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    Re: Lowell Smith CK Holliday Locomotive

    Woohoo! Thanks for the reply. I bought a Bachmann "The American" train set with four passenger cars with the intention of using it next to the Railroad Station or on the track at the rear of the Fantasyland platform. I've also wanted to buy a few of the Bachmann Open Sided Excursion Cars for the same purpose, but I've held off buying them.

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    Re: Lowell Smith CK Holliday Locomotive

    Hi Randy,
    Welcome to the world of Olszewksi. It is a lot of fun, my wife even thinks it's pretty cool. The CK Holiday that Lowell Smith is producing appears to be based upon a new version of the 4-4-0 American produced by Atlas (see link Atlas N 4-4-0 Locomotive). The new Atlas units have been getting favorable reviews and I would expect this unit to run better than the original EP Ripley produced by Bachmann.

    This will interest the rest of the group, as I chatted with Lowell via Facebook regarding the current status. I asked if he had information regarding the UPC, which will make it much easier for those of us ordering via Mail Order. He is working on getting that information from Disney and I will pass along what I find out.

    Lastly, for those of us interested in having our Disneyland's running two train operation there are options. As a model railroader (any others in the group?), I have produced progressive block with relay control and DCC (digital command control); DCC is preferred. My plan is to spend this Fall figuring out how to fit (more like squeeze) a DCC decoder inside of these little 4-4-0 units. I will be sharing what I find so others can do it too.

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    Re: Lowell Smith CK Holliday Locomotive

    Thanks for all the information, Justin. One quick question - do we know for sure yet if it will be just the engine or the Holiday also include passenger cars? It seemed kind of up in the air last time the subject came up.

    Again, thanks for the information. Please keep us posted.

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    Re: Lowell Smith CK Holliday Locomotive

    Quote Originally Posted by WarriorPoets View Post
    One quick question - do we know for sure yet if it will be just the engine or the Holiday also include passenger cars? It seemed kind of up in the air last time the subject came up.
    Frankly, I was afraid to ask, so I am not sure. I did just send him a note.

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    Re: Lowell Smith CK Holliday Locomotive

    I asked Lowell about the cars and here is his response...

    "The CK Holliday pulled "the Freight Train" when the park opened in 1955. This is what is being offered at Disneyland (when they finally release it). There is a three car freight train that will be offered along with the CK Holliday so don't miss out on that! I am still awaiting their word for it's availability," Lowell Smith.

    I had not thought about having Retlaw-2 as a part of the set. My thinking was more towards one the Holiday (Retlaw-4 green or Retlaw-5 blue) sets or the Excursion (Retlaw-3) sets. This will align much better with the EP Ripley and the original Retlaw-1 passenger set. Either way I am still thrilled and cannot wait for the release.

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    Re: Lowell Smith CK Holliday Locomotive

    Superb news, since this works with how the Ripley was released with the opening day combine and passenger cars. Can't wait for this to go on sale!

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    Re: Lowell Smith CK Holliday Locomotive

    [QUOTE=WarriorPoets;1056806819]Superb news, since this works with how the Ripley was released with the opening day combine and passenger cars. Can't wait for this to go on sale![/QUOTE
    It is in stock at Disneyland. I just bought 2. Locomotive/ tender sold separate from 3 car freight set. $135/$130

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    Re: Lowell Smith CK Holliday Locomotive

    I just got off of the phone with Merchandise Guest Service and was able to order both items. They are available from both Disneyland and WDW (specifically Art of Disney at Epcot).

    Being that I am in Wisconsin, it was less expensive to ship from WDW. My total was $299.95 for both the loco/tender, the rail cars set and UPS Ground shipping.

    Item #400006131492. CK Holliday
    Item #400006131508. Three car train
    1-800-362-4533

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    Re: Lowell Smith CK Holliday Locomotive

    Is this going to be a limited edition with no further production runs thereafter?

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    Re: Lowell Smith CK Holliday Locomotive

    Quote Originally Posted by DoomBuggies View Post
    Is this going to be a limited edition with no further production runs thereafter?
    I have not read anything to date that indicated if this was an open or limited edition. What I do know is that many of Lowell Smith's product lines have extended, though somewhat limited production runs. I was not going to risk it and ordered a set.

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    Re: Lowell Smith CK Holliday Locomotive

    Just picked up the C. K. Holliday tonight at Disneyland. I didn't know it was coming out tonight either. Perfect timing.

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    Re: Lowell Smith CK Holliday Locomotive

    The C.K. Holliday at Main Street Station.


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    Re: Lowell Smith CK Holliday Locomotive

    The paper that came with mine says, "Premier Edition."

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoomBuggies View Post
    Is this going to be a limited edition with no further production runs thereafter?
    The paper that came with mine says, "Premier Edition."

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    Re: Lowell Smith CK Holliday Locomotive

    I'm impressed with the locomotive/tender, but not with the freight train car set. I realize, however, creating a totally accurate set, referring specifically to the caboose, would have been cost prohibitive.

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    Re: Lowell Smith CK Holliday Locomotive

    Quote Originally Posted by DoomBuggies View Post
    I'm impressed with the locomotive/tender, but not with the freight train car set. I realize, however, creating a totally accurate set, referring specifically to the caboose, would have been cost prohibitive.
    Yeah, same here. I held off on buying the freight set.

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