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This Web Page Last Updated: November 17, 2019

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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
51 Navy Yard
Switcher
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E++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $325
SOLD
A superb 2-4-2 "NAVY YARD" Vulcan Switcher from 1956-57 that looks like it was Factory TEST RUN only!
Photo of the other side.
Has an unpainted blue body with white heat-stamped lettering and dual operating couplers.
Photo of the front.
Very, very clean with crisp lettering!
A view of the back.
Window struts are intact and there are no cracks anywhere!
An "aerial" view.
"Bench tested" -- it runs great and the E-unit cycles properly.
Another "aerial" view.
Has the original instruction sheet (#51-56), dated 6/56 (tears; creases; some dirt).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 9 original box (tiny scrape; small tears; some discoloration).
Another view of the box.
Has the original insert and this brick-like box is SOLID: fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Photo of the box insert.

One of the nicest 51 Navy Switchers we have ever had -- and in the nicest 51 box we have ever seen!
Our Archives Page: more information on 51 Navy Yard Switchers.
55 PRR
Tie Jector
===> ===> ===> Click here to go to our RR Work Cars Page to read about a sharp, boxed PRR Tie Jector from 1957-58.
60 Trolley ===> ===> ===> Click here to go to our Passenger Cars Page . . .
. . . to read about a nice Rapid Transit Trolley from 1955 with black letters.
68 Executive
Inspection Car
===> ===> ===> Click here to go to our Railroad Work Cars Page . . .
. . . to read about a sharp, boxed Executive Inspection Car from 1958-61 that was NEVER USED!
212 United States
Marine Corps

Alco Diesel
E+/OB Yes $395 A dark-blue, painted "USMC" Alco diesel from 1958-59: has white heat-stamped lettering and a narrow white detailing stripe on each side.
Photo of the other side.
A few rust spots on the frame near the front on the right side plus a couple of chips in the striping and that's about it for flaws! It is sharp: very, very clean with nice striping overall and strong lettering.
Another view.
Has Magnetraction, an operating headlight and a 2-position E-unit.
An "aerial" view.
Has the original instruction sheet #212-59, dated 3/58 (stains & creases).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the open end of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; tape; tape residue).
Photo of the sealed end of the box.
The box is SOLID: complete, clean, square and sturdy!
Close-up of the manufacturer's data.

This low-mileage unit was serviced by us and it lights and runs great -- and it is in a very strong box! We have not had a boxed 212 USMC Alco in over seven years!
227 Canadian National
Alco Diesel
E- Yes $350 An uncatalogued CN diesel from the early 1960s: has a green-painted body (on a gray mold) with two narrow yellow side-detailing stripes and yellow heat-stamped lettering.
Photo of the right side of the engine.
Has some box rub and discoloration in places plus some scuffs on the edge of the roof and a few small scratches. The unit is very, very clean overall with crisp lettering, sharp striping and a clean rust-free frame.
Photo of the front.
Has an operating headlight and built by Lionel to run in forward only (no E-unit). The engine lights and runs great! Traction is provided by a weight mounted inside the cab in the back.
Two photos of the roof.

The 227 was included in ten uncatalogued outfits spanning the years 1960-1964; some of those sets were produced in very small quantities while others were mostly shipped to Canada. In some cases, the 227 was a substitute item for another engine that was no longer in stock. Note that Lionel never made a component box for this engine.

Check your collection -- this is a very difficult item to find; it is the first 227 CN Alco we have ever had for sale!
623 Santa Fe
NW2
Yard Switcher
E++/OB Yes $350 A sharp A.T.S.F. diesel switcher from 1954: has a black-painted body with unpainted black smokestacks and white heat-stamped lettering plus a black-painted die-cast frame with wire handrails. Version with three stanchions that attach wire handrail to the body on each side.
Photo of the other side.
Has Magnetraction, lights (front and rear) and dual operating coil couplers.
Another view of this good-looking loco.
One scratch plus some minor box rub and that's it for flaws. It is a very, very clean unit with nice vibrant paint, crisp lettering, and near-perfect sharp decals -- plus it lights and runs great!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; tape; tape residue; writing; "aged" look).
Another view of the box.
Has the original insert and even with the flaws, this box is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Photo of the box insert and Lionel wrapping paper.
Has the original Lionel wrapping paper (usual tears) which was provided by the company to reduce box rub.
Photo of the instruction sheet.
Has the original instruction sheet #623-17 dated 3/54 (tears, creases, tape, stains, discolored).

