LIONEL 226 BOSTON & MAINE ALCO A-B ***UNCATALOGUED SEARS AND MADISON HARDWARE ENGINES - 1960 ONLY - SPECIAL AB COMBO!***
|This uncatalogued Alco AB pair was only available in 1960 - as a part of three uncatalogued sets. Two were sets X576 and X577, distributed by Madison Hardware. However, it was very difficult for the average consumer to buy one of these sets complete from Madison. The owners of Madison enjoyed the practice of buying the promotional sets in bulk, then breaking them up and selling the individual components to increase profits. None of the individual items from these "X" sets came with individual boxes. Madison only purchased 100 of each set in bulk. The third set the 226 Alcos came in was the 9654 Sears set. Unlike Madison Hardware, Sears liked to sell complete sets to bright-eyed children during the holiday season! The set featured four military cars and an SP-type caboose. A total of 6,000 of these sets were produced. These engines typically had unpainted blue bodies with heat-stamped markings. The A unit housed the Pullmor motor and three position reverse unit but a horn was not included. The A-unit also has a headlight. All four couplers on this pair of diesels were non- operating. Because they were almost always played with, the weak pilot piece that went under the coupler at the front is often broken. The engines that came in the Sears set did have individual boxes - cardboard for the powered, and an orange perforation for the dummy.
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