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Diesels, Electrics & Military Motorized Units

This Web Page Last Updated: July 18, 2024

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This page contains our current inventory of Postwar Lionel diesels and electrics plus military motive power. RDC Budd Commuter Cars (both motorized & "dummy" units) and Trolleys are listed on our Passenger Cars web page and Ballast Tampers, Burro Cranes, Fire Cars, Gang Cars, Inspection Cars, Maintenance Cars, Tie-Jectors and Track Cleaner Cars are listed on our RR Work Cars web page.

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* * * Click on "Grade" in the 3rd column heading for an explanation of grading.

Postwar Lionel Diesels, Electrics & Military Motorized Units
Catalog # Item GradePhotoPriceDescription & More Information
44 U. S. ARMY
Mobile
Missile Launcher
E++/OB Yes $595 The "U. S. ARMY" Mobile Missile Launcher from 1959-62:
Photo of the engine.
Has a blue-painted body with white heat-stamped lettering plus a gray missile launching mechanism.
Photo of the other side with the Army Technician at his post.
Has Magnetraction and a red warning light on the roof plus a missile-firing mechanism that can be operated manually or remotely.
Close-up of the lettering and the operator at the control panel.
Original man and a repro control panel insert.
Photo of the front of this menacing-looking unit.
Some box rub on the high spots and along the side edges. That's it for flaws! This unit is sharp -- very, very clean with all ten steps intact!
Photo of the back of the unit.
Has the original envelope #44-46 (creases & discolored), the original instruction sheet #44-47 dated 9/59, the correct #90 controller, the correct OTC contactor with adjusting clip, the #36-7 control blade, two unused (still coiled) connecting wires, the original (unopened) tube of original lubricant and six (6) original missiles.
An "aerial view."
The missiles are very clean and very nice (each one is in excellent plus condition or better!)
Photo of the envelope, instruction sheet, controller, contactor, clip, blade, wires, lubricant & missiles.

Grade 9 original box with a grade 6+ OUTER SLEEVE (part number 44-41)!
Photo of the box and sleeve.
Sleeve flaws: tears, creases, scuffs, tape.
Photo of the sleeve.
Box flaws: stains.
Photo of the box.
The corrugated, perforated panel-style box was made by Mead Containers.
Another view of the box.
The box is clean overall, complete, square and sturdy; the sleeve has some flaws but it is clean and extremely hard to find!

This very low-mileage motorized unit was serviced and it lights and runs great plus the firing mechanism works as well! It is one of the more desirable "Space & Military" items made by Lionel and it is very difficult to find this nice -- and with a nice original box besides! We have had very few 44 Army Missile Launchers in collector-quality condition over the years!
52 Fire Car ===> ===> ===> Click here to go to our RR Work Cars Page . . .
. . . to read about a nice, boxed Fire Car from 1958-61 that was NEVER USED!
53 Rio Grande
Snowplow
===> ===> ===> Click here to go to our RR Work Cars Page to read about a boxed, very clean and great-running Rio Grande Snowplow from 1957.
56 Minneapolis
& St. Louis

Yard Switcher
E+++ Yes $ 750 A M. & St. L Mine Transport 2-4-2 Vulcan switcher from 1958 only:
Photo of the other side.
Has a red-painted body with white-painted cab sides and red heat-stamped lettering. Has original white-painted metal side railings plus operating couplers.
Photo of the front.
A few paint chips on the metal railings and that's about it for flaws!
Photo of the back.
The unit is sharp: very, very clean with crisp lettering and a nice rust-free chassis plus there are no screw cracks and the window struts are intact! It will represent an upgrade for most collectors!
An "aerial" view.
It was serviced and this very-low-mileage unit runs great and rather quietly!
Another "aerial" view.

We have had very few 56 Mine Transports for sale over the years! It is a very scarce item that is extremely hard to find! This very colorful, very attractive, very prototypical loco is ready for your layout or your display shelf!
59 Minuteman
Yard Switcher
E- Yes $495 A good-looking 2-4-2 U. S. AIR FORCE gas turbine Switcher from 1962-63:
Photo of the other side.
Has an unpainted white body with blue heat-stamped lettering, red heat-stamped numbering, a blue & red "star and stripe" logo on the sides plus dual operating tab couplers.
A view of the front.
Has one hairline screw crack (no loss of plastic) and the white body is starting to yellow in some areas.
Photo of the back.
Overall, the unit is very clean with perfect decals, crisp lettering -- plus all of the window struts are intact!
An "aerial" view.
This very low-mileage "baby" diesel was serviced by us and it runs great!
Another "aerial" view showing the rear body screw crack.

