Saturday, January 26, 2013

LEGO Metroliner / club car mix & match

Now here's one nice eBay haul.  After looking up every single LEGO train set ever made, I found that there were only a handful I wanted to the point of need.  Atop the list is Metroliner, released in 1991 as set 4558, and re-released in 2001 as set 10001.  It's styled after the "Phase III" paint scheme of Amtrak trains in the United States, the engine being apparently inspired by a GE GenesisP42DC.  This all has significance to me because I used to watch Amtrak trains go by from my home when I was a kid.

At any rate, what I ended up getting is actually better for me than a full Metroliner set.  I got the powered engine, one passenger car, and a double-decker "dome car" (its real life name), sold separately in LEGO form as set #4547, the Club Car, which was re-released in 2001 as set #10002.  Check out this photo of the real thing!  And now for the little one...


  1. Honestly, to me, the Metroliner looks like a British InterCity 225 trainset in Amtrak livery. The club car looks more like an Amtrak Superliner observation carriage (at least that's what I think it's called).
    But that's just my opinion.

  2. I got one of these (with the dome car) for Christmas back in '93 - two great sets - with my extra Christmas money I bought myself the level crossing & some switching track. Hours of fun. Always wanted a nice train station to go with it but to no avail - had to make my own. Maybe time to treat myself...