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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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Postwar Lionel Diesels, Electrics & Military Motorized Units
Catalog # Item GradePhotoPriceDescription & More Information
50 Section
Gang Car
===> ===> ===> Click here to go to our RR Work Cars Page to read about a good-looking and great-running motorized Section Gang Car with center horn from late 1954.
55 PRR
Tie Jector
===> ===> ===> Click here to go to our RR Work Cars Page to read about a sharp, boxed PRR Tie Jector from 1959-61.
57 AEC
Yard Switcher
E+/OB Yes $750 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: $700 plus shipping.
60 Trolley ===> ===> ===> Click here to go to our Passenger Cars Page to read about a great-running, blue-lettered Trolley from 1956.
68 Executive
Inspection Car
===> ===> ===> Click here to go to our Railroad Work Cars Page to read about a nice, boxed Executive Inspection Car from 1958-61!
400 Budd
Passenger Car
===> ===> ===> Need some passenger train power?
Click here to go to our Passenger Cars Page to read about a superb, boxed, great-running, motorized B & O Budd Passenger Rail Diesel Car from 1956-58.
404 Budd
Baggage Car
===> ===> ===> Need some passenger train power? Click here to go to our Passenger Cars Page to read about a good-looking, great-running, motorized Budd Baggage Rail Diesel Car from 1957-58.
600 M-K-T
NW2 Switcher
Ex. Yes $175 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!
621 Jersey Central
NW2 Switcher
E+/OB Yes $295
SOLD
A "JERSEY CENTRAL" diesel yard switcher from 1956-57: cab is royal blue with orange heat-stamped numbering and orange Statue of Liberty logo on each side.
Photo of the other side.
Has Magnetraction, a functional horn and operating couplers.
Photo of the front.
Has the usual hairline screw crack (no loss of plastic) plus some box rub on the frame. That's it for flaws; the engine is very, very clean with crisp numbering and sharp decals! The chassis is clean overall and there is no battery damage!
An "aerial" view.
The engine is a very strong runner and the horn works!

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; creases; puncture; some dirt; original tape residue).
Another view of the box.
A solid box: fairly clean, square and sturdy -- plus there is no un-original tape anywhere!

A good-looking 621 diesel and it comes in a box that is very hard to find! This low-mileage unit was serviced by us and it is ready for your display shelf or layout.
Click here to go to Our Archives Page to read more about 621 JC Switchers.
623 Santa Fe
NW2
Yard Switcher
E+/OB Yes $450 An A.T.S.F. diesel switcher from 1953: has a black-painted body with unpainted black smokestacks and white heat-stamped lettering plus a black-painted die-cast frame with wire handrails.
Photo of the other side.
Version with three stanchions that attach wire handrail to the body on each side.
Another view of this good-looking loco.
Has Magnetraction, lights (front and rear) and dual operating coil couplers.
Two "aerial" views.
Minimal flaws on both the cab and chassis! The loco is very clean with vibrant paint, nice lettering, and near-perfect decals!

Photo of the box.
Grade 8+ original box (tears; residue from the original factory tape; writing; "aged" look).
Another view of the box.
Has the original insert and this box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy. It is the nicest 623 box we have ever had!
Photo of the box insert.
Has the original instruction sheet #623-17 dated 6/53 (some discoloration).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

This brawny-looking, prototypical locomotive was serviced and it is ready for your display shelf or layout; it lights and both couplers work. It is also 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!
624 C & O
NW2
Switcher
Good Yes $120 An operator's special -- one of the biggest bargains we have ever offered: the colorful Chesapeake & Ohio Yard Switcher from 1954: Has a blue-painted body with unpainted yellow smokestacks and yellow heat-stamped numbering. It is the later version with three stanchions on each side that attach the wire handrails to the body.
Photo of the other side.
Has Magnetraction, running lights (front and back) plus a blue-painted die-cast frame with yellow striping and dual operating couplers.
Photo of the front.
Flaws: the cab has a few chips plus some moisture spots in the paint, the "CHESAPEAKE & OHIO" decals on the sides are flaking and the striping on the frame is nicked on both sides. However, the engine is completely intact and the frame is not bowed or cracked. The E-unit was replaced and the unit is one of the quietest and best running locomotives we have ever had!
Two "aerial" views.
Although not in collector-quality condition, this inexpensive, 60-year-old-plus loco has decades of running time ahead of it on someone's layout and/or around someone's Christmas tree!

