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3370 Wells Fargo

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Production:  1961 - 1964

 

History
The 3370 Wells Fargo car is generally referred to as the Sherrif and Outlaw car. It is another example of Lionel modifying their basis short stock car to create a new product. This car has the head of a sheriff and outlaw alternating bobbing up and down as the freight car travels along the rails. This fantasy-notion car made use of a new concept introduced in 1960 where a giraffe's head disappears inside the car.

 

Features
The 3370 was introduced with the following features: unpainted green body with yellow lettering, plastic trucks, non-opening doors plus two figures -- a sheriff and outlaw. Both the sheriff and outlaw have highly detailed painted faces and features.

The movement of the alternating bobbing heads is created by a specially designed cam mounted onto one axle, a metal lever and a rachet wheel.

Additional Detail, Photos & Box Information
Quite frequently, the painted details on the sheriff and outlaw have either chipped or flaked off. Locating a car with clean and crisp painted detail on each figure is difficult.

AAR Trucks - Shown in the photo above - The common version, usually with two operating couplers.
Arch-Bar Trucks - This is a hard version to locate and always had non-operating couplers. It is unclear as to the exact production year(s) for a 3370 with Arch-Bar trucks.

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