NEW YORK CENTRAL GIRL'S SET PINK GONDOLA
|This car was built either in 1957 or 1958. This pink gondola with blue lettering was only available as part of the 1587S "Girl's Set." The Girls Set was an attempt by Lionel to tap into a market (women) that the company previously saw as a weakness. The trains in the set were all painted in vibrant, pastel colors. Unfortunately for them, the set did not sell well. Fortunately for collectors, the low sales volume translated into the accruement of ridiculous value over time. The body of this car is painted pastel pink and the lettering is heat stamped. The body mold is the same as the normal 6462 gondola - which appeared in Lionel's product line in black, green, and red. The"- 500" stock number suffix does not appear on the car. It has bar-end trucks with operating couplers on both ends, but no brake wheel. Instead of the usual load of wooden barrels that came with the regular 6462s, this model came with four white canisters that had - typically - black heat stamped lettering, stating the capacity information of the canisters.
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