The 59 Minuteman switcher would look realistic hauling any of the missile carrying or missile firing cars especially the 3665 Missile Firing Boxcar which has similar decorations. In 1961, the Air Force was making news with the Minuteman missile and the success achieved in the testing of the ICBM created headlines which the Air Force used in their recruiting efforts. With Lionel's desire to keep up with the trends of that era, they introduced the 59 Minuteman the following year and their 1962 catalogue included an advertisement for the "new Minuteman 'Husky' Switcher complete with Strategic Air Command markings!"

Not quite as rare as the 57 AEC switcher but so tough to find in any condition -- it is a SCARCE piece!
60 Trolley ===> ===> ===> Click here to go to our Passenger Cars Page to read about the rarest Trolley made by Lionel: a BLACK-lettered Trolley from early 1955 with the MOTORMEN!
202 Union Pacific
Alco Diesel
VG- Yes $ 60 A UP diesel from 1957 only:
Photo of the other side.
Has an orange-painted body with black heat-stamped lettering plus single-axle Magnetraction, headlight, 2-position E-unit and a fixed rear coupler.
Photo of the front.
The body has some scratches, scuffs and paint chips but nothing hideous. for flaws. The frame has some surface rust on the sides. The unit is clean overall with strong lettering and no cracks!
Photo of the back.
The engine was serviced and it lights and runs great!
Two "aerial" views.

This one-year-only Diesel came unboxed in the low-end set #1569; it is an inexpensive loco that is perfect for an operator!
215
&
218C
Santa Fe
Alco AB Units
Power:
E+

Dummy:
E+
Yes $275 A pair of Santa Fe Alco Diesels from 1962-63: the very uncommon, uncatalogued 215P with the CORRECT 218C "B" unit.
Photo of the left side of the power unit.
The power unit has a silver and red-painted body in the warbonnet scheme with black heat-stamped lettering plus a yellow and black decal and yellow and black stripes.
Photo of the right side of the power unit.
The power unit has an operating headlight, traction tires, a 2-position E-unit and a ballast weight in the cab.
Photo of the front and back.
Some minor box rub in spots plus some chips in the striping along the right side and a few very small chips in the front decal; in addition, the pilot has some paint loss where the front coupler rubs. None of the flaws are major and this unit is very, very clean with nice shiny silver, crisp lettering & nice striping! In addition, the apron (pilot) is not cracked.
Two views of the power unit's roof.
The engine was serviced and this low-mileage unit lights and runs great!

Photo of the right side of the dummy unit.
The dummy unit has a silver-painted body with black heat-stamped lettering plus yellow and black stripes.
Photo of the left side of the dummy unit.
The cab has a few light scuffs and some minor discoloration from handling and that's it for flaws!
Photo of the front and back.
The unit is nice: very, very clean with nice shiny silver, crisp lettering and sharp striping!
Two views of the dummy unit's roof.

Generic (reproduction) boxes are provided to help protect the units in shipping and in storage.
Photo of the reproduction boxes.

The 215P was usually paired with a Santa Fe 212T non-powered, dummy A unit as a matching 215T Santa Fe was never produced by Lionel! It came that way in various promotional outfits spanning the years 1963 to 1967. However in one set it came as a single powered unit. The 215P/218C pairing has also been confirmed as a legitimate combination most likely reflecting Lionel's effort to deplete inventory.

Check your collection! This is the first 215 Santa Fe Alco we have ever had and most likely represents a hole in the collection of many collectors!
222 Rio Grande
Alco Diesel
VG Yes $135 A Rio Grande Alco Diesel from 1962-63: has an painted-yellow body with black striping & black heat-stamped lettering. This forward-only, somewhat "Plain Jane" engine has no reversing unit but does have a functional headlight and traction tire.
Photo of the right side of the engine.
The cab has a few scratches, a couple of paint chips and some box rub plus the striping is a little worn in spots on the left side; in addition, there is some surface rust on the left side of the frame. However, none of the flaws are major and this engine still looks nice! The cab is completely intact and this unit is clean overall.
Photo of the front and back.
The diesel was serviced and it lights and runs great!
Two "aerial" views.
A (generic) reproduction box is provided to help protect the engine in shipping and in storage.
Photo of the reproduction box.

