Production: 1955 - 1958
The Virginian Trainmaster is a beautiful and almost scale size replica of the real life Trainmaster diesel locomotive. The 2331 Virginian is a desirable diesel and was the second FM Trainmaster introduced by Lionel in the postwar era -- the first being the 2321 Lackawanna from 1954.
The most common problem with the Lionel's Trainmasters are the screwholes on each end of the shell. In almost all cases, there are hairline cracks going from the bottom of the screwhole to the bottom of the shell. To find any unit without hairline cracks is rare.
Lastly, the 2331 Virginian was available as a separate sale item plus headed up four sets during its production run. All fours sets were freight car sets and each year saw a slightly different offering of freight cars within the sets.
Standard features of the 2331 include: dual motors, magnetraction, three position E-unit, functional headlights at each end including illuminated number boards, dual operating couplers, horn plus detailed wire handrailings along all four sides of the shell plus an ornamental horn on each side.
Additional Detail, Photos & Box Information
The initial production run of 2331 Virginian diesel used leftover 2321 Lackawanna gray shells and were painted either yellow and blue or yellow and black for the Virginian colors. Both of these gray shell versions were produced in early 1955 and are difficult to locate, especially in collector condition.
Blue Shell Painted Yellow - Shown in first photo above - The common version. It was produced from early 1955 until 1958.
Gray Shell Painted Yellow and Blue - A yellow and blue painted Virginian is scarce.
Gray Shell Painted Yellow and Black (Second photo above) - The yellow and black painted Virginian is rare.