Lionel Electric Trains Identification Guide Sub-Title
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This Identification Guide for Lionel Electric Trains covers the "Post-war Era" only from 1945 until 1969.

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Lionel Trains FA A Unit Diesel LIONEL TRAINS THE TEXAS SPECIAL FA DIESEL A UNIT No. 1055

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Lionel Trains The Texas Special FA A Unit No. 1055

Lionel Trains FA A Unit DieselThe Lionel Texas Special FA A Unit No. 1055 would not be shown in the 1959 or 1960 consumer catalog. It was almost as if Lionel was ashamed of this engine that was produced for the "mass market." This engine would have the coupler pocket in the front filled in and was mounted on a sheet metal frame that had a solid non-operating rear coupler. There is no directional unit because this engine only goes in one direction, however, the slot for the control in the roof is still present. There is no Magnetraction, nor are there any traction tires, horn, light, or weight to aid in the tractive effort of this diesel. There are no variations.

While offering "stripped down" versions of their diesel’s was not something that they were proud of, Lionel, none the less, sold a lot of these engines to "mass marketers" because of their low price (under $15.00), that allowed them to take advantage of the Lionel name. However, the "chickens always come home to roost," and as a result of the poor quality inherent in these engines Lionel’s reputation suffered. Today, because of the abuse these engines took, they are hard to find in good condition, and are under valued by collectors.
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This engine was issued to run on sets that came with O27 track, but it will run equally well on the larger radius of O gauge track.


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