Ted Hamler recently purchased this novelty set for his wife. The engine and cars were custom-painted by Richard Miller (from New York) in 1993, to be an exact match to the 1957 three-rail O27 Lionel set called a "Girl's Train".
Lionel created this O-gauge set, with its unique paint scheme, to appeal to girls and mom's, but apparently they were a sales disaster, because young girls who were interested in trains, wanted them to look like the real thing, just like boys did. In 1958 Lionel wound up having to buy-back all of the unsold sets from the dealers. In 1991, the modern Lionel re-introduced this set (#6-11722), which, just like the 1957 version, was also a sales failure. However, because so few of either of these sets were sold, they are, today, worth a lot of money due to their rarity.
The S-scale version, which, to be clear, was never produced by A.C. Gilbert or Lionel, consists of a #203 4-6-2 Pacific, a #4365 2-bay hopper, a #6462 gondola, two #46451 box cars, and a #7642 caboose.
Word has it that Mr. Kughn, then owner of Lionel, saw the set at a Fall York train show and mentioned to Richard Miller that it was a very close match to the original 1957 Lionel set.
All photos are copyright Ted Hamler, and posted here with his permission.
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