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Mark,

My suggestion is find one of these, on eBay or similar as I did, (or the traditional book version of it, available on Amazon):

I just scanned quickly through my copy, looking for Model 253.  It's there but being one of the early models there is neither an exploded diagram nor a dedicated parts list.

What you find instead are Lionel's master parts lists, covering all models, by year.  In them are line items that apply to the 253.  (In other words you have to do a manual search through an entire master list, one line at a time, in order to find the parts that specifically apply to the 253.

However, there are sources other than Greenberg, like Olsen as mentioned by @Chuck Sartor, and the folks responsible for these (ttender.com is also one of them, also mentioned by Chuck).  These folks may have gone through the extra trouble of generating a detailed and dedicated 253 parts list from the master list at a more recent point in time.

Presently, and with only a quick search, I haven't been able to find any though.

So, you may have trouble finding a concise summary of what parts make up a 253.  The parts appear to be available, just not summarized concisely.

You've come to the right place though.  There are folks in this forum who know the details, even if those details are not written down for convenient access.

Mike

Last edited by Mellow Hudson Mike

Lionel never had a specific list for a 253. Olsen may have had one when there were open. 90% of the parts are available. Train Tender has the 402 Mojave paint available.

Mark,

My suggestion is find one of these, on eBay or similar as I did, (or the traditional book version of it, available on Amazon):

I just scanned quickly through my copy, looking for Model 253.  It's there but being one of the early models there is neither an exploded diagram nor a dedicated parts list.

What you find instead are Lionel's master parts lists, covering all models, by year.  In them are line items that apply to the 253.  (In other words you have to do a manual search through an entire master list, one line at a time, in order to find the parts that specifically apply to the 253.

However, there are sources other than Greenberg, like Olsen as mentioned by @Chuck Sartor, and the folks responsible for these (ttender.com is also one of them, also mentioned by Chuck).  These folks may have gone through the extra trouble of generating a detailed and dedicated 253 parts list from the master list at a more recent point in time.

Presently, and with only a quick search, I haven't been able to find any though.

So, you may have trouble finding a concise summary of what parts make up a 253.  The parts appear to be available, just not summarized concisely.

You've come to the right place though.  There are folks in this forum who know the details, even if those details are not written down for convenient access.

Mike

@pd posted:

Check with Joe Mania for prewar parts...he has many of the hard to find bits:

https://jlmtrains.com/

Here's the 253 I recently refurbished, the missing bits provided by Joe:

Thanks guy's I used to get my PW Lionel from Sal Olsen, did talk with Sharon a couple years ago about the cd never did buy should have, I do remember Sal Olsen had a image that was some time ago. I do buy parts from Jeff, will check with him on paint and parts. Thanks for all the help!

God Speed all!

Mark

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