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Model trains for girls
Not many of these were sold; today they are quite valuable.

Model trains for girls

Model trains for girls

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Posted by Duff at 4:43 am (PDT) on Mon September 5, 2011   
Didn't girls ride only pastel-colored trains in real life?

I always viewed model trains as being toys that strove to be as realistic as possible, given such constraints as ease of layout assembly and cost. But a pink locomotive? That just threw the idea of realism out the window.

I don't know how many of these girls' sets Lionel sold (and how many went to actual girls), but they do exist and are highly prized collector's items today. In Greenberg's "Lionel Trains Pocket Price Guide" (2002 edition), the black loco/tender in the catalog (as pictured above) were listed at $80 if in excellent condition, while the pink version was $720. A complete girl's set was recently offered on eBay, but the starting bid of $2,195 failed to attract any interest.

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