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Tomy's Original Ferry Boat Set?
Tomy's Original Ferry Boat Set?

I think this vintage Ferry Boat set is better than the modern ones especially the Trackmaster II one. Anybody have more info on this as I am having a hard time locating anything like the year of release. The older Tomy Logo and metal cog driven motor would seem to indicate a release anywhere from 1967 to 1981.  I also found it curious that the On/Off swotch is on the bottom.  I would love to see a video of it in action. I like those space needles too.

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Although not the same exact set, I did manage to find a video. So there are at least 2 versions. I love how the tracks has simulated 'waves'. Curious that the Theme for this set is the USA. According to Corona (maker of video) the rotating tower on one end was not part of the other set.

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what a gorgeous set! great find on the video, super. dont recall seeing anything like it before.
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Play nice & have fun!!Smile
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Oh WOW...thanks for the heads up Sun.

The Seller makes note and it says right on the box that this was released by the Woolworth Store originally here in the States for this New York to Los Angles version. The Seller also makes note of something funny and I totally missed when when seeing the first video can there be a car Ferry from Los Angeles to New York??? [Image: giggle.gif]
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Based on the design of the Woolworth logo and the presence of a Woolco logo, I would guess this probably came out no later than about 1978.

Super, for around $20 shipped, that was a really good catch!
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Thanks to Suns...huntin Smile Heart

I don't see any Tomy or Plarail Logo on the box so it will be interesting to examine it more closely. According to Corona's video above he states its an old Tommy brand (originally what Tomy was called) and not a Plarail. Could have been before Plarail was around.
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Based on my own rusty memory and with some help from Wikipedia, I would say the US release of this toy was almost definitely in the 1970s. The lack of a Tomy logo on the box is probably because Woolworth repackaged it in their own store brand box. It definitely dates to after the release of the first motorized Plarail train in 1961, since Woolco opened in 1962.
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Thanks for the research OTR. I am anxious to get the set as they say it looks unused to inspect the box closely along with any paperwork that may come with it for any Manufacturing dates. My biggest concern is the condition of the Trolley. The box does say batteries not included but I hope that the original purchaser didn't try it and leave the batteries in it. By the looks of the video it has the old metal motor but instead of it being friction driven wheels it has cogwheels which I haven't seen too often.

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glad you got it, super. i didnt even look at the sale price when i found it, or read the description. keen to see photos when it arrives.

i have seen other tomy items where the logo wasnt present on the box. an aussie facebook page recently had listed a tomy shopping mall set. only reason it "pinged" to me was the dolls were the same as those from the merry-go train sets. the box said sears, no tomy logo anywhere.
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Thank you Sun...It was at a fantastically low price in my opinion and includes Priority Mail Shipping.

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I now have 2 of these neat Shuttling Ferry Boat Sets. Here is the first one which I consider the lesser of the two. It took a good amount of cleaning and adjusting to get it to run like this but what do you expect for something that may be 30 to 50 years old? Now on to cleaning up the other set.

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that runs great! glad you were able to get it and save it from being destroyed.
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If it weren't for you Sun I would not have these...thanks Smile
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Great video Super!
Thank you from us too Sun!!
If it weren't for you finding this for Super, Super couldn't have found one for us!! Smile
Play nice & have fun!!Smile
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