ULTRA-RARE VINTAGE Lionel OO Gauge 1938 Presentation Case with Complete Hudson Set
ULTRA-RARE VINTAGE Lionel OO Gauge 1938 Presentation Case w/ Complete Hudson 5342 Set. In 1938 Lionel introduced their first OO gauge trains featuring the miniature version of the O scale 5344 Lionel Hudson.
The OO Hudson number 5342 was a scale replica of the O gauge locomotive right down to a miniature draw bar pin and chain that connected the locomotive to the tender. This set came with a hopper car, tank car, boxcar and caboose as shown in the 1938 Lionel catalog. (See photo #2, Catalog/article NOT included). In an effort to introduce this new product line to Lionel retailers Lionel produced a handy presentation carrying case that their salesmen would travel with and show to their dealers. The inside of the case had a red felt lining with cutouts for each of the trains and track. The inside lid had gold lettering introducing the new OO line. The case contained the above-mentioned locomotive and cars and also had 12 sections of curved track and 8 pieces of straight.
This style of three rail track was only produced during 1938. Lionel changed the design of the track for the 1939 production year and also offered two rail tracks to complement their new two rail OO Trains introduced in 1939. The 1938 presentation set included the Hudson locomotive 001E number 5342 with the matching whistling tender.
The boxcar is number 0014, the tank car 0015, the hopper car number 0016 and the caboose 0017. Of these item numbers were only produced in 1938. With the outbreak of WWll Lionel suspended production of model trains to focus on the production of equipment for the war effort. After the war ended Lionel resumed production of model trains and the OO line was discontinued. This 1938 presentation set is in remarkable condition considering it is 81 years of age.
Please refer to the photos which clearly show the excellent condition of the set and presentation case. The case has some wear on the corners and handle and the original Lionel graphics on the inside of the lid are crisp. All being considered the case is solid. The Locomotive runs and is near perfect. There are no missing or broken parts although, there is a slight bend in the cab shield on the fireman's side. The cars have some normal wear but are complete with no missing parts.
The track is in excellent condition, the terminal section has a chip out of one corner. This does not affect the connection of the track or the operation. Again, please see the photos. All in all, this set is in C7+ condition. It is not known how many of these 1938 presentation sets were produced for Lionel salesman.
I have been told by high level Lionel collectors that these presentation sets are. Check out my other items. Be sure to add me to your favorites list. The item "ULTRA-RARE VINTAGE Lionel OO Gauge 1938 Presentation Case with Complete Hudson Set" is in sale since Sunday, June 30, 2019.
This item is in the category "Toys & Hobbies\Model Railroads & Trains\OO Scale\Locomotives". The seller is "al405" and is located in Tappan, New York. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Vintage (Y/N): Yes
- Year: 1938
- MPN: Does Not Apply
- Gauge: OO
- Brand: Lionel
- Grading: C-7 Excellent