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I saw this set on e-bay, thought the price was okay, and got it today. A childhood friend of mine had this set and we would play with it for hours after school. I finally wound up with it, but by then it was just the loco and cars.  The one I have now still has all it's paper buildings and instructions! Even came with a 1977 catalog. I know it's just a MPC starter set, but I'm looking forward to setting it this Christmas and bring back some memories from the 1970's.

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That’s a nice find with the buildings and extras still with it.  This set marked the start of MPC’s ‘play value’ emphasis, which meant stuffing these entry-level sets with telephone poles, road signs, paper buildings and whatever else they could think of.   The Trains N Truckin’ sets were born from the same idea.   It’s one of the reasons MPC sets are hard to find in Excellent or better shape.

Anyone ever try running the set as intended, with the trestles? Seems like that could be quite interesting!

I'm hoping to set up my first train set, the Cannonball, the Black River Freight, and my Dad's scout set for Christmas this year. He built me a tunnel out of wooden American Bricks which I hope to duplicate as well. I really played with those American Bricks when I was a kid!

@brr posted:

Anyone ever try running the set as intended, with the trestles? Seems like that could be quite interesting!

I'm hoping to set up my first train set, the Cannonball, the Black River Freight, and my Dad's scout set for Christmas this year. He built me a tunnel out of wooden American Bricks which I hope to duplicate as well. I really played with those American Bricks when I was a kid!

I ran it as intended as a kid. It worked fine except for the cars falling off the track sometimes.

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Do these older sets run off a regular AC transformer or are they DC ?

It depends on the particular set and the year it was made.  Lionel did a few sets that came with a DC power pack and had locomotives equipped with DC can motors wired directly to the track pickups.  I believe the majority of the sets were the typical open frame AC motor however, at least until the circuit board type "E-Units" came into existence.  I can't speak to which years the various transitions occurred in however.

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