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This Web Page Last Updated: February 7, 2018

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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
57 AEC
Yard Switcher
E+/OB Yes $575 A good-looking 2-4-2 "ATOMIC ENERGY COMMISSION" Vulcan Switcher from 1959-60: white with red-painted cab sides and white heat-stamped lettering; has dual operating tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
One window strut was professionally repaired and it was done so well that it is extremely difficult to detect!
A view of the front.
The unit also has the common issue of the white having changed to cream over the years. However, the cream color is uniform and so the piece is still very, very attractive! It is very, very clean overall and there are no screw cracks.
A view of the back.
This very low-mileage "baby" diesel was serviced by us and it runs great!
An "aerial" view.
Has the original instruction sheet (#57-10), dated 9/59.
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (missing the front panel and the small "push" tab; tears; creases; tape inside; scrapes).
Another view of the box.
A very nice clear window was substituted for the front panel.
Photo of the front of the box without the insert.
Has the original insert!
Photo of the box insert.
Despite the flaws, the box is decent as it is fairly clean, square and sturdy!
Photo of the front of the box with the insert inside.

The 57 AEC switcher would look realistic hauling the 6805 Atomic Waste Car: in 1954 Congress passed the Atomic Energy Act Amendments of 1954, which for the first time made the development of commercial nuclear power possible. The act assigned the AEC the functions of both encouraging the use of nuclear power and regulating its safety. The AEC's regulatory programs sought to ensure public health and safety from the hazards of nuclear power without imposing excessive requirements that would inhibit the growth of the industry.

We have had very, very few AEC switchers over the years and this is only the second time we have had the 57 boxed! It is a rare piece with a rare instruction sheet and in a SUPER RARE BOX!

Price for just the switcher without the box, insert & instruction sheet: $475 plus shipping.
60 Trolley ===> ===> ===> Click here to go to our Passenger Cars Page to read about a nice, boxed Trolley from 1955.
600 M-K-T
NW2 Switcher
Ex. Yes $160 The Missouri-Kansas-Texas diesel yard switcher from 1955 only: unpainted red cab with white heat-stamped numbering and medallions. Version with black-painted frame and chemically-blackened platform railings and steps.
Photo of the other side.
Has single-axle Magnetraction and operating couplers.
Photo of the front.
Common hairline screw crack in front (no loss of plastic and it can only be seen if the front is scrutinized with good lighting) plus the "600" on one side has some rub marks. That's about it for flaws; this unit is clean with strong graphics overall and it has a nice, rust-free chassis.
An "aerial" view.
This good-looking, low-mileage loco was serviced and it runs great!
Another "aerial" view.

The 600 M-K-T does not show up in the marketplace very often in nice condition!
2321 Lackawanna FM
Trainmaster
E+/OB Yes $425 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; some tarnishing of the metal catwalks plus one of the metal stanchions was repaired but they are ORIGINAL and look much better than 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 (holes, tears & creases).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box.
Photo of the sealed 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.
Box flaws: tape; tape residue; tears, creases; repro insert. Thanks to the presence of the insert, this box is solid as it is fairly clean, square and sturdy!
Photo of the reproduction 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!
Our Archives Page has more 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.
2329 Virginian Rectifier ======
E++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $1,350
SOLD
A blue & yellow Virginian Rectifier from 1958-59 that was NEVER USED! The 2329 is one of the most interesting-looking and colorful engines produced by Lionel in the postwar era.
Photo of the other side.
Has Magnetraction, an operating horn and a light on each end plus a single (original) pantograph.
Photo of one end.
Cab: decal is chipped on the corner plus some minor box rub and that's about it for flaws! The cab is all intact and very, very clean with vibrant paint, crisp lettering and beautiful graphics!
Another view of this unique locomotive.
Chassis: some very small paint chips on the frame and end railings and that's about it for flaws! It has no battery damage and the chassis is clean inside and out with nice vibrant yellow paint!
Two "aerial" views.
Has the original instruction sheet #2329-17 dated 7/58 (tears, creases, holes, discolored).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the sealed end of the box.
Grade 7 original box (small tears; writing; glue residue; tape residue; punctures; missing one coupler insert).
Photo of the open end of the box.
The box is solid: fairly clean, square and sturdy plus it is a very difficult one to find!
Close-up of the flaps on the open end.
The corrugated box was made by the St. Joe Paper Company.
Photo of the manufacturer's information.

