When originally advertised in the mid-1950’s, Lionel had a much different vision for the paint scheme on their 2240/2367 Wabash F-3’s.  The plan was for them to be much more like the real-life loco’s with black underframe, silver trucks, white nose, long bottom and short middle white stripes, and tapered upper gray area.  The Lionel prototype was painted this way and used in advertising (see images below).  Interestingly, the prototype A unit had the number 2240 on one side and 2367 on the other side. 

The actual Lionel production units had a much more bland paint scheme and the Lionel prototype went into the archives.  In 2017, the prototype surfaced again when rock star Neil Young auctioned off part of his Lionel train collection.  The prototype was part of that auction. 

METCA is now offering this loco as a Custom Run F3, similar to the ones in Lionel's 2020 Big Book.  This is your opportunity to get a never before released Postwar Archive Prototype inspired F3 A-A set.  You get the Postwar look and modern operating features with the LionChief+2.0 system.

More info here.

Stu

 

 

 

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Hi Stu   When you use Paypal to preorder units does the account get charged immediately in full or when the item ships?

bluelinec4 posted:

Hi Stu   When you use Paypal to preorder units does the account get charged immediately in full or when the item ships?

Hi Ben,

There's 2 options you can choose.  There's a dropdown box right above the "add to cart" button.  You can choose to pay in full now or you can choose to pay a deposit now and the balance right before the loco's are delivered (you'll receive an invoice once the loco's are in the USA).

This applies to all the loco's in the store, even the black and yellow one below the Wabash.

Stu

 

This applies to all the loco's in the store, even the black and yellow one below the Wabash

how did you know that’s the one I am ordering

That 1956 Accessory Catalog is printed on pulp paper and looks bland, but it is full of factory prototypes. For example, That NH EP-5 on the cover is not a smooth 2350 but two spliced F-3 shells. They were not cut in half but carefully cut to preserve detailsLionel 1956AccCatLionel 1956AccCat2Lionel 1956AccCat3Lionel 1956AccCat4

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Anyone that would like to reserve this item, please do so by this weekend.  Our order is due at Lionel next week.  Payment in full isn't required, a deposit will reserve your unit for you.

Stu

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