No. 3530 Operating Generator Car
The picture above shows a #3530 Operating Generator Car (manufactured from 1956-1958).
The car is a replica of a General Motors Electro Motive Division generator car. It
is made of blue plastic with a white stripe painted on its side. Mine has the
stripe going through the ladder at the end - other versions have the stripe
ending at the ladder. The car has double sliding doors on each side. The left-hand
door on the side shown above has a contact switch that when opened, turns on
an internal light and starts a vibrator motor driven simulated fan. Inside is also
an orange generator that is the same as on the No. 3520 searchlight car I have. Note that
I have the original box for this car.The picture below shows the doors open and the light
No. 3530 Operating Generator Car with Light On Inside
The top of the car has ventilation holes through which you can see the light
and the simulated fan turning. The picture below shows the top of the car
with the interior light shining through.
No. 3530 Operating Generator Car Top View with Light On Inside
My generator car has blue fuel tanks below the doors. Other versions have black fuel
tanks. The car originally came with a telephone pole/transformer and a searchlight
that can be connected to the top of the car and the searchlight illuminates
when the door is opened. The telephone pole/transformer and searchlight
could also be purchased separately as Lionel # 3530-30. The generator car
with the telephone pole/transformer and searchlight connected are shown in the
No. 3530 Operating Generator Car With Telephone Pole, Transformer and Searchlight
The picture below shows the setup with the searchlight illuminated as powered by
the generator car.
No. 3530 Operating Generator Car With Telephone Pole, Transformer and Searchlight Illuminated
No. 6362 Railway Truck Car
The picture above shows a Lionel #6362 Railway Truck Car (manufactured 1955-1957).
This car has an unpainted orange plastic body mounted on a blued steel chassis. The car has
bar-end metal trucks and magnetic couplers. The cargo load for this car are three
479-1 bar end metal trucks.
No. 6464-1 Western Pacific Box Car
The picture above shows a Lionel #6464-1 Western Pacific box car (manufactured from 1953-1954). This
box car was the first car in the 6464 series of box cars. I understand the 6464-1
Western Pacific is a fairly common car. It was included in sets as well as being available
for separate sale. The 6464-1 Western Pacific includes a silver painted shell with blue lettering, type I body style, single block sliding doors, bar-end trucks with two operating couplers, and a single brakewheel. The silver paint on this car tends to fade with age but the silver paint on
mine is reasonably bright. The blue lettering on mine in in good shape also.
No. 6464-25 Great Northern Box Car
The picture above shows a #6464-25 Great Northern Box Car (manufactured from 1953-1954).
The body of this car is painted flat orange with white heat-stamped lettering including the
Great Northern herald.
No. 6464-75 Rock Island Box Car
The picture above shows a #6464-75 Rock Island Box Car (manufactured from 1953-1954).
The body of this car is painted green with gold heat-stamped lettering. The doors are
also painted green. The complete 6464-75 number was not painted on the car -
only "6464" was painted on the car.
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Lionel No. 6464-150 Missouri Packfic Eagle Box Car
The picture above shows a Lionel No. 6464-150 Missouri Packfic Eagle box car. The car has
bar end trucks and the "Eagle" logo is to the left of the door.
No. 6464-275 State of Maine Box Car
The picture above shows a Lionel #6464-275 State of Maine Box Car (manufactured from 1955-1959). This
is a colorful box car with red, white, and blue horizontal stripes. On my car, the body is
molded blue plastic and the white and red colors are painted on. My car has bar-end trucks
indicating it is of the early production. It also has tab couplers.
No. 6464-375 Central of Georgia Box Car
The picture above shows a Lionel #6464-375 Central of Georgia Box Car (manufactured from 1956-1957).
This car has a maroon-colored body with a silver oval painted on the side. The roof is also painted
silver. The lettering outside the oval is heat stamped. The Central of Georgia herald is a decal.
My car has bar end trucks, one of which has a tab coupler - the other coupler does not have the tab.
Lionel No. 6464-400 Baltimore & Ohio Box Car
The picture above shows a Lionel No. 6464-400 Baltimore & Ohio Box Car. This example features bar end
trucks and has a built date of 5-54 on the side.
Lionel No. 6468 Baltimore & Ohio Automobile Transport Box Car
The picture above shows a Lionel No. 6468 Baltimore & Ohio Automobile Transport Car
(manufactured from 1953-1955). This is a double-door boxcar and actual boxcars of this type
were used to transport automobiles before the auto-loader and auto-rack railroad cars became
popular. Note that the doors are not in the center of the car (horizontally). My car is in
fairly good shape but there are some rust stains to the right of the doors below the upper
door rail and on the other side near the bottom. My car is the more common blue car.
