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Diesels, Electrics & Military Motorized Units

This Web Page Last Updated: February 18, 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.

* * * Click on "Yes" in the Photo column to see a picture.
* * * 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
55 PRR
Tie Jector
===> ===> ===> Click here to go to our RR Work Cars Page to read about a good-looking, boxed PRR Tie Jector from 1957-58.
56 Minneapolis
& St. Louis

Yard Switcher
See Notes Yes $275 A M. & St. L Mine Transport 2-4-2 Vulcan switcher from 1958 only: has a red-painted body with white-painted cab sides and red heat-stamped lettering. Has original white-painted metal side railings plus operating tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Cab: missing both window struts plus there is some touch-up on the white railings.
Photo of the front.
Chassis: the side rods are tarnished and there is some paint loss on the frame (which can only be seen by turning the unit upside down).
Photo of the back.
The unit is very clean overall with nice lettering.
An "aerial" view.
The unit was serviced and it runs great! It is ready for your layout.
Another "aerial" view.

We have had very few 56 Mine Transports for sale over the years! If you can live with the missing struts, here is an opportunity to obtain a very scarce postwar item at a fraction of the cost of one that is completely intact.
60 Trolley ===> ===> ===> Click here to go to our Passenger Cars Page to read about a nice Rapid Transit Trolley from 1955 with black letters.
2023 Union Pacific
Alco AA Units
Power
unit:
E+

Dummy
unit:
E+

Master Carton
Photos:
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Alco AAs



Power A
Left


Power A Right

Power A Roof


Dummy A Right

Dummy A Left

Dummy A Roof
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$525 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 but nothing major anywhere! 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, 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 paperwork.
Has the correct original operating instruction sheet #2023-77 dated 8/50 (tears, punched holes) and the proper lubricating instruction sheet #926-26 dated 4/50 (tears, creases, tape).

Photo of the Master Carton.
Grade 7 original corrugated Master Carton.
Another view of the Master Carton.
Flaws: one preprinted end label is discolored; small tears; creases; punctures; scrapes; tape residue.
Photo of the manufacturer's data & identification plus the year.
This "St. Joe Kraft" box is dated "1950" on the bottom of the box.
Photo of the top.
Remnants of some old store advertising tape on the top of the box provides a little history of these Diesels: they were initially sold by "Sperry Craft Shoppe" -- a store once located at 107-109 W. Taylor Street in Syracuse, New York!
Photo of the box inserts.
Has ALL three inserts and this box is solid: fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy! It is also the correct master carton for the yellow version of the 2023 UP Alcos.

Good-looking Diesels in a presentable 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 very well!
2243C Santa Fe
F3 B Unit
E++/OB Yes $325 A Santa Fe "B" unit from 1956-57: has louvered ventilators, black trucks and closed-in portholes.
Photo of the other side.
Some box rub on the high spots of the roof and a few light scratches plus the usual imperfections associated with silver paint and that's it for flaws. The unit is sharp: very, very clean with nice even silver, gorgeous striping and near-perfect Indian head logos!
Two "aerial" views.
Note that this B unit is the mate to a single-motor 2243 power unit; it was not catalogued for separate sale. However, with its louvered ventilators, black trucks and closed-in potholes, this item is the perfect match for the 2383 Santa Fe AA units for which no B unit was ever made.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; glue residue; scrape; minor stains).
Another view of the box.
Has the insert (one tuck & a small piece missing) and this box is solid: fairly clean, square and sturdy plus there is no tape anywhere! Even with the flaws, it is one of the nicest 2243C boxes we have ever had!
Photo of the box insert.

The 2243 Santa Fe F3s were sold from 1955 to 1957 but the "Late Classic" box helps to date this unit as a 1956-57 item.

Only the third boxed 2243 "B" unit we have ever had available for separate-sale! If you have a nice 2243 power unit missing its mate or if you have a set of 2383s, this B unit will fill the void. Adding a B unit to an AA package always makes the F3 diesels even more impressive looking!
2321 Lackawanna
F-M
Trainmaster
E+/OB Yes $625
SOLD
A good-looking maroon-top 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 usual box rub on the simulated smokestacks and the metal catwalks have the common rust spots throughout -- but they are original! It is very clean overall with crisp lettering, near-perfect ORIGINAL decals and nice vibrant paint! In addition, neither end has a screw crack -- one of the few FMs we have ever had with no cracks!
Photo of the other end.
Chassis: very, very clean with no battery damage and minimal flaws!
Two views of the roof.
Has the original instruction sheet #2321-85, dated 9/54 (tears; creases; wrinkles).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the open end of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; punctures; paint spots; tape residue; "aged" look).
Photo of the sealed end of the box.
The corrugated box was made by the St. Joe Paper Co. -- and the year is indicated by "4" on one side.
Photo of the manufacturer's data, identification & year.
Has the insert and even with the flaws this box is decent as it is fairly 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 very-low-mileage unit lights and runs great plus the horn works! The maroon top 2321 was the very first F-M offered by Lionel and it is much harder to find than the later gray top version.
Our Archives Page: more information on 2321 Lackawanna FMs.

Still thinking about this engine? A recent Kalmbach Books (Classic Toy Trains) publication just listed the 2321 as one of the TOP 100 postwar Lionel collectible items! See page 35 of the book "Collectible Lionel Classics" for author Roger Carp's depiction of the Lackawanna FM's provenance including its design, development and history.
2328 Burlington
GP7
Road Switcher
VG 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. It is very clean overall with fairly bright silver, crisp lettering and sharp graphics. The shell is completely intact with no cracks.
Photo of one end.
Chassis: some moisture spots in the paint on the frame plus a little paint loss on one end railing. In addition, the pilot steps on both ends are reproduction items. (Note that they are exactly the same as the originals, 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.

This diesel is very presentable and it is a perfect item for an operator!
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!
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!
2344C New York Central
F3 B Unit


(Later Version)
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E+++
Un-run
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Yes $395 A beautiful NYC "B" unit from 1953-55 that was NEVER USED! Catalogued by Lionel as 2344C but with its louvered roof ventilators, it is the correct "B" unit to match the NYC 2354 AA units.
Photo of the other side.
Just gorgeous! It is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint, crisp lettering and sharp striping! Has the original porthole lenses.
Photo of the roof.

Lonesome B units are hard to come by -- especially unused ones! This 2344C is sharp, all original and it is the nicest one we have ever had! Adding a B unit to an AA tandem always makes the F3 diesels impressive looking!
3927 Operating
Track Cleaner Car
===> ===> ===> Click here to go to our Work Cars Page to read about a very clean operating Track Cleaning Car from 1957-60.
6250 Seaboard
NW2
Switcher
VG- Yes $140 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 some paint chips and stains in the paint plus a few moisture spots in the cab roof and the "SEABOARD" decal is chipped on one side of the hood. Chassis: has some scratches and paint chips on the frame plus the collector assembly has some oxidation.
Two "aerial" views.
The loco is very clean overall with crisp numbering and nice original decals on the cab. None of the cosmetic flaws affect operation.

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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