Lionel PRE-256

0-4-4-0 DUAL MOTOR ELECTRIC, B&M HOOSAC TUNNEL TYPE, ALSO RESEMBLES NYC T-1B LOCO

 

  • This was the first O-Gauge dual motored loco, and the only one with 2 motors ever produced until 1946. Orange only with black frame and Lionel's top of the line loco when in production from 1924 throught 1930. The O-4-4-0 wheel arrangement was also called an 0-B+B-0
  • There are 4 variations
  • Type I: 1924, the side of the body was rubber- stamed 'LIONEL' inside a rubber stamped rectangle. Loco had spoke wheels, nickle trim, celluloid omsert headlights and one nickel, non-operating pantograph mounted on the cab roof,
  • Type II: (1925), the rubber stamped rectangle was eliminated, and had cast headlights, brass trim and either operating or non-operating pantographs. Sometimes it is found with the later disk wheels
  • Type III: From 1926 thru 1928, brass plates were moounted on both sides of the loco. The plates were etched 'LIONEL LINES - 256'. A stamped rectangle surrounded the legend. The loco now had disk wheels and two brass operating pantographs
  • Type IV:(1929 thru 1930), The brass plates had a double line border around the edges of the plate, and pea green windows
  • Types I, I and III had brass window inserts.
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