Central Operating Lines Club Cars
By Rich Giannino (GG1)
(photos by Bob Mintz)
Most of the cars are regular production Lionel except for the custom painted cars.
The 1981 car was silk-screened; the rest had special decals applied that had our club logo, location and year.
From 1989 to 1993 the club had no home we met at the Babylon firehouse and started the train swap meets.
We had four layouts.
From1976 to 1979 we met at the West Island HO club in Farmingdale.
From 1979 to 1982 the first layout was in the basement of a shoe store.
From 1983 to 1988 the second was in the basement of Construction Company
From 1989 to 1993 the club had no home we met at the Babylon firehouse.
In 1993 club voted future club cars are to be Lionel standard O cars
From 1993 to 1995 the third layout was in a warehouse in Holbrook.
From 1995 to the present day the fourth layout is in a warehouse in Ronkonkoma.
From 1976 to 1992 the club name was Lionel Central Operating Lines.
From 1993 to the present the club name is Central Operating Lines.
1981 boxcar painted orange w/ blue lettering blue doors Amityville
1982 bay window caboose all red Amityville
1983 #6508 CP crane car grey Babylon
1984 #5724 PRR bunk car yellow Babylon
1985 #9475 D&H I love NY boxcar blue/white Babylon
1986 work caboose cab grey Babylon 10th anniversary
1987 black custom stockcar Babylon
1988 tender shell lettered Lionel Central Operating Lines black
1989 #6370 K-line tank car PRR Tuscan Babylon firehouse
1990 PRR #9012 flatcar w/large trailer Babylon firehouse
1991 custom brown flatcar w/ large painted grey trailer with tractor Bay Shore
1992 #16342 CSX gondola w/coil covers bayshore last of the Lionel central
1993#26269 Wabash yellow reefer Holbrook
1994 #800200 The Rock 3 bay covered hopper blue Holbrook
1995 12221 New York Central boxcar green Ronkonkoma
1996 17079 New York Central 2bay covered hopper grey 20th anniversary
1997 #6907 New York Central Woodside caboose Ronkonkoma
1998 #94645 ATSF boxcar Tuscan route of the chief Ronkonkoma
1999 #28809 ACL boxcar grey w/ red trucks and doors Ronkonkoma
2000 #130000 Burlington cylindrical tank car black Ronkonkoma
2001 17771 Lionel cylindrical hopper 25th anniversary Lionel’s 100 th
2002 #175012 New York Central PS1 boxcar green Ronkonkoma
2003 #12322 New York Central PS1 reefer orange Ronkonkoma
2004 #REX1742 REA milk car w/ silver tank inside grey Ronkonkoma