Finding an unused locomotive of any kind is very, very unusual and this one is the first unrun 2329 we have ever handled! This Rectifier looks great plus we "bench tested" its functions and everything works -- including the horn!
2343C Santa Fe
F3 B Unit
E+/OB Yes $395
On
HOLD
Santa Fe "B" unit from 1952: has wire-cloth (screen) ventilators -- matches either Santa Fe 2333 or 2343 AA units.
Photo of the other side.
Cab: some box rub and a few light scuffs plus the usual discoloration associated with silver paint. Overall, the unit is very clean, with fairly bright silver, sharp striping & near-perfect Indian head logos! Has repro porthole lenses.
Two "aerial" views.
Chassis: the frame has some scuffs; the trucks are very clean with very nice silver!

Photo of the box.
Grade 5 original "OPS" box.
Photo of the "nicer" end of the box.
Box flaws: missing pieces; tears; creases; tape; glue residue; scrapes; some dirt; writing.
Another view of the box.
Not a wonderful box but it has the insert and the box is fairly clean, square and sturdy. It will protect the "B" unit in shipping and in storage.
Photo of the insert.

The 2343C Santa Fe "B" unit with screen ventilators was sold from 1950 to 1952 but the "OPS" box helps to identify this piece as a 1952 item.

Lonesome B units are hard to come by and we have had very few separate-sale F3 B units available for the earlier Santa Fe units. Adding one or more B units to an AA tandem always makes the F3 diesels more impressive looking!
2348 M & St. L
GP9
Road Switcher
E+ Yes $425 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 the one end.
Has Magnetraction, a functional horn and an operating headlight on each end.
Photo of the other end.
Cab: a few discoloration spots on the cab roof plus a little box rub and that's about it for flaws! It is very clean overall with very nice vibrant paint and crisp lettering.
An "aerial" view.
Chassis: a couple of rust spots on the frame and that's it for flaws; it is very clean with NO battery damage!

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 as it was serviced and it is a smooth and very peppy runner plus everything works -- including the horn!
2356 Southern
F3 AA Units
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Power A:
E+/OB

Dummy A:
E++/OB
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Yes $1,100 A gorgeous pair of Southern Railway F3 AA units from 1954-56: very attractive green and gray paint scheme with yellow lettering and striping.
Photo of the noses.

Photo of the Power Unit.
Power "A" unit: Magnetraction, twin horizontal motors and operating headlight plus original numberboards, original decals and original porthole lenses.
Photo of the right side of the Power Unit.
Some box rub in spots plus a few (very small) paint chips and that's about it for flaws on the cab. It is a very, very clean unit with sharp striping, crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint plus there is nothing broken or cracked. The chassis is equally as nice -- very, very clean inside and out and the unit lights and runs great!
Two views of the Power unit's roof.

Photo of the Power unit box.
Grade 8+ original box for the Power A (small tears; minor "dig" marks that may be from track; tape residue; some aged but un-original paper tape that may have been applied by the original dealer; no insert).
Another view of the Power unit box.
The corrugated box was made by the Kraft St. Joe Paper Co.
Photo of the manufacturer's information on the Power unit box.
This brick-like box is clean, square and sturdy!

Photo of the right side of the "Trailer" (Dummy) Unit.
Dummy "A" unit: functional horn and operating headlight plus original numberboards, original decals and original porthole lenses.
Photo of the left side of the "Trailer" Unit.
A few minor surface scratches and that's about it for flaws on the cab. The cab is very, very clean with nice striping and crisp lettering plus there is nothing broken or cracked. It is a very, very clean unit with sharp striping, crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint plus there is nothing broken or cracked. The chassis is equally as nice: very, very clean inside and out -- and there is no battery damage! The light and horn both work!
Two views of the Dummy unit's roof.

Photo of the Dummy unit box.
Grade 6 original box with insert for the Dummy A (tears; creases; amateur repairs; lots of tape; "aged" look).
Another view of the Dummy unit box.
Has the insert (liner) and even with the flaws, this box is very useful as it has both end flaps and all four inner flaps making it complete, square and sturdy!
Photo of the Dummy unit box insert.