What it is not: it is not a pristine shelf queen in collector-quality condition! What it is: a $120-dollar operator's special -- this brawny-looking, prototypical locomotive was serviced and it lights & runs great plus the couplers work! The flaws make it look realistic -- as if it has been in service jockeying cars around in some real railroad yard.

Still thinking about this engine? A recent Kalmbach Books (Classic Toy Trains) publication just listed the 624 as one of the TOP 100 postwar Lionel collectible items! See page 32 of the book "Collectible Lionel Classics" for author Roger Carp's depiction of the C&O Switcher's provenance including its design, development and history.
2321 Lackawanna FM
Trainmaster
E+/OB Yes $495 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.
2343P/T Santa Fe
F3 AA Units
Power
A unit:
E++/OB

Dummy
A unit:
E++/OB
Photos:
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F3 AAs



Power A
Left


Power A Right

Power A Roof


Dummy A Right

Dummy A Left

Dummy A Roof
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$750 A set of Santa Fe F3 diesels from 1951: this colorful pair of AA units are dressed in the silver and red warbonnet paint scheme with red, yellow and black rubber-stamped detailing stripes! The units have wire-cloth (screen) ventilators, open portholes (with repro lenses) and black heat-stamped lettering.
Photo of the fronts.
Has an original instruction sheet #2343-15, dated 4/50 (technically incorrect as it should have a date of 3/51).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Power unit: Magnetraction, twin motors, functional horn, operating headlight and original numberboards. The cab has some box and a light scratch on the roof and that's about it for flaws. It is very, very clean with crisp lettering, vibrant paint, bright silver, sharp logos and near-perfect striping! The chassis is also very, very clean with no battery damage. The unit was serviced and it lights and runs great -- plus the horn works!

Photo of the Power unit box.
Grade 9+ original box for the Power unit (minimal flaws).
Another view of the Power unit box.
This Kieckhefer Container Co. box has a part number of 2343P-10 and helps to identify this pair of 2343s as having been made in 1951 (Kieckhefer is the company Lionel used for their corrugated boxes in 1951.)
Photo of the manufacturer's information.
Has the insert (tears & tape) and this brick-like box is SOLID: clean, complete, square & sturdy!
Photo of the Power unit box insert.

Dummy unit: operating headlight and original numberboards. The cab has some box rub and some minor paint chips and that's about it for flaws. It is very, very clean with crisp lettering, vibrant paint, bright silver, sharp logos and near-perfect striping! The chassis is also very, very clean!

Photo of the Dummy unit box.
Grade 6 original box for the Dummy unit (tears; creases; scrapes; punctures; tape).
Another view of the Dummy unit box.
Has the insert and even with the flaws, this box is decent as it is clean, complete, square & sturdy!
Photo of the Dummy unit box insert.

With its dual motors and resulting pulling power, the 2343 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! We have not had a nice pair of boxed 2343s in years! These units have been together since "birth" as they are matched in every sense: the lettering, striping, decals, paint patina, paint shades and flaws are all similar! It is NOT a "put-together" pair!
Two different versions of the Santa Fe F3 B unit:
2343C Santa Fe
F3 B Unit
E- Yes $325 A Santa Fe "B" unit from 1950-52: has wire-cloth (screen) ventilators -- matches either Santa Fe 2333 or 2343 AA units.
Photo of the other side.
Cab: some light scratches plus the usual discoloration associated with silver paint. Overall, the unit is 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 and discoloration; the trucks are very clean with very nice silver!

