

Attention! Attention!
You are Invited!
Open House Saturday,
February 20, 2016
The Chicagoland Lionel Railroad Clubhouse
1311 South Schoolhouse Road
New Lenox, IL 60451
9:00 A.M. until 3:00 P.M.
$3.00 per person
$8.00 for the whole family
Food and beverages available

Door to Door Driving Directions

Click Here For a Map of the Area

Did you know?

• We are an authorized Lionel Service Station, so if you have equipment that needs work, bring it with you to the clubhouse.

• We are open every Saturday for members only, but you can bring in repair items on any of those days.

• Check out our retail shop for many Lionel products that you can buy. We have a large selection of Lionel Fast Track, rolling stock, and more.

• Our remaining winter and spring Open Houses are on 03/19 and 04/16.
o Note – There will be no Open House in May this year as we will begin the construction of our new layout immediately after our April Open House.
o Our construction plans calls for us to introduce our new layout to the public starting with our September Open on 09/17.

In the meantime:

• You can also “Like Us” on "Facebook” and watch us on "You-Tube" . Just search for Chicagoland Lionel Railroad Club and you can see Lionel Product Reviews, train videos, and more.

• Thank you for attending our open houses and following us on the Web, Facebook and You-Tube.

December 12 2015 Open House Recap

The Christmas open house was a huge success given the steady stream of visitors who came to see the trains but especially Santa Clause.

Click here to see a recap and photos from the event.

December 12 2015 Open House Review

Ray Marion from O Gauge Railroading On-line Forum posted a wonderful recap of his experience at the Chicagoland Lionel Railroad Club Christmas Open House held on 12/12/2015.

Read the review here

November 21, 2015 Open House

The winter season came early this year as we were thrown a curve with an unusual heavy snow. This leads us into our winter season where we decorate our layout with our very own special Christmas theme.
Everyone who made it through the Chicago snow enjoyed the first CLRC Open House of the Winter Season.


LOTS visit to CLRC on July 5, 2015 was a huge success.

The full story is here.

CLRC on CBS News

All Aboard! Check Out These Awesome Model Train Sets

Vince Learns How To Repair A Broken Model Train

Thomas & Friends Have Nothing On These Trains

Lionel Train Enthusiasts To Show Off Models At Open Houses

CLRC Honored by Lionel

The Chicagoland Lionel Railroad Club was honored by Lionel on April 25, 2014 at the OGR Forum held at the York, PA Fairgrounds train meet.

The full story is here.

Storage Lockers For Rent

Available now for rent.
Temperature controlled 48-49 sq ft with 6 ft 6 inch ceiling. 75.00 per month.
6 new smaller lockers have been constructed. These new lockers are 30"H x 30"W x 16"D. They are each $15.00 per month. See a board member for rental arrangements.

Directions to the Club House

The address of the club house is 1311 Schoolhouse Road New Lenox , IL 60451-3279

Click Here For a Map of the Area

From all directions:
Take I-80 to US 30, New Lenox, Maple Ave. exit
Turn right/east on US 30 and go 3.5 miles to Schoolhouse Road (Walgreens on corner).
Turn right/south and go 1 mile to street address 21601-27.
Turn right at the Fairfield Industrial Condos sign (Camelot Homes is on top) and go down that road about 200 yards.
Turn Right at the 2nd set of buildings. We are units 3 and 4 (west side).

If you cross railroad tracks on Schoolhouse Rd. you have gone about 300-400 yards too far.

Door to Door Driving Directions

Member's Corner

By-Laws Amendment May 3, 2014
Election Rules
Internet Usage Policy
Membership Rules
Officer and Director Indemnity Policy
Petitioning of CLRC Board of Directors Policy
Policy on Minors
Publication Policies and Procedures
Storage Locker Rental Terms

News Letters


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Lionel Catalogs

Lionel Volume 2 Catalog 2015

Lionel 2015 Signature Catalog

Club History
Module Construction
Scale Speed
Latest Photos

2015 Annual Winter Party
Mortgage Burning
2014 Annual Winter Party
Christmas Open Houses 2013
Belt Line West Op. Control Panel 1/2013

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