|The Three-Digit Orange-Stripe Streamliner Set|
|The four orange-stripe streamliners with metal name plates were made only in 1956.
|#960 Columbus Combination
|#961 Jefferson Coach
|#962 Hamilton dome car
|#963 Washington Observation Car
|These cars were sold in the #5670TRH New Haven Clipper set in 1956. Leftover inventory was sold in 1957 as set #20070. It is one of my favorite sets.|
|Here's the whole train on my layout.
|The set was pulled by #4945 twin Alco engine set, also made only in 1956.
It comprised the #494 powered engine and #495 dummy with railsounds and horn.
The set also came with 12 #702 Curved Track, 8 #700 Straight Track,
#706 Remote Control Uncoupler, #690 Track Terminal, 20 #693 Track Locks,
#4B 100-watt Transformer with plastic case, and #708 Air Chime Whistle Control Unit.
|In the transition year of 1957, some of the leftover inventory of these cars were sold in the #20340 New Clipper set, and in the #20940 New Clipper for Export set. Both were pulled by the #497 New Haven Alco.|
interesting thing about this set is that it was sold in 1957, the year
of transition to 5-digit numbers. The engine and cars are the
3-digit version (as the books say they should be), but they're in
5-digit boxes. In the early years of 5-digit catalog numbers,
cars and engines often came in boxes from unsold inventory with 5-digit
numbers stamped on boxes already stamped with the 3-digit number, even
though the car inside bore the 3-digit number. When there was no
box in inventory, the 3-digit car or engine was put in a new box
stamped with only the 5-digit number. Notice also that the box
numbers are not as you might expect: when a car was packaged for sale
in a set, Gilbert gave it a different number than when it was sold
(All three photos courtesy of Neil Bishop.)
the billboard horn is in a 3-digit box, whereas the books say it should
be a 5-digit. To give the company maximum flexibility, the
catalog didn't give a number for anything in the set except the engine,
which it listed as #21561, even though the picture in the catalog
showed a #497 and some of the engines shipped in the #21560 boxes were
The #20340 set also included 12 #26720 Curved Track, 4 #26700 Straight Track, #26752 Remote Control Uncoupler, #26690 Track Terminal, and #22020 50-watt Transformer. The #20940 set included the same, except for a 220V transformer in place of the #22020.
|#48943 Madison dining car made by Lionel in 1996.
It was made as an add-on to Lionel's 1995 set of orange-stripe streamliners,
but it looks great with the original Gilbert set.
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