Bob's making some space giveaway #3: The Lionel no. 26070 Nestle Nesquik flatcar with trailer

Posted by Bob Keller
on Friday, December 01, 2017

Chocolate milk moves by rail!

Behold a freight car loved by chocolate milk fans the world around!

The car was cataloged by Lionel in 2003, probably delivered in 2004.

Another angle of the car with better lighting. And, of course, not taking it out of the box.

When I got back into the hobby, some of the more affordable (and interesting) car types that I found were intermodal cars – trailer-on-flatcar (TOFC) pieces. Some of my favorites were the nos. 16307 Nickel Plate, 16314 Wabash, and 16323 Lionel Lines. These three have twin “pup” single axle trailers as their load.

Beginning with the 16308 (Burlington Northern) the cars changed to carry a single, longer dual axle van. The trailer was, of course, closer to S than O scale, but piggyback cars could still be seen on freight trains everywhere, and in the early 1990s, there wasn’t as big a push toward semi-scale or scale rolling stick.

I bought this car because, like most people, I had fond memories of Nesquik as a kid. This proves, I guess, that brand loyalties can be created early and last a lifetime (though I‘ll confess not having had chocolate milk since the mid-1960s). I also liked the graphics.

I would have bought this at Sommerfeld’s Trains up in Butler. I never took the car out of the box. Not because I didn’t want to run it, but mainly because I was running three 30-plus car freights and there wasn’t much space left on the track! The box has a few dings, but the car is as it came from the factory.

The no. 26070 Nestle Nesquik flatcar with trailer was cataloged in Lionel’s 2003 dream book. The MSRP was $49.99. Until now, I had forgotten that there was a companion Nesquik tank car cataloged at the same time. The latest Greenberg’s Lionel Trains Pocket Price Guide 1900-2018 cites the current value as $70 and I’ve seen them on eBay for around $60. 

So if you are nostalgic about kids beverages, like TOFC cars, or just want to win something…

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