Production: 1959 - 1962
The 1862 steam engine was classified by Lionel as a General or Civil War style steam engine. The 1862 is model is an excellent model of a real-life American locomotive of the mid to late 1800s. Lionel classified the 1862 as an 027 gauge item and its similar O gauge counterpart was the 1872. Externally, the locomotives are nearly identical, however the 1862 has a few less features compared to the 1872. Lastly, during the four year production cycle of the 1862, Lionel included this General style locomotive at the front of four sets.
The 1862 steam locomotive has the following features: 4-4-0 wheel arrangement, gray painted boiler with a red cab and gold lettering, two position E-unit, wire handrailings, weight (for added traction) plus a gold ornamental bell, black ornamental whistle and functional headlight.
Additional Detail, Photos & Box Information
The length of a 1862 steam engine and tender is approximately 16" long (cowcatcher to rear coupler).
Only Known Variation - Shown in first photo above. - All 1862s are painted gray with a red cab and always included the 1862T tender.