The 222 Rio Grande was only included in three uncatalogued sets in 1962 and was used as a substitute in four more sets in 1963. This is only the second 222 Rio Grande Alco that we have ever had for sale! It is a colorful, photogenic engine! Note that Lionel never made a component box for this piece.
223
&
218C
Santa Fe
Alco AB Units
Power:
E+

Dummy:
E+
Yes $375
SOLD
A pair of Santa Fe Alco Diesels from 1962-63: the scarce 223P with the CORRECT 218C "B" unit.
Photo of the left side of the power unit.
The power unit has a silver and red-painted body in the warbonnet scheme with black heat-stamped lettering plus a yellow and black decal and yellow and black stripes.
Photo of the right side of the power unit.
The power unit has an operating headlight, operating horn, Magnetraction and a 2-position E-unit.
Photo of the front and back.
The pilot has some paint loss where the front coupler rubs and the frame has some surface rust. The unit is very clean with nice lettering & striping plus the front decal is 100% intact. In addition, the apron (pilot) is not cracked and there is no battery damage!
Two views of the power unit's roof.
The engine was serviced and this low-mileage unit lights and runs great -- plus the horn works!

Photo of the right side of the dummy unit.
The dummy unit has a silver-painted body with black heat-stamped lettering plus yellow and black stripes.
Photo of the left side of the dummy unit.
The cab has some scratches on one side and a scuff on the other side plus the roof has some box rub; in addition the silver is not as vibrant as it once was.
Photo of the front and back.
The flaws are not major and this unit is nice: very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice striping!
Two views of the dummy unit's roof.

Generic (reproduction) boxes are provided to help protect the units in shipping and in storage.
Photo of the reproduction boxes.

The 223 has a very, very interesting and rather complicated history. At first, it was thought that it was available in 1963 only as the motive power (with the "B" unit) in Outfit #11385 (a highly-desirable, catalogued, premier space-age set). Subsequent research by John W. Schmid (Authoritative Guide to Lionel's Promotional Outfits 1960 - 1969) has revealed that the 223 Santa Fe was actually introduced as the motive power in two 1962 sets: initially with the "B" unit in Outfit #9656 (an uncatalogued highly-desirable military Sears set) and subsequently without the "B" unit and as the "substitute" motive power in Outfit #19172! That outfit was ordered by Maritz, a sales and marketing incentive company founded in 1894 and located in Fenton, Missouri. The engine also represented the motive power (without the "B" unit) in three uncatalogued 1963 sets: Outfit #19317 (a Sears set that contained both freight cars and military cars), Outfit #19317A (a very strange Sears set that contained both military cars and freight cars including the 3376 Giraffe Car -- a diverse assortment reflecting Lionel's effort to deplete inventory) and Outfit #19322 (another Sears set that contained mostly freight cars but also included the 6448 Exploding Target Range Car).

To further add to the confusion, Lionel designated the engine as 223-1 if it had Magnetraction and 223-50 if the engine had traction tires. The 223-50 came in Outfit #19271 (a remarkable uncatalogued 100% military set ordered by Irwin Diamond in 1964; as of 2007 when the Schmid book was published, unfortunately not much was known about that customer). Check your collection! This is the first 223 Santa Fe Alco we have ever had and most likely represents a hole in the collection of most collectors! All of the cars in the above mentioned sets show up from time to time but the 223 will be the key to completing one of those outfits.
226 B & M
Alco AB Units
A unit:
E+++/OB

B unit:
E+++/OB
Yes $525
SOLD
A sharp set of all-original Boston & Maine Alco AB Diesel units from 1960-61: version with unpainted blue bodies with one section painted black plus a white roofline stripe and white heat-stamped lettering.
Photo of the Power unit.
Power unit: a "high-end" engine that has all of the deluxe features available that year: an operating headlight, operating horn, 2-axle Magnetraction, open pilot with a front coupler and a 3-position E-unit.
Photo of the other side.
Very, very clean with crisp lettering, nice striping and vibrant paint plus the pilot (apron) is completely intact and there is no battery damage!
Photo of the front and back.
This very low-mileage loco was serviced and it lights and runs great -- plus the horn works!
Two "aerial" views.

Photo of the Dummy unit.
The B unit is as nice as the A unit: very, very clean with sharp graphics and nice vibrant paint!
Photo of the other side.
The blue color of the B unit is the same as the A unit -- it is a perfectly matched set!
Two "aerial" views.

Photo of the open end of the Power unit box.
Grade 6 original box for the Power unit (missing one interior flap; tears; creases; stains; wavy from moisture damage; tape inside).
Photo of the sealed end of the Power unit box.
Lots of flaws but this Mead Container box is square and sturdy; it will protect the unit in shipping and in storage.
Photo of the manufacturer's data & identification.

