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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 Tenders TENDERS

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For some reason tenders often get separated from their matching locomotive. After numerous requests from our viewers, we’ve listed these tenders in numerical order showing the locomotives that came with these tenders and the years that they were cataloged.
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There were eight main types of tenders, half of which were carried over from the Pre-war Period. Most of these tenders have the production number rubber-stamped on the bottom of the metal chassis. See a picture of an example of this number below right. A few were heat-stamped on the sides of the tenders. There were quite a few more that were not numbered.

No. 1001T Scout Tender

During the last ten years of Lionel’s Post War production (1960-1969) many of these tenders were not marked with a production number because there was a lot of substitution as Lionel attempted to work away excess stock. This primarily happened to the more economical sets and those that were issued as promotional sets. As a result, determining the proper tender for each locomotive issued during this period becomes problematical. Over the enterveining years this has been an area scrutinized by collectors who have through extensive research been responsible for solving many of these unknown varieties of tenders.

Note Rubber-stamped Number on the bottom of the No. 2426W

To this date collectors are still debating the application of tenders to a particular locomotive. We’ve listed these tenders despite some dubious lineage anyway because we are sure this debate will continue.
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For those seeking additional information we can recommend two books:
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The seventh edition of Greenberg’s Guide to Lionel Trains 1945-1969.
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John Schmid’s book covering the uncataloged sets from 1960 through 1969 Authoritative Guide to Lionel’s Promotional Outfits 1960 - 1969.

Lionel Letter Suffixes Used On Tender Production Numbers
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B = Tender is equipped with a Bell 
T = Tender does not have a Whistle
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W = Tender is equipped with a Whistle
 X = Tender was only issued in a Set
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CAT #PICTURETYPEYEARSLOCOMOTIVEDETAILS
221T No. 221T Sheet Metal Tender Sheet-Metal 1946-47 221

The sheet-metal tender was carried over from a Pre-war design created in 1936. Found in both GUNMETAL GRAY and BLACK, this six inch long tender was constructed of sheet metal, and was held together by tabs and slots. This tender was equipped with staple-end trucks and an electronic coil coupler. A rubber-stamp was used for the "NEW YORK CENTRAL" lettering and the striping.

221W No. 221W Sheet Metal Tender Sheet-Metal 1946
1947
221
221, 1654

The sheet-metal tender was carried over from a Pre-war design created in 1936. Found in both GUNMETAL GRAY and BLACK, this six inch long tender was constructed of sheet metal, and was held together by tabs and slots. This tender was equipped with staple-end trucks and an electronic coil coupler. A rubber-stamp was used for the "NEW YORK CENTRAL" lettering and the striping.

234T No. 234T Square Tender Square 1968-69 2029

The 7-5/8 inch square tender was first shown in the catalogs in 1953. BLACK plastic tender was heat-stamped "LIONEL LINES" in WHITE, and was equipped with late AAR trucks with a rear disc coupler.

234W No. 234W Square Tender Square 1963
1964
1965-66
238, 2037
238, 2029
237, 239, 2029

The 7-5/8 inch square tender was first shown in the catalogs in 1953. BLACK plastic tender was heat-stamped "LIONEL LINES" in WHITE, and was equipped with early, or late AAR trucks with a rear disc coupler. This tender is one of the few that were heat-stamped with the production number "234W" on the sides.

243W No. 243W Square Tender Square 1960
1961
243, 2037
2037

The 7-5/8 inch square tender was first shown in the catalogs in 1953. BLACK plastic tender was heat-stamped "LIONEL LINES" in WHITE, and was equipped with early AAR trucks with a rear disc coupler. One of the few tenders that were heat-stamped with the production number "243W" on the sides. Note: There are conflicting sources on the application of this tender. If you can confirm that this tender was used with the No. 2037 please use the "Contact" link below.

