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TYCO Numbering System

Understanding TYCO, By The Numbers...

One of the interesting features of studying and enjoying TYCO's HO-scale train products was the numbering system utilized to label items.  During the Brown Box Era, TYCO generally employed a 3-digit number to identify an item's type of model.  For example, the 224-series represented TYCO's powered F-9A models.  A suffix 2-digit identifier followed and represented the model's specific roadname decoration.  For example, 01 at the end of an item's number would denote that it was decorated for the Pennsylvania Railroad.  Thus, a 224-01 in the TYCO number system would tell you that you have a powered F-9A unit decorated for the Pennsylvania.
 
This section of the TYCO Resource concerns itself with listing the various model number series and also the roadname suffix numbers.  This provides an interesting insight into the world of TYCO.  Consider the holes in the numbering system and what they might or possibly could have represented.

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Roadnames
 
01 - Pennsylvania
02 - Baltimore & Ohio
03 - Chessie System
04 - Delaware & Hudson
06 - New York Central
07 - Amtrak
08 - Virginia & Truckee
09 - Norfolk & Western
10 - Rock Island
11 - Soo Line
12 - Cresent Limited
13 - CB&Q Burlington
14 - Illinois Central and Illinois Central Gulf
15 - Chattanooga
16 - Southern
17 - Burlington Northern
18 - Southern Pacific
19 - Midnight Special
20 - Conrail
21 - Santa Fe Passenger
22 - Santa Fe Freight
22 - Union Pacific (F-7A Deluxe)
23 - Union Pacific
24 - Rio Grande
26 - Great Northern
27 - Rocky Mountain Line
28 - New Haven
30 - Durango
31 - OW&A
33 - Western Pacific
35 - Spirit of '76
36 - Virginian ('79-'80)
43 - Canadian National
45 - Canadiana
46 - CN-VIA
50 - Clementine
51 - Golden Eagle
60 - Silver Streak
62 - Milwaukee Road
65 - Grand Trunk
71 - Gulf, Mobile & Ohio
72 - Northern Pacific
73 - Cotton Belt
74 - Rio Grande
76 - Southern
77 - Western Maryland
79 - Virginian ('82-'93)
82 - CP Rail
83 - USA Express
98 - General Purpose
99 - Undecorated

Locomotives
 
206 - Pony 0-4-0
208 - Mikado 2-8-2
209 - Shifter 0-4-0
210 - General 4-4-0
212 - Pacific 4-6-2
213 - Booster 0-4-0
214 -Trolley
215 - RF-16 Shark Nose
217 - Little Six 0-6-0
218 - Big Six 0-6-0
222 - Shark Nose
223 - F9-B (Powered)
224 - F-9A (Powered)
228 - GP-20
230 - F-9B
233 - 1890 Loco 4-6-0
234 - Prairie 2-6-2
235 - Century 430
237 - Booster 0-4-0
238 - Shifter 0-4-0
239 - Texas 2-10-4, later SD-24
241 - Diesel Switcher
243 - Super630 (1973-1976)
244 - Spirit of '76 Century 430
245 - Consolidation 2-8-0
246 - Spirit of '76 Super630 (1975-76)
247 - Spirit of America 4-6-0 Steamer
248 - Twin F-9As (Pwr & Dummy)
250 - Super630 (after 1977)
251 - GG1
253 - 1880 Ten-Wheeler 4-8-0
255 - E-7A
256 - 0-8-0 Loco and Tender
257 - 0-6-0 Loco and Tender
260 - Deluxe F-7A
263 - Alco 430 w/Caboose