Photo of the Dummy unit box.
Grade 6 original (perforated panel) box for the Dummy unit (missing part of the tuck on one end; tears; creases; amateur repairs with tape).
Another view of the Dummy unit box.
Various imperfections but the box is clean, square & sturdy; it will protect the unit in shipping and in storage.
Photo of the front of the Dummy unit box.

The 226s do not show up for sale very often in any condition and the boxes are extremely RARE! This pair represents the FIRST 226 set that we have ever had!

Check your collection! The 226s do not show up very often as they were only available in three uncatalogued sets in 1960 (two mixed-consist "bulk outfits" purchased by Madison Hardware and a Military outfit purchased by Sears Roebuck & Co.) plus one uncatalogued set in 1961 with the unusual number of 1649NE. The "NE" is thought to mean either "North East" or "New England" since the freight set was headed up by the Boston & Maine Alcos.
400 Budd
Passenger Car
===> ===> ===> Need some passenger train power? Click here to go to our Passenger Cars Page to read about a good-looking, boxed motorized Budd Passenger Rail Diesel Car from 1956-58.
600 M-K-T
NW2 Switcher
E+ Yes $375 A very, very interesting item: the Missouri-Kansas-Texas diesel yard switcher with a gray-painted frame and chemically-blackened platform end railings! Has an unpainted red cab with white heat-stamped numbering and medallions.
Photo of the other side.
This early-production unit from 1955 has double-axle Magnetraction and operating couplers.
Photo of the front.
Cab: common hairline screw crack in front (no loss of plastic) plus some light surface scratches. The cab is very, very clean with crisp lettering!
Photo of the back.
Chassis: some small paint chips on the frame and railing platforms but that's about it for flaws! The chassis is clean and rust free.
Two "aerial" views.
This good-looking, low-mileage loco was serviced and it runs great!

A (generic) reproduction box (with well-made inserts) is provided to help protect the engine in shipping and in storage.
Photo of the reproduction box and the inserts.

This is the first time we have had this version of the 600 M-K-T! Very few collectors own this item as is a very, very hard item to find! If you like unusual pieces, take a look at this colorful, very photogenic engine.
601 Seaboard
NW2 Switcher
E+++ Yes $195 A spectacular red and black "SEABOARD RAILROAD" diesel yard switcher from 1956 only:
Photo of the other side.
Has double-axle Magnetraction, a functional horn and operating couplers.
Photo of the front and back.
A sharp unit: very, very clean with nice vibrant paint, crisp lettering and beautiful graphics -- and the front is completely intact with no cracks!
Two "aerial" views.
There is no battery damage and the rust-free chassis is clean inside and out!

A (generic) reproduction box (with well-made inserts) is provided to help protect the engine in shipping and in storage.
Photo of the reproduction box and the inserts.

This good-looking, very-low-mileage unit was serviced and it is a great runner -- plus the horn works! It is the nicest 601 Seaboard we have ever had and will almost certainly be an upgrade for most collectors!
610 Erie
NW2 Switcher
E+ Yes $225 An "ERIE" diesel yard switcher from 1955 only: has a black-painted body plus yellow heat-stamped numbering and a yellow heat-stamped Erie medallion on each side. Version with a black-painted frame and platform railings and steps.
Photo of the other side.
Has Magnetraction and operating couplers.
Photo of the front.
Common hairline screw crack in front (tiny and no loss of plastic) and some minor rub marks on the graphics plus the frame has a few rust spots and some paint loss on one side.
Photo of the back.
The unit is very clean overall with strong graphics. It was serviced and this low-mileage loco runs great!
Two "aerial" views.

Has the correct, original instruction sheet #600-28 dated 7/55.
Photo of the instruction sheet.
A (generic) reproduction box (with well-made inserts) is provided to help protect the engine in shipping and in storage.
Photo of the reproduction box and the inserts.

We have not had a 610 Erie NW2 Switcher in over five years as it is not an easy engine to find in nice condition!
613 Union Pacific
NW2 Switcher
E++/OB Yes $595 The U.P. diesel yard switcher from 1958 only: has a yellow and gray painted body with red heat-stamped lettering. The decorations on this locomotive are very unusual as the right side has the slogan "ROUTE OF THE STREAMLINERS" while the legend on the left side reads "SERVES ALL THE WEST" and the engine's number & roadname abbreviation are in white on the front.
Photo of the other side
Has 2-axle Magnetraction, a front headlight, a 3-position E-unit plus a sheet-metal frame with fluted side skirts and dual fixed couplers.
Photo of the front.
The cab has a few small paint chips and the common hairline screw crack in front (tiny and very, very hard to see with no loss of plastic). It is a very, very clean unit with crisp lettering and nice striping. The chassis is rust free and very, very clean!
Photo of the back.
This photogenic and very-low-mileage engine was serviced and it lights and runs great!
Two "aerial" views.
Has the original instruction sheet #613-8 dated 5/58 (some stains, creases & tears).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the taped end of the box.
Grade 5+ original box (one end flap is taped shut; tears; lots of creases; glue residue; some stains).
Photo of the other end of the box.
Various flaws but the box has two well-made reproduction inserts and this scarce box is fairly clean plus it has both end flaps and all four interior flaps.
Photo of the inserts and another view of the box.

