Jersey Central FM - Lionel Postwar 1956
This Jersey Central is an early 1956 issue of the engine with flat orange paint and the bright medium blue shell casting. It comes with original Lionel wrapping paper, a nice instruction sheet dated 6/55 and a non-Lionel box. Best of all - this enigne is a 100% authentic, un-retouched original postwar Lionel diesel. The shell has heat-stamped graphics with shell stress flairs at the letter corners, lightly faded FM decals, dissimilar spacing between the words "Jersey Central" on the two sides, nose paint mask scooping under the headlights on both ends, notched handrail platforms and characteristic orange overspray in the body shell interior. The shell also has the prototypical hairlines at the screwholes at both ends (the cab mounting screws on each end were factory [over] tightened using an electric screwdriver). The engine has the early FM chassis with the embossed battery cover plate. We believe this to be correct for the early issue engines as we have seen two mint, boxed engines with the early chassis (all of the later issue glossy orange painted engines have been on the later adhesive battery cover chassis). The common element on these chassis is that the e-unit bracket is blackened (as opposed to the earlier Lackawanna FM chassis with plated brackets). As you can see from the photographs the battery compartment is clean and the running gear shows that the engine has not had more than a light test run. This engine is not mint nor is it perfect. T are a few scuffs and minor paint flaws as shown in the photographs. What makes this engine such a standout is the paint patina, the bright unfaded blue shell and the bright plating on the ornamental horns and handrails. The overall effect is stunning. (We have seen mint engines that do not display as nice.) This is probably one of the nicest holiday gifts that a serious collector can give himself.Click on any thumbnail to open viewer. Payments accepted include PayPal (email for other options)
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