The 2368 Baltimore and Ohio F3 AB diesel was only produced for a single year: 1956. In addition to being sold as a separate sale item, Lionel also included this diesel in a single freight set. Needless to say, with such a limited production run as well as only being available in one set, this F3 has become one of the hardest postwar F3's to locate. Even its prototypical paint scheme has attracted both collectors and operators to actively seek this locomotive.
Standard features of the powered A unit include: blue, gray and white exterior colors, dual motors, Magnetraction, functional horn, 3-position E-unit, operating front coupler, non-operating rear coupler, two metal ladder steps on the rear plus illuminated headlight and number boards and dual ornamental horns.
Standard features of the non-powered B unit include: blue, gray and white exterior colors, front and rear non-operating couplers, plus metal ladder steps at each corner. Note that the 2363 was only available with louvered roofs and closed portholes.
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When coupled together, the length of the AB F3s is approximately 26" long (coupler to coupler).
Blue Mold - Shown in the photo above - Most Baltimore and Ohio diesels were produced with a molded blue shell for both the A and B unit.
Gray Mold - Some A units only are found with a gray mold that's been painted blue. It's unclear whether these gray molds were produced and sold by Lionel as original equipment or if they were sold throughout local Service Stations as replacement shells. In either case, a mold gray A unit painted blue is rare.