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This Web Page Last Updated: January 13, 2021

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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
41 U. S. Army
Yard Switcher
VG+ Yes $ 85 A 2-4-2 "UNITED STATES ARMY" gas turbine from 1956-57:
Photo of the other side.
Has an unpainted-black body with white heat-stamped lettering and black metal handrails plus operating tab couplers.
Photo of the front and the back.
Has one screw crack (no loss of plastic) plus some light scratches.
An "aerial" view.
This unit is very presentable as it is all original and clean overall with nice lettering and graphics -- plus all window struts are intact
Another "aerial" view.

This very low-mileage unit was serviced and it runs great! It is perfect for a layout with a military theme!
Click here to go to Our Archives Page to read more about 41 Army Yard Switchers.
50 Section
Gang Car
===> ===> ===> Click here to go to our RR Work Cars Page to read about a great-running motorized Section Gang Car from the 50s that we have for sale.
60 Trolley ===> ===> ===> Click here to go to our Passenger Cars Page to read about a nice-looking, great-running, blue-lettered Trolley from 1955.
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!
204 Santa Fe
Alco AA Units
Power:
VG

Dummy:
Ex.
Yes $145 Santa Fe diesels from 1957 only: the cabs have a colorful blue & yellow paint scheme with red stripes and yellow heat-stamped lettering plus a large wraparound nose decal.
Photo of the noses.

Photo of the left side of the power unit.
The power unit has a headlight and double-axle Magnetraction.
Photo of the right side of the power unit.
The apron (pilot) has a repaired crack (no loss of plastic) and the front decal has the common chipping and cracking plus there is a few scuffs on the cab. Overall, the cab is very clean with strong lettering and nice striping! The frame is clean and rust free.
An "aerial" view of the power unit.

Photo of the right side of the dummy unit.
The dummy unit has a headlight.
Photo of the left side of the dummy unit.
The front decal has the common chipping and cracking but minimal flaws elsewhere. The apron (pilot) is completely intact and overall, the cab is sharp -- very clean with crisp lettering and nice striping! The frame is clean and rust free.
An "aerial" view of the dummy unit.

Attractive-looking pieces -- perfect, no; nice looking, yes! The units were serviced and they light and run great! We have not had 204 Santa Fe Alcos in over three and a half years!
212 United States
Marine Corps

Alco Diesel
E+/OB Yes $225 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!
231P Rock Island
Alco Diesel
E++/OB Yes $295 A sharp-looking RI diesel from 1961-63: has a black-painted body with a red-painted middle stripe, white roofline stripe, white heat-stamped lettering and a white heat-stamped Rock Island herald on the nose. Has double-axle Magnetraction, a 2-position E-unit and an operating headlight.
Photo of the right side of the engine.
A few small chips in the white string on one side and that's it for flaws! It is gorgeous! The pilot (front apron) is completely intact and this unit is nice: very, very clean with crisp lettering, sharp striping and nice, vibrant paint!
Photo of the front.
This low-mileage and very peppy unit was serviced and it lights and runs great!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; remnants where original tape was removed; writing).
Another view of the box.
This Mead Containers box is solid: clean, complete, square & sturdy! In addition, a 231P box is rather scarce as most of the 231 Alcos produced came unboxed in uncatalogued sets!
Photo of the side with the manufacturer's identification.

An attractive and smooth-running engine in a very presentable box!
400 Budd
Passenger Car
===> ===> ===> Need some passenger train power?
Click here to go to our Passenger Cars Page to read about two great-running, motorized B & O Budd Passenger Rail Diesel Cars from 1956-58.
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!
611 Jersey Central
NW2 Switcher
E+ Yes $295
SOLD
The very attractive and very popular "JERSEY CENTRAL" diesel yard switcher from 1957-58: cab has a two-tone paint scheme: unpainted royal blue and orange-painted body with the Statue of Liberty logo heat stamped on each side plus white heat-stamped lettering on nameplates.
Photo of the other side
Has Magnetraction and an operating headlight.
Photo of the front.
Some box rub and scuffs plus the common hairline screw crack in front (no loss of plastic) and that's about it for flaws on the cab; some minor paint loss on the frame and that's it for flaws on the chassis. This unit is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint, strong lettering and nice graphics!
Two "aerial" views.

