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This Web Page Last Updated: June 14, 2021

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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.

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Postwar Lionel Diesels, Electrics & Military Motorized Units
Catalog # Item GradePhotoPriceDescription & More Information
41 U. S. Army
Yard Switcher
VG+ Yes $ 65 A 2-4-2 "UNITED STATES ARMY" gas turbine from 1956-57:
Photo of the other side.
Has an unpainted-black body with white heat-stamped lettering and black metal handrails plus operating tab couplers.
Photo of the front and the back.
Has one screw crack (no loss of plastic) plus some light scratches.
An "aerial" view.
This unit is very presentable as it is all original and clean overall with nice lettering and graphics -- plus all window struts are intact
Another "aerial" view.

This very low-mileage unit was serviced and it runs great! It is perfect for a layout with a military theme!
Click here to go to Our Archives Page to read more about 41 Army Yard Switchers.
50 Section
Gang Car
===> ===> ===> Click here to go to our RR Work Cars Page to read about a great-running motorized Section Gang Car from the 50s that we have for sale.
51 Navy Yard
Switcher
See Notes Yes $ 45 A customized 2-4-2 "NAVY YARD" Vulcan Switcher from 1956: blue with white lettering and operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Interesting item reflecting someone's ingenuity: the window struts are missing and opaque windows were added to the back and sides (with dividing struts painted in) plus an interior light was added (something Lionel should have done).
Photo of the front.
Flaws: small melt mark on the bottom of the right side, screw cracks front and back (no loss of plastic), roof corners and hood corners are chipped plus the lettering on the right side is weak.
Photo of the back.
Despite the imperfections, this unit still looks presentable as it has rust-free railings and both the cab and the chassis are clean.
An "aerial" view.

A fantastic item for an operator: the loco was serviced by us and it is fairly quiet and it lights and runs great!
Our Archives Page: more information on 51 Navy Yard Switchers.
53 Rio Grande
Snowplow
===> ===> ===> Click here to go to our RR Work Cars Page to read about a boxed Rio Grande Snowplow -- the VERY RARE version with the CORRECT "a" on the sides!
60 Trolley ===> ===> ===> Click here to go to our Passenger Cars Page to read about a good-looking, great-running Trolley from 1955.
68 Executive
Inspection Car
===> ===> ===> Click here to go to our Railroad Work Cars Page to read about a nice, boxed Executive Inspection Car from 1958-61!
231P Rock Island
Alco Diesel
E++/OB Yes $295 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 double-axle Magnetraction, a 2-position E-unit and an operating headlight.
Photo of the right side of the engine.
A few small chips in the white string on one side and that's it for flaws! It is gorgeous! The pilot (front apron) is completely intact and this unit is nice: very, very clean with crisp lettering, sharp striping and nice, vibrant paint!
Photo of the front.
This low-mileage and very peppy unit was serviced and it lights and runs great!
An "aerial" view.

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

An attractive and smooth-running engine in a very presentable box!
404 Budd
Baggage Car
===> ===> ===> Need some passenger train power?
Click here to go to our Passenger Cars Page to read about
a great-running, motorized B & O Budd Baggage Rail Diesel Car from 1957-58.
602 Seaboard
NW2 Switcher
E+/OB Yes $325 The red and black "SEABOARD RAILROAD" diesel yard switcher from 1957-58: has Magnetraction, a functional horn and an operating headlight.
Photo of the other side.
One scuff on the cab roof plus a few light surface scratches and that's about it for flaws! It is sharp: very clean with nice lettering and perfect decals -- and the front is completely intact with no cracks!
Photo of the front.
The frame is equally as nice -- no battery damage and the rust-free chassis is clean inside and out!
Two "aerial" views.
Lights and runs great plus the horn works!
Photo of the instruction sheet.
Has the correct original instruction sheet #602-19, dated 5/57 (tears, creases, discolored).

