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I just acquired a Lionel engine and tender I would like some information concerning. It has a road number of 789 and the line is "Baimor & Ohio". I know this is fantasy line and assume the road number is bogus also. I will include several pictures and perhaps someone could ID this engine. Thanks for any help.
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That is a 646/2046/2056 casting, look at the motor if aluminum side frame its the 646/2046 magnet motor if the frame is dark color its a 2056 non magnet made during the war only.

I think but not sure Lionel used same casting in some more modern engines as well.
 

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That is a 646/2046/2056 casting, look at the motor if aluminum side frame its the 646/2046 magnet motor if the frame is dark color its a 2056 non magnet made during the war only.

I think but not sure Lionel used same casting in some more modern engines as well.
I'm pretty sure it is the 2056 - The frame is very dark
Bingo. The cast piping behind the steam chest matches the 2056.

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Yes then if dark 2056, the casting is exactly the same as 646/2046 otherwise just the motor did not have magne-traction .
in 1952 due to material shortages thus re-numbered.
 

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Yes then if dark 2056, the casting is exactly the same as 646/2046 otherwise just the motor did not have magne-traction .
in 1952 due to material shortages thus re-numbered.
Yes then if dark 2056, the casting is exactly the same as 646/2046 otherwise just the motor did not have magne-traction .
in 1952 due to material shortages thus re-numbered.
You have got a Lionel classic small, not-to-scale Hudson, but it's a great runner when maintained. I also exchanged the pill-type smoker for a liquid and mine is an awesome smoker. Your tender is a typical streamliner-type #2046w whistle tender, again another Lionel classic. Both are relatively easily maintained and because there never was a "Balmore and Ohio", although there was a Baltimore and Ohio, you could fearlessly strip the paint (why do that? It's a nice paint job from what I can see?) - and repaint it back to Lionel Lines or Pennsylvania tender with correct replacement decals including engine #, or paint it for a favorite railroad or even a different fantasy line.
 
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