Purchased new in 1957 and intended as a Christmas gift, this incredible rarity was never assembled and has been safely stored for more than 55 years never seeing the light of day until now. Everything is as it was in 1957! And everything looks terriffic. No rust or rot and only some slight toning. Absolutely a magnificent find!!!
In 1957 Lionel came up with the bright idea that model trains could be for girls too. Heedless of the fact that any girl who wanted a model train would want their train to be realistic, just like the boys did, Lionel introduced their now famous Girl's Set, an electric train set in various pastel hues. This was a marketing disaster.
The Girls' Set was three-rail O27 electric train set with a pink 2-6-4 steam locomotive and tender. It included a string of the following pastel hued cars: Robin's Egg Blue New York Central Pacemaker Boxcar Buttercup Yellow Missouri-Kansas-Texas Boxcar Pink New York Central Gondola with Barrels Lavender Lehigh Valley Hopper Pennsylvania Sky Blue Illuminated Caboose Sales of these trains were so dismal in 1957 and 1958 that there are stories of dealers painting them in order to get them to sell. But years later their rarity turned them into collectors items. In 1991 Lionel reissued them just for collectors. In 2006, under the Williams brand name, Lionel offered a replica Girls' set and a second Girls' set as well. This second set had the same freight cars and caboose with a pink GG-1 locomotive instead of the 2-6-4 steamer and tender. In 2004 an original 1957 edition Girls' Set sold at auction for over $16,000. I guess you can't call them unpopular anymore.
Lionel Train Set 1587S O27 Gauge Contents: 1 - 2037-500LT 2-6-4 Pink Locomotive and Tender in Pink Frosting 1 - 1130T-500 Matching Tender 1 - 6462-500 Gondola in Pink Frosting 1 - 6464-515 Box Car in Buttercup Yellow 1 - 6436-500 Hopper in Lilac 1 - 6464-510 Box Car in Robin's Egg Blue 1 - 6427-500 Illuminated Caboose in Sky Blue 8 - 1013 Curved Track 5 - 1018 Straight Track 1 - 6029 Uncoupling Track Set 1 - 1043-500 60-watt Transformer
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