No. X3464 N.Y.C. Box Car and No. 6464-425 New Haven Box Car
The picture above shows a No. X3464 New York Central Box Car (manufactured from 1949-1952) and
a No. 6464-425 New Haven Boxcar (manufactured 1956-1958) on a track in front of my No. 256 freight station. The X3464 is an operating boxcar. When the car is over an UCS remote control track section and the "uncouple" button is pressed, the door will slide open and the man inside will move toward the door as shown in the photo. My car is an older version as it has the staple-end trucks. Note that I have the original box and instruction sheet for this car. The New Haven boxcar is highly sought after for its contrasting colors. Mine has the unpainted black body and the "N" has the full Serif type font.
No. 3454 Automatic Merchandise Car
The picture above shows a #3454 Automatic Merchandise Car (manufactured from 1946 - 1947) that I have.
This is one of the first operating cars produced after WWII. This 9 1/4-inch long car is painted
silver and the PRR logo is blue. The car has opening die-cast doors. This car has cubes of brown plastic
"crates" engraved with "Baby Ruth" that are ejected by the remote control track section after the door
is first opened by remote control. Repeated remote control action ejects all of the crates, one at a time, and
then the last remote control action closes the door. The crates are reloaded via roof hatch.
No. 3472 Operating Milk Car & No. 3462P Milk Car Platform
The picture above shows a #3472 Operating Milk Car (manufactured from 1949 - 1953) that I have.
Five milk cans came with the car (the original set had 7 cans). I have the #3462P milk car platform, and the original box for this set. This set is probably Lionel's most popular accessory. This car is a reliable accessory and only occasionally needs cleaning and alignment. I had the platform with my original train set I received from my cousin, but later I purchased the car with the 5 cans and box. The #3472 Operating Milk Car is listed on page 28 of the 1952 catalog as shown below.
No. 3472 Operating Milk Car in 1952 Lionel Consumer Catalog
After I received the car, I rewired the car to replace the old wiring that was brittle
and had cracked insulation. I adjusted and oiled the mechanism and now the car works well.
Below are some pictures showing how the car works.
No. 3472 Operating Milk Car with Man Placing Milk Cans on Platform
The picture above shows the man inside the car placing a milk can on the platform.
Although in this picture you can see through the door and out the door on the opposite side,
the car has doors on both sides. I removed the door on the opposite side
to manually activate the mechanism for taking this picture.
Below are pictures showing the internal mechanism.
Internal Mechanism of No. 3472 Operating Milk Car
As shown above, the mechanism is fairly simple being driven by a single solenoid
activated by a special track section that is used to unload my log and coal cars.
The special track section also decouples cars. The milk cans are loaded into the car
through a door in the top of the car. The cans roll down an inclined trough starting
at the top left and ending just to the left of the milk man. You can see the solenoid
in the left foreground. When activated, the solenoid plunger moves inward.
Below is a picture of the other side of the car.
Internal Mechanism of No. 3472 Operating Milk Car Showing Milk Can to be Captured
The picture above shows the solenoid activated the initial time after loading. At that time,
a milk can falls out of the trough and is uprighted ready for the milk man to
capture it. You can see the can just to the right of the man and partially obscured
by the mechanism. The next time the solenoid is activated, the can is captured by the man
as shown below.
Internal Mechanism of No. 3472 Operating Milk Car Milk Can Captured by Man
In the picture above, you can see the man has the can is ready to move it out
of the car. The picture below shows the man placing the can on the platform.
Man in No. 3472 Operating Milk Car Placing Milk Can on Platform
In the picture above, the solenoid is fully activated and the man would
be outside the car placing the can on the platform. The milk cans
have a tiny magnet on the bottom to hold them on the mechanism. The platform
deck is supposed to be steel so the cans will "stick" to it. I lost my original
platform deck and I made a replacement from aluminum, but the cans do not "stick"
to aluminum and skid significantly on the deck.
I acquired spare milk cans for the milk car. The spare milk can set is shown below in its
original box. Lionel sold the #3462-70 milk can set as a replacement item or for use as
extra detailing in a train layout. Note the box is lettered "For use with No. 3462 and No. 3472 Milk Cars." This lettering suggests it was manufactured between 1950 and 1957.
