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 Post subject: Post-War Lionel Gallery
PostPosted: Wed Nov 05, 2014 6:13 pm 
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A thread to post pic's of your Lionel post-war equipment.

This is a personal favorite, a 2046 Hudson from 1950 or 1951. Here it's pictured with a Williams repro 2671W tender, which I lettered for the New York Central:

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The 2671 tender came with the post-war turbine...it was never offered with the 2046. I just think it looks great.

Let's see your pics...

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2014 9:57 pm 
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I don't blame you for liking this - This is my favorite class of Lionel Hudson.


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The Lionel 246 was manufactured from 1959 to 1961. It's unusual in that it was one of the only Scout-type locomotives made with Magnetraction. This particular example was given to me by a neighbor...it was his childhood train. His Mom bought it for him for Christmas during a Quaker Oats promotion...$11.95 plus two box tops from Quaker Oats oatmeal got you a Lionel trainset.

Still runs like a champ fifty-some years later. Looking at this picture I realize the drivers are a bit out-of-quarter...I guess that's to be expected. Mostly plastic, it's not the best Lionel made, but a good example of the lower-end items Lionel manufactured as they desperately tried to keep the business going during the 1960's. Regardless, alot of sentimental value here...

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2014 4:27 pm 
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Well, Lionel made so many 2-4-2 "hudsons" over the years, I wouldn't necessarily blame this one on the 1960s. :-)

I'm glad to see them making more prototypical wheel arrangements these days for their starter sets. 4-4-2, 0-8-0, etc. Even if they still stick a Hudson boiler on top. The Berkshire isn't bad, though. I hear all of these are underpowered compared to the old engines, though, and I wouldn't doubt that a bit.


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I believe the current 4-4-2 in the starter sets is basically a continuation of the Scout Columbia-class 2-4-2's from 1950-1960 era. I bought a modern Scout set for a family that lives near me a couple of Christmas' ago...I talked to the Dad recently and he said they still have it and it runs great, despite the abuse five kids have heaped on it each year. The pricing on the Scout set, if they are still selling it, was very reasonable...I picked one up for them on eBay for $99.95.

My favorite 2-4-2 from the post-war era is the 1655 from the late 1940's. It's basically the same as the pre-war 1684. The 1655 came with a whistle-tender and a decent motor (unlike most of the Scouts). It didn't pull much, maybe just three of four cars, but it looked decent proportionally and has a certain charm.

I have one recent 2-8-4 I bought as part of a set through the LRRC. It's very nice but it doesn't smoke properly, which kinda irritates me. Some day I'll tear it apart and figure it out. It's not a fan-driven unit, so it's not the issue of the fan being mounted backwards as has been apparently found on numerous modern trains. It has traction tires, so it will pull stumps, which is good because it's part of the Western Union set that has about ten cars. It's the only set I ever bought as a member of the LRRC...I bought it for my kid but he never got into it.


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Lionel 2018 2-6-4 Adriatic, from 1956-1960:

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Same as the 2037 except without Magnetraction. By the late 1950's Lionel had introduced steamers with cast-on hand rails, simple connecting/drive rods, and other features that reduced cost as consumer interest in toy trains waned. Catalogued in a number of sets during its four year run.


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Lionel 242 introduced in 1962, similar to the 246 but without magnetraction:

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Barely pulls three or four cars...just too light.

Paul


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Paul, does that last 2-4-2 have a stamped steel tender? Looks funny to me. thanks,

Paul R


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Nope, it's just a plastic 1060T non-whistling tender. I've seen this locomotive with both the streamlined tender as well as the slope-back Pennsy-style switcher tender. Plastic boiler, scout motor...I think this is about as low-end as Lionel went in post-war.


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Something close to this was available up to a few years ago. I preferred the Atlantic when it came out, maybe I'm just not a big 2-4-2 lover.


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