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This Web Page Last Updated: September 6, 2019

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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.
60 Trolley ===> ===> ===> Click here to go to our Passenger Cars Page . . .
. . . to read about a nice Rapid Transit Trolley from 1955 with black letters.
68 Executive
Inspection Car
===> ===> ===> Click here to go to our Railroad Work Cars Page . . .
. . . to read about a sharp, boxed Executive Inspection Car from 1958-61 that was NEVER USED!
209 New Haven
Alco AA Units
Power:
E/E++
OB


Dummy:
E/E++
OB
Yes $725
SOLD
New Haven Alco AA diesels from 1958 only! These units have a very attractive paint scheme -- black 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, operating headlight and a functional horn.
Photo of the right side of the power unit.
Has a repair to the corners of the pilot (glue is visible) plus a small amount of box rub on one side. That's it for flaws! It is very, very clean (inside and out)! 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 low-mileage unit!
Two views of the roof of the power unit.
Has the correct original instruction sheet #208-11 dated 5/58 (wrinkled, discolored).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the power unit box.
Grade 7+ original box for the Power unit (tears; writing; paint along one edge).
Another view of the power unit box.
The box is solid: complete, clean, square & sturdy and there is no un-original tape anywhere!

Photo of the right side of the dummy unit.
Has a repair to a hairline crack in the middle of the pilot (glue is visible) plus a few small paint chips on the right side 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!
Two views of the roof of the dummy unit.

Photo of the dummy unit box.
Grade 8 original box for the Dummy unit (tears; tiny puncture; some dirt; "aged" look).
Another view of the dummy unit box.
A solid box: complete, fairly clean, square & sturdy and there is no un-original tape anywhere!

The 209 New Havens are the hardest of the later Alco series to find -- not often available for sale in any condition.
611 Jersey Central
NW2 Switcher
E++ Yes $360
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 on top of the smokestacks and on the left front corner of the cab. That's about it for flaws! This unit is sharp: very, very clean with nice vibrant paint, crisp lettering and strong graphics -- plus there are NO CRACKS! The chassis is equally as nice: very, very clean with a nice rust-free frame!
An "aerial" view.

We have not had a 611 JC switcher in collector-quality condition for sale in over two years and this one is the nicest 611 JC Switcher we have ever had! It is a good-looking, low-mileage loco that is also a great runner!
Click here to go to Our Archives Page to read more about 611 JC Switchers.
617 Santa Fe
NW2 Switcher
E++/OB Yes $595
SOLD
The black zebra-striped A.T.S.F. diesel yard switcher from 1963 only: early version with fluted side skirts and with the steps and platform railings riveted in place. Has single-axle Magnetraction, an operating horn, headlight lenses plus a sheet-metal frame with fluted side skirts and dual operating couplers.
Photo of the other side
Minimal flaws! The cab is very, very clean with sharp lettering, beautiful striping -- and there are NO CRACKS!
Another view.
The chassis is clean and rust free -- plus there is no battery damage! The engine was serviced and it runs great plus the horn works!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 5 original box (one non-original inner flap; tears; creases; scuffs; some discoloration; amateur repairs; lots of tape; mildly distorted; no coupler inserts).
Another view of the box.
Lots of flaws but both end flaps are present and overall the box is fairly clean and square -- and it is a very, very hard box to find in any condition!
Photo of the front of the box.
The 617 is a rather curious engine as it is trimmed with details that had not been used by Lionel in years including marker light lenses and a radio antenna. It also has some deluxe features (like operating couplers and functional horn) and also has some "plain Jane" elements (like single-axle Magnetraction and the absence of a headlight). This transition piece is also the only diesel switcher that came with two distinctively different frames. Note that there is conflicting information in the guidebooks regarding the features of this engine -- one source indicates that the engine did not have a horn; other experts suggest that the engine should have a black ornamental horn, an operating headlight, 2-axle Magnetraction and non-operating couplers! Since Lionel was having another dismal product year in 1963, their efforts to use up existing inventory of parts resulted in products that are extremely difficult to analyze 56 years later. The 1963 chapter in the "Greenburg Guide to Catalogued Sets" offers this insight: "The only engine of merit [in 1963] was the 617 Santa Fe NW2 diesel switcher, which was the highly-detailed replacement for the discontinued 616. This is ironic, as Lionel's policy through the more recent years had been to eliminate trim and shave costs." Interesting to say the least.

