Archive Museum Hall of Sets
1957 2279WS O Gauge New Haven Freight Set (#818)
The 2279W (818) New Have EP-5 electric freight set was one of 7 O gauge sets offered in 1957. It was the third and last of the New Haven electric cataloged sets following the two sets from 1956. A 2350 New Haven EP-5 electric locomotive with magnetraction, light, horn,operating couplers, metal base and two operating pantographs headed the set. The 2350 came in several variations, but the set normally contained the most common version with the white "N" & orange "H" with nose decal. The locomotive box was a "Revised Carton" supplied by the Express Container Corp. and was numbered "2350-12". Operating instructions were numbered either "2350-14-7-56" or "2351-14-4-57".
The 3424 Wabash brakeman car came in a "Late Classic" box numbered "3424-89". The box includes a "U" shaped corrugated insert with a cut out to protect the brakeman and a 3424-100 Low Bridge Signal Set in a separate box numbered 3424-88.
The signal set includes two poles/tell tails and an envelope 3424-94 containing 2 3424-80 support bases, 2 3424-86 "O" track contacts, 2 3424-85 "027" track contacts and 1 3424-95 instruction sheet titled "How to Operate Lionel No 3424 Brakeman Car with Low-Low Bridge Signals" numbered "3424-95-8-56" or "3424-95-5-57".
The 6464-425 New Haven box car was black with orange doors and white lettering and came in a "Late Classic" box numbered 6464-430.
The 6424 flat with two autos came in a "Late Classic" box numbered "6424-13". The autos came in 2 of 4 colors: red, blue/green, yellow or white.
The 6477 miscellaneous car came with 5 gray plastic pipes in a "Late Classic" box numbered "6477-3".
The 6427 Lionel Lines porthole caboose came in a "Late Classic" box marked "6427-1" on the end and numbered "6427-5".
The set box was a "Basket Weave" type.
"O" gauge track consisted of 8 curve, 7 straight, 1 UCS, 1 lock on and 2 coils of green hook up wire. The UCS was boxed in a "Late Classic" box that was numbered "UCS-22".
Also included was a 1957 catalog and a instruction booklet "How to Operate Lionel Trains and Accessories".
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