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This Web Page Last Updated: March 26, 2020

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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 sharp, boxed PRR Tie Jector from 1957-58.
209 New Haven
Alco AA Units
Power:
E+++

Dummy:
E++
Yes $895
SOLD
New Haven Alco AA diesels from 1958 only! These units have a very attractive paint scheme: black cabs with orange and white stripes on the sides.
Photo of the noses.

Photo of the left side of the power unit.
Power unit has Magnetraction, an operating headlight and a functional horn.
Photo of the right side of the power unit.
Minimal flaws! It is very, very clean (inside and out) and there is no battery damage! The cab is sharp with crisp lettering, nice striping, vibrant paint and intact decals! The locomotive was serviced and it lights and runs great -- even the horn works on this very, very low-mileage unit!
An "aerial" view of the power unit.

Photo of the right side of the dummy unit.
The right side has a scratch in the white stripe and a chip in the nose decal under the numberboard and that's it for flaws!
Photo of the left side of the dummy unit.
It is very, very clean (inside and out)! The cab is sharp with crisp lettering, nice striping, vibrant paint and intact decals!
An "aerial" view of the dummy unit.

No cracks in either unit; they are ALL ORIGINAL and represent the nicest 209 Alcos we have ever had! The 209 New Havens are the hardest of the later Alco series to find -- not often available for sale in any condition!
212 United States
Marine Corps

Alco Diesel
E+/OB Yes $325 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!
610 Erie
NW2 Switcher
E+ Yes $850 Here's a scarce item: an "ERIE" diesel yard switcher from 1955 with a 1956 Lionel "Service Station Replacement" body! After the 610 Erie was discontinued, Lionel modified the NW2 shell to include a flat nameplate (letterboard) similar to the 611 Jersey Central, 613 Union Pacific and other models. The black-painted body has yellow heat-stamped numbering and a yellow heat-stamped Erie medallion on each side. Version with a chemically-blackened frame and platform railings and steps.
Photo of the other side.
Has Magnetraction and operating couplers.
Photo of the front.
Has a few minor surface scratches on the cab and frame plus some rub marks on the cab's graphics and that's about it for flaws!
An "aerial" view.
The unit is very, very clean with a rust-free chassis -- plus the front of the cab is NOT cracked! It was serviced and this low-mileage loco runs great!
File photo showing the 610 with rare replacement body & the common regular production version.

This is the first 610 Erie NW2 switcher with the rare replacement body that we have ever had! If you like unusual items, take a close look at this engine!
624 C & O
NW2
Switcher
E+/OB Yes $425 A colorful Chesapeake & Ohio Yard Switcher from 1953: has a blue-painted body with unpainted yellow smokestacks and yellow heat-stamped numbering. It is the later version with "GM" decals and three stanchions on each side that attach the wire handrails to the body.
Photo of the other side.
Has dual-axle Magnetraction, running lights (front and back) plus a blue-painted die-cast frame with yellow striping and dual operating coil couplers.
Another view.
A few paint chips and some box rub and that's it for flaws! This loco is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint, strong decals with only minor chipping and beautiful striping. Has a nice clean chassis and this low-mileage loco lights and runs great!
Two "aerial" views.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (tears; creases; lots of tape inside; glue residue; remnants of an old store advertising sticker; some discoloration).
Another view of the box.
Has the original insert (liner).
Photo of the box insert.
Even with the flaws, this box is very useful as it is complete, clean, square and sturdy!
Photo of the front of the box.
Has the correct original instruction sheet #623-17, dated 6/53.
Photo of the instruction sheet.

An all-original, attractive and prototypical locomotive with a brick-like box! This unit will look fine on display but it is also ready for your layout -- it was serviced and it is a tremendous runner as are all of these early, brawny NW2 switchers.
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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$395
SOLD
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 plus the red striping on both units was touched up. 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, creases, "aged" look, punched holes) and the proper lubricating instruction sheet #926-26 dated 4/50 (tears, creases, stains).

Photo of the Master Carton.
Grade 7+ original corrugated Master Carton.
Another view of the Master Carton.
Flaws: small tears; a few creases; small stains on the bottom; missing one of the smaller inserts.
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 two original inserts (plus a fairly-nice home-made insert) and this box is solid: fairly clean, square and sturdy -- plus there is no un-original tape anywhere!
Photo of the box inserts.

Good-looking Diesels in a very 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!
2031 Rock Island
Alco AA Units
Power:
E++

Dummy:
E+

Master Carton
Alco AAs

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Power A:


Left Side

Right Side

Roof
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Dummy A:


Right Side

Left Side

Roof
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$475 A pair of RI diesels from 1952: very attractive black & red paint scheme with white lettering on the cabs and white striping on the 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.
Minimal flaws on the Power A cab! The Dummy A cab has a few light scratches and some paint chips but nothing major. Both units very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and crisp lettering plus there is no battery damage on the Power A chassis.

Photo of the Master Carton.
Grade 5 original "OPS" Master Carton.
Another view of the Master Carton.
Flaws: has a 2 inch by 1 1/2 inch hole on the bottom as a result of a burn plus a little damage nearby to one end, Christmas sticker still attached and covering the "OPS" data, tears, creases, tape residue, no inserts.
Photo of the bottom.
This box is square and sturdy and can be made to look a lot better with the addition of a false floor.
Close-up of the manufacturer's data, identification and year.
This corrugated box was made by the St. Joe Paper Company and has the year preprinted on one side.

This Alco combination is the earliest Rock Island version: each unit has a smooth roof over the motor area and has the front-facing portions of the marker lens slots painted red.

Both units were serviced and everything works properly -- including the horn! The box isn't great but the Diesels are the nicest 1952 Rock Island Alcos 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!
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
See Notes Yes $140 A blue and white Wabash diesel from 1958 only:
Photo of the other side.
Has Magnetraction and an operating headlight on each end plus dual fixed couplers.
Photo of the end with the crack.
Cab: the gray portions were repainted (very nicely done although the color is slightly shinier than the original) and there is a screw crack on one end (no loss of plastic). That's about it for flaws -- the cab is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint, crisp lettering and sharp graphics (Ex).
Photo of the other end.
Chassis: frame was repainted and there is no horn or horn relay plus the prongs to hold the battery are missing. However, the chassis is very, very clean with no remaining battery damage.
Two "aerial" views.

This low-mileage "Geep" looks nice plus it was serviced and it is ready for your layout as it lights and runs very well!
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!
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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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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