thank you very much but i'm still not quite sure what something like this is worth value wise(priceless to me of course),do you have any ideas or can you point me in the right direction?Do they make price guides for trains?That is one rare and beautiful Standard gauge Lionel train set! You are lucky that your grandfather had such good taste in trains
Lionel #42 Twin-Motor Electric (1913-1923)
Early electric style engines started in 1910, and
ran through 1923. In 1921 the #42 was the first
twin motored engine produced by Lionel and was
capable of pulling a large number of freight or
passenger cars. Black was the most common
color for this engine.
Engine sold for $24 in 1913, and $30 in 1921
Later #42s became Lionel’s first twin motored
locos, but those trains reverted to non-operating
doors and had a single step below the door.
My engine does have dual motors but it does'nt have operating doors and it does have 1 step on each side so it's most likely later than 1923.I asked my mom about it and she said she thinks she can remember my grandpa saying that his dad gave it to him before he passed away in 1929 so we don't know if thats when it was made or just when my grandpa got it.It's a mystery but we are getting close and you helping sure helps out,thanks alot and let me know if you can find anything else about it or anyone else that reads this for that matter.Hey Chris, I have been doing some research on your train set, and have found some general information... Does your engine have dual motors? That would date it into the 1921-1923 range... I can not even guess a price though...
Ooops, my quotes confused you... They are from two different sources and I took the second one out of context, my bad... They were talking about an earlier model in the second quote, so by "later" they mean 1921 to 1923...My engine does have dual motors but it does'nt have operating doors and it does have 1 step on each side so it's most likely later than 1923.
thats a shameI went over my friends house a couple of months ago and his father collects just about everything old... He had a set just like this, but the engine was olive green too... The sad part though is that all of his stuff is too disorganized, so this beauty was pratically hidden from sight