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This Web Page Last Updated: June 19, 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
45 Mobile
Missile
Launcher
E-/OB Yes $295 A "U. S. MARINES" Mobile Missile Launcher from 1960-62:
Photo of the Engine.
Has an olive drab painted body with white, heat-stamped lettering. Has the original man!
Photo of the other side.
Has Magnetraction and a red warning light on the roof plus a missile-firing mechanism that can be operated manually or remotely.
Photo of the front.
Has some paint loss on the rear platform plus the usual paint loss on the high spots, corners and step edges from box rub; also has some minor scratches and stains plus a little glue by the (repro) control panel. Even with the flaws, this unit is very presentable as it is clean overall with crisp lettering and nice even paint! There are no cracks plus the cab is undamaged with all ten steps intact!
An "aerial view."
Has the correct, original instruction sheet #44-47 (dated 7/60) and the four (4) original missiles.
Photo of the instruction sheet and the four missiles.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (missing the front panel; minor tears).
Another view of the box.
Has the insert (which is often missing) and this box is solid: clean, square and sturdy -- plus there is no un-original tape anywhere.

This motorized unit is one of the more desirable "Space & Military" items made by Lionel and it is very difficult to find in nice condition. This low-mileage unit was serviced and it lights and runs fine plus the launcher mechanism works perfectly!
Click here to go to Our Archives Page to read more about 45 USMC Mobile Missile Launchers.
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.
57 AEC
Yard Switcher
E+/OB Yes $525 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.
231P Rock Island
Alco Diesel
See Notes

OB
Yes $225 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 Magnetraction, a 2-position E-unit and an operating headlight.
Photo of the right side of the engine.
A few minor surface scratches plus a well-done repair was made to the pilot and that's it for flaws! The unit is sharp: very, very clean with crisp lettering, sharp striping and nice, vibrant paint! Appearance-wise, the cab is in E++ condition. The chassis is equally as clean (inside and out) and is in E++ condition as well.
Photo of the front.
This low-mileage and very peppy unit lights and runs great!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7+ original box.
Another view of the box.
Flaws: tears, remnants where original tape was removed, writing.
Photo of the side with the manufacturer's identification.
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!

An attractive and smooth-running engine in a very strong box! Price without the box: $175 plus shipping.
624 C & O
NW2
Switcher
E++/OB Yes $495
SOLD
A colorful Chesapeake & Ohio Yard Switcher from 1953: has a blue-painted body with unpainted yellow smokestacks and yellow heat-stamped numbering. It is the later version with three stanchions on each side that attach the wire handrails to the body.
Photo of the other side.
Has Magnetraction, running lights (front and back) plus a blue-painted die-cast frame with yellow striping and dual operating couplers.
Another view.
Some box rub and that's it for flaws! This loco is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint, completely intact decals and beautiful striping. Has a nice clean chassis plus the unit was serviced and this low-mileage loco lights and runs great!
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the box.
Grade 8 original box (tears; creases; tape; store price sticker).
Another view of the box.
Has the original insert (liner) and this box is SOLID: complete, clean, square and sturdy!
Photo of the box insert.
Has the original inspection slip plus the original Lionel wrapping paper (usual tears) which was provided by the company to reduce box rub.
Photo of the wrapping paper and the inspection slip.
Has the correct original instruction sheet #623-17, dated 6/53 (creases & discolored).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

An all-original, attractive, high-quality and prototypical locomotive with a brick-like box! This unit will look fine on display but it is also ready for your layout -- the couplers work and it is a tremendous runner as are all of these early NW2 switchers.
2240 Wabash
F3 AB Units
Power A:
E+

Dummy B:
See Notes
Yes $495 The blue and white Wabash F3 AB units from 1956 only.
Photo of the Power unit.
Power unit: Magnetraction, single vertical motor, functional horn, operating headlight & original numberboards.
Photo of the right side of the Power unit.
The cab has some tiny paint chips on one side and that's about it for flaws! It is very, very clean with beautiful lettering and nice vibrant paint -- and there are no cracks.
Photo of the front of the Power unit.
The pilot and edges of the frame have some paint chips and scratches but it is very, very clean overall 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: the white striping and white lower sections on both side have been redone. It is noticeable close-up and under a magnifying glass.
Photo of the other side of the "B" Unit.
The frame has some minor paint chips and rub marks but overall, the unit is very, very clean with beautiful lettering and nice vibrant paint! It is also the correct "B" unit for the 2240 single-motor Wabash F3 as it has the white center stripe that does not extend the full-length of the sides. (The "B" unit for the 2367 double-motor Wabash F3 has a full-length white center stripe.)
Two views of the B unit's roof.