No. 3462-70 Additional Milk Cans
No train layout would be complete without a method to deliver the milk once the train transported
the milk to its destination. Therefore, I acquired a diecast replication of the once famous
1950 DIVCO (Detroit Industrial Vehicle Company) milk delivery truck. This truck is shown below.
Diecast Model of a 1950 DIVCO Milk Delivery Truck
This diecast model is a Lionel Licensed Product manufactured in 2002 by Road Champs. It is a
1:43 scale model. It has written on the side "Lionelville Farms." Beside the truck are
three crates containing milk bottles. This model has not ever been removed from its plastic case.
The plastic bag surrounding the case is still sealed with the original tape.
Lionel No. 3562 AT &SF Barrel Unloading Car
The picture above shows a Lionel Lionel No. 3562 AT &SF Barrel Unloading Car. The
car contains an internal vibrator motor mechanism that when activated moves the
barrels up the sloping metal trough to where the rubber workman "unloads" the barrels.
Lionel No. 6352 Pacific Fruit Express Refrigerator Car
The picture above shows a Lionel No. 6352 Pacific Fruit Express refrigerator car (manufactured from 1955-1957).
This car was originally built to accompany the Lionel No. 352 Icing Station. The car has an unpainted orange body
with black heat-stamped lettering. The number on the car is actually 63521. A special sliding roof panel
allows the plastic ice cubes to be loaded from the icing station platform. There is a compartment inside
to collect the ice cubes and a special door on the side (to the right of the brown door) allows access to the compartment to remove the cubes.
Lionel No. 6800 Flat Car with Airplane
This unpainted car includes a miniature Beachcraft Bonanza airplane with folded wings. This
example has metal bar-end trucks and magnetic couplers and is the first version manufactured in 1957.
The aircraft is molded in yellow and black plastic. This example has yellow on the upper surfaces and
sports a yellow propeller. Note that I have the original box for this car.
As shown below, the bottom of the airplane bears the markings "No. 6800-60 AIRPLANE THE LIONEL CORPORATION NEW YORK, NY.
MADE IN U.S. OF AMERICA."
Lionel No. 6800-60 Airplane Bottom
The airplane wings will fold out and lock in place and the landing gear in the wings will support the plane sitting on the ground.
Lionel No. 6801 Boat Hauling Car
The picture above shows a Lionel No. 6801 Boat Hauling Car (manufactured from 1957 through 1960).
This car features an unpainted red flat car carrying a boat in an unpainted gray cradle. An elastic
band holds the boat in place. The example is an early version, manufactured in 1957 as it has bar end
trucks and the boat is white with a brown deck.
Lionel No. 3474 Western Pacific Operating Box Car
The picture above shows a Lionel No. 3474 Western Pacific Operating Box car (manufactured 1952-1953).
This box car is the most colorful of the 9 1/4 inch operating box cars. Its body is painted silver
and a large Western Pacific yellow-orange feather decal stretches most of the car's length.
It also has a smaller decal with the Western Pacific "Rides Like a Feather" slogan in the upper
right corner. The box car has an operating mechanism inside on which rides a blue rubber man. When
the car is over the decoupling track section and the decouple button is pressed, the plunger
on the bottom of the car is activated, the door slides open, and the man moves toward the door
as shown in the lower photograph. I do not have the box for this car. My car works well.
Lionel No. 6672 Refrigerator Car
The picture above shows a Lionel No. 6672 Refrigerator Car (manufactured from 1954 - 1956). This car has the Santa Fe markings (SFRD) and is a model of a mechancal refrigerator car. The car has no "ice
hatches" like other refrigerator ("reefer") cars (such as the No. 3472 car above) because the car is "cooled" by mechanical temperature control (a refrigeration system). The car is longer than older "reefer" cars as this car is 10 1/8 incles long. The sides and floor of the car are molded a a single piece of unpainted white plastic and the roof and ends are molded as a single piece of unpainted brown plastic. The doors on either sides are molded of unapinted brown plastic and when in position over the door opening, a leaf spring in the door guide pushes them down into place. You have to pull the door outward slightly to open the door. Note there is an aluminum refrigeration control panel on the lower left. When you slide the panel to the left, controls are revealed and the manufacturer name Carrier is revealed. The picture below shows the panel opened.
Lionel No. 6672 Refregerator Car with Refrigerator Control Door Open
The car has bar end metal trucks with tab couplers. My car is in good shape; however, there is some rust on the door guides. Note that I have the original box for this car. The box is in good shape with 397 marked on it. I presume that marking indicated the sale price; however, in the 1954 Lionel catalog, the factory recommended price for this car was $5.95. My car is the later version as
there are 2 lines of data to the right of the door.
