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A friend asked about some Lionel he has. He doesn't do trains and my knowledge of Lionel is limited. The locomotive is a 2-4-2 numbered 258. A plate underneath says "Made in U. S. of America, Lionel 027, The Lionel Corporation NY". How can I identify when it was made?

He also has a tender with 2689TX underneath, a box car #655, a Tank car #SUNX 654, and a caboose #657. I am wondering if at one time it was a set and also how do identify year of manufacture? I have looked online with no luck and am planning to see if our club has reference materials. Thanks for any help you can give.

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Clicking the graphic shows the timeline of the 258. One of the very first Lionel steam engines in 1930 and again in 1941. The 1941 version looks exactly like a Lionel 259 (as it says in the chart).




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