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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 F-3 AA Unit Diesels LIONEL TRAINS NEW YORK CENTRAL F-3 DIESEL No. 2333

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Lionel Trains New York Central F-3 No. 2333 Variation B
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Lionel Trains F-3 AA Unit DieselsThe Lionel New York Central F-3 No. 2333 would be issued with the same number as the more popular Santa Fe when they were cataloged in 1948. However, recent discoveries have found that this engine was not available until the beginning of February 1949, and would replaced by the No. 2344 in 1950.
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This version of the NYC F-3 was not equipped with Magnetraction. Lionel had a problem with the lettering wearing off on this diesel, so sometime in 1949 they began using a heat-stamp to apply this lettering. Previously they had used a rubber-stamp for this lettering, however, the lightning stripes would still be applied with a rubber-stamp. Shortages of the BLACK "GM" decal during the initial production caused Lionel to substite the RED decal that was designed for use on the Santa Fe F-3 which bears the same number.
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This diesel has the screens on the roof vents, portholes with convex celluloid lenses, front grab rails, side ladders, electronic couplers on the front ends, and solid rear couplers. This diesel came with a horn that was operated by a D Cell battery, and a three position directional unit whose control lever was adjustable from underneath the chassis. The dual horizontal worm drive motors powered each axle...and they make a neat "growling" sound when operating!

No. 2333 NYC Power Unit Box End
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No. 2333T NYC Dummy Unit Box End

There are three variations:
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Variation A: Rubber-stamped lettering (early 1949).
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Variation B: Heat-stamped lettering (late 1949).
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Variation C: This variation was produced with the RED/WHITE GM decals located above the "BUILT BY LIONEL" lettering on the rear of the engine (early 1949).
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All of the Lionel F-3’s are designed to work on the larger radius of O Gauge track. When used with O27 Gauge track this diesel will scrape the switch machine housing on the early version of the No. 1122 O27 Switches when passing through the curved turnout. Evidence of scrapes on the fuel tank of these diesels is a sure indication of operation on O27 track.

No. 2333 NYC Set Box
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