Check your collection -- the 613 is not an easy loco to find in collector-quality condition. The 613 box is extremely hard to find and it is the first one we have ever had! It is truly RARE! Even the 613 instruction sheet is rather uncommon. This loco, box and paperwork combination will be tough to duplicate.
614 Alaska
NW2
Yard Switcher
E+ Yes $275 An "ALASKA RAILROAD" diesel yard switcher made from 1959-60: later version without the yellow outline on the builder's plate.
Photo of the other side.
Cab is dark blue with yellow lettering plus Eskimo figure graphics and the unique yellow dynamic brake unit. Has Magnetraction, operating headlight and correct, 2-position reversing unit.
Photo of the front.
Some minor paint loss on the frame and that's about it for flaws! The loco is very, very clean with crisp lettering and beautiful graphics plus the front is NOT cracked! Has a very clean and rust-free chassis.
Two "aerial" views.

Serviced and this low-mileage unit lights and runs great! It is one of the nicest 614 Switchers we have ever had!

Click here to go to Our Archives Page to read more about 614 Alaska Switchers
616 Santa Fe
NW2 Switcher
E++ Yes $195 The black A.T.S.F. diesel yard switcher from late 1962: version with open E-unit slot & open bell slot. Has 2-axle Magnetraction, a front headlight, an operating horn plus a sheet-metal frame with fluted side skirts and dual fixed couplers.
Photo of the other side
It is a very unusual late production variation with the steps, platform railings and fuel tank sides integral with the basic frame stamping rather than the earlier production which had the steps and platform railings riveted in place.
Photo of the front.
Common hairline screw crack in front (no loss of plastic) and that's about it for flaws on the cab! The cab is very, very clean with sharp lettering and beautiful striping!
Two "aerial" views.
The frame has a couple of minor paint chips and that's it for flaws on the chassis! The frame is very, very clean and rust free -- plus there is no battery damage! The unit was serviced and it lights and runs great -- plus the horn works!

With its black body and white-painted safety stripes, it is unusual looking and at the same time -- one of the more attractive yard switchers produced by Lionel in the postwar era. This very-low-mileage engine is very peppy and everything works perfectly. It is not an easy loco to find in collector-quality condition.
617 Santa Fe
NW2 Switcher
E+++/OB Yes $495 The black zebra-striped A.T.S.F. diesel yard switcher from 1963 only: early version with fluted side skirts and with the steps and platform railings riveted in place. Has two-axle Magnetraction, an operating horn and a headlight with lenses plus a sheet-metal frame with fixed couplers.
Photo of the other side
Just gorgeous! The cab is very, very clean with sharp lettering and beautiful striping -- and the front is NOT cracked!
Photo of the front and back.
The chassis is very, very clean and rust free -- plus there is no battery damage! The engine was serviced and it lights and runs great -- plus the horn works!
Two "aerial" views.
Has what may be a copy of the original instruction sheet #616-9 dated 6/61.
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box -- brace yourself; it will not win any beauty contests.
Grade 5 original box (small pieces missing; tears; creases; stains; mildly distorted; amateur repairs; lots of tape; mildly distorted; writing).
Another view of the box.
Has well-made reproduction coupler inserts plus both end flaps and all four inner flaps -- and it is a very, very hard box to find in any condition!
Photo of the coupler inserts and the front of the box.
The 617 is a rather curious engine as it is trimmed with details that had not been used by Lionel in years including marker light lenses and a radio antenna. It also has some deluxe features (like a light and functional horn) but it also has some "plain Jane" elements (like fixed couplers). This transition piece is also the only Diesel Switcher that came with two distinctively different frames. Note that there is conflicting data in the guidebooks and online sources regarding the features of this engine -- one expert states that the engine came with operating couplers or non-operating couplers! Since Lionel was having another dismal product year in 1963, their efforts to use up existing inventory of parts resulted in products that are extremely difficult to analyze 61 years later. The 1963 chapter in the "Greenburg Guide to Catalogued Sets" offers this insight: "The only engine of merit [in 1963] was the 617 Santa Fe NW2 Diesel Switcher, which was the highly-detailed replacement for the discontinued 616. This is ironic, as Lionel's policy through the more recent years had been to eliminate trim and shave costs." Interesting to say the least.