671W No. 671W Early Coal Tender Early Coal 1946-47 671

This early coal tender was strictly used with the No. 671 Locomotive. The body used heat-stamp for the "LIONEL LINES" lettering on the sides and was attached to a sheet-metal chassis that was equipped with staple-end trucks that has one electronic coil coupler. This tender has vertical hand rails at the four corners in addition to the deck rails. A feature that would not be seen on the Early Coal Tenders after 1950.

736W No. 736W Streamlined Tender Streamlined 1960-61
1962-63
1964-65
1966
1967-68
637
637, 736
736, 773
665, 736
736

The 8-1/2 inch streamlined tender was first introduced in 1950 and was based on a Pennsylvania Railroad prototype. The No. 736W version was first shown in the catalogs in 1960 and would be available until 1968. It is composed of a BLACK plastic body that is attached to a sheet metal frame that came equipped with AAR trucks with one disc coupler on the rear truck. The body is heat-stamped "PENNSYLVANIA" and is applied in WHITE to the sides.

746W No. 746W Streamlined Tender Streamlined 1957-60 746

The No. 746W streamlined tender was only used with the No. 746 Norfolk & Western Locomotive. There is a "short stipe" (pictured) and a "long strip" version of this tender. First issued in 1957 and 1958 was the "short stripe," which also had the production number heat-stamped in YELLOW on the sides in a raised number plate. This BLACK painted tender body was mounted on a sheet metal chassis that has bar-end trucks with one tabbed magnetic coupler.

1001T No. 1001T Sheet Metal Tender Sheet-Metal 1948
1949
1950
1951-52
1001, 1101
1110
1120
1110

The sheet-metal tender was carried over from a Pre-war design created in 1936. This six inch long tender was constructed of sheet metal and was held together by tabs and slots. The trucks on this tender are early scout trucks and coupler. This is the only sheet metal type tender that does not have whistle vents on the top.

1050T No. 1050T Slope Back Tender Slope-Back 1959

1960

1961
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1050

1060

235, 236
1060

This slope-back tender was used in many of Lionel’s more economical and promotional sets. This BLACK plastic tender is often found with no markings on the sides. It has also been found heat-stamped "LIONEL LINES" in WHITE. It was equipped with early AAR trucks with a disc coupler, or a solid non-operating coupler on the rear truck. Because this tender is so light it can result in derailments on Lionel’s sharp curves. We recommend adding weight to this tender.

1130T No. 1130T Small Streamlined Tender Small
Streamlined
1954
1957
1958
1959
1960
1961
1130
2018, 2037
248, 2018
245, 246, 2018
244, 246
235, 236
244, 246

The 7-1/2 inch small streamlined tender was first introduced in 1954. Like its larger brethren, it was based on a Pennsylvania Railroad prototype. This BLACK plastic body is heat-stamped "LIONEL LINES," and rides on a sheet metal chassis. The trucks changed over the years of production going though the usual progression. Note the lack of a water scoop on this tender.

1130T-
500
No. 1130T-500 Small Streamlined Tender Small
Streamlined
1957-58 2037-500

This 7-1/2 inch small streamlined tender was a component of "The Girls Set" in 1957 and 1958. Like its larger brethren, it was based on a Pennsylvania Railroad prototype. This PINK painted plastic body is heat-stamped "LIONEL LINES," in BLACK and rides on a sheet metal chassis. This tender was equipped with bar-end trucks that has a tabbed magnetic coupler on the rear truck. Note the lack of a water scoop on this tender.

1625T No. 1625T Slope-Back Tender Slope-Back 1958 1625

This slope-back tender was only available in 1958 and was used strictly with the No. 1625 0-4-0 Switcher. This BLACK plastic tender was heat-stamped "LIONEL LINES" in WHITE. It was equipped with early AAR trucks with a disc coupler on the rear truck. Because this tender is so light it can result in derailments on Lionel’s sharp curves. We recommend adding weight to this tender.


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