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611 Jersey Central NW2 Yard Switcher (1957 - 1958)

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About This Diesel

The 611 Jersey Central EMD NW2 Yard Switcher was introduced by Lionel in 1957 and was sold for two years (through 1958). This unit is a fairly accurate representation of a real NW2 Yard Switcher originally produced by the Electro-Motive Division (EMD) of General Motors (GM). The 611 came in a two-tone scheme (unpainted blue plastic cab with half of the body painted orange). The lettering is also in two different colors: "Jersey Central" in white while the Jersey Central logo (Statue of Liberty symbol) and "611" numbers are in dark blue. A silver ornamental horn and a gold ornamental bell provided additional trim. The 611 also has a sheet-metal frame with a center skirt plus front and rear end rails.

Photo of the 611 Jersey Central NW2 Switcher
Photo of 611 JC diesel

Additional Details

The 611 switcher came with a light and two non-operating couplers. The earlier 621 Jersey Central NW2 Switcher -- introduced by Lionel in 1956 -- had operating couplers and a horn but no light. The cab of the NW2 switchers with sheet-metal frames is mounted by means of a fixed metal tab in the back and a screw in the front. Unfortunately this poor design has resulted in many shattered cab fronts as owners have tightened the screw too tight thus cracking the plastic. This diesel was designed to be used to jockey rolling stock around in a railroad yard. They are still used on the real railroads.

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