This good-looking loco was serviced and it is a smooth, peppy runner.
Click here to go to Our Archives Page to read more about 611 JC Switchers.
614 Alaska
NW2
Yard Switcher
E++ Yes $350 An "ALASKA RAILROAD" diesel yard switcher made from 1959-60: later version without the yellow outline on the builder's plate.
Photo of the other side.
Cab is dark blue with yellow lettering plus Eskimo figure graphics and the unique yellow dynamic brake unit. Has Magnetraction, operating headlight and correct, 2-position reversing unit.
Photo of the front.
The loco is very, very clean with crisp lettering and beautiful graphics plus the front is NOT cracked! Has a very clean and rust-free chassis.
An "aerial" view.

Serviced and this low-mileage unit lights and runs great! It is the nicest 614 Switcher we have ever had!

Click here to go to Our Archives Page to read more about 614 Alaska Switchers
"622" A T S F
NW2
Yard Switcher
E/E++

See Notes
Yes $ 95 An A T S F. diesel switcher: has a black (modern-era) body with black smokestacks, white heat-stamped lettering, green marker lights, a silver decorative horn, a silver decorative bell and a silver radio antenna.
Photo of the other side.
The cab (which was modified to mount on a postwar chassis) is further decorated with a wire handrail held by five stanchions on each side.
Photo of the front.
The postwar (623) chassis has a black-painted die-cast frame with wire handrails plus Magnetraction, lights (front and rear) and dual operating coil couplers.
Photo of the back.
The frame has some paint chips and box rub but it is in excellent condition overall. The cab is gorgeous: very, very clean with beautiful lettering -- E++ condition!
Two "aerial" views.

A fantastic bargain for an operator! This brawny-looking, prototypical locomotive was serviced and it lights and runs great plus the couplers work! This tremendous runner is ready to be enjoyed on your layout for years to come!
624 C & O
NW2
Switcher
VG- Yes $125 A colorful Chesapeake & Ohio Yard Switcher from 1952-54: has a blue-painted body with unpainted yellow smokestacks and yellow heat-stamped numbering. It is the later version without "GM" decals and with 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.
Photo of the front.
Various paint chips and box rub plus the smokestacks are reproduction items.
Photo of the back.
This loco is clean overall with nice vibrant paint, intact decals with only minor chipping and strong graphics. Has a nice clean chassis and this loco lights and runs great!
Two "aerial" views.

A prototypical-looking locomotive that is ready for your layout -- it was serviced and it is a tremendous runner as are all of these early, brawny NW2 switchers.
628 Northern Pacific
44-Ton Switcher
VG- Yes $ 60 "NP" GE 44-ton diesel switcher from 1956-57: has a black cab with yellow heat-stamped graphics and a yellow lower stripe; it comes with Magnetraction, headlight and operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Cab: common hairline screw crack (no loss of plastic) plus some scuffs and surface scratches but nothing severe. In addition, the yellow stripe was re-done (not bad but the yellow is not quite as dark as the original). Overall the cab is fairly clean with strong graphics.
Photo of both ends.
Chassis: one pilot is chipped on the side plus there are some paint chips and rust spots on the end railings and the frame but the chassis is fairly clean overall.
An "aerial" view.
Not in collector-quality condition, it is an "operator's special" -- serviced and this loco lights and runs great!

Also known as a "Steeple-Cab" diesel or a "Center-Cab" diesel, it is one of my favorite style engines. It's prototypical, peppy and rather odd-looking.
2023 Union Pacific
Alco AA Units
Power
unit:
E+/E++

Dummy
unit:
E+/E++
Yes $275 All-original 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.
Photo of the noses.

Photo of the left side of the Power unit.
Power A: Magnetraction, functional horn, operating coil coupler in the front, operating headlight & original number boards.
Photo of the right side of the Power unit.
The power unit cab has some minor box rub and that's about it for flaws. It is very clean with vibrant paint, sharp striping and a nice front decal.
An "aerial" view of the Power Unit.
The horn plate on the bottom of the power unit chassis has some discoloration (possibly from a battery that just started to leak) plus some minor chipping of the red stripe and that's about it for flaws on the chassis; it is very clean and there is no battery damage!
Photo of underside of the Power Unit's chassis.