With its black body and white-painted safety stripes, it is unusual looking -- and at the same time, one of the more attractive yard switchers produced by Lionel in the postwar era. Check your collection -- this is only the second boxed 617 Switcher we have ever had for sale!
621 Jersey Central
NW2 Switcher
E+/OB Yes $295 A "JERSEY CENTRAL" diesel yard switcher from 1956-57: has an unpainted royal blue cab with orange heat-stamped numbering and an orange medallion decal with the Statue of Liberty logo on each side.
Photo of the other side.
Has Magnetraction, a functional horn and operating couplers.
Photo of the front.
Has scratches around the screw hole in front but it is NOT cracked; has some light scratches and box rub in spots but nothing major. The cab is very, very clean with crisp numbering & perfect decals. A headlight lens was added at some point in the engine's life. The frame has some minor paint loss on one side and that's it for flaws! The chassis is very clean inside and out plus there is no battery damage!
Photo of the back.
The engine is a very strong runner and the horn works!
Two "aerial" views.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; tape inside; factory tape outside; scrapes; some dirt; small amount of writing).
Another view of the box.
Has reproduction coupler inserts that are really well made and this box is very presentable as it is fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy! Even with the flaws, it is still one of the nicest 621 boxes we have ever had.
Photo of the coupler inserts and the instruction sheet.
Has the correct, original instruction sheet #601-19 dated 4/56 (tears & stains).

A good-looking diesel and it comes in a box that is very, very hard to find! This low-mileage unit was serviced and it is ready for your display shelf or layout.
Click here to go to Our Archives Page to read more about 621 JC Switchers.
627 Lehigh Valley
44-Ton Switcher
E+ Yes $225
SOLD
A good-looking "LV" 44-ton diesel switcher from 1956-57: has an unpainted red cab with white heat-stamped lettering and a white lower stripe plus Magnetraction, a 3-position E-unit and operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Common stress mark by the frame screw and that's about it for flaws. It is a sharp unit: the frame is very clean & rust free and the cab is also very clean with crisp graphics and gorgeous lettering -- plus it is not cracked in front!
Photo of the front.
Serviced and this loco runs great.
Photo of the back.
Also called the "Center Cab" diesel or "Steeple Cab" diesel, it is one of my favorite style engines. It's prototypical, peppy and rather odd-looking.
Two "aerial" views.
Has the correct original instruction sheet #626-15 dated 4/56.
Photo of the original instruction sheet.
A (generic) reproduction box (with well-made inserts) is provided to help protect the engine in shipping and in storage.
Photo of the reproduction box and the inserts.

Available in only one low-end 1956 freight set (#1543 which was also numbered 700), it is not an easy engine to find in collector-quality condition! This 627 is the nicest one we have ever had!
633 Santa Fe
NW2 Switcher
E+ Yes $375 The A.T.S.F. diesel yard switcher from 1962 only:
Photo of the other side
Has an operating headlight, traction tire and single fixed coupler.
Photo of the front.
The frame has a few small surface rust spots and that's about it for flaws. It is a very, very clean unit with crisp lettering and sharp striping -- and the front is NOT cracked!
An "aerial" view.
Serviced and this extremely low-mileage loco lights and runs great!

A (generic) reproduction box (with well-made inserts) is provided to help protect the engine in shipping and in storage.
Photo of the reproduction box and the inserts.

With its blue-painted body and yellow-painted safety stripes, it is striking and at the same time -- one of the more attractive yard switchers produced by Lionel in the later postwar era. This is only the third 633 Santa Fe we have ever had for sale as it is not that easy to find in collector-quality condition. Since this engine was available in only one catalogued set (plus a few promotional sets that were produced in small numbers), the 633 is a very scarce item. Note that Lionel never made a separate component box for this engine.
634 Santa Fe
NW2 Switcher
E++ Yes $425 A gorgeous A.T.S.F. diesel yard switcher: it is the uncommon version with safety stripes and with marker lens holes in the front from 1963 only. (The 634 was also available in 1965 & 1966, but without safety stripes). Has a blue painted body with yellow heat-stamped lettering.
Photo of the other side
Has an operating headlight, 2-position E-unit, traction tire and two fixed couplers.
Photo of the front.
Minimal flaws! It is a very, very clean unit with crisp lettering and sharp striping -- and the front is NOT cracked!
An "aerial" view.
Serviced and this extremely low-mileage loco lights and runs great!

