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Pre-War Lionel Engine #53-42 01E - O GAUGE

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    Posted 3 years ago

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    Hi -Rescued this little Prewar locomotive from the scrap heap. I believe it is the Lionel O1E Engine # 53-42. It is a cute little engine and tender - so although I have no idea if it works or not - it still makes a nice display.

    Unfortunately - I have not yet found any information on this exact model - so if anyone can supply information or give me a site to
    look that would be very much appreciated.


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    1. pajrr pajrr, 3 years ago
      Hi, go to and click on Classic Toy Trains (Be careful, they also have "CLASSIC TRAINS". You don't want that one) That will give you a forum chat. You have to subscribe to the website to post a question, but it is free. They are the part of the world that loves Lionel trains.
    2. RCassano, 3 years ago
      This was probably mfg before 1939 (pre-war). The reason I agree with you is that the O gauge was introduced in 1915 and replaced by the OO gauge in 1939.

      This one, technically, was an 027 gauge, indicated by the 4-digit model number. The O gauge models were 3-digit model numbers. Not all of the O gauge models would run on the 027 track.

      Nice find.

    3. Rain_bow_rider, 3 years ago
      Thanks to everyone for all the "Love" for the little train - that will hopefully become the little train that could actually run.

      Thanks also for the information on how to find out more about this specific model.

      I will follow up on the suggestions - they are much appreciated.

    4. Rain_bow_rider, 3 years ago
      The engine is the Lionel 001e from 1938-39 - it is apparently rare as it is one of the last of the Lionel engines built to exact scale. This one does respond to an electric impulse - but it does need cleaning and lubricating.

      So again thanks for the suggestions - I found someone with a Catalog and was able to find it.

    5. cmd, 3 months ago
      Lionel train set OO gauge New York Central with Hudson Locomotive 001 (cf 5342 on the cab) was produced between 1938 and 1942, only. This is a very appreciate and quite rare set (cf refs 0080 & 0080W dated 1938 specially), even if value 1938 one is not the same with others produced around 1940's. The set was proposed in 2-rail or 3-rail tracks, with 3 or 4 cars depending on model sets and production year ; you know 'everything' ;o)

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