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 a B unit to an AA tandem always makes the F3 diesels more impressive looking!
2343C Santa Fe
F3 B Unit
E- Yes $275 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. Overall, the unit is clean, with fairly bright silver, sharp striping & near-perfect Indian head logos! Has the original porthole lenses.
Two "aerial" views.
Chassis: a few scratches on the underside of the belly and that's about it for flaws; the frame and trucks are both very clean with very nice silver!

Adding a B unit to an AA package always makes the F3 diesels even more impressive looking!
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2344C New York Central
F3 B Unit
See Notes Yes $175 A good-looking NYC "B" unit: version from 1950-52 with screen (wire cloth) ventilators -- matches either NYC 2333 or 2344 AA units.
Photo of the other side.
Has un-original screws holding the metal floor of the body and the ladders to the plastic underframe. In addition, the underframe has some silver showing so it may have started out as a Santa Fe frame. These flaws can only be seen by turning the unit upside down and carefully examining it.
Two views of the roof.
The body itself is in E+ condition; it is very, very clean with nice paint, lettering and striping plus it has the original porthole lenses.

Lonesome B units are hard to come by and we have had very, very few separate-sale F3 B units available for the earlier New York Central units. Adding a B unit to an AA tandem always makes the F3 diesels impressive looking!
2348 M & St. L
GP9
Road Switcher
E+ 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 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!
2360 Pennsylvania
GG1
Electric
VG Yes $450 A Tuscan, 5-stripe, double-motor GG1 electric from 1956 only:
Photo of the other side.
Has a die-cast cab plus a 4-6-6-4 wheel configuration with die-cast trucks & operating coil couplers, Magnetraction, twin motors, running lights and a functional horn.
Photo of one end.
A few paint chips plus the striping is almost completely gone. Overall, this loco still looks good as it is very clean with nice original decals and very strong lettering & numbering.
Photo of the other end.
The chassis is also very clean and there is NO BATTERY DAMAGE! This low-mileage GG1 was serviced and it lights and runs great -- plus the horn works!
An "aerial" view.
Has repro pantographs and insulators but they are high quality and look very close to the originals.

With its dual motors and resulting pulling power, the legendary 2360 is one of the most powerful engines made by Lionel in the postwar era. The 5-stripe Tuscan GG1 was catalogued by Lionel as 2360-1 and headed up the 1956 CONGRESSIONAL Passenger Car Set #2274W (#811 is the equivalent set sold by chain stores and other discounters).
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 $975 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!
2383 Santa Fe
F3 AA Units
Power A:
VG

Dummy A:
Ex.
Yes $275 Santa Fe F3 diesels from 1958-63: these AA units are dressed in the silver and red warbonnet paint scheme with red, yellow and black rubber-stamped detailing stripes! The units have louvered ventilators, closed portholes and black heat-stamped lettering.
Photo of the noses.

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.
The cab has some box rub and paint chips plus the front decal is chipped; the pilot and frame belly have various scratches. However, the unit is very clean overall with vibrant paint, crisp lettering and nice striping -- and there is no battery damage.
Two "aerial" views of the Power Unit.
Lights and runs great -- plus the horn works!

Photo of the Dummy Unit.
Dummy unit: operating headlight and original numberboards.
Photo of the other side of the Dummy Unit.
Has some light scratches, minor paint chips and some box rub. It is very nice overall: very, very clean with vibrant paint, crisp lettering and sharp striping. The frame is also very, very clean with minimal flaws.
Two "aerial" views of the Dummy Unit.

Perfect for an operator as everything works!

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!
3927 Operating
Track Cleaner Car
===> ===> ===> Click here to go to our Work Cars Page to read about a very clean, boxed operating Track Cleaning Car from 1957-60.

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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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