Heres the Lionel 2343 Diesel passenger set offered by Lionel from 1950 to 1952,,some of the finest toys America ever offered us,,,quality in these sets are unmatched today and they have parts heavy duty enough to use in riding lawnmowers and minibikes,,hope you enjoy watching them run.
Promotional documentary released in 1952 by Marathon Newsreel Production in association with the Budd company. Shows the railcars being manufactured and in operation. Also features many steam and diesel trains from the early 1950’s. From en.wikipedia.org The Budd Rail Diesel Car or RDC is a self-propelled diesel-hydraulic multiple unit railcar. In the period 1949–62, 398 RDCs were built by the Budd Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. The cars were primarily adopted for passenger service in rural areas with low traffic density or in short-haul commuter service, and were less expensive to operate in this context than a traditional locomotive-drawn train. The cars could be used singly or several coupled together in train sets and controlled from the cab of the front unit. The RDC was one of the few versions of the DMU-type train diesel multiple unit to achieve commercial success in North America. The basic car was adapted from a standard 85 ft (25.91 m) coach. They were powered by two Detroit Diesel (then a division of General Motors) Series 110 diesel engines, each of which drives an axle through a hydraulic torque converter, a technology adapted from military tanks of World War II. RDC trains were an early example of self-contained diesel multiple units, an arrangement now in common use by railways all over the world.
Question by Desidarius: Where to get free online instructions/manuals for 1952 Lionel train?
My dad and I are trying to restore his boyhood train set, a 1952 Lionel train (2025 K-4 Pacific Steam Engine). It is in pretty good condition, it works but I’m not clear on maintenance issues like cleaning and lubricating it. Does anyone know of any websites that offer online manuals or instructions on restoring these old trains?
Answer by Bambi Berkowicz You may have a great deal of trouble finding this. I’d start by looking on ebay and even posting one of their Want It Now requests.
There is something else you could do, though. There are clubs for train collectors all over the country. Check with an antique shop or run a search online for Lionel collectors. When you find someone, ask them for advice or at least the name of someone who might help you. These guys invest all sorts of money and time into their sets and they don’t want to see you misuse or abuse the one you’re working on. They may even know where you can guy a manual.
Did you also try Lionel’s website? I have to assume that you did that first, but in case you didn’t…