The [}:)] Doctor is In!!! Reliving child hood is nice, but can be costly!!! I was looking at
one of my lionel books(i like the history of my hobby)I had to figure out the year you
got your set( I am the same age as you) and it was 1965,if my counting was right.
The set in question was #11560 The 211 Texas Special . Acording to my book the set
came as listed: 211P/211T Texas Special Alco AA units; 6473 rodeo car; 6176 yellow
or black Lehigh Valley hopper; 6124 blue or green gondola with two canisters; 6465
orange Lionel Lines two-dome tank car; 6059 M St.L SP -type caboose; twelve curved
and three straight track;90 degree crossing;6149 uncoupling section; and a 1025 45-watt transformer. It was 027 Gauge and it was #37.50 retail. The price (1994 book)
was listed at $165.00 in VG, $275.00 in LN condition. The price may have gone up or
down since then. I advise checking the train shows and letting folk know what you want.
Or buying the parts at train shows and putting the set together with out the box. This
may cost more than a set in the box .Here is the current price for the items: the diesels:
$80.00 Good/ $160.00 Exc, 6473 rodeo car(horse car) $9.00/$24.00 ; 6176 yellow $3/$9 Black $3/$8; 6124 gondola; $2/$5 ; 6465 tank car;$5/$14; 6059 caboose; red paint
$$13/$22; red unpainted;$4/$8; unpainted maroon; $7/$12; Now, let's add this up! And
go with the high end(exc condition:not counting track. The greenburg guide prices add
up to at least $234.00(more for variations on some cars) But you may get lucky! Try
the train shows or put an ad in Classic Toy Trains want ad section. I hope this helps
you in your search. I speak from the"I had that, now I am replacing it, and it cost more!"
My childhood collection, built from many trips to salvation army, goodwill stores and
fleamarkets got washed away in a flash flood in the late 70's. The Good news is: my
collection is bigger than it was.(still don't have a NYC F-3 unit) So don't give up, when
all else fails, E-Bay! Till Next Missive, I Remain The Humble, Yet Strangely Evil Doctor!!!