Production: 1947 - 1949
The 2332 Pennsylvania GG1 Electric diesel was the first of several GG1 diesels produced by Lionel in the postwar era. At the time of its introduction in 1947, it was the ultimate Lionel engine. Besides being the first postwar Lionel diesel, its heavy die-cast body and impressive looks made the GG1 an immediate success.
The 2332 is a smooth running diesel. However, with the lack of Magnetraction and a heavy die-cast shell, this single motor diesel has limited pulling power. Subsequent Lionel models of the GG1 were all equipped with dual Magnetraction motors. Nevertheless, the 2332 is still a desirable locomotive.
Standard features of the 2332 GG1 include: die-cast body paint dark green (known as Brunswick green), five gold stripes, small Pennsylvania railroad logo centered on each side, single motor, two pantographs, three-position E-unit, headlight at each end, operating horn, coil couplers plus running lights and an ornamental horn on each end.
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A common problem with all GG1 diesels is the lettering and side strips. Due to years of handling, it is quite common to find a GG1 with worn lettering and/or strips on each side near the center. Units with intact letters and strips will usually command a premium.
Another area of interest is the horn. The horn on the 2332 is unlike other postwar diesel horn. When operating properly, the horn sounds like a metal box with something 'rattling around inside'. Lionel attempted to duplicate the real-life sound -- and to a certain degree it was successfully -- however it simply sounded terrible from a toy train point of view. This version of the horn was discontinued on future GG1s.
The length of a GG1 electric diesel is approximately 14" long (coupler to coupler).
Dark Green Body - Shown in the photo above - For the remainder of 1947 and continuing until 1949, ther 2332 was produced in Brunswick green. Because the Brunswick green color is so dark, it is common to confuse a Brunswick green version with a black version.
Black Body - For a brief part of the 1947 production run, the 2332 was produced in black. This is a rare version to locate.
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