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This Web Page Last Updated: November 20, 2022

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This page contains our current inventory of Postwar Lionel steamers and tenders as well as tenders available for separate sale.
By the way, if you need help determining the proper tender for a steamer or which steamers might have pulled a particular tender, we can help! Please review our Postwar Lionel Reference Charts 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 Steamers & Tenders
Catalog #ItemGradePhotoPriceDetails
221 Dreyfuss Hudson
&
221T
NYC

Tender
L: E+

T: E++
Yes $495
SOLD
One of the rarest steam engines of the postwar era: the gray Adriatic-type Dreyfuss Hudson with ALUMINUM wheels! This 2-6-4 steamer from 1946 only has a matching gray New York Central tender.
Photo of the left side of the engine.
Engine has a gray-painted die-cast body, an operating headlight and a full complement of driving hardware. Its distinctive "gladiator-style" shroud makes it one of the most unusual engines ever produced by Lionel in the postwar era.
Photo of the right side of the engine.
Some paint loss on the back of the cab roof on the right side plus a few paint chips on the pilot and catwalks and that's about it for flaws! The engine is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint, strong numbering and very nice side rods!
Photo of the front and back of the engine.
The unit is all original and it lights and runs great!
Two "aerial" views of the engine.

Photo of the tender.
The correct sheet-metal, "box tender" has unique decaled white lettering and striping plus staple-end trucks with a coil coupler.
Photo of the other side of the tender.
Minimal flaws on the tender! It is very, very clean with original striping that is more than 99% present! In addition, all ten metal holding tabs are there! It is one of the nicest all-original 221T tenders we have ever had! (The lettering and striping are often deteriorated and these tenders usually have to be restored.) The chassis is rust free and very clean with the original "221T" numbering clearly visible!
An "aerial" view of the tender.

This uncommon loco & tender combination will enhance any collection!
646 Steam Engine
&
2046W Tender
Loco:
E++/OB

Tender:
E+/OB
Yes $495 Large die-cast 4-6-4 steamer from early 1954 with the correct "LIONEL LINES" whistling, (streamlined) tender:
Photo of the left side of the loco.
Loco has Magnetraction, operating headlight & smoke.
Photo of the right side of the loco.
Version with a 3-window cab plus white, heat-stamped numbering on the cab and a die-cast trailing truck.
Photo of the front of the loco.
A few scratches on the cowcatcher plus some small paint chips and one muted (but very readable) number on each side. That's it for flaws! The unit is very, very clean with nice vibrant paint, crisp numbering, beautiful side rods and intact marker lights. The engine lights, smokes and runs great!
Two "aerial" views of the loco.

Photo of the sealed end of the engine box.
Engine: grade 7+ original box (small tears; creases; mildly distorted).
Photo of the open end of the engine box.
Has the insert (some tape on the ends) and this box is solid: clean, complete, square & sturdy!
Photo of the box insert.
This unusual "Express Container Corp." (corrugated) box has blue printing and it is the correct box for this version of the 646 steamer!
Photo of the side showing the manufacturer's data & identification.

Photo of the left side of the tender.
The 8-wheel tender has metal, bar-end trucks with magnetic coupler. It is the version with open rear deck holes and "2046W" on the frame underside.
Photo of the right side of the tender.
Some very small paint chips plus the left side simulated railing in the back has a very small chip but that's it for flaws! Has the original shell and the tender is very, very clean with crisp lettering.
Photo of the back of the tender.
The tender works great and it has a nice sounding whistle.
An "aerial" view of the tender.

Photo of the tender box.
Tender: grade 7 original box (tears; creases; scrapes; minor stains).
Another view of the tender box.
Has the insert (liner) and this box is solid: clean, complete, square & sturdy plus there is no tape anywhere! It is also the correct larger "Middle Classic" box for this tender rather than the smaller 2046W box with interior coupler flaps found in later boxes!
Photo of the box insert.

The units represent only the third complete 646/2046W combination from 1954 that we have ever had for sale! They are nice-looking, low-mileage pieces with very presentable boxes! With its prototypical, "scoop" tender and full complement of driving hardware, this clean 646 & 2046W set is a great example of one of Lionel's larger steamer and deluxe tender combinations from the postwar era. Both units were serviced and they are ready for your layout, display shelf or Christmas tree. Except for the number, the 646 -- designated by Lionel as an O-gauge engine -- is the same engine as a 2046, which was sold with "027" track.
Click here to go to Our Archives Page to read about 646 Steamers.
682 S2 Turbine &
2046W-50 Tender
Loco:
E++/OB

