2321 GREY TOP LACKAWANNA FM
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|The Fairbanks-Morse Trainmaster is the most powerful locomotive Lionel built during the Post-War era. Numbered 2321 and produced in 1954 and 1955, the Lackawanna was the first road name produced by Lionel, as well as the first one produced and delivered by Fairbanks Morse. Issued with either a maroon top or a grey top, the body was molded with grey plastic. Maroon paint was applied over the entire 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 decal on each end, and a Fairbanks-Morse logo decal on each side. Has dual Pullmor motors, metal frame, diecast fuel tanks and trucks, Magnetraction, headlights, operating horn (requires a D cell battery for operation), and operating couplers. Note: all authentic 1954 to 1956 FM's (Lackawannas, Virginians, and Jersey 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 process. Units without cracks are likely fakes. See our FM video for full documentation on originals versus fakes and counterfeits! Between 1953 and 1956, Fairbanks-Morse built 127 Trainmasters (model # H-24-66S) - they were considered "the most useful locomotive ever built", and were the most diesel engines built at that time. Extremely versatile, they were used in both passenger and freight service. They served on ten different railroads. The Lackawwanna (DL&W) had the fourth largest fleet with 15 - using them on commuter service during the day on the non-electrified lines, and on freight trains at night. The Lionel Lackawanna headed three freight sets - the 2219W and 2223W sets of 1954, and the 2243W set of 1955. It was also sold separately. IMPORTANT NOTE: The crack mentioned above was caused by a dimensional error - the bodies were slightly too long for the mounting tabs on the frame. When mounted, 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). It is not always easy to spot this flaw. There is a glossy variation that is so rare that it was not known when we produced our video on the Trainmaster (filmed in 1990, this video documents all FM variations and shows how to detect fakes). In the intervening years since the video was produced, we have only encountered two with glossy paint. We have found a couple that were waxed to simulate the real thing! Nearly all FM's have factory marks on the paint on the ends. See page 54 of the Doyle reference book - he could not find a better one for the picture! The black and white photo shows four prototype Lackawanna Trainmasters at Hoboken NJ - the Lackawanna's 17 track passenger terminal and huge freight yards.
18582EX 2321 GREY TOP LACKAWANNA FM -> C-7 Excellent - Minute nicks or scratches; no dents or rust.
18546EX 2321 GREY TOP LACKAWANNA FM -> C-7 Excellent - Minute nicks or scratches; no dents or rust.
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