Brown Box Era HO-Scale Trains
1984 Train Sets

TYCO 1984 Catalog

TYCO A-Team Train Set from 1984


Giant Action Train Set

No. 7428

Introduced in 1984 and based on the NBC-TV series The A-Team, TYCO's A-Team Giant Action Train Set was one of two offerings that year based the television show. TYCO also had a slot car set carrying A-Team markings. The A-Team set was pulled by a black RF-16 Shark Nose Diesel and included a Tank Car, Flat Car, 50' Plug Door Box Car, and Caboose. The set also included an A-Team Van and Van Launcher; A-Team Figures and Helicopter and A-Team Figures. 3 Dynamite Crates are included in the set and shown riding the 50' Flat Car. Doing battle with the A-Team was "Assorted Enemy Figures" that had Jeeps and Tanks at the ready. The catalog shows 4 Jeeps and 4 Tanks. An A-Team Action Mat with Bridge and Backdrop was also included. The Bridge matches the one, as do many of the army related items in this set, found in TYCO's G.I. Joe set. The A-Team mat is a TYCOSCENE board with A-Team markings. The set had TYCO's 36" x 45" Tru-Steel Track layout with a 1-amp TYCOPak.

TYCO Casey Jones train set #7408

Casey Jones

No. 7408

Unchanged from its 1983 debut, TYCO cataloged this steam powered set a second year in 1984. A Lighted 0-6-0 Steam Loco and Tender (#257-76) dressed in Southern Railway green with gold lettering pulls a blue Conrail Hopper Car (#344H); a green Burlington Northern 40' Gondola with 3-yellow magnet-equipped barrels (#341G); a 40' silver Swift Reefer Car and the General Purpose red streamline Caboose with white stripes carrying the number "689" brings up the rear of this train's consist. The set included the typical TYCO 36" x 45" oval of track with Power Pack, plus the Casey Jones set came with the Giant Operating Crane for 1983. When sold as a separate item in the Action Accessory line, the Giant Operating Crane (#950) includes the 50' USS Steel Car and Unloading Area mat. Neither item appears included in this train set.

The set takes its name from Casey Jones, a real life Illinois Central train engineer.

TYCO G.I. JOE Train Set from 1984


Electric Train and Battle Set

No. 7418

This set featured a Lighted G.I. Joe Loco, which was TYCO's Diesel Switcher cast in Army Green color. Rolling stock included a 40' Tank Car; 50' Flat Car; 40' Gondola; and Caboose all dressed for G.I. Joe military service. TYCO included a G.I. Joe Label Sheet, which provided the logos for the various pieces of rolling stock and the set's diesel loco. As found in a new set, the diesel and cars should be simply green without markings.

A Battleground Play Mat serves as the decorated base for the set's 36" x 45" oval track plan. The mat was a variation of the recently introduced TYCOSCENE board. Though not exactly 1/87th HO-Scale, TYCO included 20 G.I. Joe Soldiers and 2 G.I. Joe Paratroopers; a G.I. Joe Jeep; Helicopter; Boat; and 2 Tanks. Nearly Equally prepared for battle was G.I. Joe's enemy the Cobra Command. The Cobra troops also numbered 20 Soldiers and a pair of Cobra Paratroopers. The Cobra Command though only had a Jeep at their disposal. A Battleground Bridge was also among this set's contents. Finally, a 1-amp U.L.-Listed TYCOPak completed this offering.

TYCO's G.I. Joe set is based on Hasbro's G.I. Joe toy line, first introduced in 1964. The TYCO set was related to a mid-'80s animated TV series, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero.

Rail Master 72
Giant 72-Piece Train Set
No. 7413
Listed as NEW in the 1984 catalog, this set featured a red and silver Santa Fe GP-20 Diesel, 40' Tank Car, 40' Hopper, 50' Plug Door Box Car, AutoLoader with Six Autos, and a Streamline Cupola Caboose.  This set also boasted an Auto Unloading Station, which was TYCO's Truck Terminal re-dressed with a different sign.  Additionally, this well appointed set had a 24-piece Poles & Signs Set; 17-piece Bridge & Trestle Set and a 36" x 45" oval track plan with 1-amp TYCOPak.

Rock Island Express
TYCO's 1984 catalog claims, "Whatever the cargo may be, 'The Rock Island Express' is equipped to handle the load."  The set features a red and yellow Rock Island RF-16 Shark Nose Diesel pulling a 50' Plug Door Box Car, 40' Gondola with Culvert Pipe Sections and Streamline Cupola Caboose.  The catalog calls for a Hopper Car in place of the pictured Union Pacific 40' Gondola with Culvert Pipes.  This set included a 17-Bridge & Trestle Set with a 36" x 45" oval track plan, all powered by a 1-amp TYCOPak.

Super Rail Master
Giant 102-Piece Train Set
No. 7426
A new addition to the TYCO line in 1984 is this very well equipped train set, The Super Rail Master.  Powered by a Virginian Alco Century 430, the set's rolling stock included a AutoLoader with Six Autos, Gondola with Pipe, 50' Steel Car, Hopper Car, Tank Car, and Caboose.  Accessories included the Auto Unloading Station, 33-piece Bridge & Trestle Set, Operating Crane, 24-Poles & Signs and enought Tru-Steel Track to create a 40" x 87" Figure-8 layout powered by a TYCOPak.  The 50' Steel Car and Operating Crane in this set were sold separately as TYCO's U.S. Steel Giant Operating Crane (No.950).  The set box is shown to include the general purpose red caboose, but examples have been seen with a blue and yellow Virginian Caboose as part of this set.

US-1 Road & Rail

No. 3235

The US-1 Road & Rail set is listed among TYCO's US-1 Electric Trucking sets in the 1984 product catalog. The train set contents were a Lighted Alco Century 430 in yellow-and-red Rock Island dress (#235-10); a yellow 40' Union Pacific Hopper Car (#344E); a green 50' Burlington Northern Box Car; a silver Texaco Tank Car (#315A); and a red with yellow roof Rock Island streamline Caboose (#327-10). A Power Pack (#899) and enough track to create a 39"x48" layout. TYCO included two road-and-rail straight crossing sections.

The trucking portion of the set included a Dump Truck (#3901); Truck Cab (#3904) and Gravel Trailer (#3925); Dump Yard; Gravel Bin; Operating Gravel Hopper; Logs; Highway Signs; 16-sections of US-1 track; a pair of red US-1 controllers; and TYCO's racing line wall Power Pack. This set is the same in contents and number to the 1981 offering.

TYCO's US-1 Electric Trucking line was cataloged from 1981 through 1986.

Images are generally sourced from TYCO product catalogs. References to The A-Team; Casey Jones; and G.I. Joe take visitor to Wikipedia.org.