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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 Coal Elevator No. 97 LIONEL TRAINS COAL ELEVATOR No. 97

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Lionel Trains No. 97 Coal Elevator
No. 97 Box Top

Lionel Trains Coal Elevator No. 97The Coal Elevator No. 97 has a Bakelite base and a sheet metal SILVER painted conveyor and YELLOW painted coal bin. It would take unloaded coal from one side and raise this load up by a chain and buckets through the conveyor and load them through a chute on the other side into a waiting car. When used with the No. 3459 Operating Coal Car this accessory offered a self-contained continuous operation. Available from 1946 until 1950, this loader is hard to find today without paint chips. There are no known variations, however, some of these elevators have been reported with a mottled plastic base.

No. 164 Controller

This coal elevator came with its own controller that is illustrated above. This controller had a knob to turn on the conveyor chain mechanism that would raise the coal to the tower and an "UNLOAD" button that would operate the chute and unload the coal into a car.
One instruction sheet dated 1-46 was printed in dark blue ink on a lighter blue paper and two instruction sheets dated 3-48 and 8-49 used black ink on white paper. It also came with a No. 206 bag of artificial coal.
Dimensions: 11-1/2 inches long, 6 inches wide, and 12 inches high.

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