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A little more info courtesy of Bob Nelson and Bob Keller:

Response from Bob Nelson:

The Lionel models that had them seem to be the Santa Fe 617, 622, 6220, and 623, the Chesapeake and Ohio 624, and the Seaboard 6250.  The only prototype example that I could find in Marre's Diesel Locomotives: the First 50 Years was a Burlington SW1200.

 

Response from Bob Keller:

Bob, there is a CB&Q BLW VO-1000 with the wheel antenna on p. 301, so it might have been a Burlington-specific add-on.

@PaperTRW posted:

http://chuckzeiler.rrpicturear...ture.aspx?id=1451908

 

Reason #4329 why it's "O gauge or no gauge."

TRW

@GeoPeg posted:

A little more info courtesy of Bob Nelson and Bob Keller:

Response from Bob Nelson:

The Lionel models that had them seem to be the Santa Fe 617, 622, 6220, and 623, the Chesapeake and Ohio 624, and the Seaboard 6250.  The only prototype example that I could find in Marre's Diesel Locomotives: the First 50 Years was a Burlington SW1200.

 

Response from Bob Keller:

Bob, there is a CB&Q BLW VO-1000 with the wheel antenna on p. 301, so it might have been a Burlington-specific add-on.

Apparently, Santa Fe used the wagon wheel antenna on some F-units.

http://sfrhms.org/files/funits/alb12.htm

It on the rear of the lead F in the photo. 

The antennas can barely be seen on the A-units in the following photo:

http://sfrhms.org/files/funits/alb07.htm

Rusty

Last edited by Rusty Traque

That antenna first appeared on the 622 in 1949.  At that time, it was thought that train radio would be the in thing and of course Lionel wanted an up to date look.  

By the time I first worked in the industry in 1959 there were few railroad radios, most of them in yards.  There were numerous technical difficulties, in transmission and in durability.

The last Lionel engines with the antennas were the 623 and 624 in 1952-54.  Probably stopped making them to reduce cost.

They break very easily.  In collections that I've bought, I've seen a good number of broken antennas.  Fortunately my parts supplier still has them - part 622-10, "radio wheel".

That antenna first appeared on the 622 in 1949.  At that time, it was thought that train radio would be the in thing and of course Lionel wanted an up to date look.  

By the time I first worked in the industry in 1959 there were few railroad radios, most of them in yards.  There were numerous technical difficulties, in transmission and in durability.

The last Lionel engines with the antennas were the 623 and 624 in 1952-54.  Probably stopped making them to reduce cost.

They break very easily.  In collections that I've bought, I've seen a good number of broken antennas.  Fortunately my parts supplier still has them - part 622-10, "radio wheel".

Apparently they're back at it. LIONEL 6-18921 has one. Or I should say "had". Repainted the unit for the PRR, and was wondering what it was and if I should put it back. Even recent Lionchief plus models (6-85060) have one. 

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