Lionel No. 6346 "Alcoa" Car
The picture above is a Lionel No. 6346 Alcoa Aluminum hopper car (manufactured 1956 only). This
is one of the few covered hopper cars manufactured by Lionel. This car has a silver painted
body, blue lettering, bar end trucks, one brakewheel, and a stick-on Alcoa Aluminum emblem on both
sides. The actual number painted on the side is "643656." The car is long measuring 10 3/4 inches, not including the couplers on each end.
The cover has 12 hatches; however, mine has 2 hatches missing as the hatches are fragile and
the hinges easily broken. Replacements can be obtained for the missing hatches. Note that I have
the original box for this car. One of box end flaps is detached, but present, and the other is missing.
Lionel X6014 Baby Ruth Scout-Type Boxcar
The picture above shows a Baby Ruth Scout-type boxcar (manufactured 1951-1956). The doors
on this inexpensive boxcar do not open and the brakewheel is molded into the plastic.
Lionel No. 41 Switcher
The picture above shows a Lionel No. 41 Switcher (manufactured from 1955-1958) that I have.
This unit is modeled after the experimental gas turbine switching engine built by the Davenport Locomotive works for the US Army Transportation Corps. The prototype switcher is powered by
two Boeing gas turbines. The top speed of the Davenport locomotive is only 35 mph and Lionel designed its version to also be considerably slower than their other road locomotives. The actual twin Boeing turbine-powered locomotive is preserved at the National Museum of Transportation in St. Louis, MO.
Both the real and Lionel versions are intended for light yard work and should not be expected to pull no more than 3-4 freight cars.
The Lionel No. 41 has a ornamental horn, three position E-unit, and operating couplers on the front and rear. My unit is made of black plastic. Note that I have the the original box and the attendant
operating instructions. On the box, the price is written as $11.50. It is worth considerably more
than that now. My unit works well both forward and reverse. All wondow struts are present; however two on one side are cracked. These struts are easily broken with your thumb when picking up the engine.
Lionel No. 53 Rio Grande Snow Plow
The picture above shows a Lionel No. 53 Rio Grande snow plow (manufacured 1957-1960) I have.
This motorized unit unit is based on the Vulcan 2-4-2 switcher. The cab is painted yellow and the remainder
is unpainted black plastic. There is an unpainted yellow snowplow blade on the front
and an operating coupler on the rear. It has an E-unit internal that changes direction
with power interruptions similar to my Santa Fe locomotive. Notice the window strut
is broken but all of it is still there. The one on the other side is also broken. This
is a common problem with these units as the struts are thin and is in the perfect place
for your thumb to press it in when you pick the unit up.
Lionel No. 58 Great Northern Rotary Snow Plow
The picture above shows a Lionel No. 58 Great Northern rotary snow plow (manufacured 1959-1961) I have.
This motorized unit unit is based on the Vulcan 2-4-2 switcher, but it is heavily modified to
include a rotary snow blower on the front. The blower actually turns as the unit moves
down the track. It has an internal E-unit that changes direction
with power interruptions. It has a operating coupler on the rear so the unit can pull small loads.
The body is unpainted green plastic with white cab sides and heat-stamped lettering.
Lionel No. 60 Trolley
The picture above shows a Lionel No. 60 trolley (manufactured from 1955-1958). This unit is
based on the Birney design and has a reversing mechanism similar to the No. 50 gang car. It has
an unpainted yellow body and an unpainted red roof. The lettering was applied with heat-stamping.
The lettering on my unit is black indicating it is a unit produced early in the production. Mine
does not have the motormen that were included in the very first units.
The unit has a trolley pole on the top (that in a real trolley collected power from an overhead
wire). The pole swings around in the opposite direction when the trolley strikes an obstruction.
My car has the spring-type bumpers on the front and rear that make the car reverse when it strikes
The inside of the car is illuminated and there are silhouettes of passengers printed on the
When I received my car, I had to perform some repairs: resolder the 2 field coils wires,
replace the motor ball bearing, repair one motor brush, take the car apart and oil and regrease it,
replace the interior lamp, clean the entire car. The result of this work produced a gool-looking
car that runs very well.
Click on the picture below and you can see a short movie of the car in action. The continuous
"buzz" yoou hear is the vibrotor of the No. 155 Ringing Signal next to the train station. The bell of the ringing signal is difficult to hear in this video.
Lionel No. 68 Executive Inspection Car
The picture above is a Lionel No. 68 Executive Inspection Car (manufactured 1958 - 1961). This motorized unit
resembled a 1958 DeSoto station wagon equipped with a Hy-Rail device allowing it to operate on railways. The unit
has a 2-position E-unit that is turned off an on by a switch, the knob of which is vaguely disguied as a warning
beacon on top of the car. The E-unit does not have a center neutral. The car goes either forward or backward as the track
power is cycled off and on.
