By Shannon Sikora
As mid summer hits the east coast, how many train collectors
are busy keeping up with their train? I have recently received
two Lionel 1998 Happy Holiday cars. When opening the box I
was wondering why a man that consistently sells me variations
was shipping two 1998 Holiday cars. After putting the cars
on the side for some time I went back to them to see why he
decided to ship those cars.
I at once started to open the two boxes and put the two cars
onto the bar in my train room. After spending some time with
the two cars, I started to see that both cars where Lionel
factory error cars. The two cars differed in there own ways.
The first car was missing the gold lettered 1998, 9700, and
Blt-98 Lionel to the left side of the door. The other car was
missing the red lettered “L” and “American
legend” to the right side of the door. Collecting factory
errors for some time now, I have discovered many hours of enjoyment.
The next group of pictures are three preproduction samples.
The first picture is a Conrail GP-7 with dark blue painted
ends. Over the dark blue ends is a white logo, in the center
of the logo is the word Central. Then Lionel took a clear
decal and placed it over the white logo. The clear decal
had the red lettering New York System.
The second picture is similar to the first on except that
its’ on a pinkish color shell that has New York Central
painted on the side in white.
The final shell is a paint sample for the MKT Lionel made
for the Sears catalog. The shell also has black and red hand
writing on it. As you can see in the picture it looks like
some type of air test.