A (generic) reproduction box (with well-made inserts) is provided to help protect the engine in shipping and in storage.
Photo of the reproduction box and the inserts.

With its blue-painted body and yellow-painted safety stripes, it is unusual looking -- and at the same time, one of the more attractive yard switchers produced by Lionel in the later postwar era. Since this engine was available (unboxed) in only one catalogued set (plus two promotional sets that were produced in very, very small numbers), the 634 with safety stripes is an extremely scarce item. Check your collection -- this is the only 634 Santa Fe we have ever had for sale as it is very, very difficult to find in collector-quality condition.
635 Union Pacific
NW2 Switcher
E+++ Yes $375 Here's an item we rarely have for sale: the uncatalogued UP diesel yard switcher from 1965 only:
Photo of the other side.
Has a yellow-painted body with red side stripes and predominantly red heat-stamped lettering. The decorations on this locomotive are very unusual as the right side has the slogan "ROAD OF THE STREAMLINERS" while the legend on the left side reads "SERVES ALL THE WEST" and the engine's number & roadname abbreviation are in white on the front.
Photo of the front.
Has an operating headlight, traction tire, weighted body and two fixed couplers.
Photo of the back.
Minimal flaws! The unit is very, very clean with crisp lettering, sharp striping and nice vibrant paint -- plus the front is NOT cracked!
Two "aerial" views.

A (generic) reproduction box (with well-made inserts) is provided to help protect the engine in shipping and in storage.
Photo of the reproduction box and the inserts.

This photogenic and very-low-mileage engine was serviced and it lights and runs great! Only the third 635 Union Pacific Diesel we have ever had for sale -- as it is not that easy to find in collector-quality condition. Note that the 635 only came in six promotional outfits and no component box exists for this engine.
1055 Texas Special
Alco Diesel
E+ Yes $110 A good-looking Texas Special Alco A unit from 1959-1960: has a red-painted body (on a black mold) with white heat-stamped lettering and a closed pilot. It is the version without the front ledge.
Photo of the right side of the engine.
Has an operating headlight and a weight in the cab for ballast but that's it for features on this non-deluxe, (forward-running-only) "Plain Jane" unit.
Photo of the front and back.
Some box rub in spots and that's about it for flaws on the cab! It is completely intact and very clean with nice crisp lettering. The frame has some minor surface rust but overall, the chassis is very, very clean!
Two "aerial" views.
A (generic) reproduction box is provided to help protect the engine in shipping and in storage.
Photo of the reproduction box.

Only the second 1055 Alco in nice shape we have ever had! The unit was serviced and it lights and runs great! It will look great on a display shelf but it is also a very low-mileage engine that will provide years of enjoyment on someone's layout!
2023 Union Pacific
Alco AA Units
Power
unit:
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Dummy
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Master Carton
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Alco AAs



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Power A Right

Power A Roof


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$495 UP diesels from 1950 only: very colorful yellow & gray paint scheme with red heat-stamped lettering on the cabs and red striping on the gray-painted die-cast frames. Each unit has a headlight and an operating coil coupler in the front. The Power A also has Magnetraction and a functional horn.
Photo of the noses.
Has the common problem of the lettering on both units not being as crisp as when new. However, the lettering on both units is certainly readable! In addition both units have some small paint chips and scuffs (mostly in the red striping). The flaws are minor in scope and do not take away from the beauty of these units as they are both very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and very strong front decals! The chassis on the power unit is very, very clean and there is no battery damage! The chassis on the dummy unit is equally as nice!
Photo of the backs.
Has the correct original operating instruction sheet #2023-77 dated 8/50 (tears, creases, stains) and the proper lubricating instruction sheet #926-26 dated 4/50 (writing, creases, tape).
Photo of the paperwork.

Photo of the Master Carton.
Grade 8 original corrugated Master Carton.
Another view of the Master Carton.
Flaws: small tears; a few creases; stain on the bottom.
Photo of the manufacturer's data & identification plus the year.
This "St. Joe Kraft" box is dated "1950" on the side of the box.
Photo of the top.
It is also the correct master carton for the yellow version of the 2023 UP Alcos.
Photo of the bottom.
Has ALL three original inserts and this box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no un-original tape anywhere!
Photo of the box inserts.

