In 1946 Lionel made an array of outfits related to those in their prewar catalogs. Amongst these offerings were being 23 sets. This broad spectrum of sets allowed Lionel to provide outfits at several costs, with the the very least high priced outfit retailing for only $24.95, although the deluxe outfit was $85.00.
1946 was the debut year of several new styles, in contrast to the earlier year which only rehashed previously made items. New motive electrical power provided the O-Gauge 726 Berkshire, made by putting in a 2-8-four system in a boiler primarily based on the prewar 226E, and the all-new 6-8-6 Pennsylvania turbine. The latter was provided in O-Gauge outfits as catalog amount 671, although those provided in O27 outfits were being numbered 2020. To the lower conclusion of the line was a streamlined 2-6-four with the catalog amount of 221.
New freight vehicles were being released as properly. The 2411 “big inch” flatcar shared its die-cast frame with the 2419 and 2420 operate cabooses. Also working with die-cast frames were being the new dump vehicles: 3451 for logs and 3459 for coal. The new 2460 crane also had a die-cast frame, and rode on a pair of 6-wheel vehicles. These vehicles shared several factors with related 6-wheel vehicles used on Bakelite-bodied 2625 passenger vehicles and the die-cast-bodied 2426W tender used by the 726.
The engineering used to made the 1945, 2452 gondola, was expanded. The 2454 boxcar, 2465 Sunoco tank auto and 3454 functioning goods vehicles provided plastic bodies mounted on steel frames. The 2452 was ongoing, and joined by a next gondola, the 2452X, which lacked the brake wheels and barrels that adorned the 2452.
The minimal-conclusion O27 sets contained several vehicles that were being reworked from prewar styles, but as additional of the year passed, growing figures of new items were being made, which were being provided in additional high priced outfits. Pursuing up on the achievements of the 1945 knuckle couplers was a impressive new feature provided in the far better sets, smoke. Even additional impressive, but much much less prevalent, was Digital Command-the latter readily available only in set 4109WS. As was the situation in 1945, the 1946 outfit boxes were being uncomplicated corrugated cartons with pasted-on labels to detect the set they contained.
The subsequent are some of the most sought following Lionel O27-Gauge Outfits from 1946:
1400W–Lionel O27 Passenger Established– Retailed for $35.95
Included: 221 2-6-four steam locomotive with functioning headlight 221W sheet-metallic tender two 2430 blue Pullman vehicles 2431 blue observation 8 1013 curved and a few 1018 straight keep track of 1019 O27 distant manage keep track of section UTC Lockon, 926-5 instruction booklet 1041 sixty-watt transformer.
This set was a marginally additional high priced model of the 1400 outfit. For the an extra $5.95 around the 1400, a 221W whistling tender replaced the 221T, and the transformer was upgraded to a 1401 sixty-watt unit. In outstanding condition, this set is well worth approx. $650. In like new condition this set is well worth approx. $1400.
1407B–Lionel O27 Switcher Bell Outfit– Retailed for $37.fifty
Included: 1665 -four- steam switcher with functioning headlight 2403B slope-again tender with ringing bell 2560 crane 2452X gondola 2419 operate caboose 8 1013 curved and five 1018 straight keep track of 1019 O27 distant manage keep track of section UTC Lockon 926-5 instruction booklet 1037 forty-watt transformer.
This coach was driven by a 1665 -four- switcher, which was a revamped prewar 1662 switcher. Amongst the alterations built to the locomotive were being the set up of the new postwar vehicles on the tender, and mounting Lionel’s new knuckle couplers on the rear of the tender and pilot of the locomotive. Mounting an injection-molded plastic taxi and two injection-molded plastic toolboxes onto the die-cast physique casting produced for the 2411 flatcar crated the 2419 operate caboose. A die-cast smoke-jack was installed on the caboose taxi. The sheet metallic 2560 crane auto was carried around variety the prewar line in its original hues of yellow taxi with purple roof. The 1946 manufacturing of these cranes provided two-piece booms that were being riveted together, and had the Lionel title molded in. In outstanding condition this outfit is well worth approx. $900. In like new condition this outfit is well worth approx. $1500.
1421WS–Lionel O27 Freight Train–Retailed for $85.00
Included: 2020 6-8-6 steam turbine locomotive with functioning headlight and smoke 2020W early coal whistle tender 3451 functioning log auto 2465 Sunoco double-dome tank auto 3454 goods auto 2472 non-illuminated Pennsylvania N5 caboose 164 functioning log loader ten 1013 curved and five 1018 straight keep track of 1019 O27 distant manage keep track of section pair of 1121 distant-manage turnouts UTC Lockon 926-5 instruction booklet 1041 sixty-watt transformer.
