The 1625 steam engine was classified by Lionel as a Switcher steam locomotive. It is a small steam engine and shares its boiler casting with the 1615 steam switcher. This switcher was available as a separate sale item or in a single train set. By 1958, interest in trains was decreasing and sales of the 1625 were poor. This engine and tender combination was discontinued after only a single year in the catalogue and is one of the rarer switchers produced by Lionel during the postwar years.
The heavy die-cast locomotive and relatively light tender are an unusual combination. However, since the locomotive is designed to haul only a few cars, it will look great working in any freight yard or hauling a freight train over a short distance.
Lionel included the 1625 in only one, fairly rare, 027 gauge military set for 1958. The set included the desirable 6804, 6806 and 6808 flatcars with their unique military vehicles on each flatcar.
The 1625 switcher has the following standard features: an 0-4-0 wheel arrangement with detailed driving wheel hardware, black die-cast boiler, three-position E-unit, headlight, wire handrailings plus a front step and an operating front coupler. Although the boiler front has holders for marker lights, the 1625 was never sold with the traditional green or red marker jewels. Lastly, the locomotive never included a functional smoke unit.
A 1625T non-whistling slope-back tender was always included with this locomotive. Standard features of the 1625T include metal frame, AAR trucks with a non-funcational (ie: fixed) rear coupler.
Additional Detail, Photos & Box Information
The length of a 1625 is approximately 9" (front to back) while the length of the 1625 and 1625T tender is approximately 15" long (coupler to coupler).
Only Known Variation - Shown in first photo above. - All 1625s are black with a 1625T tender.