Production: 1956 - 1960 & 1964 - 1966
For 1956, Lionel continued to improve upon its existing product line with the introduction of the Horse and Corral set. Although the 3356 Horse and Corral set replaced the popular 3656 Cattle Car set, the result was a more realistic and scale-like freight car and an improved trackside accessory.
The 3356 Horse Car and Corral Set consisted of two main components -- a 3356 horse car and 3356 corral. Although the 3356 never achieved the popularity and success of the 3656 cattle car, it is a nice, realistic and dependable accessory. Locating a complete set with box, insert, instructions and all other necessary hardware is difficult.
Standard features of the 3356 Horse Car and Corral Set include:
- Corral - Sheet-metal base with white plastic corral side fencing, brown corral paths and a green-painted interior assembly. There are two black metal clips attached to the sides which are used to properly position the corral next to the track. The corral is the most fragile component of the set. Frequently, the white corral fencing is cracked or broken -- intact corrals with unbroken fencing will command a premium in price.
- Horses - A set of 9 all black rubber horses were always included in their own separate sale box (numbered 3356-100).
- 3356 Horse Car - Consisted of an unpainted green body with yellow lettering, two operating doors on one side and a single opening center door on the opposite side, brakewheel plus two operating couplers. Earlier production had bar-end trucks while later production had AAR trucks. Lettering consisted of Santa Fe near the roof and Railway Express Agency to the left of the center door.
- Other Hardware - Other items included with a complete set include; instruction sheet, 364C operating switch controller and wire.
Additional Detail, Photos & Box Information
Only Known Variation - Shown in first photo above - The only variation to this set are the trucks on the horse car. Early production consisted of bar-end trucks and later production included AAR trucks.