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|Remarks||An uncataloged car which was only included in
the 1959 30110 Cities Service train set. It appears that the set was
only sold through Cities Service dealers. In the early 2000's reproductions of this car
were made by Joe King and they were made in such a way as to be
distinguishable from the originals. The ARA SPEC of "111" was changed
to "118" on the reproduction and the car was painted in a lighter shade of
green. There are also slight differences in the font, in particular,
the "S" in "CITIES." On the original car, the "ends" of the "S" are
less angled and closer to straight up and down. On the reproduction
they slant out at almost a 45 degree angle. Also on the reproduction
the top and bottom horizontal bars on the "E's" are longer and the "valley"
in the "V" in Service is deeper. In addition, they were
marked as reproductions on the bottom.
Recently (2017) reproduction cars that are much harder to distinguish from the real car have been offered for sale on Ebay. They use dry transfer lettering but it is very thin and hard to distinguish from the heat stamped lettering by feel. The biggest difference can be felt in the center logo. Although they are clearly identified by the current seller as reproductions, they are not marked in any way as reproductions and could appear to be original cars in subsequent sales by the current purchasers or their heirs. Caution is advised.
In February 2017 an original car with all the steps broken off sold for $1000 on Ebay.
Gilbert Car - Courtesy of Joe King
Reproduction Car by Joe King - Paul Beno Collection
Unmarked Reproduction Car sold on Ebay in 2017
This car as sold had broken steps and solid trucks. Another car had broken steps and sprung trucks - Purchaser has now marked car as a reproduction.
Photo Courtesy of Joe King
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