Photo of the box.
Grade 6+ original box (tears; creases; cuts; scrapes; stains; lots of tape; no coupler inserts). A few flaws but this extremely hard-to-find box has both end flaps and all four inner flaps plus it is fairly clean, square and sturdy!
Another view of the box.

Check your collection: we have had very few 602 Seaboard switchers over the years as it is not an easy engine to find and this one represents only the third boxed 602 Seaboard switcher we have ever had for sale! This good-looking, low-mileage unit was serviced by us and it is ready for your display shelf or layout.
610 Erie
NW2 Switcher
E+ Yes $850 Here's a scarce item: an "ERIE" diesel yard switcher from 1955 with a 1956 Lionel "Service Station Replacement" body! After the 610 Erie was discontinued, Lionel modified the NW2 shell to include a flat nameplate (letterboard) similar to the 611 Jersey Central, 613 Union Pacific and other models. The black-painted body has yellow heat-stamped numbering and a yellow heat-stamped Erie medallion on each side. Version with a chemically-blackened frame and platform railings and steps.
Photo of the other side.
Has Magnetraction and operating couplers.
Photo of the front.
Has a few minor surface scratches on the cab and frame plus some rub marks on the cab's graphics and that's about it for flaws!
An "aerial" view.
The unit is very, very clean with a rust-free chassis -- plus the front of the cab is NOT cracked! It was serviced and this low-mileage loco runs great!
File photo showing the 610 with rare replacement body & the common regular production version.

This is the first 610 Erie NW2 switcher with the rare replacement body that we have ever had! If you like unusual items, take a close look at this engine!
614 Alaska
NW2
Yard Switcher
E++ Yes $350 An "ALASKA RAILROAD" diesel yard switcher made from 1959-60: later version without the yellow outline on the builder's plate.
Photo of the other side.
Cab is dark blue with yellow lettering plus Eskimo figure graphics and the unique yellow dynamic brake unit. Has Magnetraction, operating headlight and correct, 2-position reversing unit.
Photo of the front.
The loco is very, very clean with crisp lettering and beautiful graphics plus the front is NOT cracked! Has a very clean and rust-free chassis.
An "aerial" view.

Serviced and this low-mileage unit lights and runs great! It is the nicest 614 Switcher we have ever had!

Click here to go to Our Archives Page to read more about 614 Alaska Switchers
617 Santa Fe
NW2 Switcher
E++ Yes $425 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 two-axle Magnetraction, an operating horn and a headlight with lenses plus a sheet-metal frame with fluted side skirts and fixed couplers.
Photo of the other side
Has a tiny hairline screw crack (no loss of plastic and it is so small that I had to remove the cab to verify that there is a crack). That's about it for flaws! The cab is very, very clean with sharp lettering and beautiful striping
Another view.
The chassis is clean and rust free -- plus there is no battery damage! The engine was serviced and it lights and runs great -- plus the horn works!
Two "aerial" views.
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 a light and functional horn) but it also has some "plain Jane" elements (like fixed couplers). This transition piece is also the only diesel switcher that came with two distinctively different frames. Note that there is conflicting data in the guidebooks and online sources regarding the features of this engine -- one expert states that the engine came with operating couplers or 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 only the second 617 Switcher we have ever had for sale!
"622" A T S F
NW2
Yard Switcher
E/E++

See Notes
Yes $ 95 An A T S F. diesel switcher: has a black (modern-era) body with black smokestacks, white heat-stamped lettering, green marker lights, a silver decorative horn, a silver decorative bell and a silver radio antenna.
Photo of the other side.
The cab (which was modified to mount on a postwar chassis) is further decorated with a wire handrail held by five stanchions on each side.
Photo of the front.
The postwar (623) chassis has a black-painted die-cast frame with wire handrails plus Magnetraction, lights (front and rear) and dual operating coil couplers.
Photo of the back.
The frame has some paint chips and box rub but it is in excellent condition overall. The cab is gorgeous: very, very clean with beautiful lettering -- E++ condition!
Two "aerial" views.

