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Lionel 2337, 2339 Wabash GP-7 Loco 1957-58

Lionel 2337 Wabash loco

Lionel made two versions of the Wabash geep.

The Lionel 2339 Wabash GP-7 was cataloged in 1957 only. It was an O gauge engine and was available in sets or by itself.

The 2337 GP-7 was made in 1958, and cataloged as an 0-27 loco. Most 0-27 locos only came in sets, and 0-27 sets came with track and transformer.

The two engines are identical except for the number on the hood. Neither version is harder to find, but the 2339 is slightly more desirable than the 2337.

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Lionel 2328 Burlington GP-7 Loco 1955-56

Lionel 2328 Burlington GP-7

The Lionel 2328 Burlington GP-7 was offered in 1955 and 1956. This is one of the most common of the Lionel geeps.

There are no variations of the 2328.

The aluminum paint Lionel used in the postwar period is water based, and cannot be cleaned. A 2328 Burlington like the one shown above will sell for $50-70 because the paint is faded. An unfaded and uncleaned loco will sell for 5-8 times as much.

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Lionel Radar Antenna 1958-59

Lionel 197 Radar Tower

Lionel introduced the 197 radar antenna in 1958. It was offered again in 1959 and then canceled. It was made with gray or orange base. The orange base is harder to find. The gray base is shown above.

The rotating antenna and the guardrails are usually broken. Replacement parts are available.

The 197 radar tower has been reissued by both Lionel and MTH.

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Marx 52960 Plastic Army Set 1958

Marx Plastic Army Set

This is a 1958 Marx 52960 army set. (The set box is dated August 1958 on the bottom.) The Army sets are quite desirable. The plastic ones don’t have as big a following as the earlier tin lithographed sets, but are still among the most desirable of the plastic Marx trains.

This is a less desirable set because it doesn’t have a green engine or tender, but the set contains some desirable cars.

The loco is just a common 666 with an even commoner Santa Fe tender. The caboose is a deluxe Santa Fe work caboose with search light. The Erie automatic electric log dump car is a neat operating car but has no place in an Army set.

The 2858 boxcar and 2824 rocket launcher are desirable cars. I’ve included individual photos below.

Marx 2858 Army Ordinance Boxcar

The Marx 2858 United States Army Bureau Of Ordinance boxcar is the most desirable plastic Marx military car. Just drab olive green with white lettering. It does have a sliding door though.

Marx 2824 Army Rocket Launcher Flat

The Marx 2824 Army Rocket Launcher Flat is an action car. There should be three rockets with the car shown above, but they’ve gotten lost somewhere over the past 50 years. There should also be a green man on the right side of the car, but he went AWOL.

Marx 2246 Army Flatcar With Trucks

The Marx 2246 Army Flatcar came with silver plastic trucks or jeeps. These are missing from the car shown above. They were probably driven off by the man missing from the rocket flat car and his drinking buddies.

This set is very desirable because of the boxcar. Any Marx collector would be excited to get a set like this.

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Lionel 2400 Maplewood 2401 Hillside 2402 Chatham Green Passenger Cars 1948-49

Lionel 2400 Maplewood 2401 Hillside 2402 Chatham

These green cars were Lionel’s first plastic passenger cars. The Madison cars were made of Bakalite which is a compressed granular material, not a plastic.

The Lionel 2400 Maplewood, 2401 Hillside, and 2402 Chatham were introduced in 1948. The passenger cars were cataloged in O gauge sets with the 671 turbine, and in 027 sets with the 2025 steamer.

There is a interesting variation of these cars. The common cars come in boxes with carboard sleeve inserts and NO people in the windows. There are green cars with people in the windows. The cars withpeople in the windows come in later style boxes without the sleeves. The later boxes have coupler protection flaps.

In the case of the green cars with people in the windows, the car can easily be made by changing the windows – no tools are needed, but the boxes canneot be faked.

It’s very hard to find clean undamaged boxes for the later 2400 series Pullman cars because the trucks tend to twist and tear the boxes when the cars are inserted or removed. Boxes with all their flaps and no tears bring a premium.

In 1950, the cars were dropped from the catalog in favor the 2481 series yellow cars.

