Boston & Maine
TYCO's blue Boston & Maine Box Car release pre-dates the '70s Brown Box Era. The car is one of three examples
to be illustrated in 1979, the final time TYCO's includes the 40' sliding door box car among freight car offerings.
311-A -1974 Release
As with many TYCO freight cars, the CP Rail 40' Box Car was produced with the open step and the filled-in step
tooling. This car is first found in the 1974-75 TYCO catalog. Tony Lucio image.
No. 311-X -1970
TYCO includes the Penn Central example in the 1975-76 product catalog among Box Cars offerings, however its availability
is beyond just this single year. The first appearance in a catalog appears to be the 1970-71 edition, where you'll find
the 40' Penn Central Box Car displayed in train sets. Above are two examples of the car, showing its production included
both open step and filled-in step examples.
TYCO's Santa Fe 40' Box Car release pre-dates the '70s Brown Box Era. The earliest catalog appearance I find
for this red and black box car is the 1963-64 TYCO catalog. Given the length of time this model was available in the
TYCO line, there are numerous variations to both paint and lettering, as well as the tooling.
Tony Lucio image