My Lionel 2018 2-6-4 Prairie my dad bought me in 1960. I was still building my layout when I took this.
Can't post a photo as I'm out of town, but the New Haven EP-5 #2350 postwar Lionel gets my vote.
They are slick units, no matter what road name. This was the 4th to join the roster, the others being MPC, K-Line and Williams. Arguably the best pullers of the PW era.
An UPDATE from July 2015 when this thread stated....a few additions. Always liked the New Haven EP-5 after having seen hundreds of them whiz by on the New Haven main line......
Always partial to my 1st Lionel set from 1958
A recent addition is this DL&W TrainMaster......$50 at a local show and it runs smooth and pulls like a monster.
Lastly, always partial to the 2046/646 small Hudson....a great machine.....good and reliable puller and well proportioned....
I found this photo years ago on the internet and I always liked the look of these two postwar Alco's at work on someone's very nice layout.
I remember that photo being from someone here on the Forum. I don't remember who, but it is one heck of a good photo IMHO. It gives O27 equipment much respect.
Just a sneak peek of what I have in my fleet. Unfortunately I don't have a photo of my 1625 or 1665... my collection is all in storage awaiting for me to purchase a house where I can have real fun vs pulling 1 or 2 trains out for the Christmas tree.
I paid very cheap for the 2341 from a fellow parishioner from church who was planning on selling his collection.
I also paid cheap for the black 2332 as it was a rebuild project.
In the movie "The World, The Flesh and The Devil" has a great scene with a Lionel 746 set. Here's a link
If this thread isn't limited to Lionel, this is my favorite... It's a Thomas Industries 4-4-0 from some time in the 50s. I really like the blued steel boiler and firebox, which gives it a very nice appearance. It's a good runner, with a worm drive, a Pittman motor, and Thomas' own reverse unit design. Its construction is much more akin to kit-built locomotives, with a sheet metal boiler, and a motor and drivers than can be removed easily. This particular one is completely original, except it's missing the correct tender trucks, and the steam dome top and whistle are missing.