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41 US Army Transportation Corps

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Production:  1955 - 1957

History
The 41 United States Army Transportation Corp Gas Turbine Switcher (whew - the name is longer than the engine!), was produced for three years in the mid 1950s. These small locomotives -- generally referred to as Motorized Units -- are loosely design after real-life gas turbine switchers of the 1950's.

Lionel's model, similar to the real-life version, was small and had limited pulling power. On average, the Lionel model can only pull two or three freight cars. Lionel only offered the 41 as a separate sale item and never in a complete outfit.

Features
Standard features include: 2-4-2 wheel arrangement, black body with white lettering, three-position E-unit, black side railings, high front and rear railings, functional front and rear couplers, metal side rode connecting the drive wheels plus an ornamental horn.

The 41 US Army Switcher ran unchanged for three years and did not include magne-traction nor interior illumination.

Additional Detail, Photos & Box Information
A common problem with this locomotive are the thin window struts on each side of the cab. These struts are quite frequently found cracked or completely missing. Units with intact window struts will command a slight premium.

Only Known Variation - Shown in the photo above. - All 41s were painted black with white lettering.

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