This brawny-looking, prototypical locomotive was serviced and it is ready for your display shelf or layout; it is a tremendous runner as are all of these early NW2 switchers. Although not really a rare engine, we have had very few 623 yard switchers in collector-quality condition over the years and this one is the nicest 623 we have ever had.
2243 Santa Fe
F3 AB Units
P-unit:
E+/OB

B-unit:
E+/OB
Yes $ 495 Hard-to-find version of the single-motor Santa Fe F3 AB units! Both pieces have a very attractive and colorful "warbonnet" paint scheme of red, yellow and black detailing with black heat-stamped lettering plus closed-in portholes and black trucks.
Photo the left side of the Power A Unit.
Variation from late 1957: the A unit has both an orange mold and raised cab door ladders!

Photo of the right side of the A Unit.
Power unit: painted red nose with a yellow decal plus Magnetraction, functional horn, operating headlight and original numberboards.
Photo of the front of the A Unit.
Cab has some box rub plus some minor chipping of the front decal; the pilot and belly of the chassis both have some scuffs. The unit is very, very clean overall with crisp lettering, vibrant red paint and nice even silver plus very strong striping! The chassis is equally as nice and there is no battery damage! Serviced and it lights and runs great plus the horn works!
An "aerial" view of the A Unit.
Has the correct original instruction sheet #2243-4 dated 5/57 (creases, discolored).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the Power unit box.
Grade 7+ original box for the Power unit (tears; creases; small punctures; light stain).
Another view of the Power unit box.
This Allcraft Container Corp. corrugated box is solid: clean, complete, square & sturdy and there is no un-original tape anywhere!
Photo of the date and manufacturer's information.

Photo of the left side of the Dummy B Unit.
Dummy "B" unit: scuff near the rear on one side, small chips in the decals and a few light scratches plus the normal flaws associated with silver paint (minor stains and discoloration).
Photo of the right side of the B Unit.
The cab is very clean with nice even paint and near-perfect striping; the chassis is very, very clean with minimal flaws.
An "aerial" view of the B Unit.

Photo of the Dummy unit box.
Grade 8 original box for the Dummy unit (minor tears; creases; small stain; glue residue; no insert)
Another view of the Dummy unit box.
A solid box: clean, square & sturdy and there is no tape anywhere!

Smooth-running, eye-catching Diesels in very, very strong boxes!
2321 Lackawanna FM
Trainmaster
E+/OB Yes $525 A good-looking gray-roof Lackawanna Fairbanks Morse diesel from 1954:
Photo of the other side.
Has dual motors, Magnetraction, operating horn and a light on each end.
Photo of one end.
Cab: has the common (factory created) screw crack on each end (no loss of plastic) plus a little box rub and minor chipping of one decal; minor tarnishing of the metal catwalks but they are ORIGINAL and look much better than the repros. It is a very clean cab with vibrant paint, nice crisp lettering and sharp striping. The decals are all ORIGINAL and look good!
Photo of the other end.
The chassis is also very, very clean with no battery damage and minimal flaws!
Two "aerial" views.
Has the original instruction sheet #2321-85, dated 9/54 (tears, creases, stains, discolored).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of sealed end the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; tape; stains; small punctures; writing).
Photo of the open end of the box.
The corrugated box was made by the St. Joe Paper Co. and has the year indicated by "4" on one side.
Photo of the manufacturer's data, identification & date.
Has the insert (liner) and this box is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Photo of the box insert.

With its twin motors and resulting pulling strength, the impressive-looking 2321 is one of the most powerful locomotives made by Lionel in the postwar era. This low-mileage FM was serviced and it lights and runs great -- even the horn works! It's a nice one and it's in a strong box!
Our Archives Page has more on 2321 Lackawanna FMs.
2328 Burlington
GP7
Road Switcher
Good Yes $160 A silver-painted Burlington diesel from 1955-56: has black lettering plus a maroon-painted frame, Magnetraction, functional horn and a light on both ends.
Photo of the other side.
Cab: some discoloration, scratches and scuffs plus the usual imperfections associated with silver paint. Note that the photos indicate that the shell is nicer than it really is. However, it is clean overall with crisp lettering and sharp graphics. The shell is completely intact with no cracks.
Photo of one end.
Chassis: a few paint chips on the frame plus the plastic pilot assembly on one end is a reproduction item. (It is exactly the same as an original, just a little shinier.) The chassis is very clean overall and rust free -- plus there is no battery damage!
Photo of the other end.
This low-mileage loco was serviced by us and it lights and runs great! Even the horn works on this very peppy unit!
Two "aerial" views.

