Lionel o gauge train sets from late 60's to mid 70's

I was curious what lionel o gauge train sets were available from around 1969 to around 1975.  I was given train set during that timeframe.  It's long since been thrown out.  I've been trying to see if I can find it, but no luck so far.  It was a steam locomotive with a tender, I believe a boxcar and a traditional red caboose.  I was wondering if anyone has any photos or catalogs that might throw some light on it.  I would be grateful for any help.

Ackleplem

 

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It was a black steam locomotive with a black tender.  I do not remember what color the car was, but I believe it was a box car.  It had a classic red caboose.  It did not have any accessories with it.   Just the track and transformer.  I don't have any photos of this train, nor do I know the number of the locomotive.  I was between 4-7 years old when I got it.

Ackleplem

 

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Ackleplem posted:

It was a black steam locomotive with a black tender.  I do not remember what color the car was, but I believe it was a box car.  It had a classic red caboose.  It did not have any accessories with it.   Just the track and transformer.  I don't have any photos of this train, nor do I know the number of the locomotive.  I was between 4-7 years old when I got it.

So, it was just the steamer with tender, boxcar and caboose, on a simple oval with transformer?

I know this period of production well, and can say that there wasn't a factory-produced set during that time (or even close to it) that consisted of a steam loco, tender, boxcar and caboose.

There are two limiting factors given the information you've shared:

1) I don't believe there are ANY sets in that time period that only have a single freight car.

2) Even for sets that have two freight cars in them (assuming you're forgetting about one), one of them was very rarely a boxcar. In fact, I think the only times this occurred is for the sets made with boxcars produced for Toys R Us and True Value Hardware in 1976-77.

Without more concrete information, that's about all the help I can provide.

TRW

I know this period of production well, and can say that there wasn't a factory-produced set during that time (or even close to it) that consisted of a steam loco, tender, boxcar and caboose.

Wasn't there a 1960's uncataloged set that only had an engine, one car, and a caboose?

C.W. Burfle
C W Burfle posted:

Wasn't there a 1960's uncataloged set that only had an engine, one car, and a caboose?

Yes, there's a set from about 1963 that only has the blue flat car with orange girders. But that's not a boxcar, and it's over five years outside the timeframe provided.

I also believe there's a uncatalogued, promotional outfit containing two freight cars including a red Stokely Van Camp's boxcar, but it would be from about the same early 1960's time period.

TRW

Looked through the catalogs tonight. Closest match seems to be the Cannonball/Wabash Cannonball cataloged from 1970 to at least 1975. The consist varied in road names and designs, but all had a black locomotive and tender and red caboose. Rather than a boxcar they had a gondola and flatcar. Just a loop of track and transformer.

lehigh310 posted:

Set 1494, made for Sears and shown in their 1974 Wish Book, had one freight car:

1494 Sears uncataloged 21494 Sears uncataloged 1

Thank you lehigh310.  This very well could be it.  The transformer and the caboose looks right.  I would have to get a better look at the tender.  For whatever reason, I remember that and the transformer more than the locomotive.  I thought it came with a box car, but blue gondola car in the picture does ring a bit of a bell.  I don't remember any canisters, though.  I'm pretty sure it only had curved track.  We had a Sears catalog store just down the street.  I thank all of you for your responses.  It gave some me some useful insights into what was out there at the time.  

Ackleplem

 

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