Photo of the right side of the Dummy unit.
Dummy A: operating coil coupler in the front, operating headlight & original number boards.
Photo of the left side of the Dummy unit.
Has a scratch on the roof plus some minor paint loss in places and that's about it for flaws on the cab! It is very clean with vibrant paint, sharp striping and a nice front decal. Minimal flaws on the chassis! It is very clean with very nice striping!
An "aerial" view of the Dummy Unit.

The cabs match each other in color, lettering, striping and decals and they are among the nicest yellow 2023 Alcos we have ever had! Both units were serviced by us and they light and run great plus the couplers work and the horn works very well!
2023 Union Pacific
Alco AA Units
Power
unit:
VG-

Dummy
unit:
VG
Yes $135
SOLD
All-original UP diesels from 1951 only: has a silver & gray paint scheme with black heat-stamped lettering and striping on the cabs plus black striping on the silver-painted die-cast frames.
Photo of the noses.

Photo of the left side of the Power unit.
Power A: Magnetraction, functional horn, operating coil coupler in the front, operating headlight & original number boards.
Photo of the right side of the Power unit.
The power unit cab has scratches and stains. The lettering and striping are nice and the front decal is intact.
An "aerial" view of the Power Unit.
The horn plate on the bottom of the power unit chassis has some minor tarnishing plus some minor chipping of the black stripe and that's about it for flaws on the chassis; it is very, very clean inside and there is no battery damage!

Photo of the right side of the Dummy unit.
Dummy A: operating coil coupler in the front, operating headlight & original number boards.
Photo of the left side of the Dummy unit.
Has some stains and paint chips. The unit is fairly clean overall with nice lettering and a nice front decal. The striping on the chassis has some chipping but the frame is very, very clean inside and out!
An "aerial" view of the Dummy Unit.

First silver & gray 2023 Alcos we have ever had! These hard-to-find Alcos have some flaws but they can represent a placeholder in your collection; however, they are perfect for an operator as both units were serviced by us and they light and run great plus the couplers work and the horn works very well!

These units are NOT collector-quality shelf queens but if you like to run your trains, here is a set of Alcos that will provide enjoyment for many years to come!
2243 ==========
Santa Fe
F3 AB Units
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Power
A unit:
VG-

Dummy
B unit:
VG-
Yes $175 Single-motor Santa Fe F3 AB units from 1956: the units have a colorful "warbonnet" paint scheme of red, yellow and black detailing with black heat-stamped lettering. The A unit nose is painted red; both units have closed portholes, louvered roof vents and black truck sides.
Photo the left side of the Power A Unit.
Power unit: Magnetraction, functional horn, operating headlight and original numberboards.
Photo of the right side of the A Unit.
Some paint chips and scratches plus the front was repaired; has the usual chipping of the nose decal. In addition, the silver is not as bright as when new. The chassis has some discoloration on the frame and some cleaned up battery damage (which did not affect anything inside).
Photo of the front of the A Unit.
Various flaws but it still looks decent as the striping and lettering are nice.
Two "aerial" views of the A Unit.

Photo of the left side of the Dummy B Unit.
Dummy "B" unit: some scratches, scuffs and stains in the silver paint -- primarily on the roof. In addition, the silver is not as bright as when new and the frame has some scuffs.
Photo of the right side of the B Unit.
The cab is intact and fairly clean overall with nice striping. The chassis is very clean overall.
Two "aerial" views of the B Unit.

These Diesels are in operator-quality condition and they are ready for a layout. The units were serviced and the horn, light and coupler all work on the A unit plus it runs great!
"2329" Virginian Rectifier See Notes Yes $110 Where do I begin with this one? The cab was decorated as a blue & yellow Virginian Rectifier using decals for the lettering and numbering plus the chassis may have started out in life as a 2338 Milwaukee Road GP7 and the black frame was painted yellow (which is correct for a 2329).
Photo of the other side.
Cab: has rub marks plus some paint chips. In addition, the Virginian logo was (incorrectly) applied to the back end instead of the cab end plus the headlight lens is missing from both ends. (That part is available in the marketplace.)
Photo of the cab end.
Chassis: the repainting was not done professionally and was done many years ago so there are some paint chips on the frame. In addition, the Rectifier cab is slightly longer than a GP7 so un-original (longer) screws were used to mount the cab.
Photo of the other end.
The cab is all intact and clean with vibrant paint and crisp lettering. The chassis is fairly clean overall -- and there is no battery damage!
Two "aerial" views.

