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The four color Rio Grande was a new road name for the F3 series in 1957, and this was one of two sets to include the 2379 units (the other is set #2517W produced in 1958). The set is one of seven Super O sets produced in 1957, and is one of the prime collectables that Lionel produced in the middle and late 1950's. The 1958 set is substantially harder to find that its predecessor, but either one is among the top, most collectable sets of all time. Owning just one is a real prize! The set consists of:
  • 2379 Rio Grande AB units (with heat-stamped lettering and stripes). The 2379P powered A unit box (#2379-11) was a revised corrugated carton without a protective liner made by the Express Container Corp. with an "X" stamped on both ends, while the 2379C B unit box (#2379-54) was Late Classic with a protective liner. Included is "Instructions for Operating Lionel Twin-Motored Diesel Locomotive" sheet numbered 2367-18-7-56-TT. Both the A and B units were wrapped in "Lionel" protective paper
  • 3562-75 orange operating barrel car (75 is the suffix for the orange version) with "How to Operate Lionel No. 3562 Barrel Car" directions (#3562-54-5-57-TT) and box of six barrels numbered 362-78. The 3562 box is Late Classic, numbered 3562-75 on the ends, and contains a cardboard insert that fits on top of the car to protect the figure. The dump bin was plastic, not the earlier bakelite version
  • 3530 generator car (usually with a long stripe and blue fuel tank), including blue pole base with search light attached with two-conductor green wire. Directions are on yellow paper, "Instructions for Operating No. 3530 Generator Car Set" sheet numbered 3530-45 pp11-56, Middle Classic box with cardboard insert and "Lionel" paper to hold pole and light in place
  • 3444 Erie animated gondola (cop and hobo car), new for that year. Middle classic box numbered (3444-36). Directions on yellow paper, "How to Operate No. 3444 Animated Gondola" sheet numbered 3444-33-5-57
  • 6464-525 M. St. L. box car, a new addition to the 6464 series box cars in 1957. Box is a very rare overstamped box (factory used 6464-150 boxes and overstamped them for this set only). Box is numbered 6464-161
  • 6657 Illuminated Rio Grande SP-type caboose with Middle Classic box numbered (6657-7). This set is a landmark, being the first set produced with a caboose matching the loco instead of the regular Pennsy or Lionel Lines Porthole caboose used for all sets before this
  • Super O track: one insulated straight, twelve curved sections, three straights, a 39-20 operating packet (numbered 39-3 which is correct), and a 3562-52 operating packet for the barrel car. The 39-20 packet (number 39-3) contains a #61 ground lockon, #62 power lockon, two #36-2 remote control blades, #37-25 uncoupling track section, two #90 controllers, five #81-32 connecting wires, #39-2 instruction sheet, "How To Assemble Super O Track" dated 10-57, two #6-32 x 3/16 inch screws, and a #31-7 power bus connector. The 3562-52 (the envelope is normally labeled 3562-73) included two 3562-51 track spacers, a 3562-48 platform extension, an OTC-1 lockon, two 24-4 auxiliary rail clips, two 81-32 24" RC wires and a 3562-54 instruction sheet dated 5/57
  • PAPER: In addition to the operating instructions listed with each car, also included was a 1957 catalog and a "How to Operate Lionel Trains and Accessories" booklet from 1956-57 with service stations listing for 1956-57 or from 1957-59 with a layout on the front covers
  • The set box was the new tan/brown basket weave look that was introduced exclusively for Super O.


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    18240EXOB 2291W RIO GRANDE SUPER O FREIGHT SET 1957 (824) -> C-7 Excellent - Minute nicks or scratches; no dents or rust. With Original Box

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