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This Identification Guide for Lionel Electric Trains covers the "Post-war Era" only from 1945 until 1969.

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Lionel Track LIONEL TRAINS O27 GAUGE SWITCH No. 1121

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Left & Right Hand Remote Controled Switches No. 1121
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Lionel TrackRemote Controlled O27 Gauge Switch No. 1121 was carried over from the Pre-War Period (1937-42) and production continued in the Post War Era from 1946 until 1951. The main difference between the pre-war switches is that the housing on each switch was made out of cast metal during the pre-war era and after the war these housings were made out of bakelite. Also the handles on the controller were painted RED before the war.
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The switch machine housing had four flat plastic colored lens (two of each color) to indicate the direction of the switch. These flat lenses would also be used on the early issues (1946-49) of the controller (Part No. 1121C-60). Later issues, after 1949, would use the rounded top rubberized lenses that were used on the most commonly found version of the No. 151 Semaphore.
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The lamps that were used in the switch motor housing were screw base No. L430 prior to 1950 when they changed to bayonet base lamps No. L431. The same lamps were used in the controller except that the change over to bayonet base occurred in 1949.
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These switches would be replaced in 1952 by the No. 1122. Although similar in appearance the single controller for the No. 1122 switches (Part No. 1122-100) will not work with the No. 1121. The main difference between these two switches is that the No. 1121 lacks the non-derailing feature that was added to the No. 1122 in 1952.

No. 1121C-60 Controller

Individual left and right hand switches were issued independently of the set described here and they came with a No. 022C Controller.

These controllers operated the switch with no problem, but the lights on the controller would not light up without electrical modification to the switch itself.
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The inclusion of the box is required to achieve like new condition. There are two variations:
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Variation A: Has flat plastic direction indicator lenses on the controller. As illustrated above.
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Variation B: Has rounded top direction indicator lenses on the controller. These switches also have a different rivet pattern on the bottom of the switch.
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No. 1121 Set Box End
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