1957 Lionel H0 Sets

After 57 years of being in the model train business, Lionel entered the growing H0-Scale model train market. While the other trains which Lionel produced were considered to be toys, there was a growing market for “scale” representations. Lionel, theoretically, was in the best position to address this market, for it had both name recognition and market distribution.  There were established Lionel dealers in almost all corners of the United States, along with strong presences in the export markets.

To get into the market quickly, Lionel first went to Rivarossi of Italy. In 1957, it fielded five train sets (which Lionel called “outfits”); unlike subsequent years, these sets did not include a power pack:

5700 - Steam Work Train

  • 0600 - 0-4-0T Steam Locomotive
  • 0862-1 - Pennsylvania Railroad gondola
  • 0860 - Pennsylvania Railroad crane car
  • 0819 - Pennsylvania Railroad work caboose
  • Oval of track

5701 - Illinois Central Freight

  • 0505 - Illinois Central Fairbanks-Morse Diesel A-unit
  • 0872-25 - Illinois Central refrigerator car
  • 0811-25 - Reading Railroad flat car w/stakes
  • 0866 - Missouri-Kansas-Texas cattle car
  • 0862-25 - Michigan Central gondola, black
  • 0857 - Reading Railroad caboose
  • Oval of track

5702 - Wabash Freight

  • 0502 - Wabash Fairbanks-Morse Diesel A-unit
  • 0522 - Fairbanks-Morse Diesel dummy B-unit
  • 0862-25 - Michigan Central gondola, black
  • 0864-50 - Bangor & Aroostook “State of Maine” box car
  • 0877 - Illinois Central pulpwood car (called a “miscellaneous” car)
  • 0860 - Pennsylvania Railroad crane car
  • 0819 - Pennsylvania Railroad work caboose
  • Oval of track

5703 - Western Pacific Freight

  • 0503 - Western Pacific Fairbanks-Morse Diesel A-unit
  • 0523 - Western Pacific Fairbanks-Morse Diesel dummy B-unit
  • 0513 - Western Pacific Fairbanks-Morse Diesel dummy A-unit
  • 0877 - Illinois Central pulpwood car (called a “miscellaneous” car)
  • 0864-75 - Baltimore & Ohio box car
  • 0862-1 - Pennsylvania Railroad gondola
  • 0872-50 - Santa Fe refrigerator car
  • 0857 - Reading Railroad caboose
  • Large oval of track

5704 - Steam Freight

  • 0610LT - 2-8-0 Steam locomotive
  • 0866 - Missouri-Kansas-Texas cattle car
  • 0811-1 - Pennsylvania Railroad flat car w/stakes
  • 0864-1 - Seaboard box car
  • 0862-25 - Michigan Central gondola, black
  • 0860 - Pennsylvania Railroad crane car
  • 0819 - Pennsylvania Railroad work caboose
  • Large oval of track

The relationship with Rivarossi would last for only one year.  In 1958, Lionel would go to Athearn for its H0 products, with a few of the earlier Rivarossi items carried forward to the new year.

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