A fantastic bargain for an operator! This brawny-looking, prototypical locomotive was serviced and it lights and runs great plus the couplers work! This tremendous runner is ready to be enjoyed on your layout for years to come!
623 Santa Fe
NW2
Yard Switcher
E++/OB Yes $395 An A.T. & S.F. diesel switcher from 1953: has a black-painted body with unpainted black smokestacks and white heat-stamped lettering plus a black-painted die-cast frame with wire handrails.
Photo of the other side.
Version with three stanchions that attach wire handrail to the body on each side.
Another view of this good-looking loco.
Has Magnetraction, lights (front and rear) and dual operating coil couplers.
Two "aerial" views.
A little box rub and that's about it for flaws on both the cab and chassis! The loco is very, very clean with vibrant paint, crisp lettering, and nice decals!

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; tape inside; original factory tape outside; "aged" look).
Another view of the box.
Has the original insert and this box is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy.
Photo of the box insert.
Has the original instruction sheet #623-17 dated 6/53 (a few stains).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

This brawny-looking, prototypical locomotive was serviced and it is ready for your display shelf or layout; it was serviced by us and it runs great plus the lights and couplers all work. It is also 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!
628 Northern Pacific
44-Ton Switcher
VG- Yes $ 60 "NP" GE 44-ton diesel switcher from 1956-57: has a black cab with yellow heat-stamped graphics and a yellow lower stripe; it comes with Magnetraction, headlight and operating couplers.
Photo of the other side.
Cab: common hairline screw crack (no loss of plastic) plus some scuffs and surface scratches but nothing severe. In addition, the yellow stripe was re-done (not bad but the yellow is not quite as dark as the original). Overall the cab is fairly clean with strong graphics.
Photo of both ends.
Chassis: one pilot is chipped on the side plus there are some paint chips and rust spots on the end railings and the frame but the chassis is fairly clean overall.
An "aerial" view.
Not in collector-quality condition, it is an "operator's special" -- serviced and this loco lights and runs great!

Also known as a "Steeple-Cab" diesel or a "Center-Cab" diesel, it is one of my favorite style engines. It's prototypical, peppy and rather odd-looking.
635 Union Pacific
NW2 Switcher
E+ Yes $325 Here's an item we have not had for sale in over eight years! The uncatalogued UP diesel yard switcher from 1965 only: has a yellow-painted body with red side stripes and predominantly red heat-stamped lettering. The decorations on this locomotive are very unusual as the right side has the slogan "ROAD OF THE STREAMLINERS" while the legend on the left side reads "SERVES ALL THE WEST" and the engine's number & roadname abbreviation are in white on the front.
Photo of the other side
Has an operating headlight, traction tire, weighted body and two fixed couplers.
Photo of the front.
One small scratch and some minor box rub in places and that's about it for flaws! The unit is very clean with strong lettering, sharp striping and nice vibrant paint -- plus the front is NOT cracked!
An "aerial" view.

This photogenic and very-low-mileage engine was serviced by us and it lights and runs great! Only the second 635 Union Pacific Diesel we have ever had for sale -- as it is not that easy to find in collector-quality condition. Note that the 635 only came in six promotional outfits and no component box exists for this engine.
(645) Union Pacific
NW2 Switcher
E++ Yes $325 The UP diesel yard switcher from 1969 only: has an unpainted yellow body with red side stripes and red heat-stamped lettering. The asymmetrical decorations on this locomotive are very unusual as the right side has the slogan "ROAD OF THE STREAMLINERS" while the legend on the left side reads "SERVES ALL THE WEST" -- all in red. The 645 is similar to the earlier 635 UP but reflecting the austerity of the times, the unit is devoid of all trim and Lionel did not even see fit to put the number anywhere on this unusual engine!
Photo of the other side
Has an operating headlight, traction tire, weighted body, a 2-position E-unit and two fixed couplers.
Photo of the front.
The frame has a little box rub and some minute rust spots and that's about it for flaws! The unit is stunning: very, very clean with crisp lettering and sharp striping -- plus the front is NOT cracked!
An "aerial" view.