With its black body and white-painted safety stripes, it is unusual looking and at the same time -- one of the more attractive yard switchers produced by Lionel in the postwar era. Check your collection. This is the first 617 Switcher we have ever had for sale! It is a rare piece and the box is extremely scarce!
623 Santa Fe
NW2
Yard Switcher
E++/OB Yes $395 A sharp A.T.S.F. diesel switcher from 1954: has a black-painted body with unpainted black smokestacks and white heat-stamped lettering plus a black-painted die-cast frame with wire handrails. Version with three stanchions that attach wire handrail to the body on each side.
Photo of the other side.
Has Magnetraction, lights (front and rear) and dual operating coil couplers.
Another view of this good-looking loco.
One scratch plus some minor box rub and that's it for flaws. It is a very, very clean unit with nice vibrant paint, crisp lettering, and near-perfect sharp decals -- plus it lights and runs great!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; tape; tape residue; writing; "aged" look).
Another view of the box.
Has the original insert and even with the flaws, this box is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Photo of the box insert and Lionel wrapping paper.
Has the original Lionel wrapping paper (usual tears) which was provided by the company to reduce box rub.
Photo of the instruction sheet.
Has the original instruction sheet #623-17 dated 3/54 (tears, creases, tape, stains, discolored).

This brawny-looking, prototypical locomotive was serviced and it is ready for your display shelf or layout; it is 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 and this one is the nicest 623 we have ever had.
2321 Lackawanna FM
Trainmaster
E+/OB Yes $525 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; minor tarnishing of the metal catwalks but they are ORIGINAL and look much better than the 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 (tears, creases, stains, discolored).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of sealed end the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; tape; stains; small punctures; writing).
Photo of the open 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.
Has the insert (liner) and this box is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Photo of the 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! It's a nice one and it's in a strong box!
Our Archives Page has more on 2321 Lackawanna FMs.
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!
2343C Santa Fe
F3 B Unit


(Later Version)
===========
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!
Two different versions of the 2344C New York Central F3 B unit:
2344C New York Central
F3 B Unit


(Earlier Version)
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E++/OB Yes $375 A very nice NYC "B" unit: earlier version from early 1952 with screen (wire cloth) ventilators -- matches either NYC 2333 or 2344 AA units.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! It is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint, crisp lettering and beautiful striping! Has the original porthole lenses.
Two "aerial" views.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (tears; creases; tape inside; glue residue; "period" writing).
Another view of the box.
Has the insert (liner) and even with the imperfections, this box is still solid as it is fairly 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!
2344C New York Central
F3 B Unit


(Later Version)
===========
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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2349 Northern Pacific
GP9
Road Switcher
E+/OB Yes $550
SOLD
The Northern Pacific GP9 Diesel from 1959-60:
Photo of the other side.
Has Magnetraction, a functional horn and a headlight on each end.
Photo of one end.
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). Gold-painted frame with operating couplers.
Photo of the other end.
Common hairline crack on one end that was repaired and a few muted (but very readable) letters and that's about it for flaws on the cab; the frame has a few scratches and some minor paint chips and that's about it for flaws on the chassis.
Two "aerial" views.
This unit is very clean with strong lettering, sharp graphics and vibrant paint on both the frame and the cab -- plus there is no battery damage!

Photo of the box.
Grade 8+ original box (tears; creases; puncture; discoloration from a couple of small pieces of tape on one end; no outer sleeve).
Another view of the box.
This Mead Containers corrugated box is SOLID: clean, square and sturdy!
Photo of the front panel.

Serviced and everything works properly -- even the horn works! This very, very low-mileage 2349 "GEEP" (General Purpose) Diesel is a powerful runner and can easily handle its consist. We have had very few 2349 Geeps over the years!
2358 Great Northern
EP-5 Electric
Ex. Yes $950 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: has reproduction nose decals plus some scuffs and paint chips. The cab still looks great as it is clean with strong lettering, nice vibrant paint and intact striping -- plus there are no cracks! Has the original pantographs!
Photo of one end.
Chassis: some paint chips and scuffs on the pilots. The frame is very clean with nice vibrant paint -- and there is no battery damage!.
Photo of the other end.
This low-mileage unit was serviced and it lights and runs great -- plus the horn works well!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Comes with a reproduction box that is lettered for the 2358 Great Northern.

With its striking green and orange paint scheme, it is a very attractive, very colorful and very photogenic engine! It will look great on anyone's layout or display shelf. This is the first 2358 EP5 we have ever offered for sale -- it is a RARE engine that seldom shows up in any condition!!!
3360 Burro Crane ===> ===> ===> Click here to go to our RR Work Cars Page to read about a very nice, boxed Burro Crane from 1956-57.
3927 Operating
Track Cleaner Car
===> ===> ===> Click here to go to our Work Cars Page to read about a gorgeous, boxed Track Cleaning Car from 1956.

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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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Go to these pages to see other Postwar Lionel Items:

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Railroad Work Cars Freight Cars Space & Military Cars
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