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211 Texas Special


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Production: 1962 - 1966

The 211 Texas Special Alco AA units were a common sight in the Lionel family in the early 1960s. These diesels were frequently seen in the front of catalogued and uncatalogued freight sets. In the early years, Lionel included the 211's at the front of two slightly different space age sets in 1962 and 1963. However, for 1965 and 1966, the 211 was the lead diesel in a single freight set that was catalogued for both years -- set # 11560.

As with most of the later Alco series diesels, the front pilot is usually the weak point. These diesels are frequently found with their front apron broken or completely missing. Locating a unit with an intact apron is difficult.

Standard features of the 211 include: painted red and white shell with red lettering, two position E-unit, two traction tires, weight in power unit cab plus non-operating front & rear die-cast couplers. There is also a decal of a star on the nose of each shell.

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Some of the early 1962 production 211 Texas Specials were produced with a single axle Magnetraction motor instead of the dual traction tires. These units are also missing the weight in the power unit.

Single Axle Magnetraction, No Weight - A difficult variation to locate.

Dual Traction Tires, with Weight - Shown in the photo above - The most common version.

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