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I never knew there were track locks in that set. How many are there? The set was designed for 26 track sections. I bought an MSOB 781 set back in 1/94. Never opened it. Back then I thought I would be able to have a small train store sales case in the entrance to my layout room to hold things like this. Did not work out that way.
I think they look ok, just need some velcro or 2 sided tape to keep them in place. Neat item to post, I especially like the original store price tag. $7.95 is the original catalog price, interesting Strawbridge & Clothier as a full service department store would mark it non returnable without a sales discount.
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Old Today, 12:37 PM   #412
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For today’s picture I have a 1953 only link coupler gondola, the 620 Southern Gondola. It retailed for $3.00 and was not included in any cataloged sets. This example has the longer 3 spring trucks. The 620’s show up once in awhile but are not common. Being white on black they were kind of plain. The 920’s are far more common as they were included in sets and not a one year only item.
The OB is in good shape with a legible stamp. It is sitting on the roof of the main passenger station on my layout.

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I never knew there were track locks in that set. How many are there? The set was designed for 26 track sections. I bought an MSOB 781 set back in 1/94. Never opened it. Back then I thought I would be able to have a small train store sales case in the entrance to my layout room to hold things like this. Did not work out that way.
I think they look ok, just need some velcro or 2 sided tape to keep them in place. Neat item to post, I especially like the original store price tag. $7.95 is the original catalog price, interesting Strawbridge & Clothier as a full service department store would mark it non returnable without a sales discount.
Mine is not a sealed 781 but the track locks were in the box when I bought it. The bag contains 16 locks, but the bag is stamped in black ink #26. So, who knows. They do work with the abutments, the tab on top of the pieces not only keep the pieces in line when stacked, but fit between the two ties at the connection which allows the clip to be installed the same way as with the trestles. Nice 620, I have some 3 spring linkers and always look for more when I can. Just to up-date the track locks. Reading an older Greenberg guide it lists 26 track locks in the bag. After looking at the bag I have , it does look like a 6 instead of a 0. I'll have to add 10 to the bag.

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It the track lock bag is stamped 26 there should be 26 locks in it. That also matches the number of track sections the 781 set works with. I used to know a vendor who bought empty set boxes and put in all the pieces to make up the original set. The hardest item to find was a track lock bag with the correct number stamp for a given set. Seems like original sets had a lot of variety in how many track sections were included, based on the price point.
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