Train sets are complete starter packages offered by various model manufacturers that include a locomotive, cars, track, and a power pack. Some sets also include special accessories, such as trestles, tunnels, and buildings.
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TYCO’s Midnight Special sets
Introduced in 1976 with the return of TYCO’s Shark Nose was the Midnight Special train set series.
Bachmann’s All-American Traveling Daredevil Thrill Show (1985-1986)
An interesting entry from Bachmann in the mid-1980s, the All-American Traveling Thrill Show train set.
TYCO’s Burlington Super Over & Under train set 1971-1972
Introduced in 1971, TYCO’s Super Over & Under train set featured a Burlington GP20 and was a more elaborate version of the Over & Under set introduced in 1967.
Bachmann’s Twin EMD GP40 Diesel and Six Cars (1971-1975)
Bachmann’s third cataloged HO train set provided a pair of GP40s and was listed from 1971-1975.
Bachmann’s Empire Builder (1989-1993)
An uncommon set release due to its inclusion of a GP18, Bachmann’s Empire Builder was introduced in 1989.
TYCO’s Golden Eagle train set
Featuring on the cover of TYCO’s 1980 catalog, the Golden Eagle train set was a well-appointed offering that gave many young modelers a start in the hobby.
Mantua’s Midwest Freight Hauler
Mantua’s “Big Six” powered the Great Northern decorated Midwest Freight Hauler.
Mantua’s The Junction Special
The Junction Special was a 1994 train set from Mantua. This set included a mixed consist of freight and passenger cars.
Mantua’s Reading Way Freight
Mantua’s 0-6-0 tank steam switcher served in the 1994 Ready Way Freight train set.
Mantua’s Santa Fe Diesel Workhorse
One of two 1994 Mantua train sets that included the long-serving GP20 diesel was this Santa Fe Diesel Workhorse release.