It is not a "shelf queen" but it is a fantastic item for an operator that will provide enjoyment for years to come!
2331 Virginian FM
Trainmaster
E++/OB Yes $950 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 both ends.
Common (factory created) hairline crack on one end (no loss of plastic) and that's about it for flaws on this unit. The cab is sharp: nice vibrant paint, beautiful lettering and intact decals plus the metal catwalks and hand rails are clean, rust free and all original! The chassis is equally as nice: very, very clean with a nice rust-free frame and there is no battery damage!
Two "aerial" views.

Photo of the open end of the box.
Grade 8 original box (tears; creases).
Photo of the sealed end of the box.
The corrugated box was made by the National Container Corporation.
Photo of the manufacturer's data & identification.
Has the box insert (which is missing both of the two small end tuck pieces).
Close-up of the flaps on the open end.
This box is solid: clean, square and sturdy -- plus there is no un-original tape anywhere!
Photo of the box insert.

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, low-mileage unit is ready for your layout or display shelf! It lights, runs great -- and the horn works!
2337 Wabash GP7 Road Switcher E++ Yes $550 A blue and white Wabash diesel from 1958 only:
Photo of the other side.
Has Magnetraction, horn and an operating headlight on each end plus fixed couplers front and back.
Photo of one end.
Has a tiny amount of box rub and one small paint chip in the white paint on one side near the frame and that's it for flaws! It is a gorgeous engine: completely intact and very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and crisp lettering. The chassis is also very, very clean with a nice rust-free frame -- and there is no battery damage!
Photo of the other end.
This very low-mileage unit was serviced and it lights and runs great -- even the horn works!
Two "aerial" views.

We have had very few 2337 Wabash GP7 Diesels over the years! This very attractive loco will be an upgrade for most collectors and it will look great on any layout or display shelf!
Click here to go to Our Archives Page to read about 2337 Wabash GP7s.
2343C Santa Fe
F3 B Unit


(Later Version)
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E+ Yes $395 A Santa Fe "B" unit from 1953-55: has louvered ventilators and silver trucks: note that "2343C" is the correct catalogue number even though this unit is the one that matches Santa Fe 2353 AA units; Lionel never catalogued any "B" unit as "2353C."
Photo of the other side.
Cab: some light scratches and scuff marks plus the usual discoloration associated with silver paint. The unit is very, very clean with nice bright silver, sharp striping & near-perfect Indian head logos! Has the original porthole lenses.
Two "aerial" views.
Chassis: minimal flaws! The frame and trucks are both very, very clean with very nice silver!

Adding a B unit to an AA package always makes the F3 diesels even more impressive looking!
Two different versions of the 2344C New York Central F3 B unit:
2344C New York Central
F3 B Unit


(Second Version)
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E++/OB Yes $375 A very nice NYC "B" unit: earlier version from 1952 with screen (wire cloth) ventilators -- matches 2344 AA units.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! It is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint, crisp lettering and beautiful striping! Has the original porthole lenses.
Two "aerial" views.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (tears; creases; tape inside; glue residue; "period" writing).
Another view of the box.
Has the insert (liner) and even with the imperfections, this box is still solid as it is fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy.
Photo of the box insert.

Lonesome NYC B units are hard to come by and adding a B unit to an AA tandem always makes the F3 diesels even more impressive looking! This 2344C is all original and it is in a very-hard-to-find box!
2344C New York Central
F3 B Unit


(Later Third Version)
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E+/OB Yes $295 A sharp NYC "B" unit from 1953-55 with louvered roof ventilators: note that "2344C" is the correct catalogue number even though this unit is the one that matches New York Central 2354 AA units; Lionel never catalogued any "B" unit as "2354C."
Photo of the other side.
Has a small chip in one corner of the roof edge and that's about it for flaws!
Photo of the corner with the chip.
The unit is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint, crisp lettering and sharp striping! Has the original porthole lenses.
Two "aerial" views.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (tears; creases; tape; price sticker residue).
Another view of the box.
Has the insert (liner) and despite the flaws, this box is still solid as it is clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Photo of the box insert.

