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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 AB Unit Diesels LIONEL TRAINS BOSTON & MAINE FA DIESEL No. 217

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Lionel Trains Boston & Maine FA Diesel AB units No. 217 Varition B
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Lionel Trains FA AB Unit DieselsThe Boston & Maine Alco FA No. 217 was produced in 1959 on an unpainted BLUE body that was painted BLACK with a WHITE stripe at the roof line. It was equipped with a light in the A unit, but did not have a horn. A three position directional unit whose control lever was adjustable from the top of the body controled the direction of this diesel. A single vertical worm drive Type IIC motor powers two axles that utilized Magnetraction.

The lettering was heat-stamped on these units and the sheet metal chassis’ have solid non-operating couplers. The color of the plastic is susceptible to fading when exposed to direct sunlight. These Alco units are often found with mis-matched colored pairs and this has been found to exist this way from the factory.
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There are two variations:
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Variation A: Both units are BLUE in color as has been described above.
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Variation B: One of the units is a TEAL BLUE color.

No. 217C B Unit Box End
No. 217P A Unit Box End

All of the Lionel Alco FA units are designed to work on the tighter radius of O27 Gauge track, but they will run equally well on O Gauge track.

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