Lionel pre-229

PRE-229 SMALL CASTING STEAM LOCOMOTIVE 2-4-2

 

Built 1939-42. 2-4-2 wheel configuration. Die-cast black-painted superstructure with separately applied whistle, bell, and railings. "229" rubber-stamped under each cab window. A 3-position E-unit mounted ahead of the motor. This loco shows an interesting progression of manufacturing changes. The earliest verions have a number plate mounted through slots in the cab. Later, the plate is dropped and the number rubber-stamped on the cab, but the slots are still present. Tender has an air driven motor whistle sound. Puffing smoke from the smokestack was not invented yet. Came with 2 tenders, either a black 2689T or a black 2666T. The McComas 2005 guide assigns values for excellent condition at $ 150 and $ 275 respectively.

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