Lonesome NYC B units are hard to come by and adding a B unit to an AA tandem always makes the F3 diesels even more impressive looking! This 2344C is all original and it is in a very-hard-to-find box!
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2348 M & St. L
GP9
Road Switcher
E++/OB Yes $475 A Minneapolis & St. Louis Diesel from 1958-59:
Photo of the other side.
Red painted body with a blue-painted cab roof plus heat-stamped lettering (red on white and white on red). The 2348 was new for 1958 and it was the first GP9 offered by Lionel.
Photo of one end.
Has Magnetraction, operating couplers, a functional horn and an operating headlight on each end.
Photo of the other end.
Has a little box rub on the cab and a few minor rust spots on the frame and that's about it for flaws! There are no cracks and it is very clean with nice vibrant paint and crisp lettering plus there is NO battery damage!
Two "aerial" views.
Has the original instruction sheet #2348-14 dated 8/59 (tears, creases, stains, missing a small piece, discolored).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; creases; tape residue; writing; no coupler inserts).
Another view of the box.
This Star Corrugated Box Company box is solid: clean, square and sturdy! It is also a very hard to find box.
Close-up of the open end.
Pieces of advertising tape on one end provide a glimpse of the history of this engine: it was originally sold by Aarons, a store that was once located at 10742 So. Michigan Avenue in Chicago, IL!
Photo of the manufacturer's information.

With its colorful and very attractive decorating scheme, the M & St. L "Geep" will look great on either a display shelf or on a layout. It is one of the nicest 2348 M & St. L locos we have ever had! It is also a smooth and very peppy runner plus everything works -- including the horn!
2349 Northern Pacific
GP9
Road Switcher
E/E+ Yes $395 The Northern Pacific GP9 Diesel from 1959-60: has a black-painted body with unique brilliant-gold-painted crescent and ends separated by a red-painted stripe plus heat-stamped lettering (gold on black and red on black) plus a gold-painted frame with operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Has Magnetraction, a functional horn and a headlight on each end.
Photo of one end.
Cab: a few minor paint chips plus the fan unit was glued and that's about it for flaws on the cab!
Photo of the other end.
Chassis: a few paint chips on the frame plus the plastic pilot assembly on one end is a reproduction item. (It is exactly the same as an original, just a little shinier.) The chassis is very, very clean overall and rust free -- plus there is no battery damage!
Two "aerial" views.
This unit is very, very clean with nice lettering, sharp graphics and vibrant paint on both the frame and the cab -- plus there are no cracks and there is no battery damage!

Serviced and everything works properly -- even the horn works! This very, very low-mileage 2349 "GEEP" (General Purpose) Diesel is a powerful runner and can easily handle its consist. We have had very few 2349 Geeps over the years!
2358 Great Northern
EP-5 Electric
Ex. Yes $950 A Great Northern Electric from 1959-60: has an orange- and green- painted body (on a gray mold) with three narrow yellow stripes on each side with "GREAT NORTHERN" heat-stamped in yellow; has an orange-painted heat dissipater plus green & yellow nose decals that contain the GN logo. Has Magnetraction, a functional horn and a light on each end plus operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Cab: has reproduction nose decals plus some scuffs and paint chips. The cab still looks great as it is clean with strong lettering, nice vibrant paint and intact striping -- plus there are no cracks! Has the original pantographs!
Photo of one end.
Chassis: some paint chips and scuffs on the pilots. The frame is very clean with nice vibrant paint -- and there is no battery damage!.
Photo of the other end.
This low-mileage unit was serviced and it lights and runs great -- plus the horn works well!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Comes with a reproduction box that is lettered for the 2358 Great Northern.

With its striking green and orange paint scheme, it is a very attractive, very colorful and very photogenic engine! It will look great on anyone's layout or display shelf. This is the first 2358 EP5 we have ever offered for sale -- it is a RARE engine that seldom shows up in any condition!!!
3360 Burro Crane ===> ===> ===> Click here to go to our RR Work Cars Page to read about a very nice, boxed Burro Crane from 1956-57.
3927 Operating
Track Cleaner Car
===> ===> ===> Click here to go to our Work Cars Page to read about a gorgeous, boxed Track Cleaning Car from 1956.
6250 Seaboard
NW2
Switcher
VG+ Yes $185 A Seaboard Railroad diesel from 1954-55: blue- and orange-painted body with unpainted blue smokestacks and light-blue heat-stamped numbering.
Photo of the other side.
Version with "SEABOARD" decals and with three stanchions attaching the wire handrail to the body on each side.
Photo of the front.
Has Magnetraction, lights (front & rear), operating coil couplers and a blue-painted die-cast frame. With its extensive trim (including ornamental bell, ornamental whistle, radio wheel, marker lenses and wire handrails), the sturdy 6250 Seaboard is one of Lionel's deluxe engines of the early 50s!
Photo of the rear.
Cab: has repro smokestacks (which a are little shinier than the originals) plus a few moisture spots in the paint. Chassis: has some moisture spots in the frame.
Two "aerial" views.
The loco is very clean overall with crisp numbering and nice original decals.

This all-original and prototypical example is a perfect locomotive for an operator! It was serviced by us and the lights and couplers work plus it is a tremendous runner as are all of these early, brawny NW2 switchers.

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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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