Lionel No. 3360 Burro Crane
The picture above shows a Lioenl No. 3360 crane (manufactured from 1956-1957). This self-propelled
crane is a replica of the small crane manufactured by Cullen-Friestedt of Chicago for railroads. The body
of the Lionel crane is molded in yellow and has red heat-stamped lettering. The crane can
go backwards and forward with the direction controlled by a lever on the side shown that could
be moved by a track-side activator. A lever on the opposite top side controls whether the crane
moves or the cab rotates - the direction depending on the position of the lever on the side. That lever can
also place the crane in "neutral" (middle position) so it does not move. The lever on the back of the cab disables cab rotation and allows the operator to raise and lower
the block and tackle - the direction up or down depending on the position of the lever on the side.
The crane has a non-operating coupler on each end to allow it to pull light loads. I have the original
box with the insert for this crane. Note the price when purchased new is on the box and the price was $15.95.
Model 2002 Handcar Manufactured by Louis Marx & Co.
The picture above shows a two-person handcar (Model 2002) manufactured by Louis Marx & CO, Inc.
The car was the second version of this model and was manufactured from 1955 to 1956. This car is electrically powered and controlled with the transformer like a locomotive. For a long time the two railroad workers on each end of the arm were missing. I found a source of repair parts and
replaced them as shown above. The car supposed to have one blue and one gray man. As the car goes down the track, the men appear to pump the arm up and down.
I understand this red version is relatively hard to find. The previous version was also red
but the two men were yellow. The subsequent version was brown with blue and gray men. My car
does have some damage - there are two short bumpers broken off one end and part of the top
of the car is also broken on one side. One of the handles for one of men is also broken. These defects do not significantly detract from the car.
I also have acquired the brown version. Below are pictures of the brown version with the blue and gray men and the original box.
Model 2002 Brown Handcar Manufactured by Louis Marx & Co.
Lionel No. 50 Section Gang Car
The picture above shows a Lionel No. 50 Gang Car (manufactured from 1954-1964). This was the
first of the series of motorized units that Lionel manufactured. This car is self-propelled
and has 3 men, two blue and one olive-colored. The car has an unpainted orange body and
brushplate and an ornamental horn. The car has two blue rubber bumpers on either end and when
one of the bumpers strikes an obstruction, the car reverses direction and the olive-colored
man rotates to the other side of the car. This car was relatively inexpensive and is small.
I believe my car was manufactured between 1955 and 1959 because the bumper bracket is U-shaped.
Later versions were L-shaped. Note that I have the original box with the operating instructions.
The box also contains the carboard insert. This car runs very well.
The No. 50 Section Gang Car as shown on page 8 of the 1959 Lionel Consumer Catalog is shown below.
Note the price was only $7.95.
No. 50 Section Gang Car as Shown on Page 8 of the 1959 Lionel Consumer Catalog
Lionel No. 54 Ballast Tamper
The picture above shows a Lionel No. 54 Ballast Tamper (manufactured from 1958-1961). This unit moves
only in the forward direction. On the front of the unit is the gray housing for the tamper bars. Activation
of the tampers is controlled by a railside trip that when the unit passes by, it slows down by about 50% and the
tampers alternately go up and down until it passes by another railside trip and then the tampers stop, and the
unit resumes nornal speed.
Lionel No. 55 Tie Jector Car
The picture above shows a Lionel No. 55 Tie Jector Car (manufactured from 1957-1961).
The unit carries wooden crossties and when it passes by a trackside trip, it dispenses
the crossties at intervals along the trackside until it passes by another trackside trip at
which time the dispensing stops.
Lionel No. 260E Tinplate Steam Locomotive (1930s)
Lionel No. 260E Steam Engine & No. 260T Tender
The picture above shows Lionel's 260E locomoive and 260T tender. This locomotive was
introduced in 1930 and at that time was Lionel's top of the line locomotive. This example
is the early version built in 1930 with the cream stripe painted on the side of the running board.
The running board is part of the die cast frame. This example has a pendulum-type two-position
E-unit and when cycled by track power, it changes from forward to reverse. There is no neutral
positon in the E unit. The example above does not have the "chugger" mechanism as was included in
later units, but it does have an operational white headlight and a red light beneath the cab
to simulate the hot firebox.
The 8-wheel tender above is not the tender that
originally came with the locomotive. The original tender has a cream stripe along the side and
a black base. The tender above does not have the stripe and the base is green. Otherwise, the tenders
are the same.
