2019 Keep Christ in Christmas Lionel Boxcar

Manufactured Exclusively in the USA for the Knights of Columbus

100% of profits to support charitable projects, such as
  • Persecuted Christian refugee relief funds
  • Seminarian and religious vocation support programs
  • Special Olympics
  • Support for retired clergy
  • And more

Back by popular demand, Msgr. Sherman Council No. 5103 is pleased to announce the production of a very limited quantity of 2019 Keep Christ in Christmas Lionel traditional O gauge boxcars. Orders must be received by Monday, July 1st, 2019 for delivery before Christmas.

$85.00 shipping and handling included.

For more information, call Joe Falce at (917) 972-7409 or email inquiries to kofc5103@gmail.com

This years image, entitled Adoration of the Shepherds, was painted in the year 1622 by Dutch artist Gerard van Honthorst. The original painting is currently at the Wallraf-Richatrz Museum in Cologne, Germany.

When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they went with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. 

Luke 2:15-16




Frequently Asked Questions

Orders can be placed through Paypal by clicking the yellow, "Buy Now" button above. You will be redirected to PayPal's secure order website. Transaction details are private and we never see your bank account or credit card information.

Yes! PayPal is our preferred method (Payment is made through PayPal's secure order website, transaction details are private and we never see your bank account or credit card information), but you can also order by mail, paying with a check or money order. Send us your full name, address (including apartment number, city, state and zip code) and a phone number and/or email address where we can reach you if there are any questions or problems with your order. Mail with a check or money order payable to Msgr. Sherman Council No. 5103 for $85.00 per boxcar to:

Msgr. Sherman Council No. 5103
Attn: Keep Christ in Christmas Boxcar
7903 Myrtle Ave
Glendale  NY  11385

Be on the lookout for a downloadable mail order form you can print, fill out and mail to us with your payment, coming soon. You will need a PDF reader to open and print our mail order form, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader, available here.

Yes, all orders must be received by July 1st, 2019 for guaranteed delivery before Christmas. Orders received after July 1st will be fulfilled on a first-come, first-served basis until stock is depleted.

We agree, we are missing out on the "prime" Christmas shopping season. Unfortunately, these boxcars are custom-built, a great deal by hand, in the United States by Lionel. Lionel needs several months lead time to get the full quantity manufactured and delivered to us. If we sold them at Christmas time, customers wouldn't receive them until well into the new year.

The Keep Christ in Christmas boxcar is a custom-designed, seasonal item and is sold and manufactured on a preorder basis. Lionel will begin custom manufacture of the boxcars in mid-July, after all pre-orders have been placed, with delivery to Msgr. Sherman Council expected in early to mid November. All orders will be fulfilled within one to two weeks of Msgr. Sherman Council accepting delivery of the shipment from Lionel, with all individual orders expected to be fulfilled before December.

You share one of our main concerns when designing this year's boxcar; that this year's design doesn't stand out compared to last year's. We would just like to point out however, that the artwork, colors, font and year are all changed:

  • Last year's artwork is a Nativity scene that is a modern rendering we licensed from Catholic Online (catholic.org). This year's artwork is by Dutch Golden Age artist, Gerard Van Honthorst, and was painted in 1622. You can learn more about Gerard Van Honthorst on his Wikipedia page, and you can learn more about the artwork, Adoration of the Shepherds, here.
  • Last year's boxcar color was a dark navy blue, almost black, while this year's is a much lighter blue.
  • The font was changed to a calligraphy-style this year.
We left the main design elements; the Bethlehem Star, the actual "Keep Christ in Christmas" text, and a depiction of the birth of Christ as we felt altering those elements would detract form the main purpose and message of the boxcar: Remembering that Christmas is about the birth of Christ. If you are not interested in this year's model, we understand and apologize. If you have any suggestions on changing things up while keeping the message and reason for the boxcar intact, we'd love to hear from you for the 2020 edition! email us at kofc5103@gmail.com