WITH SMOKE & STEAM WHISTLE
Appearing for the first time in 1975 is TYCO's long running Chattanooga
Choo-Choo train set. A Lighted 2-8-0 Steam Engine and Tender with Smoke is at the point of the set's consist, followed
by an Operating Crane Car and Boom Tender, 55' Center-Flow Hopper Car, 62' Triple-Dome Tank Car, and Caboose. The set
also included the Steam Whistle in Billboard accessory, a 17-piece Bridge & Trestle Set, a TYCOPak and enough brass track
to create a 36" x 45" oval layout. The set returns again with the same contents and stock number in 1976.
The Diesel Freight
A very basic TYCO train set, The Diesel Freight consisted of a Lighted
Santa Fe F-9 (#224-21) diesel pulling a 50' green Burlington Northern Box Car (#339E); a yellow Union Pacific 40' Hopper
Car (#344E); and a red Santa Fe Wide-Vision Caboose (#327-22). Completing the set was 12-sections of track
to make a 36"-circle ran by TYCO's basic 1-amp Power Pack (#899).
The Dixie Belle
This set featured a 4-6-0 Dixie Belle Steam Loco and Tender, Box Car, Water
Car, and Horse Car from TYCO's Old-Time Freight Car series, and an 1860 Combine. TYCO's Dixie Belle ran around a 36"
x 45" oval track plan powered by a 1-amp TYCOPak.
The 1975 Inter-City had an Amtrak F-9A and Combine, Coach, and Observation
Streamliners. The set included a 36" circle of track and a TYCOPak. This set would return again in 1976 without
change to the TYCO line.
The Long Hauler
This 1975 set was powered by a Chessie Sytem Super630 pulling an Operating
Crane and Boom Tender, Bicentennial Box Car, Tank Car, Hopper Car, and Caboose. The set's track built a 36" x 45" oval
and a TYCOPak completed the contents of The Long Hauler.
The Mammoth of the Rails
The 1976 version of TYCO's The Mammoth Of The Rails train set featured
a Chessie System 4-6-2 Pacific Steam Loco and Tender (#212-03); Santa Fe Operating Crane Car with Boom Tender (#932); a
red Burlington 40' Box Car as part of the Unloading Box Car (#930) operating accessory; a silver Virginian 40' Hopper
Car (#344C); a blue with yellow roof Morton Salt C.F. (Center Flow) Hopper Car (#358B); the Santa Fe Piggyback Flat Car Set
(#926); 40' Schlitz Beer Billboard Reefer; a green Western Maryland Skid Flat with 3-Culvert Pipes; and
an Wide-Vision Caboose in Chessie System. Though likely available separately, TYCO did not include the Schlitz Beer
Billboard Reefer; the Western Maryland Skid Flat; or the Wide-Vision Chessie System Caboose among the Freight Car offerings
in the '76 catalog. The Mammoth Of The Rails in 1976 also included the Operating Crossing Gate (#908) and Freight Unloading
Depot (#931), which is where the Western Maryland Skid Flat comes into this train set. Additionally, this set included
24-Signs and Poles (#904); 29-sections of track to created a 45" x 63" double-oval layout. The switches provided were
TYCO's electric remote control examples. Finally, the standard 1-amp Power Pak (#899) came with this train set.
101-piece Spirit of '76 Over &
TYCO promoted this set with TV advertising according to the 1975-76 catalog.
The catalog states, "A TYCO commemorative train of collector quality." A Lighted Powered Alco 430 Diesel in Spirit of
'76 dress is in charge of the consist in this set that included a Piggyback Flat Car with 2 Trailers, AutoLoader with Six
Autos, Hopper Car, 50' Box Car, Tank Car, and Caboose. Additionally, this set included a Truck Terminal with Truck Cab,
24 Signs and Poles, 33-piece Bridge & Trestle Set, enough track to build a 40" x 87" figure-8 layout powered by a 1-amp
The Over & Under
The 1975 example of The Over & Under train set was powered by a Santa
Fe F-9 (#224-21) pulling a yellow Union Pacific 40' Gondola with Culvert Pipe (#341B); a green Western Maryland 40' Flat
Car with 3-Tractors (#351A); a red Burlington 40' Hopper Car; a green Burlington Northern 50' Box Car (339E); and a red Santa
Fe Wide-Vision Caboose (#327-22). TYCO's 33-Piece Bridge and Trestle Set (#909) and 26-sections of track built
The Over & Under's 40" x 87" figure-8 track plan. A standard Power Pak (#899) was also in the contents of this train
set. This set returns unchanged in TYCO's 1976 catalog.
Santa Fe Action Freight
TYCO's 1975 Santa Fe Action Freight featured a red-and-silver Super630
pulling a Piggyback Flat Car with 2 Trailers, Billboard Refrigerator Car, Tank Car, Hopper Car, Pulpwood Car, 62' Refrigerator
Car, and Caboose. The set also featured selections from TYCO's Action Cars and Accessories line including a Remote
Control Log Dump Set, Operating Crossing Gate, and a Truck Cab and Truck Terminal. TYCO also supplied 24-Signs and Poles,
a pair of Manual Switches, and track to create a 45" x 45" double oval powered by a 1-amp TYCOPak.
The Shifter Freight
TYCO's basic steam powered offering in train sets for 1975 was The Shifter
Freight. A Santa Fe 0-4-0 Shifter Steam Loco and Tender pulled a 40' Skid Flat Car with 3 Tractors, a 50' Plug Door
Box Car, Hopper Car, and Caboose around a 36" circle of brass track with power supplied by a TYCOPak.