When I received the engine, it needed some work but it did run. The rear trailer truck was missing and the cotter pin
and cotter pin post were missing from the locomotive frame. Both crank rods and screws to hold them on were missing. One of the two fiber
intermediate gears and pinion had missing teeth. And the wires and washers for the two lamps were missing as well as the lamps.
The lens for the headlight was also missing. I was able to purchase replacement parts for all of them and now the locomotive runs quite well.
The picture below shows the underside of the engine. You can see the cotter pin post I made at the left in the picture. Instead
of a cotter pin, I used a screw and a nut to hold the truck in place.
Lionel No. 260E Steam Engine Underside
Lionel No. 262 Tinplate Steam Locomotive (1930s)
Lionel No. 262 Steam Engine & No. 262T Tender
The picture above shows Lionel's 262 locomoive and 262T tender.This locomotive has a 2-4-2 wheel configuration and was
manufactured from 1931 to 1932 and at that time was Lionel's "mid-level" locomotive. Also shown is the attendant
262T tender. This unit does not have an electronic reversing unit. Instead, there is a lever inside the cab where
one can manually switch direction from forward to reverse. Up is forward and down is reverse. Once can place the lever
midway between and the locomotive is in "neutral."
The locomotive has copper and brass trim. When I received the locomotive, the front sand dome and ornamental bell were missing. In addition,
the screws on both sides that form "hinges" for the boiler front to open for lamp bulb replacement were missing. But the locomotive did run and
the lamp was good. I acquired a brass sand dome and painted it copper. I also acquired a copper ornamental bell for replacement. And I acquired two
screws for the boiler front. After replacing some internal wiring, the insulation of which has rotted, cleaning the motor commutator and brushes, and adjusting
the collector to press harder on the center track rail, the locomotive runs as good a new. I also washed the locomotive with mild soap and water and used car wax to clean it up. It looks
almost as good a new considering its age.
Below are some other pictures of the locomotive; one picture shows the headlight on.
Lionel No. 262 Steam Engine Headlight On
Lionel No. 262 Steam Engine Underside
Lionel No. 262 Steam Engine & No. 262T Tender
Lionel No. 258 Tinplate Steam Locomotive (1930s)
Lionel No. 258 Steam Engine & No. 257T Tender
The picture above shows a Lionel tinplate steam engine and associated tender. This engine
and tender were manufactured in 1930 shortly after Lionel acquired sole ownership of Ives Manufacuring Company. The 258 is identical to the Lionel 257 engine except the 258 has a manual reverse lever. The 258 engine is interesting as it has brass and copper trim with orange-red stripes painted on.
This example has the origial paint as it is somewhat pitted and scratched off in several places.
But the engine runs well. I believe the 4 drive wheels are replacement because the red-painted
spokes are not dull. But the front pilot wheels are original, I believe. Below is a picture
of the engine with power applied to the track and the headlight on.
No. 258 Steam Engine with Headlight On & No. 257T Tender
Below is a picture of the side of the engine.
No. 258 Steam Engine
Below is a picture of the bottom of the engine. Note both power pickup rollers are original
and in tact. Often, one of the rollers are broken or the roller assembly has been replaced.
This example has the original roller assembly with the Lionel name.
No. 258 Steam Engine Pickup Roller Assembly
The tender is also in good shape. The paint on it is also pitted. The tender is missing the
brass handrail on the top rear, but it has the brass ladder on the rear. Below is a picture of the tender. The tender has the coal pile that is often missing.
No. 257T Tender
The picture below is a picture of the engine and tender seen from the rear. The lever
in the engine cab is the manual direction control. This engine does not have the "E-unit" used
to remotely change direction of the train. When the lever is placed in the center position (level)
the train is in "neutral".
No. 258 Steam Engine & No. 257T Tender
No. 258 Steam Engine & No. 257T Tender
Below is a picture of the 258 engine and 257T tender pulling four cars.
No. 258 Steam Engine, No. 257T Tender, No. 805 Boxcar, No. 831 Lumber Car, No. 803 Hopper Car, & No.807 Caboose
As shown below, I have a Lionel No. 805 Boxcar (manufactured around 1931). This car has a a dark pea-green body with an orange roof. It has copper journal boxes on the wheel axles. The doors on both sides open. The car has brass ladders on each end along with brass brake wheels and column shafts.
No. 805 Boxcar
Shown below, I have a Lionel No. 831 Lumber (Flat) Car (manufactured in 1935). This car is painted pale green with nickel posts, brekewheels and stands, and nickel journal boxes on the wheel axles.
Note that I have the original box for this car and most of the original lumber load.
