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246 Scout Locomotive

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Production:  1959 - 1961

History
The 246 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. Most scout locomotives had few features and could rarely pull more than a three or four car freight train.

The 246 was introduced in 1959 and was produced for three years. Interestingly, the 1960 and 1961 production run had a slightly redesigned motor. In either case, the 246 had minimal pulling power. Finally, this locomotive was included in two catalogued sets during its production -- set # 1609 (1959 & 1960) and set # 1641 (1961). Like most Scout locomotives, there is minimal collector interest in this steam engine and its sets.

Features
The 246 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, illuminated headlight plus a headlight lens.

The 246 was available with one of two non-whistling tenders. The slightly more common tender is the 1130T streamlined tender, however the 244T slope-back tender was also available for this locomotive.

Additional Detail, Photos & Box Information

Only Known Variation - Shown in the photo above. - All 246s are black with white numbers.

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