Production: 1954 - 1956
The 2356 Southern F3 B unit was the final B unit introduced by Lionel during the postwar era. Of the three B units produced by Lionel -- the Santa Fe, New York Central and Southern -- the Southern is the most difficult to locate as well as the only only to have a number stamped on its body. When a 2356 B unit is coupled between a pair of AA Southern diesels, the end result is an impressive-looking ABA unit. The ABA lash-up was both prototypical and a common sight on US railroads during the 1950s and 1960s.
Standard features of the B unit include: a green painted shell with gray lower panels, a yellow strip running along the side, yellow lettering, non-functional front and rear die-cast couplers, metal ladder steps on each truck plus roof ventilators. The frame is painted black and each side has two open portholes with clear -- often yellowed -- plastic lens.
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Only Known Variation - All 2356C's are painted green and gray with yellow lettering.
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