Although the 1419W furnished the proprietor with a coal empire, the 1421W, also priced at $85, produced a lumber empire. Trailing the 2020 steam turbine in the set was a die-cast 3451 log dump auto to be used in conjunction with the 164 log loader. The 1964 log auto carried five unstained logs and was rubber stamped in silver. The decide up footwear were being wired with blue wire, and a pair of 1121 distant-manage turnouts was provided in buy to incorporate the 164 in the keep track of structure. A silver 3454 functioning goods auto additional even additional motion to the coach, which was surprisingly finished with a plain purple, non-illuminated 2472 caboose. Like the 1419WS, several examples of this set have been discovered with a seventy five-watt 1042 transformer somewhat than the mentioned sixty-watt 1041. This coach in outstanding condition is well worth approx. $1500 and in like new condition is well worth approx. $1500.
The subsequent are some of the most sought following Lionel O-Gauge outfits from 1946:
2110WS–Lionel Three-Car Passenger– Retailed for $seventy five.00
Included: 671 6-8-6 steam turbine locomotive with functioning headlight and smoke 2466W early coal whistle tender a few 2625 heavyweight Pullmans 8 OC curved and five OS straight keep track of RCS uncoupling/functioning section 167 whistle controller UTC Lockon 926-5 instruction booklet.
To make a high quality O-gauge passenger set, Lionel revived it prewar Bakelite “Irvington” passenger auto. The postwar incarnation of this auto provided freshly built 6-wheel vehicles with knuckle couplers–derivatives of these vehicles were being used on the 2460 crane and 2426W tender as properly. The auto bodies were being painted maroon or reddish-brown in contrast to the prewar color of medium brown. To tow this passenger coach, Lionel used its replica of the Pennsylvania twenty-wheel steam turbine, the 671. This set in outstanding condition is well worth approx. $1750 and this set in like new condition is well worth approx. $2975.
2113WS–Lionel O-Gauge Three-Car Freight Outfit–Retailed for $sixty seven.fifty
Included: 726 2-8-four Berkshire steam locomotive with functioning headlight and smoke 2426W die-cast whistle tender 2855 black Sunoco one dome tank auto 3854 functioning goods auto 2457 illuminated caboose 8 OC functioning goods auto 2457 illuminated caboose 8 OC curved and sever OS straight keep track of RCS uncoupling/functioning section 167 whistle controller UTC Lockon 926-5 instruction booklet.
Premiering in outfit 2113WS was the new 2-8-four Berkshire steam locomotive. While a 2-8-four would be a staple of Lionel’s O-gauge sets into the sixties, the 1946 product was special. The smoke unit was primarily based on a light bulb, the motor and reversing E-unit was mounted horizontally, and the handrails mounted with turned stanchions. The earliest versions of the 726 were being geared up with what collectors refer to as the “large stack” motor. Later on, the amount of industry laminations was lessened, ensuing is what is regarded as a “short stack” motor.
The corrugated ingredient box was special to the 1946 locomotive. Sealed with prewar-design orange and blue sealing tape, the carton was marked with a manufacturer’s seal that said, “GAIR BOGOTA CORR. & FIBRE BOX CORP.” The finishes of the box were being stamped with “No. 726″ in little lettering. The vehicles in tow were being just as special. While cataloged as the popular silver 2755, the tank auto provided was in fact the scarce black 1855. The prewar semi-scale boxcar tooling was revived and modified with the addition of a roof hatch and internal system to make an functioning goods auto, the 3854. This auto is 1 of the most difficult to uncover things from the postwar period. In outstanding condition this outfit is well worth approx. $2000. In like new condition this set is well worth approx. $3200.
2114WS–Lionel O-Gauge Three-Car Passenger Outfit–Retailed for $77.fifty
Included: 726 2-8-four Berkshire steam locomotive with functioning headlight and smoke 2426W whistle tender a few 2625 heavyweight Pullmans 8 OC curved and five OS straight keep track of RCS uncoupling/functioning section 167 controller UTC Lockon 926-5 instruction booklet.
This was the most high priced passenger outfit provided in 1946. The a few Bakelite 2625 Irvington passenger vehicles offered the 726 with a formidable load, especially those locomotives geared up with the afterwards “short stack” motor. The die-cast tenders were being geared up with die-cast whistle housings and, nevertheless originally stamped in white, in the long run were being lettered in silver. In outstanding condition the outfit is well worth approx. $2500 and in like new condition is well worth $4000.
Post time: 05-02-2016