By Bob Mintz
While roaming the aisles of the Silver Hall at
the October 2001 York, I noticed an unfamiliar looking
box. (How does one notice something that is unfamiliar???)
Having collected all of the Postwar and Modern
Lionel motorized units, I was perplexed what I was
staring at. I was not sure that it was even an authentic
So I contacted my buddy and Lionel Modern Era expert
extraordinaire Dennis Leon Clad, and asked if he
knew of this item.
It turns out that it is definitely an uncatalogued
Lionel issue, #6-11850 "Rice A Roni
Oats employees and retirees had placed their orders for this unique
item in the Spring of 2001 with delivery in the fall of 2001,
obviously before the October York. At that time, the set was going
for about $125, but now commands something in the $300 range.
As with similar trolley sets, this one comes with
track, transformer and bumpers.
This set, like other Quaker Oats collectibles,
was not sold to the general public and none were
available for direct purchase by either Quaker Oats
According to Dennis, only 736 of these sets were
made, making this a truly unique variation.