All About Postage Stamp Trains
Locomotive Packaging

Locomotives were packaged in cardboard boxes, of which there were three types. They were marked on one end with the catalog number and, in cases where the catalog number wasn't unique to a road name, the road code. In some cases, the road codes were included even though the catalog number was unique to the road name. Confused yet?

Type 1: A cardboard bottom holds a Styrofoam nest; a separate cardboard lid with a clear plastic window fits over top (above).

Type 2: A Styrofoam nest with no cardboard bottom, and a separate cardboard lid with a window fits over top (below left). This is not simply Type 1 without the box bottom; the lid is sized to fit the Styrofoam nest, and it will not fit over a box bottom.

Type 3: A one-piece flip-top cardboard box contains a Styrofoam nest; the lid has no window (below right).

Dummy locomotives were originally packaged in cardboard boxes as above. Subsequently they came in plastic "jewel case" boxes just like later rolling stock. The paper insert was white, with the catalog number and road code (but only "A. Road Names" or "As. Road Names" instead of the road name).

In the early 1970s, some F9-A diesels were packed in plastic boxes, with thin foam rubber sheets for a "nest" and no inserts; these were only seen in certain Special Sets.

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