As mentioned in the previous update, Lionel had in production, but had not yet released, two additional vat cars for 2010, the Reese’s® Vat Car and the LRRC 50th Anniversary Vat Car. The 39488 Reese’s car was the first vat car designed with a billboard straddling the center post and the 50th Anniversary car was the second PWC vat car issued by the LRRC. The 39484 Cocoa Marsh® Vat Car was catalogued and produced earlier in the year.
Lionel manufactured only one vat car for 2011, the Coca-Cola® Vat Car as an add-on car to the 30166 Coca-Cola Vintage Steam set.
2012 is seeing the release of three more vat cars: the catalogued Hershey’s® Cocoa and Heinz® vat cars and the un-catalogued Entenmann’s® Vat Car produced by Lionel for the Long Island Toy Train Locomotive Engineers (LITTLE)®, the club’s first car.
(Please see the other articles in this series by Jon Bonds and Joel Fugazzotto listed at left for full listings.)