Lionel is selling its first-ever subway train set, modeled after the New York MTA’s R-27 subway cars that were in service up until the early 1990s. These are the same cars that were re-painted red in the ’70s and ’80s in an effort to discourage graffiti, earned them the nickname “Redbirds”. (Other cars were painted the “Deep Gunn” red, too.)
According to Wikipedia, the R27s were “‘Protestant’ married pairs, which means that they were coupled together as pairs.” The Lionel replicas are Protestant pairs, as well.
The “O” scale cars are finished in a kale green enamel, have real working opening doors and also speak out the subway stops recorded from the subway itself. The four-car (two pairs) set can be had for around $600.
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