Tender:
E++/OB
Yes $795
SOLD
A 6-8-6 turbine from 1954 with white, heat-stamped numbers and the correct 8-wheel "PENNSYLVANIA" whistling, (streamlined) tender.
Photo of the left side of the locomotive.
Has Magnetraction, operating headlight & smoke.
Photo of the right side of the loco.
Has a few small paint chips and that's about it for flaws on this gorgeous, low-mileage loco!
Photo of the front of the loco.
This engine is very, very clean with crisp numbering and nice vibrant paint! The white striping on the catwalks is sharp and the stripes rival the nicest originals I have ever seen!
Two "aerial" views of the loco.
This loco lights, smokes and runs great!
Photo of the instruction sheet.
Includes the correct, original instruction sheet #682-16 dated 4/54.

Photo of the engine box.
Grade 7 original box (tears; creases; scrapes; writing; tape residue; tape inside; glue residue; "aged" look).
Another view of the engine box.
Has the insert (liner) and this scarce box is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Photo of the insert.

Photo of the left side of the tender.
This all-original "scoop" tender has white heat-stamped lettering, closed-in portholes in the rear and bar-end, metal trucks with a magnetic coupler. The rust-free (and correct) frame has "2046W-50" clearly visible on the bottom.
Photo of the right side of the tender.
A few small paint chips and that's it for flaws! It is a gorgeous tender: very, very clean with crisp lettering and nice vibrant paint. The original shell is completely intact.
Photo of the back of the tender.
The unit works great and has a nice sounding whistle!
An "aerial" view of the tender.

Photo of the tender box.
Grade 8 original box (tears; creases).
Another view of the tender box.
Has the insert (liner) and this box is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- and there is no tape anywhere! It is also the correct box for this tender (with P.R.R. on the end flaps)!
Photo of the insert.

With its distinctive white striping along the running boards and its unique valve gear linkage, the 682 is the most desirable (and hardest to find) of all of the turbines produced by Lionel in the postwar era. Both pieces were serviced and they are ready for a layout or display shelf.
746 ===============
Norfolk & Western Steamer
&
746W Tender
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Loco:
E++
Un-run
OB



Tender:
E+++
Un-run
OB
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Yes $1,475 The legendary and brawny Norfolk & Western "class J" die-cast steam engine and matching Norfolk & Western whistling "scoop" tender!
Photo of the engine.
This large 4-8-4 streamlined locomotive, which measures 13 inches long from pilot ("cow catcher") to drawbar end, was produced from 1957 to 1960. The distinctive-looking "J" has a bullet-shaped boiler front, colorful red-painted running board stripe outlined in yellow and a yellow rubber-stamped "746" in the middle of the stripe on both sides.
Photo of the right side of the engine.
Additional features include Magnetraction, smoke and headlight.
Photo of the front of the engine.
Some box rub on the nose plus the usual tarnishing of the side rods and that's about it for flaws! The unit is very, very clean with crisp numbers, nice vibrant paint, near-perfect striping and fairly nice side rods overall!
Two "aerial" views of the engine.
Has the original instruction sheet #746-71 dated 10/57.
Photo of the instruction sheet.

Photo of the open end of the engine box.
Grade 8 original box for the engine (tears; creases; minor stains; writing; "aged" look).
Photo of the sealed end of the engine box.
This corrugated box was made by Express Container Corp. and it is SOLID: clean, complete, square and sturdy -- plus there is no un-original tape anywhere!
Close-up of the manufacturer's information.

Photo of the left side of the tender.
This all-original 746W streamlined tender also has the distinctive red & yellow stripe on the sides. It's the short-stripe version with numberboards.
Photo of the right side of the tender.
Has bar-end metal trucks with an operating tab coupler.
A view of the tender's rear deck.
Some minor box and that's about it for flaws! The tender is all original, completely intact and very, very clean with beautiful striping plus a nice, rust-free frame.
An "aerial" view of the tender.

Photo of the tender box.
Grade 7+ original box for the tender (tears; tape inside; glue residue; "aged" look). This box is solid: clean, complete, square and sturdy!
Another view of the tender box.

