GREY TOP LACKAWANNA FM TRAINMASTER
|The Fairbanks-Morse FM Trainmaster is the most powerful locomotive that Lionel built during its Postwar eraThe same item number 2321 was issued with either a Maroon Top or a Grey TopThe body was molded with grey plastic. Maroon paint was applied over the engire body, then the Grey paint was applied over the maroon. The stripes, letters, and stock numbers were applied with a rubber stamp. There is a Lackawanna Railroad logo on each end, and a Fairbanks-Morse logo on each side, all in the form of decalsHas dual pullmore motors, metal frame; die cast fuel tanks and trucks; Magnetraction; headlights; operating horn (requires a D Cell battery for operation) and operating couplersNote: All authentic 1954 thru 1956 FM's (Lackawannas, Virginians, and Jersery Centrals) have a crack at the screw hole on one end and sometimes at both ends, even if the paint film hides it. They were cracked as part of the manufacturing processUnits without cracks are fakesSee our FM video for full documentation on originals versus fakes and counterfeitsBuilt 1954-56 Between 1953 and 1956, Fairbanks-Morse built 127 Trainmasters, (model # H-24-66s) and they were considered "The most useful locomotive ever built." As extremely versatile road switchers, they were used in both passenger and freight service. They served on ten different railroads in the United States and Canada. The Delaware, Lackawanna and Western featured the fourth-largest fleet, with 15. The locos were used on commuter service out of Hoboken during the day on the non-electrified lines, and hauled coal and freight at night. The Lionel Lackawanna FM was the lead engine in three freight sets - the 2219W and 2223W sets of 1954 and the 2243W set of 1955. It was also available for separate sale. Important Note: The crack mentioned above was caused by a dimensional error; the bodies were made slightly too long for the mounting tabs on the frame. When the body was attached to the frame, the pressure from the screw being fully tightened cracked the bodies if not already cracked in the painting jig in which the same dimensional error was made. This sometimes occurred on both ends, and sometimes only on one end. It is not always easy to spot this flaw. A Lionel FM without at least one crack is most-assuredly a fakeThe black and white photo shows four prototype Lackawanna Trainmasters waiting for their next assignments in the Hoboken (New Jersey) Yard, which was the Lackawanna's main passenger hub.
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