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Diesels, Electrics & Military Motorized Units

This Web Page Last Updated: January 16, 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 good-looking, boxed PRR Tie Jector from 1957-58.
60 Trolley ===> ===> ===> Click here to go to our Passenger Cars Page to read about an uncommon Rapid Transit Trolley from 1956 -- a clean, boxed unit with blue letters and clerestory vents!
623 Santa Fe
NW2
Yard Switcher
Ex. Yes $195
SOLD
A fantastic item for an operator: a black A.T.S.F. diesel switcher from 1952-54 that was upgraded with an original bell from a 622 or 6220 switcher at some point in its life:
Photo of the other side.
Harder-to-find version with ten stanchions that attach the wire handrail to the body on each side.
Another view.
Has dual-axle Magnetraction, lights (front and rear) and a die-cast frame with operating coil couplers.
Photo of the right rear.
The cab roof has a chip in the right rear corner plus some box rub and that's about it for flaws on the cab. The frame has some touch-up.
An "aerial" view.
Despite a few imperfections, this engine still makes a very nice appearance as it is clean overall with nice vibrant paint, nice original decals and very strong lettering!
Another "aerial" view.

This brawny-looking, prototypical locomotive was serviced and it is ready for your layout: the lights and couplers work, the bell works well plus it is a tremendous runner as are all of these early NW2 switchers.
2243C Santa Fe
F3 B Unit
E++/OB Yes $325 A Santa Fe "B" unit from 1956-57: has louvered ventilators, black trucks and closed-in portholes.
Photo of the other side.
Some box rub on the high spots of the roof and a few light scratches plus the usual imperfections associated with silver paint and that's it for flaws. The unit is sharp: very, very clean with nice even silver, gorgeous striping and near-perfect Indian head logos!
Two "aerial" views.
Note that this B unit is the mate to a single-motor 2243 power unit; it was not catalogued for separate sale. However, with its louvered ventilators, black trucks and closed-in potholes, this item is the perfect match for the 2383 Santa Fe AA units for which no B unit was ever made.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; glue residue; scrape; minor stains).
Another view of the box.
Has the insert (one tuck & a small piece missing) and this box is solid: fairly clean, square and sturdy plus there is no tape anywhere! Even with the flaws, it is one of the nicest 2243C boxes we have ever had!
Photo of the box insert.

The 2243 Santa Fe F3s were sold from 1955 to 1957 but the "Late Classic" box helps to date this unit as a 1956-57 item.

Only the third boxed 2243 "B" unit we have ever had available for separate-sale! If you have a nice 2243 power unit missing its mate or if you have a set of 2383s, this B unit will fill the void. Adding a B unit to an AA package always makes the F3 diesels even more impressive looking!
2321 Lackawanna
F-M
Trainmaster
E+/OB Yes $625 A good-looking maroon-top 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 usual box rub on the simulated smokestacks and the metal catwalks have the common rust spots throughout -- but they are original! It is very clean overall with crisp lettering, near-perfect ORIGINAL decals and nice vibrant paint! In addition, neither end has a screw crack -- one of the few FMs we have ever had with no cracks!
Photo of the other end.
Chassis: very, very clean with no battery damage and minimal flaws!
Two views of the roof.
Has the original instruction sheet #2321-85, dated 9/54 (tears; creases; wrinkles).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the open end of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; punctures; paint spots; tape residue; "aged" look).
Photo of the sealed end of the box.
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 & year.
Has the insert and even with the flaws this box is decent as it is fairly 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 very-low-mileage unit lights and runs great plus the horn works! The maroon top 2321 was the very first F-M offered by Lionel and it is much harder to find than the later gray top version.
Our Archives Page: more information 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.
2328 Burlington
GP7
Road Switcher
VG Yes $195 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. It is very clean overall with fairly bright silver, crisp lettering and sharp graphics. The shell is completely intact with no cracks.
Photo of one end.
Chassis: some moisture spots in the paint on the frame plus a little paint loss on one end railing. In addition, the pilot steps on both ends are reproduction items. (Note that they are exactly the same as the originals, 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.

This diesel is very presentable and it is a perfect item for an operator!
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!
Two different versions of the 2343C Santa Fe F3 B unit:
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!
2343C Santa Fe
F3 B Unit


(Earlier Version)
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VG Yes $295
SOLD
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: has some paint loss in two of the corners, a few light scratches plus the usual stains and rub marks associated with silver paint. Overall, the unit is very clean, with fairly bright silver, sharp striping & near-perfect Indian head logos! Has the original porthole lenses.
Two "aerial" views.
Chassis: the belly of the frame has some scuffs on one side and that's about it for flaws; the trucks are very clean with very nice silver and the "2343C" numbering is clearly visible on the bottom of the frame!

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!
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Two different versions of the 2344C New York Central F3 B unit:
2344C New York Central
F3 B Unit


(Later Version)
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E+++
Un-run
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Yes $395 A beautiful NYC "B" unit from 1953-55 that was NEVER USED! Catalogued by Lionel as 2344C but with its louvered roof ventilators, it is the correct "B" unit to match the NYC 2354 AA units.
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.

Lonesome B units are hard to come by -- especially unused ones! This 2344C is sharp, all original and it is the nicest one we have ever had! Adding a B unit to an AA tandem always makes the F3 diesels impressive looking!
2344C New York Central
F3 B Unit


(Earlier Version)
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E+/OB Yes $450
SOLD
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.
Striping is a little weak on one side towards one of the ends and that's about it for flaws! It is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint, crisp lettering and very nice striping overall! Has the original porthole lenses.
Two "aerial" views.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box with "OPS" sticker (tears; creases; stains; tape inside; glue residue; mildly distorted).
Another view of the box.
Has the insert (liner) and even with the imperfections, this box is still presentable as it is fairly clean, complete, largely square and sturdy.
Photo of the box insert.

Lonesome B units are hard to come by and we have not had the New York Central screen-ventilator version in quite some time. 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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3927 Operating
Track Cleaner Car
===> ===> ===> Click here to go to our Work Cars Page to read about a very clean operating Track Cleaning Car from 1957-60.
6250 Seaboard
NW2
Switcher
VG- Yes $140 A Seaboard Railroad diesel from 1954-55: blue- and orange-painted body with unpainted blue smokestacks and light-blue heat-stamped numbering.
Photo of the other side.
Version with "SEABOARD" decals and with three stanchions attaching the wire handrail to the body on each side.
Photo of the front.
Has Magnetraction, lights (front & rear), operating coil couplers and a blue-painted die-cast frame. With its extensive trim (including ornamental bell, ornamental whistle, radio wheel, marker lenses and wire handrails), the sturdy 6250 Seaboard is one of Lionel's deluxe engines of the early 50s!
Photo of the rear.
Cab: has some paint chips and stains in the paint plus a few moisture spots in the cab roof and the "SEABOARD" decal is chipped on one side of the hood. Chassis: has some scratches and paint chips on the frame plus the collector assembly has some oxidation.
Two "aerial" views.
The loco is very clean overall with crisp numbering and nice original decals on the cab. None of the cosmetic flaws affect operation.

This all-original and prototypical example is a perfect locomotive for an operator! It was serviced by us and the lights and couplers work plus it is a tremendous runner as are all of these early, brawny NW2 switchers.

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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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