Production: 1965 & 1966
The 2322 Virginian FM Trainmaster is a realistic and scale-like replica of the real life Trainmaster. Lionel's version of this locomotive has a well-deserved reputation for being a top-of-the-line diesel with excellent durability and strength. The 2322 final FM Trainmaster introduced by Lionel in the postwar era -- the first being the 2321 Lackawanna from 1954.
The 2322 Virginian is almost an exact copy of the 2331 Virginian from the mid-1950's. The only difference on the the exterior is the diesels number located at the end of the cab. Internally, there are only minor manufacturing differences -- the easiest to recognize is the color of the armature wire. On the earlier version the armature is wrapped with a copper color wire. The 2322 has green wire -- however red is also known to exist. Of the two Virginian FM's, the 2322 is harder to find as it was only produced for a two year period in the mid-1960's.
A common problem with Lionel's Trainmaster are the screwholes on each end of the shell. In most cases, hairline cracks are located in the shell running from the bottom of the screwhole to the bottom of the shell. Locating a shell without these hairline cracks is rare.
Standard features of the 2322 include: dual motors, Magnetraction, three-position E-unit, illuminated headlights and numberboards at each end, dual operating couplers, functional horn plus wire handrailings and an ornamental horn on each side.
Additional Detail, Photos & Box Information
Blue Shell Painted Yellow and Blue - The shells painted blue and yellow on the exterior are early production from 1965 and are scarce.
Blue Shell Painted Yellow - Shown in the photo above - The common version was to only paint the yellow section on the molded blue shell.
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