More " Ore !" Lionel® Adds to Its Roster of Catalogued and Uncatalogued Ore Cars
By Joel Fugazzotto Updated by Bob Mintz (Updated Spring 2013)
In the March 2004 edition of e-Train, I identified a total of 67 ore cars produced by Lionel since 1984 when they first introduced this short, stubby, non-operating car under the Soo Line and PC heralds.
Of the 67 ore cars that rolled out over this 20-year period, 16 uncatalogued cars were made for the Gadsden-Pacific Division of the TTOS and one for the Lionel Railroader Club.
Since my first article, Lionel has produced a trainload of catalogued and uncatalogued ore cars. Here are the nine new ore cars added to the lineup in a little over one and half years:
New Catalogued Production:
2004 – 16474 Alaska , blue
with yellow lettering, ASF*
My March 2004 article ended with a catalog image of the 16474 Alaska ore car, which appeared in Lionel's 2004 Catalog, Volumes I and II. The car had not been shipped yet at that time.
2005 – 16489 BNSF, silver with black lettering, ASF*
In the 2005 Catalog, Volume I, Lionel not only introduced the 16489 BNSF ore car, but also went a step further by unveiling another ore car set, the 31990 Copper Range Mine Train Set. This set, with a dockside switcher and lighted caboose as bookends, includes four Copper Range ore cars, each carrying a load of copper ore: the 16484, numbered 2025 on the side; the 16485, numbered 2026; the 16486, numbered 2027; and the 16488, numbered 2028. Two of the ore cars are decorated with the Copper Range logo, while the other two are simply lettered with the " Copper Range " name.
2005 – 16484 Copper Range , #2025, black with white lettering, copper ore load, ASF*
2005 – 16485 Copper Range , #2026, black with white lettering, copper ore load, ASF*
2005 – 16486 Copper Range , #2027, tuscan with white lettering, copper ore load, ASF*
2005 – 16488 Copper Range , #2028, tuscan with white lettering, copper ore load, ASF*
This is the fourth "all ore car set" produced by Lionel. The others were the 11912 #57 Lionel Steel Service Exclusive Set in 1996, the 11837 Union Pacific GP-9 Unit Train in 1997, and the uncatalogued 11982 NJ Transit Ore Set in 1998.
In celebration of its 25th Anniversary in 2004, the Lionel Operating Train Society (LOTS) issued a specially designed, uncatalogued two-car ore set to its members. The 52359 was numbered 1979, the year LOTS was founded, and the 52360 was numbered 2004 to commemorate LOTS 25th year. These silver and black cars each carry a silver load on sprung silver painted trucks . A 25th Anniversary logo is prominently displayed on the sides. These uncatalogued cars were delivered in 2005. Rumor is that LOTS may follow-up with two more ore cars. For availability, you can contact LOTS at: http://www.lots-trains.org
2004 – 52359 LOTS 25th Silver Anniversary, "1979", silver and black with black lettering, silver ore load, silver SMT*
2004 – 52360 LOTS 25th Silver Anniversary, "2004", silver and black with black lettering, silver ore load, silver SMT*
Continuing its yearly offerings of uncatalogued ore cars since 1988 that bear the colorful names of Arizona mines and mining railroads, the Gadsden-Pacific Division of the TTOS issued the 52358 Ajo & Southwestern RR ore car in 2004 and is producing the 52386 Ray & Gila Bend RR ore car for December 2005 delivery. For availability of these and previous year's offerings, write Gadsden-Pacific Division, TTOM, Ltd., PO Box 85425 , Tucson , AZ 85745-5425 .
2004 – 52358 Ajo & Southwestern RR, brown with cream lettering, gray ore load, ASF*
2005 – 52386 Ray & Gila Bend RR, black with red lettering, gray ore load**, ASF*
The numbers keeps growing.
So as of the end of 2005, Lionel has now produced a total of 76 catalogued and uncatalogued ore cars. I'm looking forward to next year's offerings.
There's one additional note on ore cars before I close. In the past two years, at least 25 customized Lionel ore cars have been created and sold to collectors and the general public. I will introduce you to these unique cars in a future article.
*ASF = ASF strong arm trucks
*SMT = Sprung metal trucks.
2006 – 52421 Calabasas Tucson & Northwestern, Toy Train Operators Museum (TTOM), yellow with light green lettering, gray ore load, ASF plastic trucks.
2007 – 52473 Mascot & Western Railroad, Toy Train Operators Museum (TTOM), dark brown with white lettering, thin yellow stripe, white ore load, ASF plastic trucks.
2008 - 52524 Tucson, Globe & Northern RR, Toy Train Operators Museum (TTOM), blue with white lettering, white ore load, ASF.
2009 - 26421 Pennsylvania, silver, black lettering, AAR plastic trucks part of the #30112 Eastern Freight Expansion Pack (Pennsylvania Flyer Expansion Pak)
2009 - 52558 Port of Tucson, Toy Train Operators Museum (TTOM), blue and white with red stripe and Port of Tucson logo, AAR plastic trucks with ore load
2010 - 26423 Soo Line, red, white lettering, AAR plastic trucks with ore load
2010 - 26443 M & St L, red, white lettering with sprung metal trucks and ore load
2010 - 52579 Rosemont Copper, Toy Train Operators Museum (TTOM), red and white with red lettering, gray ore load, ASF.
2011 – 52588 ASARCO, Toy Train Operators Museum (TTOM), red with white lettering, gray ore load, ASF plastic trucks.
2012--26457 Pennsylvania Ore car.
2012 - 58513 – Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, Toy Train Operators Museum (TTOM), light blue with white lettering, gray ore load, ASF plastic trucks.
2013 – 26451 Duluth, Missabe & Iron Range Ore Car
2013 – 58558 58559 – Virginia & Truckee Railroad Lionel Operating Train Society (LOTS), yellow and green, silver ore load, die-cast sprung trucks
The Virginia & Truckee Railroad was built to serve the Comstock Lode mining communities of northwestern Nevada. The railroad's route ran from Reno south to Carson City, Nevada, where the main line split into two branches. One branch continued south to Minden, while the other branch traveled east to Virginia City. The first section, from Virginia City to Carson City, was constructed commencing in 1869 to haul ore, lumber and supplies for the Comstock Lode.
To commemorate this time in our nation's history, LOTS is proud to offer a set of Lionel manufactured Virginia & Truckee Railroad Ore Cars. The O-Gauge car features die-cast sprung trucks, operating couplers, a simulated silver load and is 6 5/8" long. The ore cars are being offered as a set (two separate numbers) for $99 plus s/h, or individually (car # our choice) for $57 plus s/h to LOTS and TTOS Members.
Please purchase your cars, limited to two sets per registered Member, at the same time you register for the Convention in Reno. Registration forms are to be submitted to LOTS directly and only 600 (300 sets) of cars will be produced. Anticipated delivery: September 2013. A postcard will be sent notifying you of the exact date of shipping after we receive the cars from Lionel. Lionel Operating Train Society 6376 West Fork Road Cincinnati, OH 45247 513-598-8240 www.lots-trains.org