The Spirit of America
Among TYCO's Bicentennial offerings in the 1975-76 catalog is this steam
powered train set. The set featured what TYCO billed as a "commemorative" 4-6-0 Spirit of America Steam Engine and Tender;
an 1890 Combine and a pair of 1890 Coaches also decked out in red-white-and-blue Spirit of America colors. A 36" x 45"
oval and TYCOPak complete this set's contents. Except for the Spirit of America dress, this train set is essentially
TYCO's Golden West set with respect to contents. The Spirit of America would return again without change in TYCO's 1976
Spirit of '76
This TYCO train set featured a Spirit of '76 Alco Century 430 (#244);
a green Western Maryland 40' Skid Flat with Culvert Pipe; an orange New Haven 50' Box Car (#339B); a yellow Union Pacific
Hopper Car (#344E); and a red, white and blue Spirit of '76 streamline Caboose (#327-35). Also among the contents of
The Spirit of '76 set in 1976 was a circle of track and TYCO's standard Power Pak (#899). For 1976, TYCO has a very
similar The Spirit of '76 train set. The 1976 version carries the stock number 7306 and is powered by a Spirit of '76
F-9, rather than this set's Alco Century 430.
The Super Road & Rail
The 1975 example of the combination train set and slot car set featured
a Lighted Santa Fe F-9A (#224-21) and a Non-powered Santa Fe F-9B (230-21). The train set portion also included
a green Western Maryland Flat with Tractors (#351A); an orange New Haven 50' Box Car (#339B); a silver Virginian 40' Hopper
Car (#344C); the Santa Fe Piggyback Flat Car Set (#348) and the Wide-Vision red Santa Fe Caboose (#327-22). TYCO's 24
Signs and Poles Set (#904) was included along with 16-sections of track and the 1-amp Power Pak (#899).
The Racing Set's contents included a pair of TYCOPRO car; 26-sections of
slot car track; 13-pier supports; 16-sections of crash barrier fence with flags; a pair of racing controllers (#8752); a power
pack (#8767); and the 3" road and rail crossover section (#8727).
A regular in the TYCO line for many years, the 1975 example of the Switcher
Freight included a Santa Fe red-and-silver Diesel Switcher pulling a Hopper Car, Pulpwood Car and Caboose. The set included
enough brass track to build a 36" circle layout powered by TYCO's 1-amp power pack.
Twin Diesel Freight
This TYCO train set featured a pair of red-and-silver Santa Fe F-9 (#248-21)
diesels; one powered and one non-powered. These two engines powered a train consisting of a 50' green Burlington
Northern Box Car (#339E); a green 40' Western Maryland Flat with Tractors (#351A); a red-and-black Southern
Railway Pulpwood Car (#334A); a brown with silver roof and ends Hershey Chocolate Billboard Reefer (#355B); and a Wide-Vision
red Santa Fe Caboose (#327-22). The Twin Diesel Freight set rather surprisingly only provided a simply 36"-circle
track layout, odd considering it is a rare TYCO set to offer two diesels, and the standard Power Pack (#899).
12-unit Twin Diesel Freight Set
(Sears No. 79 C 9554C $69.99)
This was Sears' top of the line TYCO train set offering in the 1975 Christmas
Wish Book. One powered and one dummy ALCO 430 dressed for Chessie System service headed up this set pulling a 50'
Santa Fe plug door box car; Southern Railway pulpwood car; a Santa Fe crane and boom tender; 40' Union Pacific hopper; 50'
flat car with 2 trailers all lettered for Santa Fe; a Texaco 40' single dome tank car; Western Maryland skid flat with 3 tractors;
opearting log car; and a Chessie streamline cupola caboose. Extras in the set included the TYCO Operating Log Dump Set
and Truck Terminal with tractor cab. The set's track build a 65" x 45" double oval with spur track. The set came
complete with a standard 1-amp TYCOPAK. Sears notes that the powered and dummy ALCO 430 set in Chessie System was
also available as a separate item (#49 C 9702) for $19.97.
10-unit Twin Diesel Freight Set
(Sears No.49 C 9553 $49.99)
This 1975 Sears set included a powered Santa Fe F-9A and dummy F-9B pulling an AutoLoader with six
autos; a Planter's Peanuts covered hopper; a Santa Fe crane with boom tender; 50' flat car with 2 trailers all lettered for
Santa Fe; a Coca-Cola 62' triple dome tank car; operating log car; and Santa Fe streamline cupola caboose. The set's
extras included the Truck Terminal with tractor cab and Operating Log Dump Set. The set had enough track and switches
to create a 45" x 45" double oval and came with a power pack. Sears lists the Santa Fe powered F-9A and dummy F-9B as
separate items (#49 C 9606) selling for $14.97 in the 1975 Christmas Wish Book.
Chattanooga Choo-Choo 7-unit Steam Freight
(Sears No.49 C 9548 $28.97)
One of four TYCO train sets included in the 1975 Sears Christmas Wish Book
is this Chattanooga Choo-Choo set. The engine was TYCO's 2-8-0 dressed in Chattanooga paint pulling a 62' triple dome
tank car; a Santa Fe crane and boom tender; Old Dutch Cleanser centerflow hopper; and wide vision cupola Chattanooga caboose.
The set also included a 1-amp power pack; TYCO's Steam Whistle in Billboard, plus a 17-piece bridge and trestle set that
allowed half the layout's 36" x 45" oval to be elevated.
Santa Fe 4-unit Diesel Freight Set
(Sears No.49 C 9549 $14.88)
The basic TYCO set included by Sears in its 1975 Christmas Wish Book is this one powered by the yellowbonnet
Santa Fe F-9A. Freight cars included the Virginian 40' hopper and New Haven 50' plug door box car with a streamline
Santa Fe cupola caboose. The set included the basic 36" circle layout with a standard TYCO 1-amp power pack. Sears
lists the Santa Fe powered F-9A as a separate item (#49 C 95238) selling for $9.77 in 1975.