Only the second pair of 2240 Wabash F3 units we have ever offered for sale! The units were serviced and they are ready for a layout or a display case.
2243C Santa Fe
F3 B Unit
E+/OB Yes $225
On
HOLD
A Santa Fe "B" unit from 1955: has louvered ventilators, black trucks and closed-in portholes.
Photo of the other side.
Light stains in the paint which is characteristic of silver plus some box rub and that's it for flaws! None of the imperfections are major and this piece is 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 5+ original box (missing small pieces of the box on one end; tears; creases; tape inside; glue residue; light stains; a little brittle in spots; no insert). Various flaws but the box is square plus it has both end flaps and all four inner flaps; it will protect the unit is shipping and in storage.
Photo of the nicer end of the box.
The 2243 Santa Fe F3s were sold from 1955 to 1957 but the "Middle Classic" box helps to date this unit as a 1955 item.

We have not had a separate-sale F3 2243 B unit for sale in over four years! If you have a 2243 power unit missing its mate of 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!
2331 Virginian FM Trainmaster E++/OB Yes $1,495
SOLD
A beautiful black and yellow Virginian Fairbanks Morse diesel from 1955:
Photo of the other side.
Has dual motors, Magnetraction, operating horn and a light on each end.
Another view.
Has the usual hairline factory screw crack on one end (no loss of plastic) plus a small amount of box rub. That's it for flaws! The engine is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint, crisp lettering, near perfect decals and nice rust-free original metal side rails (catwalks) and metal end rails! The unit has a very clean chassis with a nice rust-free frame and there is no battery damage!
Photo of the other end.
This low-mileage unit lights and runs great -- even the horn works.
An "aerial" view.

Photo of the sealed end of the box.
Grade 7 original box.
Another view of the box.
Box flaws: missing part of one of the end flaps, tears, creases, writing, minor stains, mildly distorted.
Photo of the manufacturer's information.
Has the insert (tape on the coupler tabs) and this Express Container Corporation box is very presentable as it is clean and sturdy.
Photo of the box insert.
Has the original wrapping paper that Lionel provided to help reduce box rub.
Photo of the wrapping paper.

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 is the only the third boxed black Virginian we have ever offered for sale and it is a nice one!
2338 Milwaukee Road
GP7
Road Switcher
E- Yes $235 A black & orange Milwaukee Road "Geep" from 1955-56: version with interrupted "true orange" band around a black painted cab; has the Milwaukee Road herald with a dark-cherry background.
Photo of the other side.
Has Magnetraction, operating horn and a light on each end.
Photo of one end.
The frame has a few rust spots but the chassis is very clean overall and there is no battery damage!
Photo of the other end.
The cab has the common box rub on the top of the smokestacks and the roof edges plus some of the lettering and graphics are muted. Overall it is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint and there are no cracks!
Two "aerial" views.

This "Geep" looks great plus it was serviced and it is ready for your layout as it lights and runs great plus the horn works!
Our Archives Page: more on 2338 Milwaukee Road GP7 diesels.

Still thinking about this engine? A recent Kalmbach Books (Classic Toy Trains) publication just listed the 2338 GP7 (short for "General Purpose") as one of the TOP 100 postwar Lionel collectible items! See page 37 of the book "Collectible Lionel Classics" for author Roger Carp's depiction of the 2338's provenance including its design, development and history.
2339 Wabash
GP7
Road Switcher
E++/OB Yes $575
SOLD
A sharp blue and white Wabash diesel from 1957 only:
Photo of the other side.
Has Magnetraction, operating couplers, a functional horn and a light on both ends.
Another view of this nice locomotive.
Minimal flaws! This all-original unit is clean inside and out! It has nice decals and beautiful white lettering plus a nice, rust-free frame with no battery damage!
Photo of the other end.
Serviced and it lights and runs great! Even the horn works!
Two "aerial" views.
Has the correct original instruction sheet #2328-6 dated 4/57 (tears, creases, stains).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 6 original box (tears; creases; stains; minor writing; amateur repairs using lots of tape; glue residue; no coupler inserts).
Another view of the box.
Various imperfections and yet the box is still decent as it has all of its flaps plus it is fairly clean, square & sturdy. It is also a very, very difficult box to find!

