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242 Scout Locomotive

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Production:  1962 - 1966 & 1969

History
The 242 steam locomotive is frequently referred to as a Scout locomotive. Lionel used the word Scout to denote its entry-level 027 steam locomotives. Generally speaking, Scout engines had a 2-4-2 wheel arrangement and were reserved for beginner or starter sets. These locomotives had few features and could rarely pull more than a three or four car freight train.

The 242 was introduced in 1962 with a slighly modified, all-new plastic boiler. It was available in numerous catalogued and uncatalogued sets but was never available for separate sale. The 1969 version has a slightly different boiler shell. There is minimal collector interest in this steam engine.

Features
The 242 Scout steam locomotive included the following features: plastic boiler painted black, white lettering, two position E-unit, a single metal drive rod on each side, headlight and headlight lens plus a single traction tire.

The 242 was available with several tenders, all of which were non-whistling. It came with either the 242T or 1060T steamlined tenders or the 1061T or 1062T slope-back tenders.

Additional Detail, Photos & Box Information

Only Known Variation - Shown in the photo above. - All 242s are black with white numbers. Available tenders did differ.

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