The No. 384 steam locomotive has long been considered one of the stalwarts of classic standard gauge locomotives. Like most rare collector items, the No. 384's attractiveness can be attributed to it's many multiple uses during the heyday of the Tinplate era. Now returning to life with contemporary electronics and an authentic paint scheme, the No. 384 Set will perform like no traditional standard gauge locomotive thanks to the power and performance of Proto-Sound 2.0.
The 318 steam engine was also a classic of the tinplate era; a medium-priced engine produced in a variety of colors that remained in the Lionel catalog for twelve years, 1924-35 - a longer production run than perhaps any other tinplate loco. The 1925 catalog described the 318 as "Introduced in response to a great demand for a single-super-motor locomotive built on the lines of our 402, but smaller and contains many of the constructional features of the larger engine." Like most Lionel Standard Gauge equipment, the 318 was sized according to price: it was about two-thirds the size of the more expensive twin-motored 402, although both engines ran on the same gauge track. Also in common with the 402 and a number of other Lionel engines, the 318 was based loosely on the prototype New York Central S-type boxcab - although the Lionel versions were less sharp-edged and arguably handsomer than the real thing.
New for 2011 the 386-outfit freight set comes with the number 513 Cattle Car, and 517 Caboose, while the 340E set includes (2) 500 series Hopper Cars and one 500-series caboose. Both sets also contain a 50-watt power supply with wireless digital remote, 8 Piece RealTrax Std. Gauge Track Circle, Lighted Track Lock-On, and RailWare DVD. Pair this engine with its matching set of freight cars to experience what made boys happy eight decades ago.