The Lionel Columbia Type 2-4-2-Locomotive No. 242 was available from 1962 until 1966 as a component of Lionel’s economical cataloged and uncataloged sets and was never offered for separate sale.
Produced on a painted BLACK plastic body with WHITE heat-stamped number on the cab. It has a plastic motor that had a traction tire and was controled by a two position directional unit. This locomotive was lighted and has a headlight lens. It came with either a No. 1061T, No. 1062T slope back, or a No. 242T, No. 1060T streamlined tender that was equipped with AAR trucks with one solid non-operating coupler. There are two variations:
Variation A: Has a Type VIII body. 1962-64 production.
Variation B: Has a Type X body. 1965-66 production.
This locomotive was designed to work on O27 Gauge track and it will also run on O Gauge track.