Good-looking Diesels in a very strong box: each unit is clean with fairly strong lettering, nice striping and minimal flaws and they are among the nicest yellow 2023 Alcos we have ever had! Serviced by us and they light and run great plus the horn works!
2331 Virginian FM Trainmaster E++ Yes $695 A Virginian Fairbanks Morse diesel from 1955-58: has an unpainted blue body with wide yellow-painted upper and lower stripes.
Photo of the other side.
Has dual motors, Magnetraction, operating horn and a light on each end.
Photo of the cab end.
Common (factory created) hairline screw cracks (very thin and no loss of plastic) plus a couple of surface scratches on the roof and that's about it for flaws on the cab. The cab is sharp: nice vibrant paint, beautiful lettering and intact decals plus the metal catwalks are clean and all original!
Photo of the other end.
The chassis is very, very clean and there is no battery damage!
Two "aerial" views.

With its twin motors and resulting pulling strength, the colorful 2331 is one of the most powerful locomotives made by Lionel in the postwar era. This good-looking unit will represent an upgrade for many collectors! It is ready for your layout or display shelf -- it was serviced and it lights and runs great plus the horn works!
2351 Milwaukee Road
EP-5 Electric
E/E+ Yes $795 A very low-mileage Milwaukee Road electric from 1957-58 with original pantographs!
Photo of the other side.
Has Magnetraction, a functional horn, operating couplers and a light on each end.
Photo showing both ends.
Has a few scratches plus some minor box rub and that's it for flaws! This all-original unit is very clean with crisp lettering and there are NO RIVET CRACKS! It also has a nice rust-free frame with no battery damage!
An "aerial" view.
The unit was serviced and everything on this great runner works properly -- including the horn!

The 2351 does not come up for sale very often and this is the first 2351 we have ever had that was not cracked! With its colorful black, red and yellow decorating scheme, the Milwaukee Road is a good-looking and very photogenic loco that is ready for your layout or display shelf.
2359 Boston and Maine
GP9
Road Switcher
E/E+ Yes $325 A B & M diesel from 1961-62:
Photo of the other side.
Has Magnetraction, functional horn, operating couplers and a light on both ends.
Photo of the cab end.
Cab: minimal flaws! It is sharp: very, very clean with beautiful lettering, sharp graphics, nice vibrant paint and there are no cracks!
Photo of the other end.
Chassis: the frame has a few paint chips and the end railings have some box rub plus there are rust spots on the catwalk on one side. The chassis has nice vibrant paint which is very close in color to the original pure white! It is clean overall and there is no battery damage!
Two "aerial" views.
This low-mileage loco was serviced by us and it lights and runs great plus the horn works!

A very attractive engine that is ready for your display shelf or layout!
3927 Operating
Track Cleaner Car
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The Diesel Engine was patented in 1892 by a German engineer -- Dr. Rudolph Diesel. However it took until the 1930's before steam locomotives started to be replaced by the more powerful diesels. This occurred because diesels could perform at higher speeds for greater distances without stopping for water along the way as required by steamers.

Lionel sold many different types of Diesel Engines in the Postwar era including the very colorful F3s, the powerful FMs (Fairbanks-Morse), the speedy Alcos (American Locomotive Company), the venerable NW2 Yard Switchers, and the sleek GP Road Switchers ("Geeps"). Some diesels offered headlights, some had horns, some had bells, and some had dual motors.

Modernize your railroad with a colorful and powerful Diesel Engine.

The first working electric rail locomotive was displayed and demonstrated at the Berlin Exhibition of 1879 by another German engineer - Werner von Siemens. American railroads perfected this technology to overcome the harsh problems caused by long tunnels built under cities and through mountains. The exhaust from a steamer threatened the lives of both railroaders and passengers. The powerful, fast and efficient electric locomotives solved this dilemma and also proved to be perfect for mining operations.

Lionel sold a limited number of Electric Locomotives in the Postwar era including the famous Pennsylvania GG1s, the peppy EP5s, and the attractive 2329 Virginia Rectifier.

Electric Locomotives will bring your railroad up to date.

As with others in the business of transportation, the railroad industry had to have a system to ensure that goods were sent to the right place AND they had to have a system to keep track of its own equipment. The railroad yard became instrumental in accomplishing both goals. Small gas turbine switchers and small Vulcan switchers became work horses as they jockeyed rolling stock from track to track to keep the railroads moving.

Lionel provided various Motorized Units during the Postwar era. These specialty items included Gas Turbines and Vulcan Switchers suitable for yard work and the odd-looking 520 Boxcab Electric which was modeled after a mining locomotive from Chile.

Motorized units will help keep your railroad interesting and moving.

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