Finding an unused steamer & tender combination is very, very unusual -- especially one that is desirable in its own right! One of Lionel's best efforts of the postwar era: great to look at but even more fun to watch in action! This is only the second unrun 746/746W loco/tender combination that we have ever handled! We "bench tested" both units and everything works properly -- the loco lights, smokes & runs and the tender whistles great! It will be very, very difficult to top the quality of these two pieces!
1615 Steam Switcher
&
1615T Tender
Loco:
E++

Tender:
E++
Yes $160 A gorgeous Yard Switcher with slope-back tender from 1956:
Photo of the left side of the engine.
Engine: has an operating headlight & an operating front coupler plus white heat-stamped numbering.
Photo of the right side of the engine.
Minimal flaws! This sharp-looking "yard goat" is very, very clean with crisp numbers and a beautiful boiler with nice vibrant paint; the markers are intact plus the unit has beautiful side rods and valve gear linkage.
Photo of the front of the engine.
The 1615's cab interior is very detailed with simulated gauges, piping, levers and firebox.
Photo of the cab interior.
This specialized, all-original, low-mileage 0-4-0 steamer lights and runs great; it was serviced by us and it is ready to jockey cars around on a layout.
An "aerial" view of the locomotive.

Photo of the left side of the tender.
Correct "LIONEL LINES" tender comes with metal, bar-end trucks and a tab coupler.
Photo of the right side of the tender.
Minimal flaws! The tender is sharp: very, very clean with beautiful lettering and a nice, rust-free frame.
An "aerial" view of the tender.

High-quality pieces -- one of the nicest 1615/1615T combinations we have ever had!
1656 Steam Switcher
&
6403B Tender
Loco:
E+/OB

Tender:
E++/OB
Yes $525 An 0-4-0 die-cast B6 yard switcher from 1948-49 with the correct, bell-ringing, die-cast tender:
Photo of the left side of the engine.
Loco: operating headlight, operating front coupler, spoked drivers and a full complement of driving hardware.
Photo of the right side of the engine.
Has wire handrails and silver, rubber-stamped numbering.
Photo of the front of the engine.
The cab interior of the 1656 is very detailed with simulated gauges, piping, levers and firebox.
Photo of the cab interior.
Roof is chipped along the edge in the back and that's about it for flaws. The loco is very clean with strong numbering and intact marker lights. This low-mileage switcher was serviced and it lights and runs great!
An "aerial" view of the engine.

Photo of the left side of the tender.
The slope-back tender has white, heat-stamped, closely-spaced lettering plus staple-end trucks with a coil coupler. With its wire handrail, internal bell (with ON/OFF switch) and operating back-up light, this deluxe tender is the most desirable slope-back tender made by Lionel in the postwar era.
Photo of the right side of the tender.
The "6403B" lettering on the bottom of the frame is partially rubbed off but that's about it for flaws on this sharp-looking tender! The tender is very clean with strong lettering and a nice, rust-free frame.
Photo of the rear deck of the tender.
The bell and light on this little-used tender work very well!
An "aerial" view of the tender.

Photo of the engine box.
Loco: grade 7 original box (tears; creases; scrapes; some dirt; tape inside; factory tape outside; glue residue).
Another view of the engine box.
Has the insert and this box is solid: fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy.
Photo of the engine box insert.

Photo of the tender box.
Tender: grade 7+ original box (tears; creases; minor writing; tape inside; glue residue).
Another view of the tender box.
Has the insert and this box is solid: fairly clean, complete, square and sturdy.
Photo of the tender box insert.

This prototypical 1656/6403B combination is very nice and the boxes are a major plus! These pieces will enhance any layout or collection!
Our Archives Page has more information on 1656 Steam Switchers.
2055 Steam Engine
&
6026W Tender
Loco:
E++

Tender:
Ex.
Yes $325 A large 4-6-4 steamer from 1953 with the correct original whistling "coffin" tender:
Photo of the left side of the loco.
Engine: Magnetraction, operating headlight & smoke plus a full complement of driving hardware. It is the version with white, rubber-stamped numbering.
Photo of the right side of the loco.
Some paint loss on the pilot (cowcatcher) and that's about it for flaws. The engine is very, very clean with vibrant paint, crisp numbering, nice shiny side rods, intact front steps and undamaged marker lights.
Photo of the front of the loco.
Lights, smokes and runs great!
Two "aerial" views of the loco.

Photo of the left side of the tender.
The "LIONEL LINES" 8-wheel "square" tender has metal, bar-end trucks with a magnetic coupler.
Photo of the right side of the tender.
Some box rub and a few light scratches and small scuffs on the tender's shell and that's about it for flaws! The original shell is completely intact and very clean with crisp lettering. The "6026W" is no longer visible on the frame underside and that's about it for flaws on the chassis. The chassis is very clean inside and out with a nice rust-free frame.
Photo of the rear deck of the tender.
Has a nice sounding whistle.
An "aerial" view of the tender.

One of the nicest 2055/6026W steamer/tender combinations we have ever had! These low-mileage pieces were serviced by us and they are ready for your display shelf, layout or Christmas tree!
Click here to go to Our Archives Page to read about 2055 Steamers.