The 2329 is one of the most interesting-looking and colorful engines produced by Lionel in the postwar era and despite the issues, this rectifier looks very presentable as can be seen by the photos! It is perfect for an operator as it has Magnetraction, an operating horn and a light on each end plus a single (original) pantograph. It was serviced by us and everything works -- including the horn!
"2343C" Santa Fe
F3 B Unit


(mounted on a
2243C chassis)
Fair Yes $ 60 A 2343C Santa Fe "B" unit cab mounted on a 2243C chassis: has louvered ventilators, black trucks and open portholes with reproduction lenses.
Photo of the other side.
Has lots of scratches, stains and scuffs plus the silver paint is not nearly as bright as when new. However, the cab is completely intact with very presentable striping and near-perfect Indian head logos. Note that the unit does not look as good as the previous two photos would have you believe. The next photo showing the roof is a more accurate portrayal of the condition of this piece.
Two "aerial" views.

Definitely not in collector-quality condition but if you operate your trains, getting an F3 "B" unit for $60 will be hard to beat!
2344C New York Central
F3 B Unit


(Later Version)
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E++/OB Yes $425 A beautiful NYC "B" unit from 1953-55: catalogued by Lionel as "2344C" but with its louvered roof ventilators, it is the correct "B" unit to match the NYC 2354 AA units. (Note that Lionel never catalogued a "B" unit as "2354C").
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.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (tears; creases; top layer of an area measuring approximately 3 inches by 1 inch is missing on one long side; amateur repairs with lots of tape inside; glue residue; "period" price sticker).
Photo of the box showing where the top layer is missing.
Has the original insert (liner).
Photo of the box insert.
Despite the flaws, this box is still decent as it is fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

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!
2349 Northern Pacific
GP9
Road Switcher
See Notes Yes $165
SOLD
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 the cab end.
Cab: has a little box rub, some discoloration in spots and a few minor paint chips plus the fan unit is a reproduction item. It is clean overall with nice lettering, sharp graphics and vibrant paint -- plus there are no cracks. The cab is in very good condition.
Photo of the other end.
Chassis: the frame has some rust and discoloration in spots. It is fairly presentable as there is all original and there is no battery damage!
Two "aerial" views.

Serviced and everything works properly -- even the horn works! This 2349 "GEEP" (General Purpose) Diesel is a powerful runner and can easily handle its consist.
2350 New Haven
EP5 Electric
Good Yes $110 A New Haven electric from 1956-58 with ORIGINAL nose decals: version with white "N" over orange "H" on the sides.
Photo of the other (and nicer) side.
Magnetraction, functional horn and a light on each end. Has two brand new reproduction pantographs.
Photo of one end.
Cab: has two small pieces of red tape on one side with scuffs around one piece indicating an attempt at removal; the "H" is faded on both sides; common chipping of the end decals but they are 100% ORIGINAL! The cab is clean overall plus there are no cracks. In addition, the decals are better than most -- and they look so much better than reproduction decals.
Photo of the other end.
Chassis: cleaned up battery damage with some touch-up. The frame is clean overall with no damage to any mechanical or electrical components.
An "aerial" view.

With its colorful (and prototypical) orange, black and white decorating scheme, the New Haven is a good-looking and very photogenic loco. This engine was serviced by us and it lights and runs great plus the horn works!

Price without the pantographs: $85 plus shipping.

Want a New Haven Electric with twin motors?
Click here to go to our Modern Lionel Page to read about a custom New Haven EP5 that has two motors.
2358 Great Northern
EP-5 Electric
Good Yes $275
SOLD
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: various scratches, stains plus some scuffs and paint chips; has reproduction nose decals but they were applied many years ago and have aged nicely so they look close to original. Even with the flaws, the cab still looks decent as it has strong lettering and mostly intact striping -- plus there are no cracks! Has reproduction pantographs but they are older and have oxidized a little so they also look close to original.
Photo of one end.
Chassis: some paint chips and scuffs on the pilots; frame has some touch-up from some minor battery corrosion.
Photo of the other end.
This unit was serviced and it lights and runs great -- plus the horn works!
An "aerial" view.

With its striking green and orange paint scheme, it is a very attractive, very colorful and very photogenic engine! It is not high-quality but it is a scarce item that is generally out of reach for most collectors. This is only the second 2358 EP5 we have ever offered for sale -- it is a RARE engine that seldom shows up in any condition!!!
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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