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Year Stock No. Description
1959 30111 Special Train Set (Surplus) (1958 Packing)
Remarks Two different versions of this set are shown below and they differ principally in the locomotive offered.  The 30111-R set contains a 430 Alco Switcher in demonstrator colors (red) and the 30111-B contains a C&O 31017 Alco Switcher (blue).  The Red set below is missing its 33527 New Haven Lumber car and its 33508 C&O Gondola.  In the red set, the 430 Alco Switcher came in a 31017 box and the 516 caboose came in a 33516 box.  These sets are excellent examples of the use of uncataloged sets to dispose of discontinued merchandise.   Both the 430 and the 31017 were being phased out of the Gilbert HO line at this time to make way for the 31022 with its ringing bell feature.  Even the 1958 packaging was old stock and its use was so noted in Maury Romer's IBM number listing for this set.
30111-R Set Box
From the Charlie Sommer Collection - Photo Courtesy of Bill Cucchi
30111-R box end
From the Charlie Sommer Collection - Photo Courtesy of Bill Cucchi
30111-B Set Box
Photo Courtesy of Bill Cucchi
30111-B Box EndPhoto Courtesy of Bill Cucchi 

Set Contents

Item No. Description Category

430 or
31017
Alco Switcher Diesel Locomotive

33503 New Haven Flat Car 

33508 C&O Gondola
  33527 New Haven Lumber Car Flat Car 

516 or
33516
NYC Caboose