Lionel Polar Express LionChief Set Confusion

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November 18, 2013 3:06 PM

In the 2013 Lionel Christmas Catalog, page 6, they have listed both the transformer version, 6-31960, and LionChief version, 6-30218, of the Polar Express train sets.  Both list the length of the sets as 63 3/8", with the dimensions as 40"x60".  They have eight O-36 curves, three 10" straights, and on terminal track.  So far so good.

 

Now the confusing part.  In the Lionel 2013 Ready-to-Run catalog, page 30, is listed the LionChief Polar Express train set, 6-30218 (same as above).  The length is also listed as 63 3/8", BUT the dimensions are listed as 40"x50".  In addition the set comes with eight O-36 curves, but only one 10" straight, and one terminal track.

 

So the question is this, does set 6-30218 come with one piece of 10" straight or three pieces, with the set being 40x50 or 40x60?

 

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November 18, 2013 3:25 PM

Two less 10" straights one for each side therefore 50" oval instead of 60" oval.

 

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November 18, 2013 4:11 PM

Craig, thank you for the reply, but it doesn't answer my question.  Does set 6-30218 come with one 10" straight or three of them?  Two different Lionel catalogs describe the same set two different ways.

 

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November 18, 2013 8:51 PM

Some sets come with one less straight per side, making them ten inches shorter overall.  This seems to be the case you cite.

 

 

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November 18, 2013 9:09 PM

Some sets come with two more straights per side, making them twenty inches longer overall.  The Penn Flyer set at BJ's is one of them($199.99).

 

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November 19, 2013 12:10 AM

The point some of you have missed is that the SAME set, 6-30218, has different descriptions in two different Lionel catalogs.

 

The 2013 Ready-to-Run catalog lists the set having only two straight tracks, while the 2013 Christmas catalog lists the set having four straight tracks.

 

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