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*** 20% Discount on any of the following Tenders if purchased with any Steamer! ***
Catalog #ItemGradePhotoPriceDetails
234W Square Tender E+++ Yes $ 95 A coffin-style, "LIONEL LINES" whistling tender from 1964-69: has later-style AAR trucks with a fixed coupler.
Photo of the other side.
Gorgeous all-original tender! It is all intact and very, very clean with nice, crisp lettering plus a nice rust-free chassis!
Photo of the rear deck.
The unit was serviced by us and it works great!
An "aerial" view.

It is the nicest all-original 234W Tender we have ever had! Correct tender for 237, 238, 239, 241, 2029 and 2037 postwar engines; it is also the proper-style tender for many other later postwar steamers. If you have a tender with a broken step or melt mark, this piece will be an upgrade . . . or if you have a non-whistling tender and want a more deluxe model, this piece will fill that need as well.
746W Norfolk & Western
Streamlined Tender
See Notes Yes $195 A stray short-stripe N&W whistling ("scoop") tender from 1957-60: has metal, bar-end trucks with a tab coupler.
Photo of the other side.
Has a brand new repro shell and new repro water scoop. The shell is one of the best reproductions ever made as the colors are very close to the original!
Photo of the rear deck.
Chassis is very clean and rust free plus it is the correct frame (no numbers on the underside) and correct truck and coupler configuration for a 746W. (It is not a "2046W" masquerading as a 746W.)
An "aerial" view.
Serviced by us and it works great! It has a sweet sounding whistle and it is ready for your layout.

A 746W tender is not offered for sale separately very often. It is Lionel's most colorful tender from the postwar era and it is the correct match for the 746 Norfolk & Western "J" steam engine.

If you have a 746 missing its tender or if you just want a colorful non "Lionel Lines" tender to sit behind a large steamer, this one will do nicely.
2046W Streamlined Tender See Notes Yes $ 75 A stray "LIONEL LINES" whistling "scoop" tender from 1951-53: has metal bar-end trucks with a magnetic coupler.
Photo of the other side.
Has a brand new repro shell and new repro water scoop.
Photo of the back of the tender.
Chassis is very clean and rust free with the "2046W" lettering clearly visible on the frame underside plus the unit was serviced and it does work!
An "aerial" view.

Correct tender for some Berkshires and some small Hudsons (depending on the year) and it is the proper-style tender for various other postwar steamers.
6026W Square Tender See Notes Yes $ 75 A coffin-style, "LIONEL LINES" whistling tender from 1957-1959 with metal, bar-end trucks and a tab coupler.
Photo of the other side.
Has a brand new reproduction shell with "6026W" on the sides.
Photo of the back of the tender.
Some paint loss on the frame under one truck but the chassis is very clean overall.
An "aerial" view.
Serviced and it works great plus it has a nice sounding whistle.

Correct tender for some 665, 685, 2016, 2018, 2037, 2055 and 2065 steam engines (depending on year) and it is the proper-style tender for many other small engines from the '60s.
6466T Coal Tender Ex. Yes $ 40 An early coal-style, "LIONEL LINES" non-whistling tender from late 1951 & 1952: has white, heat-stamped lettering.
Photo of the other side.
Black-painted version with hole in coal pile and bar-end trucks with magnetic coupler.
Photo of the bulkhead wall.
Some box rub in spots and that's about it for flaws! The unit is completely intact and very clean with crisp lettering!
Photo of the rear deck.
The chassis is equally as nice with the "6466T" lettering clearly visible underneath.
An "aerial" view.

First 6466T tender we have ever had available for separate sale as it is not that easy to find! The unusual 6466T only came with the 2026 steamer from 1951 & 1952! It is however, the proper-style tender for many other early postwar steamers.

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The Steam Locomotive (or "Iron Horse") was the invention of an Englishman -- George Stephenson -- in the early 1800's. Americans initially copied his design but soon constructed more appropriate locomotives to negotiate the steep inclines and severe curves of the early American wilderness. This exciting era included the Civil War years and the steam locomotive demonstrated its worth in helping the Union forces defeat the South.

Lionel made various styles of Steam Engines in the Postwar era including the famous Hudson, the popular Berkshire, the sturdy Pennsylvania Turbine, the revered Norfolk & Western 'J' and the odd-looking Dreyfuss. They also offered a variety of 0-4-0 Steam Switchers and models of the Civil War General.

Available tenders included some that whistled, some with prototypical roadnames and some with twelve wheels. Styles included the "coffin" tender, the streamlined tender and the slope-back tender.

Revisit the romantic era of the Iron Horse and put a Steam Engine on your layout.

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