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What is the base prototype for this locomotive?

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We got this set for my 8yr old son for Christmas.

Understanding that this is "not a real locomotive" (it can't pull more than about 6 cars), he has told me that he plans to ask Santa for "a real version".

So, first off, is this locomotive based on anything that actually existed, or is it something that Lionel dreamed up to sell with this inexpensive set?

If it is based on a real locomotive, what will this locomotive (#9431) be when it grows up? Santa needs to know (York is just around the corner).
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Looks like the Plymouth switcher.

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That's what I was thinking, but the back is different. The Lionel has a short hood at the rear while the prototype does not. I guess the Lionel is "inspired by"....

I've looked (Google) and only found conventional versions of the Plymouth Switcher, mostly in K-Line. Does anyone know if they make a Lionchief version?
That certainly looks like it's the one. So it's not a scaled down something... it's really that something - a small yard switcher.

I suppose an RS-3 would look like its big brother, so I'll keep my eyes open for one of those in York.

Thanks guys!
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