Production: 1950, 1951 & 1953
The 2046 steamer was classified by Lionel as a Santa Fe-style Hudson. It's a mid-size steam engine and sold as an 027 gauge item. The 2046 remains a dependable and quality locomotive and is identical to the 646 and 2056 steamer, except for its number. These three locomotives -- the 646, 2046 and 2056 -- are actually a combination of other Lionel steamers: their boilers are from the 736 Berkshire steam engine, but are equipped with the Santa Fe Hudson 4-6-4 wheel arrangement.
The 2046 steam engine was available in boxed sets or as a separate sale item. It is a common locomotive and only sold with the 2046W streamlined tender.
Standard features on the 2046 include; 4-6-4 wheel arrangement with detailed driving wheel hardware, black painted die-cast boiler, Magnetraction, three-position E-unit, headlight, smoke, wire handrails plus an ornamental bell.
For 1950 and 1951, the trailing truck was an all die-cast unit. For 1953, the trailing truck was generally the same die-cast version as on the 1950 / 1951 model. However, sometime during the later part of 1953, the trailing truck was changed to the new sheet-metal version with plastic sides. This new style trailing truck was easier and less-costly for Lionel to produce.
Additional Detail, Photos & Box Information
The length of the 2046 is approximately 11 1/4" long (front to back).
Three Window Cab - Shown in the photo above. - For the first two years of production, the 2046 was produced with two small cab windows with a larger rear window. This version is always equipped with the complete die-cast trailing truck.
Four Window Cab - For its final production run in 1953, the cab contained four small windows. This version is usually equipped with the die-cast trailing truck, but occassionally surfaces with the sheet-metal truck with plastic sides.
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