2383 Santa Fe
Production: 1958 - 1966
The 2383 Santa Fe F3 AA's were the final chapter of Santa Fe F3's offered by Lionel in the postwar era. The impressive run of 19 consecutive years with a Santa Fe F3 in the Lionel catalogue ended in 1966. From the 2333 Santa Fe of 1948, through the 2343, 2353, 2243 and finally 2383, Lionel created an image and desire which is still being copied in today's O gauge market.
Although the 2383's lacked many detailed exterior features of the earlier F3s, their durability was still top-of-the-line. As with all F3 diesels, when properly maintained they will run as strong today as the day they were produced.
The 2383 was always sold as an AA combination and is known for its excellent power. With dual motors and Magnetraction, this locomotive can pull more cars than most of the other diesels produced. The 2383 headed up a numerous freight and passenger sets during its nine-year production run. It was also available as a separate sale item.
Standard features of the powered A unit include: silver, red and yellow painted areas, dual motors, Magnetraction, functional horn, 3-position E-unit, operating front coupler with a non-operating rear coupler, illuminated headlight and number boards, two metal ladder steps on the rear plus dual ornamental horns and a single Santa Fe decal on the front.
Standard features of the non-powered A unit include: silver, red and yellow painted areas, operating front coupler with a non-operating rear coupler, illuminated headlight and number boards, two metal ladder steps on the rear plus dual ornamental horns and a single Santa Fe decal on the front.
Note that the 2383 was only available with louvered roofs and closed portholes.
Additional Detail, Photos & Box Information
When coupled together as an AA unit, the length of these F3s is approximately 26" long (coupler to coupler). Although a B unit was never offered for the 2383, the 2243 Santa Fe's B unit is an exact match and frequently used with the 2383 to make an impressive ABA unit.
Only Known Variation - Shown in the photo above - For the duration of the production cycle, all 2383 were painted silver, red and yellow.
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