This photogenic and very-low-mileage engine was serviced by us and it lights and runs like a jack rabbit! This unit is only the second 645 Union Pacific Diesel we have ever had for sale as it is not that easy to find in collector-quality condition. The 645 only came in only one catalogued set and was NEVER INCLUDED in any of the promotional outfits from the '60s! Note that no component box exists for this engine.
1055 Texas Special
Alco Diesel
Good Yes $ 55 An operator's special: the Texas Special Alco A unit from 1959-1960. Has a red-painted body with white heat-stamped lettering and a closed pilot with ledge.
Photo of the right side of the engine.
Has an operating headlight and a weight in the cab for ballast but that's about it for features on this non-deluxe, (forward-running-only) "Plain Jane" unit.
Photo of the front.
A few scratches and some worn (but readable) lettering plus box rub in spots. The cab is completely intact and clean overall and the chassis is very clean and rust free.
An "aerial" view.

First 1055 Alco we have ever had for sale! It's not in collector-quality condition but the unit was serviced by us and it lights and runs great! It is a very low-mileage engine that will provide years of enjoyment on someone's layout!
2023 Union Pacific
Alco AA Units
Power
unit:
E-

Dummy
unit:
E-
Yes $260 All-original 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.
Photo of the noses.

Photo of the left side of the Power unit.
Power A: Magnetraction, functional horn, operating coil coupler in the front, operating headlight & original number boards.
Photo of the right side of the Power unit.
The power unit cab has some box rub plus the lettering is a little faded (but certainly readable) and the striping is a little worn. It is very clean with vibrant paint and a nice front decal. Minimal flaws on the chassis! It is very clean with nice striping -- and there is no battery damage!
An "aerial" view of the Power Unit.

Photo of the right side of the Dummy unit.
Dummy A: operating coil coupler in the front, operating headlight & original number boards.
Photo of the left side of the Dummy unit.
Some box rub, paint chips and discoloration plus the lettering is a little faded (but certainly readable). It is clean overall with vibrant paint, sharp striping and a nice front decal. Minimal flaws on the chassis! It is very clean with nice striping!
An "aerial" view of the Dummy Unit.

The cabs match each other in color, lettering, striping and decals, Both units were serviced by us and they light and run great plus the couplers work and the horn works very well!
2243 ==========
Santa Fe
F3 AB Units
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Power
A unit:
VG-

Dummy
B unit:
VG-
Yes $160 Single-motor Santa Fe F3 AB units from 1956: the units have a colorful "warbonnet" paint scheme of red, yellow and black detailing with black heat-stamped lettering. The A unit nose is painted red; both units have closed portholes, louvered roof vents and black truck sides.
Photo the left side of the Power A Unit.
Power unit: Magnetraction, functional horn, operating headlight and original numberboards.
Photo of the right side of the A Unit.
Some paint chips and scratches plus the front was repaired; has the usual chipping of the nose decal. In addition, the silver is not as bright as when new. The chassis has some discoloration on the frame and some cleaned up battery damage (which did not affect anything inside).
Photo of the front of the A Unit.
Various flaws but it still looks decent as the striping and lettering are nice.
Two "aerial" views of the A Unit.

Photo of the left side of the Dummy B Unit.
Dummy "B" unit: some scratches, scuffs and stains in the silver paint -- primarily on the roof. In addition, the silver is not as bright as when new and the frame has some scuffs.
Photo of the right side of the B Unit.
The cab is intact and fairly clean overall with nice striping. The chassis is very clean overall.
Two "aerial" views of the B Unit.

