Lionel pw-726-1947 berkshire

LIONEL BERKSHIRE 2-8-4 STEAM LOCOMOTIVE WITH 2426W 12-WHEEL TENDER

 

Built in 1947, the 726 Berkshire became the statement engine for the opening of the post-war era. It epitomized the message that Joshua Lionel Cowen wanted to deliver to both the public and the competition. The 726 made its statement, "I'm quality, I'm Lionel, I'm style and I am expensive." The 1946 list price was $37.50 - about $429 in 2011 when adjusted for inflation using the Consumer Price Index. 54 years later, the message still rings true. The 726 symbolizes grace, beauty, and design excellence. It has earned a hallowed place in the history of model railroading. A true benchmark. It always came with a #2426W 12-wheel, whistling tender, lettered with "LIONEL LINES" in either silver or white.

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