I made so interesting, albeit probably already noted discoveries while researching the prototype NW-2 model that Lionel had on its showroom layout. There has long been speculation that this was actually a General Models Corp. NW2. It’s often described as having a “gray” color scheme. Interestingly, I think I have a good idea of what this looked like, including the lettering. 

Comparing the locomotive on the layout with the ones in the 1949 catalog, we can see that the prototype was definitely a gray or white color, lettered with “L” red/orange, white, & blue logo above the number 622.

It doesn’t appear to have the lettering “Lionel Lines” along the long hood, nor is it black like the catalog which makes me wonder if there wasn’t a similar preproduction loco made as well in this scheme. But then again it could just be an artistic interpretation. Either way comparing it with the prototype on the layout gives I think a clearer picture of what the mysterious NW2 looked like.

I quite like the overall paint scheme, to be honest, and I sort of wonder why it has never been reproduced? Maybe they don’t want to remind anyone of the industrial espionage? 

The Cleveland & Western Railroad

Rockport, O.

 

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Wow, yeah, that’s a great picture of it!

Interestingly to see the Lionel trains being used by scientists to move actual radioactive materials in the same photo collection... I think I have read about that somewhere but these photos are more extensive than I’ve seen before.

The Cleveland & Western Railroad

Rockport, O.

 

 There were also Lionel trains which were used to move radioactive materials in a hospital and were featured in an article in the June 1949 issue of Model Railroader (pp.16)  The train was called the "Radium Train" and it began operation March 8,1949 at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. It shuttled radon between the supply room and the lab.  

  Interestingly enough, a large framed picture of one of the technicians loading the train was featured on a wall in one of the hallways of the hospital up until a remodeling about ten years back.

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