No. 831 Lumber (Flat) Car
Shown below, I have a No. 803 Hopper Car (manufactured from 1931 to 1934). This car is painted
peacock and has brass ladders, nameplates, and brake wheels and shafts. The car has copper journal boxes
on the wheel axles. The wheel on the lower side open and closes the hatches on the bottom center of the car.
No. 803 Hopper Car
Shown below I have a Lionel No. 807 caboose (manufactured from 1929-1930) The car is painted red
with peacock window inserts and roof. The end railing is brass. The caboose has nickel journal boxes
over the wheel axles.
No. 807 Caboose
Shown below I have a Lionel No. 810 derrick car (this example manufactured from 1932-1934) The derrick
derrick cab is painted terra cotta with brass window inserts and brass nameplates.
The derrick has copper-finished journal boxes over the wheel axles.The three control knobs have a
nickel finish. The three control knobs raise/lower the boom, raise the balland hook, and rotate
the derrick cab and arm. When I received this car, several teeth on the sector gear that raised and lowered
the boom were stripped and the cam that raised the ball/hook was broken and one coupler was missing. Replacement parts are available and
I replaced those parts and it works well now. Replacing the sector gear required me to bend tabs on the pieces that hold the
boom sides together in order to get the gear between the two sides of the boom. This was a little tricky, but
I was able to do it without destroying the car.
Lionel No. 810 Derrick Car
Shown below is a Lionel No.816 Hopper Car with brass name and number plates and nickel journal boxes.
This car was manufactured in 1935.
Lionel No. 816 Hopper Car
Lionel No. 820 Dual Searchlight Car
Shown above is a Lionel No. 820 dual searchlight car (manufactured (1931 - 1934). This car has a black body
with a subfloor mounted on to to which two searchlights are mounted. The searchlights can be manually pointed in any direction horizontally
and in elevation up to about 40 degrees. This production version car
has a terrra-cotta subfloor and brass searchlights with glass lenses. The journals on the trucks are copper. Each truck has
In the center of the subfloor is a slide switch that turns the searchlights off, right on, left on, and both on. The pictures below
show the three operational modes of the searchlights.
I also have a Lionel tinplate caboose that I believe was manufactured from 1940-1942. This caboose
is a No. 2657. Its coupler is compatible with the 257T tender, so the 258/257T will pull this caboose. The caboose is shown below attached to the 257T tender.
Lionel No. 2657 Caboose
Below is a picture of the rear of the No. 2657 caboose attached to the 257T tender.
Lionel No. 2657 Caboose
Lionel No. 607 Pullman Cars and No. 608 Observation Car
The picture above shows two Lionel No. 607 Pullman cars and a Lionel No. 608 Observation car.
These 7.5 in. long cars painted peacock green with orange trim and nickel journal boxes
were manufactured from 1926 through 1930. These cars are illuminated and one of the trucks on
each car has a roller collector to provide power to the single bulb in each car. The picture below
shows the cars illuminated.
Lionel No. 607 Pullman Cars and No. 608 Observation Car Illuminated
Lionel No. 1656 Switcher and 6403B Bell Ringer Tender
Lionel No. 1656 Steam Engine Switcher & No. 6403B Bell Ringer Tender
The picture above is a Lionel No. 1656 steam engine 0-4-0 switcher and its No. 6403B Bell Ringer Tender
(manufactured from 1948 through 1949). The engine has an E-unit, the lever of which protrudes through
the top of the boiler. The engine has an ornimental bell, sheet metal front step, and wire handrails.
There are operating coil couplers on the front of the engine and at the rear of the die-cast tender. An electrically-operated
bell is housed inside the tender that automatically rings ("dings") periodically as long as power is applied to the track. The
engine and the tender have operating headlights, with the tender headlight pointing rearward. This tender is the later
version with the coal pile molded as part of the tender body casting.
Lionel No. 1668 Steam Locomotive (1938)
Lionel No. 1668 Steam Engine & No. 1689T Tender
The picture above is a Lionel No. 1668 steam engine based on the Pensylvania streamlined boiler and cab.
This example is a gunmetal color with nickel number plates and probably manufactured around 1938.
Below is another pictuer of the locomotive and tender.
Lionel No. 1668 Steam Engine & No. 1689T Tender
2026 "Prairie" Steam Locomotive (1948 - 1949)
No. 2026 "Prairie" Steam Engine
The picture above is a Lionel model 2026 steam locomotive (manufactured from 1948-1949) that I acquired
in 2005. Lionel called this engine a "Prairie-type" locomotive and sold it as an "O27" gauge
item. It will run on my "O" gauge track. This locomotive is the older version
with a 2-6-2 wheel arrangement and detailed driving wheel hardware. Note the
headlight in the center of the boiler and the two green running lamps (actually a translucent "rhinestone")
on the top sides of the boiler.
