Special 1966 Train Sets
Set CTS.661R (made for Simpsons and Simpsons-Sears)
Simpsons and Simpsons-Sears 49N 14181 CN Diesel HO Freight Set
A 'Fairbanks Morse diesel locomotive' - really ?
This is one of the most recently 'discovered' of all the Canadian Sets; its existence only coming to light in late November 2008.
The set was composed of the R.55 CN Diesel Loco, R.342 CN Car Transporter, R.116 Gondola Car with 'TR' shield and 'EXPRESS DELIVERY' inscription, R.115 CN Caboose, R.167 Track Pack, Model 2200 Transformer and, in addition, the following Super 4 Track: Double Straight, Point (Right-hand) and Track Bumper.
This set was produced exclusively for Simpsons and Simpsons-Sears Limited.
The Simpson-Sears sales sticker on the side of the box lid shows a price of $37.99 for the set.
Sadly, the internal set packaging has been lost due to the ravages of young children and time so it is not possible to see the unique layout of the set box inner tray.
Rather curiously, on the box lid label the English language version and French language version of the set contents differ somewhat: the English version lists a R.55 CN Loco, R.342 CN Car Transporter and R.116 Gondola Car yet the French version of the set contents details the R.55 CN Loco, R.342 CN Car Transporter, R.116 CN Gondola Car and R.115 CN Caboose.
A printing error perhaps? Did something get lost in the translation; namely a Caboose ? Or, do the French just simply expect more value for their money?
In addition, the CN Gondola Car had not been released when the sets were originally ordered and assembled.
Set CTS.662R (made for T. Eaton)
The majority of surviving sets are composed of the R.55 CN Diesel Loco, R.345 Side Tipping Car Set, R.115 TR Caboose, R.167 Track Pack, R.454 Siding Set and Model 2200 Transformer.
As stocks of the maroon 'TR' shield version of the Caboose ran out it was replaced in the set by the newer orange-red CN version of the Caboose. These sets are less common.
The set was offered exclusively in the Eaton's Catalogue in 1966. It sold for $39.95.
At least two sets are known to have survived that contain the 'TR' shield version of the Caboose. One example of the set containing the CN Caboose has been recorded so far.
Packaging was again as the 1966 Standard Set boxes; featuring the CN Diesel Locomotive on the new three-colour picture box lid and with black printed inner tray.
Set CTS.663 (most probably made for Woodward's) - No details are available at present
Set CTS.664 (made for The Bay)
The set was composed of the R.55 CN Diesel Loco, R.342 CN Car Transporter, R.235 Canadian National Pulpwood Car, R.136 CN Box Car, R.115 CN Caboose, Model 2200 Transformer and R.167 Track Pack.
The set was produced exclusively for 'The Bay' (Hudson's Bay Company) and sold through their retail stores. Retail price was $29.88 Canadian.
Packaging was as the 1966 Standard Set boxes; featuring the CN Diesel Locomotive on the new three-colour picture box lid and with black printed inner tray.
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