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 ... read more