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Video of Lionel train set is attached. If you need more

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Video of Lionel train set is attached. If you need more info, please let me know. Thank you
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Appraisals
Expert:  ncsunburst replied 1 year ago.

Hi, My name is ***** ***** it is my pleasure to assist you. I viewed your photo which version do you have the 1946 or 47 - 49? Thanks Mike

The 671 Turbine was introduced by Lionel in 1946 and (with various modifications) was sold for four years (through 1949). This item consisted of two separate pieces: a steamer with a "6-8-6" wheel arrangement and a whistling coal tender.

The 1946 version featured a smoke bulb which was used to generate both illumination and smoke. (Afterwards Lionel sold conversion kits to upgrade the smoke unit to a more modern heater-type unit; consequently engines with an original smoke bulb are much harder to find than converted models.) The engine was decorated with wire handrails, and nickel-rimmed drivers with a single side rod. There was no E-unit slot as the reversing unit consisted of plugs and receptacles in the back of the cab. It also had a horizontally mounted motor. The "671" cab number was rubber-stamped in silver. The 8-wheel (671W) tender has a plastic body that was decorated with "LIONEL LINES" in either silver letters or white letters.

The 1947-49 version featured a heater-type smoke unit to generate smoke and a common (much smaller) bulb to provide illumination. The engine was decorated with wire handrails throughout this time period. However the drivers were changed as follows: in 1947 all drivers had thick, nickel rims; in 1948, there were thin blackened rims on only the first and fourth drivers; in 1949, there were no rims on any of the drivers. The boiler was changed to accommodate an E-unit lever on the top. The "671" cab number was rubber-stamped in silver. The 671W tender described above was sold with the 1947 turbine. However Lionel introduced the attractive 2671W streamlined tender in 1948 -- a 12-wheel, whistling tender that was decorated with "PENNSYLVANIA" in silver letters and with a back-up light. The back-up light was soon eliminated and subsequently this tender came with an un-lighted frame and with either silver letters or white letters.

Expert:  ncsunburst replied 1 year ago.

Hi , I was wondering if you need further assistance with your train? Thanks Mike

Expert:  ncsunburst replied 1 year ago.

Hi , I was wondering if you need further assistance with your train? Thanks Mike

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