The Dreyfuss steam locomotive was the first of only two streamlined steam locomotives produced by Lionel during the postwar years -- with the second being the Class J Northern locomotive in the later 1950's. Collectors generally refer to the 221 as a Dreyfuss locomotive as it is loosely based on the Henry Dreyfuss styled locomotives used on the New York Central railroad in the late 1930's.
Lionel's model of the Dreyfuss had a brief two-year production cycle in 1946 & 1947. During that time, the locomotive was manufactured in both black and gray as well as available with or without a functional whistle within the tender. Collectors still pursue this locomotive as collectable versions of all variations are difficult to locate -- mainly due to the decal lettering on the tender being highly prone to flaking off nearly 75 years after the initial production.
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