Lionel did not pattern this locomotive on any specific real engine. They combined the
features of several popular locomotives to create this model. The locomotive is
powered by a transverse motor with a gear ratio of approximately 9 to 1. It operates
on 10 -12 Vac with a normal car load. It is equipped with a # 226E-35 reversing E-unit and a
# 2026-8 smoke generator synchronized with the motion of the wheels by means of a cam
on the interior of the front geared driver wheel and a cam follower on the smoke lever.
The picture below shows two bottles of Lionel Smoke Pellets that are used in the No. 2026 engine.
Both bottles are about 75% full.
Lionel SP Smoke Pellets
No. 2026 "Prairie" Steam Engine & No. 6466W Whistling Tender
The locomotive 3-position "E-unit" is similar to my Santa Fe diesel so it will go
forward, pause, reverse, pause and then repeats when power is cycled on and off. This steam
locomotive has an ornamental bell and whistle and a smoke chamber that actually puffs smoke as
it chugs around the track. It also has an illuminated headlight.
I also have the tender (coal car) that was originally sold with this locomotive. It is a model
6466WX and includes a whistling unit inside. The pictures below show the whistling
unit inside the tender.
Internal Mechanism of No. 6466W Whistling Tender
The whistling unit comprises a motor that turns a miniature impeller that forces
air into a plastic chamber and through an orifice similar to an actual whistle that
you blow with your mouth. You can see the motor on the picture on the left. The
picture on the right shows the impeller in the middle of the pink-colored chamber.
The air exits the chamber on the top. The whistle sounds like a actual train whistle.
It is not a shrill sounding whistle, but it sounds realistic. The whistling unit
is activated by a lever on the transformer. When the lever is turned, a dc voltage is applied to the track, a dc relay closes and the ac motor begins to
turn and the whistle whistles.
Hear the Whistle Blow
I recorded the whistle and you can hear the sound of the whistle by clicking here.
In addition to the whistle, you can here the motor running that turns the impeller.
The motor noise is not so noticeable with the train running.
I have the original boxes for this locomotive and its tender. They are shown below
with the locomotive, tender, and my Timken box car.
No. 2026 "Prairie" Steam Engine & No. 6466W Whistling Tender & Their Original Boxes
Lionel #1426WS Outfit (1948 - 1949)
I have purchased three train cars that were sold with the 2026 locomotive and tender when
they were sold as a complete outfit. The #1426WS outfit comprised the 2026 locomotive, the
6646WX whistling tender, two #6440 Pullman passenger cars, and one #6441 Observation car.
I also purchased a model 1033 transformer similar to the model 1032 transformer that was included in the outfit. This outfit is shown below. Note that I have the original boxes for the engine, tender, and transformer.
No. 1426WS Outfit
No. 1426WS Outfit
Below is a picture from the Lionel 1948 catalog showing the #1426WS Outfit. Note the price of this
outfit in 1948 was $42.75, quite expensive in those days.
No. 1426WS Outfit shown on Pages 6 -7 of the 1948 Consumer Catalog
One #6440 Pullman passenger car (manufactured from 1948-1949) is shown below.
No. 6440 Pullman Car
This "tinplate" passenger car was a continuation of the #2440 passenger car manufactured in 1946 and 1947. The #6440 possesses the updated magnetic couplers in place of the older style coil couplers. The #6440 car is of all metal construction. The body is green with cream-colored windows and doors and plastic frosted window panes. The roof is a darker tint. The car is illuminated.
The #6441 Observation car (manufactured from 1948-1949) is shown below.
No. 6441 Observation Car
This "tinplate" car was a continuation of the #2441 passenger car manufactured in 1946 and 1947.
The #6441 possesses the updated magnetic couplers in place of the older style coil couplers. The #6441
car is of all metal construction. The body is green with cream-colored windows and doors and plastic
frosted window panes. The roof is a darker tint. The car is illuminated.
The #6441 Observation car is always at the end of the train. The car has no coupler
at is rear so no other cars can be attached behind it. The rear of the car has a "porch" where
people can stand. The porch reminds me of the "campaign trains" of long ago
where candidates stood and waved to their constituents. The rear of the #6441 Observation
car is shown. Note the two "rhinestones" above the porch that simulate lanterns.
Rear of No. 6441 Observation Car
Below is a picture of my 2026 locomotive and 6466WX tender with one of my #6440 Pullman cars
and the #6441 Observation car. I have the track power on and you can see the cars