Brown Box Era HO-Scale Trains
1983 Train Sets

TYCO 1983 Catalog

TYCO Casey Jones train set #7408

Casey Jones

No. 7408

A new offering in TYCO's train set line for 1983 was this steam powered entry. 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's name comes from a real life American train engineer, Casey Jones, who worked for the Illinois Central in the late 1800s.

TYCO G.I. JOE Train Set from 1984

G.I. Joe
Electric Train and Battle Set
(No. 7418)
Introduced in the 1983 TYCO catalog, the G.I. Joe set included the Diesel Switcher; 40' Tank Car; 40' Gondola; 50' Flat Car; and Caboose all decorated in green.  Also included was the Battleground Play Mat; 20 G.I. Joe Soldiers; 2 G.I. Joe Paratroopers; G.I. Joe Jeep; 2 G.I. Joe Tanks; G.I. Joe Boat; G.I. Joe Helicopter; Battleground Bridge; 20 Cobra Command Soldiers; 2 Cobra Command Paratroopers; 2 Cobra Command Tanks; Cobra Command Jeep; G.I. Joe Label Sheet; 14-sections of track that made a 36" x 45" oval layout; and Power Pack.

TYCO Rail Master 102 train set #7425

Rail Master 102
Giant 102 Piece Train Set
(No. 7425)
The famous figure-eight over-and-under track plan graces this 1983 TYCO train set.  A Virginian Alco Century 430 (#235-79) powers the set.  The freight cars include a yellow Union Pacific 40' Gondola (#341B); a silver Texaco 40' Tank Car (#315A); a blue Conrail Hopper Car (#344H); a green Burlington Northern 50' Box Car (#339E) and the General Purpose red streamline Caboose.  The set also features the Frisco Autoloader with six automobiles (#349) and an Auto Terminal unloading area.  The 33-Piece Bridge and Trestle Set (#909) does the elevation work for the 26-sections of track, which is all ran by TYCO's #895 Power Pack.

Rock Island Express
(No. 7403)
This train set featured a red-and-yellow Rock Island Lighted Shark Nose diesel (#222-10); a green 50' Burlington Northern Box Car (#339E); a yellow Union Pacific 40' Hopper Car (#344E); and a red with yellow roof Rock Island streamline Caboose.  The set included TYCO's 17-piece Bridge and Trestle Set (#907); 14-sections of track to build a 36" x 45" oval layout and TYCO's #895 Power Pack. 
The 1983 TYCO catalog has a picture of the set and the consist contains the 40' Union Pacific Gondola with 3-Pipe Sections (#341B).  The description in the catalog and the train set image provided both state the set includes the 40' UP Hopper Car (#344E) and not the Gondola that is pictured.

Santa Fe Freight
(No. 7406)
This set is listed as NEW for 1983 and powered by a Lighted red-and-silver Santa Fe GP-20 (#228-21) pulling a yellow 40' Union Pacific Hopper Car (#344E); a silver 40' Texaco Tank Car (#315A); a green Burlington Northern Gondola with Pipe (#341G); and the red Santa Fe streamline Caboose.  In addition to a standard TYCO Power Pack (#895) and a 36" x 45" oval of track, this set included an Operating Grain Elevator (#870).  Generally, accessories found in train sets are also found as separate items in any particular catalog.  The Grain Elevator was sold separately in the catalog of 1982, but is not among the accessories in the 1983 catalog that the Santa Fe Freight set is found.

Switcher Freight
(No. 7401)
Returning unchanged from its debut in 1982 is TYCO's basic Switcher Freight train set.  Power is TYCO's Lighted Diesel Switcher (#241-21) in red-and-silver Santa Fe paint; a silver 40' Swift Reefer Car; a yellow Union Pacific Hopper Car; and a red streamline Santa Fe Caboose.  A standard TYCO Power Pack and a 36"-circle of track complete this train set.

TYCO Road & Rail set #3235

US-1 Road & Rail
(No. 3235)
The US-1 Road & Rail set was moved from the train products section of the catalog, where it was found in 1981, to the US-1 Trucking section for 1982.  For the '83 TYCO catalog, this set is back among the train sets.
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 and 1982 offerings.