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Lionel New York Central F3 2333, 2344, 2344, 2354 1948-55

Lionel Postwar NYC F3 AA Units

Lionel introduced the New York Central F3 with the number 2333 in 1948. This unit has the same catalog number as the Santa Fe unit. The 2333 came as an AA only.

In 1950, Lionel made changes to the motors and renumbered the NYC diesel the 2344. The 2344 came in AA pairs or as a longer ABA set with a dummy B unit. A 2344 B unit is shown below.

Lionel NYC F3 B unit 2344

In 1953, more internal changes were made and the unit was renumbered 2354. New York Central was dropped as a road name on the popular F3 locos in 1956.

Like the other F3 locos Lionel made, like new or mint condition units bring a substantial premium. The seperate sale boxes a pair of A units were packed in and orange dummy unit boxes with ALL their flaps also greatly increase the value of these engines.

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Lionel Santa Fe F3 2333, 2343, 2353, 2383, and 2243 1948-67

Lionel Santa Fe F3 Postwar

Lionel introduced the 2333 Santa Fe F3 AA units in 1948. The F3 units were always sold in pairs or three car sets. The O gauge line (the 2300 series numbers – 2333, 2343, 2353, and 2383) came with a double motored powered unit and a dummy A unit. The 027 2243 came with a single motor and a dummy B unit.

The different catalog numbers refer to mechanical changes made by Lionel. The 2333 had horizontal motors, while all the later units had vertical motors.

The 2333 came with screen tops as shown above.. The 2243, 2353 and 2383 came with louvered tops. The 2343 came either way.

Lionel F3 Santa Fe Postwar

Because the Lionel F3 units were top of the line trains, they always came with magnetraction. Either the powered A unit or the dummy A unit always had a horn.

The O gauge locos are among the best running locomotives Lionel made in the postwar period. Only the FM TrainMasters will out pull a double motored F3.

The Santa Fe is the most common of the Lionel F3 locos. Collectors will pay a premium for really clean locos, and also will pay extra for the separate box that holds an AA or AB pair.

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Lionel 2037 Steam Loco 1953-55 And 1957-63

Lionel postwar 2037 steam locomotive

The 2037 was the middle loco in Lionel’s 027 line. It’s one of the most common Lionel postwar steam locomotives.

The 2037 is the same loco as the Lionel 2018, but with Magnetraction.

Magnetraction is Lionel’s trademarked word for magnetic wheels. The magnetic wheels on the locomotive provide additional pulling power, and keep the speeding locomotives on the track in tight curves.

Until 1955 the 2037 came without a whistle. After 1957 the loco always came with a whistle tender.

A pink version of the 2037 was cataloged as the 2037-500 in 1957 and 1958. The pink loco pulled Lionel’s famous girls train.

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Lionel 2020 Steam Turbine 1946-49

Lionel 2020 steam turbine

The 2020 is an o27 version of the 671 steam turbine. The only difference between a 671 and a 2020 is the number on the side. Lionel only sold the 027 turbines in sets, while the 0 gauge locos were available separately.

The 2020 always came with the derivative of the 2666T plastic tender. The tender number depending on the year could be 2466W, 2020W or 6020W. The turbine always had a whistle tender.

Lionel 2020 turbine

The earliest versions of the 2020 had double worm gear drive and smoke bulbs. Later 2020 locos had single worm gear drive and heater element smoke units.

The 2020 smoke bulb assembly is shown below:

Lionel 2020 smoke bulb

Collectors prefer the earlier smoke bulb versions of both the 2020 and the 671, but the later versions run better. The 027 turbine did not receive Magnetraction and was discontinued in 1949.

This is a very common loco and is readily availible today. The later turbines with smoke heaters are great runners and every operator should have one.

I once ran a 671 Turbine in a Christmas display It ran around an oval for 10 to 12 hours a day for 39 days. I had to go over and put new brushes in it every few days, but otherwise it was fine. The loco went over 1300 actual miles!

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Lionel 202 Union Pacific Alco 1957

Lionel postwar 202 up alco

The 202 Union Pacific Alco unit was made by Lionel in 1957. Only A units were made, and the unit does not have a coupler on the front.

There are three variations of the Lionel 202 diesel. Two painted versions: one over a black mold, the other on a blue mold, and also a harder to find unpainted orange plastic Alco.

The unpainted version of the 202 brings a small premium. The painted versions are both equally ignored by collectors.