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Diesels, Electrics & Military Motorized Units

This Web Page Last Updated: April 16, 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
51 Navy Yard
Switcher
E++/OB Yes $325
SOLD
A sharp 2-4-2 "NAVY YARD" Vulcan Switcher from 1956:
Photo of the other side.
Has an unpainted blue body with white heat-stamped lettering and operating magnetic couplers.
A view of the front.
Window struts are intact and there are no cracks anywhere!
Photo of the back.
The unit is very clean with crisp lettering! The chassis is equally as clean with nice side rods.
An "aerial" view of the engine.
Has the original instruction sheet (#51-56), dated 6/56 (tears; creases; wrinkles).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (tears; scuffs; some dirt; "period" price stampings).
Another view of the box.
Has the original insert and this box is SOLID: fairly clean, complete, square & sturdy plus there is no tape anywhere!
Photo of the box insert.

One of the nicest 51 Navy Yard Switchers we have ever had -- and in a brick-like box! Serviced by us and this peppy motorized unit runs great; it is ready for your layout or display cabinet!
Our Archives Page: more information on 51 Navy Yard Switchers.
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.
2245 Texas Special
F3 Diesel
AB units
Power A:
E+/OB

Dummy B:
E+/OB
Yes $850
SOLD
M-K-T F3 AB units from 1954: very attractive red & white paint scheme with colorful decals used on the A unit.
Photo of the left side of the Power unit.
Power unit: single horizontal motor plus Magnetraction, operating headlight and functional horn.
Photo of the right side of the Power unit.
Power unit chassis: silver with a red-painted pilot & silver-painted truck side frames with steps.
Photo of the front of the Power unit.
Cab has some small scratches and box rub plus there is a small stain below the windshield. The belly of the frame has some minor rub marks and discoloration. The unit is very clean overall with nice lettering and vibrant paint -- plus there is no battery damage! Has original porthole lenses plus original numberboards, decorative horns and trim.
Photo of the windshield area.
This unit lights and runs great -- even the horn works!
Photo of the Power unit's roof.

Photo of the Power unit box.
Grade 8 original box for the Power unit:
Another view of the box.
Flaws: tears, writing (in pencil), minor stains, no insert. The box is SOLID: clean, square and sturdy -- plus there is no un-original tape anywhere!
Close-up of the flaps on the open end.
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 & date.

Photo of the Dummy unit.
Dummy unit: original porthole lenses.
Photo of the right side of the Dummy unit.
The cab has a few stains and some box rub. The belly of the frame has a few light scuff marks but it is one of the nicest 2245C frames I have ever seen. (Most are badly scraped from going through "027" switches.)
Photo of the B unit's roof.
Overall, this unit is very, very clean with sharp lettering and vibrant paint.

Photo of the Dummy unit box.
Grade 8 original box for the Dummy unit:
Another view of the box.
Flaws: tears, creases, "aged" look. Has the original insert (liner) and box is solid as it is complete, clean, square and sturdy -- plus there is no tape anywhere!
Photo of the box insert.

Nice looking and very photogenic F3s that are now ready for a display shelf or a layout.
2321 Lackawanna FM
Trainmaster
E+/OB Yes $425
SOLD
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.
2322 Virginian FM Trainmaster ======
E++
Un-run
OB
======
Yes $995
SOLD
A spectacular Virginian Fairbanks-Morse diesel from 1965 that was NEVER USED! Version with an unpainted blue body with wide yellow-painted upper and lower stripes plus yellow rubber-stamped lettering.
Photo of the other side.
Has dual motors, Magnetraction, a functional horn and a light on each end.
Photo of one end.
The ends have the common (factory created) screw crack (no loss of plastic) but minimal flaws elsewhere! The cab is very, very clean with vibrant paint, crisp lettering & perfect decals!
Photo of the other end.
Has the original metal catwalks and hand rails that are very clean with minimal blemishes!
Two "aerial" views.
The chassis is rust free and the interior is all original and very, very clean! We "bench tested" the unit and it lights and runs fine plus the E-unit cycles properly and the horn works!
Photo of the instruction sheet and warranty card.
Has the correct original instruction sheet #2322-10,dated 6/65 (holes punched) and the original Warranty Card (form #1-165).

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box (tears; small pieces of tape; scuffs from tape removal; minor writing in pencil).
Photo of the end flaps on the open end of the box.
The corrugated box was made by the United Container Co. and the box helps to date this loco as a 1965 item.
Photo of the manufacturer's information and date.
Has the original insert (liner) and it is a solid box: clean, square and sturdy!
Photo of the box insert and original wrapping paper.
Has the correct original (generic) wrapping paper that Lionel provided to help protect the piece.

With its twin motors and resulting pulling strength, the eye-catching 2322 is one of the most powerful locomotives made by Lionel in the postwar era. This high-quality Virginian is sharp -- it is one of the nicest ones we have ever had!
2344 New York Central
F3 AA Units
Power A:
E++

Dummy A:
E+
Yes $750 A gorgeous set of New York Central EMD F3 diesels from 1952: this pair of AA units comes dressed in the traditional NYC paint scheme (dark gray with light gray "lightning-bolts" and white heat-stamped lettering). The units have wire-cloth ventilators, grab rails on the front, open portholes and matched, original red & white front decals. Both units have ORIGINAL porthole lenses. Version with small "GM" decals on the sides which helps to date this pair as having been sold in 1952.
Photo of the noses.

Photo of the left side of the Power Unit.
Power unit: Magnetraction, twin motors, functional horn, operating headlight and original numberboards.
Photo of right side the Power Unit.
The cab has one light scratch on the roof plus a few small paint chips on the edge of the roof on the left side. That's it for flaws; it is a very sharp unit: vibrant paint, crisp lettering and nice striping!
An "aerial" view of the Power Unit.
The chassis is equally as nice: very, very clean with nice paint on the frame and there is no battery damage!

Photo of the right side of the Dummy Unit.
Trailer unit: operating headlight, original numberboards and original black & white "GM" side decals.
Photo of the left side of the Dummy Unit.
The cab has some box rub and a couple of small scratches on the cab. That's it for flaws; it is very, very clean with vibrant paint, crisp lettering and nice striping.
An "aerial" view of the Dummy Unit.
The chassis has a few scratches on the front pilot; the frame is very, very clean with very nice paint.

This set of diesels were taken care of over the years! The units were serviced and everything works properly: both units light and the power unit runs great plus the horn works! They are ready for your layout or display shelf.

With its dual motors and resulting pulling power, the 2344 is one of the most powerful engines made by Lionel in the postwar era. Its prototypical design and paint scheme made it popular for both operators and collectors for over 65 years! These low-mileage units have been together since "birth" as they are matched in every sense: the lettering, striping, decals, paint patina, paint shades and minor flaws are all similar! It is NOT a "put-together" pair!
2348 M & St. L
GP9
Road Switcher
E+ Yes $425
SOLD
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!
2367 Wabash
F3 AB Units
Power A:
E++

Dummy B:
E++
Yes $975
SOLD
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!

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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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