These Diesels are in operator-quality condition and they are ready for a layout. The units were serviced and the horn, light and coupler all work on the A unit plus it runs great!
2338 Milwaukee Road
GP7
Road Switcher
E++/OB Yes $525
SOLD
A sharp black & orange Milwaukee Road "Geep" from 1956: version with interrupted "true orange" band around a black painted cab; has the Milwaukee Road herald with a dark-brown background.
Photo of the other side.
Has Magnetraction, operating horn and a light on each end.
Photo of the cab end.
Minimal flaws on the cab! It is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint, crisp lettering and sharp graphics plus there are no cracks!
Photo of the other end.
A few moisture spots on the frame and that's about it for flaws on the chassis! It is very clean and rust free -- plus there is no battery damage!
Two "aerial" views.
Has the correct original instruction sheet #2328-6 dated 3/56 (tears; creases; stains).
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the box.
Grade 7 original "Late Classic" box (tears; creases; factory tape residue; writing; some stains; no inserts).
Another view of the box.
This box is fairly clean, square and sturdy and even with the imperfections, it is one of the nicest 2338 Classic boxes we have ever had!

The box type and the instruction sheet date help to determine that this engine is a 1956 item! (Note that the Milwaukee Road GP7 from 1955 came in a corrugated box that is much easier to find and with an instruction sheet dated 7/55).

This low-mileage "Geep" looks great plus it was serviced and it is ready for your layout as it lights and runs well 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.
"2343C" Santa Fe
F3 B Unit


(mounted on a
2243C chassis)
Fair Yes $ 60 A 2343C Santa Fe "B" unit cab mounted on a 2243C chassis: has louvered ventilators, black trucks and open portholes with reproduction lenses.
Photo of the other side.
Has lots of scratches, stains and scuffs plus the silver paint is not nearly as bright as when new. However, the cab is completely intact with very presentable striping and near-perfect Indian head logos. Note that the unit does not look as good as the previous two photos would have you believe. The next photo showing the roof is a more accurate portrayal of the condition of this piece.
Two "aerial" views.

Definitely not in collector-quality condition but if you operate your trains, getting an F3 "B" unit for $60 will be hard to beat!
2383 Santa Fe
F3 AA Units
=========
Power A:
VG

Dummy A:
Ex.
=========
Yes $235 Santa Fe F3 diesels from the mid 60s: these AA units are dressed in the silver and red warbonnet paint scheme with red, yellow and black rubber-stamped detailing stripes! The units have louvered ventilators, closed portholes and black heat-stamped lettering.
Photo of the noses.

Photo of the Power Unit.
Power unit: Magnetraction, twin motors, functional horn, operating headlight and original numberboards.
Photo of the other side of the Power Unit.
The cab has some stains, scratches and paint chips plus the front decal is chipped. The frame has some scratches and discoloration. Minor battery leakage that was confined to the battery bracket and did not affect any mechanical or electrical parts. The unit is fairly clean overall with nice striping and nice lettering.
Two "aerial" views of the Power Unit.
Serviced and this unit lights and runs great -- plus the horn works!

Photo of the Dummy Unit.
Dummy unit: operating headlight and original numberboards.
Photo of the other side of the Dummy Unit.
The cab has some scuffs and small scratches and that's about it for flaws! It is very, very clean with vibrant paint, crisp lettering, nice decals and sharp striping. The frame is also very, very clean.
Two "aerial" views of the Dummy Unit.

Note that the front of the dummy unit is not a perfect match to the power unit as it is red-orange and the decal is a brighter yellow.

With its dual motors and resulting pulling power, the 2383 is one of the most powerful engines made by Lionel in the postwar era. Its attractive paint scheme made it hard for both adults and children to resist when they were introduced!
3927 Operating
Track Cleaner Car
===> ===> ===> Click here to go to our Work Cars Page to read about a very clean, boxed 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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