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Interpreting factory numbers to date your Tyco train set

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Interpreting factory numbers to date your Tyco train set
Posted by drew on Wednesday, August 26, 2020 8:24 PM

Hello all, newbie here......and i just showed it by posting in the wrong place, I apologize.

Having trouble finding my train set in any of my searches.....does Westinhouse special offer ring bells with anyone.......included is 4 freight cars, one a Westinghouse major appliances car, 17 piece bridge and trestle set and a box of 24 trackside signs and poles. Brown boxes all with factory numbers 2 lines:

Line 1:

7519

Line 2:

1-24 4

 

Any and all help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Thursday, August 27, 2020 8:43 AM

Welcome to the Model Railroader Magazine online forums. Your first few posts will be delayed by the moderation staff, but that will end soon enough. Please stick it out and join in the conversation.

I also could not find any inofrmation on a commemorative Westinghouse HO scale train set.

Typically these sets were offered as "collectable" items to non-model railroaders through magazine advertisements.

They have no value, and are generally (especially if it is Tyco) very low quality. There are a few exceptions (Coca-Cola, Dale Ernhardt) that do have some collector appeal, but these still do not command a noteworthy price.

As far as dating the set, the best way would be if you posted pictures of the boxes. Tyco boxes changed slightly through the years, and that would help a lot.

There is a sticky thread with instruction for sharing pictures.

-Kevin 

 

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Posted by rrinker on Thursday, August 27, 2020 8:50 AM

 Found one:

https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/22718126_tyco-ho-scale-westinghouse-special-offer-electric-train

And another, which seems to indicate a 1974/1975 date:

https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/1974-tyco-ho-scale-westinghouse-11131640

In my world, 7519 would mean 19th week of 1975. But did Tyco follow electronic industry standards? 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Thursday, August 27, 2020 8:53 AM

I found it:

It looks like the only thing special in the set is the WESTINGHOUSE boxcar. Everything else looks like typical Tyco offereings included in other train sets.

I cannot tell what the tank car is.

It also has the ever-popular WESTERN MARYLAND tractor loaded flat car.

Randy's guess on the date sounds right to me.

-Kevin

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Posted by drew on Friday, August 28, 2020 3:12 PM
Wow! thank you both for your input......and quick! You have pretty much answered my question, greatly appreciated!
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Posted by rrinker on Friday, August 28, 2020 6:17 PM

 They did several sets like that, for different companies, with more or less just the one car specially lettered, the rest of the set made up with usual stock items.

 The one site I found it on claims Westinghouse gave the sets away with the purchase of a major appliance.

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