The new Lionel scale model of the Stourbridge Lion locomotive will be unveiled in Honesdale, Friday, November 27th.


  The new Lionel scale model of the Stourbridge Lion locomotive will be unveiled in Honesdale, Friday, November 27th.
Jeff Hiller, Events Committee chairman for the Greater Honesdale Partnership (GHP), who worked diligently to bring this about, made the announcement on Thursday. An avid supporter of the community and Honesdale’s railroad heritage, Hiller was in contact with Lionel LLC soon after being shown Lionel’s latest catalog. Lionel had announced that the Stourbridge Lion was the latest in the limited edition Heritage Series honoring historic steam locomotives.
The miniature Stourbridge Lion, exquisitely detailed and painstakingly accurate, actually moves back and forth on a track and includes a coal tender. The miniature is O-gauge and 1:48 scale. Although available only by pre-order, it may also be available at Lionel outlets that purchased some for stock.
The “unveiling” is to be held in Honesdale, where the actual Lion actually roared into history, August 8, 1829. Hiller said that the event will be tied with the tree and star lighting ceremony in Central Park, which immediately follows the 6 p.m. Santa parade. The ceremony will begin with a representative from Lionel unveiling the model.
On Saturday, the day following, a special Stourbridge Line train excursion departs from the Visitor Center at 10 a.m. Return to town and join the Wayne County Historical Society as they celebrate with an open house. Enjoy a special exhibit at the Historical Society by Angela Trotta Thomas, the only artist ever to be licensed by the Lionel Toy Train Company, represented by The Looking Glass Art Gallery & Studio, Ltd., Hawley.

On-line:
www.visithonesdalepa.com
www.lionel.com

Editor's note: A more complete story appears in the Friday print edition.