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  • Item Category: Toys, Dolls, Games & Puzzles
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Mar 25, 2012
  • Channel: Auction House
THIS IS A TRAIN HIGHLIGHT FOR EBAY FOR THIS WEEK! THE 2378 MILWAUKEE ROAD F-3’s, COMPLETE WITH EXTRA PAPERWORK, WRAPPING PAPER, AND THEIR VERY RARE ORIGINAL BOXES IN EXTREMELY HIGH-GRADE CONDITION! THE TRAINS ARE TOTALLY UN-RUN! **SEE PHOTOS** TRAINS COME WITH THE ORIGINAL DECAL 100% INTACT! ANOTHER SPECIAL FEATURE IS THE “YELLOW ROOF-EDGE STRIPE” ON BOTH OF THE UNITS! YOU HARDLY EVER SEE BOTH UNITS WITH THE YELLOW STRIPE. MOST OF THE 2378 DO NOT HAVE THE YELLOW STRIPE AT ALL. THIS VERSION IS VERY RARE! LIONEL POST-WAR 2378 MILWAUKEE ROAD F-3 A-B UNITS, IN MINT+ CONDITION! Spectacular matching pair! See grading chart and descriptions below. THESE BEAUTIES HAVE A RARITY GRADE OF 10, ON A SCALE OF 1-10, WITH A 10 BEING THE RAREST AND HARDEST TO FIND. THIS PAIR IS EXTREMELY PRISTINE AND ONE OF THE NICEST THAT I HAVE EVER SEEN, WITH SHINY ROOFS AND SIDES. ALL ORIGINAL BODIES. THE ORIGINAL DECAL IS 100% INTACT AND ARE TRULY AWESOME. MILWAUKEE ROAD 2378 F-3 A-B Units, in matching fresh from the factory condition! The “A unit has the original decal. (see photos). The yellow heat-stamped lettering on both pieces are strong, bold, and clear. The highest-grade dark grey roofs, and sides that I have seen! The original patina on the grey nose is spectacular and flawless. Magnificent black pilot and frames, again in pristine condition. No rust or corrosion on original horns, ladders or battery cover. Minute fingernail scratch to orange band on one side, probably from taking out of the box. The decal is slightly muted in color, from age, as this is the way you want to see an original decal. But it is 100% present. No missing pieces. . PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THESE HAVE THE RARE YELLOW ROOF-EDGE STRIPES, AND THEY WERE MADE FOR A SHORT PERIOD DURING ONE YEAR, 1956. THIS PAIR HAS THE HIGHEST-SHEEN ORIGINAL FACTORY LUSTER THAT I HAVE SEEN! HAVE YOU EVER SEEN AN ORIGINAL, RIGHT OUT OF BOX SET, WITH THE ORIGINAL PATINA, WELL THESE TWO HAVE IT! LOOK AT THE PHOTOS! TRULY A SPECTACULAR MATCHING PAIR OF F-3’S! TO FIND THE ORIGINAL MILWAUKEE ROAD F-3’s WITH THEIR ORIGINAL HIGH-GRADE BOXES IS TRULY A RARE FEAT! The pair also comes with the dated instructions, inspection sticker, a grade 10 1956 Catalog, and “1956 How To Operate Lionel Trains and Accessories” Booklet”, plus 2 sheets of the hard to find original waxed wrapping paper. THE PAPERWORK AND CATALOG ARE GRADE 9 TO 10. The original box 2378-18 is a grade 10 AND HAS ALL OF THE FLAPS ATTACHED. THERE IS NO TAPING OR WRITING. Original box 2378-16 is a grade 8/9 and has all flaps attached, with NO TAPING AND NO WRITING, this is very high-grade for this box. The box comes with the original high-grade box insert. RARE! THIS DEFINTELY IS THE HIGHEST-GRADE PAIR OF 2378 MILWAUKEE ROAD F-3’S THAT I HAVE SEEN TO DATE. THEY ARE PRISTINE AND TOTALLY UN-RUN! KINDLY LOOK AT ALL OF THE PHOTOS, AS I DOUBT THAT YOU HAVE SEEN A NICER PAIR! This magnificent high-end Milwaukee Road pair is definitely for the display shelf.. From 1956 only and in MINT+ condition****SEE PHOTOS****REMEMBER, THE TRAINS ARE TOTALLY UN-RUN! ****ALSO PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THESE ARE THE RARE VERSION WITH THE YELLOW STRIPES ON THE ROOF EDGES!**** THESE WOULD BE PERFECT TO BUILD THE MINT+ 2273W MILWAUKEE ROAD SET WITH! THEN YOU WOULD HAVE A $15,000. - $20,000.00 SET. AN EXCEPTIONAL SET, UN-RUN, AND ALL ORIGINAL!! Latest book and market value (shows, auctions, private sales, internet, etc.) on this pair, in this condition, MINT+ WITH ORIGINAL BOXES AND PAPERWORK, is $ 7500.00 – 10,000.00, at live auction it can go much higher! AT THE TCA SHOW AT YORK, I SAW ONE PAIR SELL FOR $10,000.00 ONLY 4 YEARS AGO, AND THEY WERE NOT AS NICE AS THESE! THIS MAGNIFICENT SET IS TRULY FOR THE HIGH-END COLLECTION! I am very particular in choosing trains. They must be high-grade, rare, and very desirable. Please feel very comfortable in your bidding as I try to buy only the best from collections or at live auctions, where I have examined the item! ON THE BOTTOM OF SOME ENGINES SUCH AS F-3’s: IF YOU LOOK AT THE PHOTOS, ANY BRIGHT SILVER OR CHROME SPOT, SOMETI...