With its dual motors and resulting pulling power, the 2356 is one of the most powerful engines made by Lionel in the postwar era. The 2356 Southern AA combination was available as a separate item from 1954 to 1956. It is one of the harder F3 diesel sets to find in collector-quality condition. These low-mileage units run well and look good -- plus when do you the boxes?
2367 Wabash
F3 AB Units
Power A:
E++

Dummy B:
E++
Yes $975
On
HOLD
The sharp-looking blue and white Wabash F3 AB units from 1955 only.
Photo of the Power unit.
Power unit: Magnetraction, twin vertical motors, functional horn, operating headlight & original numberboards.
Photo of the right side of the Power unit.
A few paint chips and some box rub and that's about it for flaws on the cab. The shell is very, very clean with crisp lettering, sharp striping and nice vibrant paint -- plus the front decal is largely intact!
Photo of the front of the Power unit.
Minimal flaws on the chassis! It is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint -- and there is no battery damage.
Another photo of the front of the Power Unit taken from another angle.
Lights and runs great -- plus the horn works!
Two views of the Power unit's roof.

Photo of the "Dummy" B unit.
Dummy unit: all original and it is the correct "B" unit for the 2367 double-motor Wabash F3 as it has the full-length white center stripe on the sides. (The "B" unit for the 2240 single-motor Wabash F3 has a less-than-full-length white center stripe.)
Photo of the other side of the "B" Unit.
Some box rub in one corner of the cab plus some paint loss on the edges of the frame and that's about it for flaws. The unit is very, very clean with crisp lettering, sharp striping and nice vibrant paint!
Two views of the B unit's roof.

With its dual motors and resulting pulling power, the 2367 is one of the most powerful engines made by Lionel in the postwar era. Its attractive paint scheme makes it a nice shelf piece as well. This 2367 AB combination is one of the nicest pairs we have ever had!
2383 Santa Fe
F3 AA Units
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Power A:
E++
Un-run
OB


Dummy A:
E+++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $850
SOLD
A set of Santa Fe F3 diesels from 1965-66 that were NEVER USED! These AA units are dressed in the silver and red warbonnet paint scheme with red, yellow and black rubber-stamped detailing stripes! The cabs has louvered ventilators, closed portholes and black heat-stamped lettering.
Photo of the Power Unit.
Power unit: Magnetraction, twin motors, functional horn, operating headlight and original numberboards.
Photo of the other side of the Power Unit.
A couple of light scratches and that's about it for flaws on the cab; it is sharp: very, very clean with bright silver plus gorgeous lettering and striping! The pilot has some scuff marks and that's about it for flaws on the chassis; it is very, very clean with nice silver and there is no battery damage.
Two "aerial" views of the Power Unit.

Photo of the Dummy Unit.
Dummy unit: operating headlight and original numberboards.
Photo of the other side of the Dummy Unit.
Even nicer than the power unit! The cab is sharp: very, very clean with bright silver plus gorgeous lettering and striping! Minimal flaws on the chassis; it is very, very clean with nice silver!
Two "aerial" views of the Dummy Unit.

One of the nicest pair of 2383 F3s we have ever seen -- clean silver, vibrant red, sharp lettering, crisp striping, nice decals and minimal signs of handling on each unit.
Photo of the noses.
Has the two sheets of original Lionel wrapping paper that was provided by the company to help protect each piece inside its box.
Photo of the Lionel wrapping paper.
Has the correct original instruction sheet #2373-12, dated 6/65 and the original #1-165 Warranty Card!
Photo of the instruction sheet and the warranty card.

Photo of the Power unit box.
Grade 8+ Power unit original box: (writing; tears from tape removal).
Another view of the Power unit box.

Photo of the Dummy unit box.
Grade 9 Trailer unit original box: (tears; small stains).
Another view of the Dummy unit box.
These two Mead Containers boxes are solid: fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy with no un-original tape anywhere!
Photo of the manufacturer's information on each box.

Finding an unused locomotive of any kind is very, very unusual and this one is the first unrun pair of 2383s we have ever handled! Both pieces look great plus we "bench tested" the functions of both units and everything works -- including the horn!

With its dual motors and resulting pulling power, the 2383 is one of the most powerful engines made by Lionel in the postwar era. Its attractive paint scheme made it hard for both adults and children to resist when they were introduced!

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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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