Production: 1956 & 1957
Lionel introduced the center cab switcher model to its product line in 1956 and the 627 Lehigh Valley road name was one of the initial three center cab locomotives available in 1956. Unfortunately, sales of Lionel's center cab switchers were poor and far less than expected and in just the following year, 1957, Lionel ended production of this model and no new center cab diesels were introduced during the remainder of the postwar era.
The 627 Lehigh Valley diesel did appear in one freight set from 1956 as well as being available for separate sale.
Standard features of the 627 Lehigh Valley center cab switcher include: red unpainted shell with white lettering, single-axle Magnetraction, die-cast trucks, metal end-railings, three-position E-unit, dual operating couplers plus an ornamental horn and bell. The 627 does not contain an illuminated headlight or functional horn.
Additional Detail, Photos & Box Information
The length of the 627 is approximately 12 1/2" long (coupler to coupler).
Only Known Variation - All 627's are unpainted red with white lettering.