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Diesels, Electrics & Military Motorized Units

This Web Page Last Updated: May 25, 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
56 Minneapolis
& St. Louis

Yard Switcher
See Notes Yes $160 A M. & St. L Mine Transport 2-4-2 Vulcan switcher from 1958 only: has a red-painted body with white-painted cab sides and red heat-stamped lettering. Has original white-painted metal side railings plus operating tab couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Cab: missing both window struts plus there is some touch-up on the white railings.
Photo of the front.
Chassis: the side rods are tarnished and there is some paint loss on the frame (which can only be seen by turning the unit upside down).
Photo of the back.
The unit is very clean overall with nice lettering.
An "aerial" view.
The unit was serviced and it runs great! It is ready for your layout.
Another "aerial" view.

We have had very few 56 Mine Transports for sale over the years! If you can live with the missing struts, here is an opportunity to obtain a very scarce postwar item at a fraction of the cost of one that is completely intact.
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 $825 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.
2023 Union Pacific
Alco AA Units
Power
unit:
E+

Dummy
unit:
E+

Master Carton
Photos:
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Alco AAs



Power A
Left


Power A Right

Power A Roof


Dummy A Right

Dummy A Left

Dummy A Roof
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$525 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. Each unit has a headlight and an operating coil coupler in the front. The Power A also has Magnetraction and a functional horn.
Photo of the noses.
Has the common problem of the lettering on both units not being as crisp as when new. However, the lettering on both units is certainly readable! In addition both units have some small paint chips and scuffs but nothing major anywhere! The flaws are minor in scope and do not take away from the beauty of these units as they are both very, very clean with nice vibrant paint, very strong front decals! The chassis on the power unit is very, very clean and there is no battery damage! The chassis on the dummy unit is equally as nice!
Photo of the paperwork.
Has the correct original operating instruction sheet #2023-77 dated 8/50 (tears, punched holes) and the proper lubricating instruction sheet #926-26 dated 4/50 (tears, creases, tape).

Photo of the Master Carton.
Grade 7 original corrugated Master Carton.
Another view of the Master Carton.
Flaws: one preprinted end label is discolored; small tears; creases; punctures; scrapes; tape residue.
Photo of the manufacturer's data & identification plus the year.
This "St. Joe Kraft" box is dated "1950" on the bottom of the box.
Photo of the top.
Remnants of some old store advertising tape on the top of the box provides a little history of these Diesels: they were initially sold by "Sperry Craft Shoppe" -- a store once located at 107-109 W. Taylor Street in Syracuse, New York!
Photo of the box inserts.
Has ALL three inserts and this box is solid: fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy! It is also the correct master carton for the yellow version of the 2023 UP Alcos.

Good-looking Diesels in a presentable box: each unit is clean with fairly strong lettering, nice striping and minimal flaws and they are among the nicest yellow 2023 Alcos we have ever had! Serviced by us and they light and run great plus the horn works very well!
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)
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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!
2344C New York Central
F3 B Unit


(Later Version)
===========
======
E+++
Un-run
======
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!
2348 M & St. L
GP9
Road Switcher
E++/OB Yes $475
On
HOLD
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 one end.
Has Magnetraction, operating couplers, a functional horn and an operating headlight on each end.
Photo of the other end.
Has a little box rub on the cab and a few paint chips on the frame and that's about it for flaws! There are no cracks and it is very clean with nice vibrant paint and crisp lettering plus there is NO battery damage!
An "aerial" view.
Has the original instruction sheet #2348-14 dated 8/59.
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (missing a part of one end flap; tears; creases; stains; punctures; no coupler inserts).
Another view of the box.
Even with the imperfections, this box is very presentable as is fairly clean, square and sturdy!
Close-up of the open end.
This Star Corrugated Box Company box is very, very tough to find.
Photo of the manufacturer's information.

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. It is one of the nicest 2348 M & St. L locos we have ever had! It is also a smooth and very peppy runner plus everything works -- including the horn!
2351 Milwaukee Road
EP-5 Electric
E/E+
OB
Yes $575
SOLD
A sharp, low-mileage Milwaukee Road electric from 1957-58 with original pantographs!
Photo of the other side.
Common rivet cracks on both ends, small scuff on one end and a few paint chips. That's it for flaws!
Photo of one end.
This all-original unit is very clean with crisp lettering and it has a nice rust-free frame with no battery damage!
Photo of the other end.
Has Magnetraction, functional horn and a light on each end; it was serviced and everything works properly -- plus it's a great runner!
An "aerial" view.
Has the correct original instruction sheet #2351-14 dated 4/57.
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8+ original box (stain; minor writing; original tape is torn on both ends).
Photo of the other end of the box.
It is one of the nicest 2351 boxes we have ever seen! It is a brick!
Photo of the "data" side of the box.
Box has "X" stamped on both ends indicating that this loco was originally a separate sale piece and not part of a set.

With its colorful black, red and yellow decorating scheme, the Milwaukee Road is a good-looking and very photogenic loco that is ready for your layout or display shelf. We have not had an original 2351 for sale in years.
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 very clean 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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Go to these pages to see other Postwar Lionel Items:

Postwar Lionel
Diesels & Electrics Steamers Passenger Cars
Railroad Work Cars Freight Cars Space & Military Cars
Cabooses Accessories Sets
Original Boxes Other Paper ~ Unique Reference Charts ~

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