A great-running and very photogenic engine!
2344 New York Central
F3 AA Units
Power A:
E++

Dummy A:
E+
Yes $750
SOLD
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!
2344C New York Central
F3 B Unit
E+++/OB Yes $375 A good-looking NYC "B" unit: version from 1950-51 with screen (wire cloth) ventilators -- matches either NYC 2333 or 2344 AA units.
Photo of the other side.
Minimal flaws! The unit is stunning: very, very clean with vibrant paint, crisp lettering and nice striping on the cab plus it has the original (early-version) porthole lenses! The frame is equally as nice! It is one of the nicest NYC "B" units we have ever had!
Two views of the roof.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; stains; tape inside).
Another view of the box.
Has the insert (liner) and despite the flaws, this box is better than most as it is complete, square and sturdy!
Photo of the box insert.

Lonesome B units are hard to come by and we have had very, very few separate-sale F3 B units available for the earlier New York Central units. Adding a B unit to an AA tandem always makes the F3 diesels impressive looking!
2353 Santa Fe
F3 Power A only
(No "Dummy")
VG- Yes $160 An operator's special: a lonesome Santa Fe F3 Power A unit from 1953-55: the unit is dressed in the silver and red warbonnet paint scheme with red, yellow and black rubber-stamped detailing stripes! The unit has louvered ventilators, open portholes and black heat-stamped lettering.
Photo of the other side.
Has Magnetraction, twin motors, operating headlight, original porthole lenses and original numberboards.
Another view.
The cab has the usual paint blemishes and discoloration of the silver paint (especially on the roof) plus some box rub and a few paint chips in the red painted area. The frame has some scratches, rust spots and discoloration. Despite the flaws, the unit still makes a decent appearance overall as it is fairly clean with vibrant paint, very strong lettering, intact striping and a nice nose decal.
Two "aerial" views of the unit.
Definitely not a "shelf queen" -- it has been well played with but it still has lots of run time left!

This engine is ready for your layout -- it lights and runs great!

With its dual motors and resulting pulling power, the colorful 2353 is always a favorite of operators.
2368 Baltimore & Ohio
F3 Diesel
AB Units
A unit:
E+

B unit:
E+
Yes $1,495
SOLD
The very scarce Baltimore & Ohio F3 AB diesel units from 1956 only:
Photo of the Power Unit.
A unit: unpainted-blue body with a gray roof and a white-painted nose & upper side quarter plus a black-painted lower side stripe decorated with yellow-heat-stamped lettering. The black chassis has a black-painted pilot and chemically-blackened truck side frames.
Photo of the right side of the Power Unit.
Additional features include: Magnetraction, twin vertical motors, functional horn, operating headlight and original numberboards.
Photo of the front of the Power Unit.
Flaws: a few paint chips and some box rub.
Another photo of the front of the Power Unit taken from another angle.
Just those minor imperfections and this unit looks sharp as it is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint, sharp striping and crisp lettering. The chassis is also very, very clean with no battery damage.
Two "aerial" views of the Power Unit.
Serviced and this smooth runner lights and runs great!

Photo of the left side of the Dummy unit.
B unit: unpainted-blue body with a gray roof and a white-painted upper side quarter plus a black-painted lower side stripe decorated with yellow-heat-stamped lettering. The black chassis has chemically-blackened truck side frames.
Photo of the right side of Dummy "B" Unit.
Cab: a few paint chips and some box rub. Chassis: some paint loss on the end of one side of the frame. Just those minor imperfections and this unit looks sharp as it is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint, sharp striping and crisp lettering.
Two "aerial" views of the B unit.

The 2368 B&O F3s headed up only one set in 1956 and they are not easy to find! These units represent only the second 2368 Diesels we have ever offered for sale on our website. With its dual motors and resulting pulling power, the 2368 is one of the most powerful engines made by Lionel in the postwar era and is a favorite among operators. Its attractive paint scheme makes it an eye-catching shelf piece as well. These good-looking, low-mileage units are ready for your display or layout as everything works, including the horn!

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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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