ORIGINAL LIONEL 2341 JERSEY CENTRAL FM TRAINMASTER - NR
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Sold Date: 03/23/2011
Channel: Online Auction
Category: Toys, Dolls, Games & Puzzles
This no reserve auction is for an original Lionel 2341 Jersey Central FM Trainmaster diesel engine. Lionel produced the 2341 in 1956 only when it was the motive power for cataloged set 2270W.
This engine is authentic and completely original in every way. It shows signs of limited gentle use. The pickup rollers show almost no wear. There are certain things that must be examined in determining the authenticity of the Lionel #2341 Jersey Central. All the lettering on this Lionel #2341 is heat stamped. The spacing between ‘ Jersey ' and ‘Central' differs from one side to the other. Also, depending on the way the engine was produced, the depth of the heat stamping may vary causing there to appear ‘hook' like mark off some of the letters in “ Jersey ”. The hook on the bottom of the J is particularly common and clearly visible in the photographs. The orange stripe around the locomotive is “scooped” under the head lights. There are two blocked vents in the grill on one side of the 2341 FM's long hood. "Built 4-56 by Lionel" is obviously heat stamped and poorly done, indicative of the authenticity of the original Jersey Centrals. Note the filled in "B" and the filled space between the "N" and "E". On this #2341, the "BLT 4-56 by Lionel" is off-centered to back of the engine. Also, note the fuzzy area between the blue and orange stripe. Not razor sharp as on repros. The decal is yellowed showing it's proper age. This is normal for a 50 year old decal. On reproductions, the FM decal with a bright white circle is a warning sign. Also the outer white circle is thinner on this piece when compared to the same on a modern FM decal. The transition between the unpainted blue plastic body and the orange paint is fuzzy and even sloppy. A close inspection of the underside of the cab reveals that there is orange overspray near all the openings, another indicator of an original piece. The battery cover has the appropriate black label. There is no battery damage whatsoever. Original black tape covers both motors. I have done the best I can to provide meaningful photos of the authenicators referenced above.In terms of flaws there are very few. There is a very small scuff above the engineer's cab and a tiny nick in the middle of one long side near the base. The railing on one end shows some spots of rust. I can not see any screw cracks on the ends. Other engines that I have looked at that did not have screw cracks visible to the naked eye do sometimes have hairline cracks evident in close up photos. I have taken close up photos of the ends under bright lights for your review. This piece is not absolutely gem mint perfect, but it is one of the stronger Jersey Central FMs that I have seen in my years of collecting and will undoubtedly make a great display piece. Please see the photos for more descriptive detail. I have done the best I can to show you the flaws noted above. If you would like any additional photos I would be glad to provide them. Please also check out my listings for an original 2341 Jersey Central empty box, an original instruction sheet for the 2341 and a 2270W set box all ending within a few minutes of this auction. I plan to list the boxed set of flat channel passenger cars in the near future. Buyer pays $12.75 for S&H plus the cost of insurance as quoted by USPS. Please wait for an invoice prior to submitting payment. I will gladly refund excess postage if the amount listed is $1.00 or more above the actual postage cost.
If you would be interested in selling or consigning all or pieces of your collection please feel free to contact me to discuss.I have been a member of the TCA for more than 20 years so you can . I am in the process of thinning out a lifetime train collection that started in the early 1970’s. It includes many rare and unusual items most of which are very high quality in original packaging. Some examples are a boxed 460P Piggyback Platform, boxed 3356-150 Horse Corral Platform, dealer and factory sealed items, as well as many pr...
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