Lionel 1:120 Scale model locomotives.

Lionel 1:120 Scale model locomotives.

Postby AstroGoat760 » Fri Jul 16, 2010 8:51 pm

Some years ago, Lionel made some TT scale locomotives for collectors. Needless to say, many found uses for the engines on their layouts. Possum Valley Models currently makes and sells power chassis kits that convert the GP-9 and F-3 locos to power. As for the other kinds, that is up to the modeler to develop a power chassis.

Lionel made two different diesel locos, which can be converted to other types fairly easily. (For example, a GP-9 turns into a GP-8 or GP-7 with a little work, and a F-3 can become a F-7 with a little drilling and filling).

There are four categories that Lionel made engines for:

1.) Classic Series (Electric, Steam, and Diesel)
2.) GP-9 Series (GP-9's in 6 different paint schemes)
3.) F-3 Series (F-3 Locomotives in 6 different paint schemes.)
4.) Special Edition locomotives. (Available to Lionel Club Members in VERY limited quantities. Steam and Diesel)

1.) Classic Series (Where the collection initially started)
Pennsylvania Railroad GG1(2-C+C-2)
The General (4-4-0)
New York Central Hudson (4-6-4)
Norfolk and Western J-Class (4-8-4)
Chessie System GP-9

2.) GP-9 Series
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe (ATSF)
Boston & Maine
New York Central
Pennsylvania
Southern Pacific
Union Pacific

3.) F-3 Series
Baltimore and Ohio
Denver & Rio Grande Western
Milwaukee Road
New York Central
Pennsylvania
Southern Pacific

4.) Special Editions
Pennsylvania Railroad S-2 Turbine (6-8-6)
Berkshire (2-8-4)

I am quite sure that there were more of the special edition locomotives, but with the low numbers of them, finding data on them is difficult.

Here are photos of the 1:120 Lionel engines that we have.
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Re: Lionel 1:120 Scale model locomotives.

Postby AstroGoat760 » Fri Jul 16, 2010 8:54 pm

It should also go without saying that some details are omitted or are over-sized to make the trains more durable as toys, most notably handrails and ladder rungs.
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Re: Lionel 1:120 Scale model locomotives.

Postby CaTTwoman281 » Sat Jul 17, 2010 12:35 am

For those that are curious, here is the models that we have, as opposed to the list above.
(Items in BOLD indicate what we have at this time.)

1.) Classic Series (Where the collection initially started)
Pennsylvania Railroad GG1(2-C+C-2)
The General (4-4-0)
New York Central Hudson (4-6-4)
Norfolk and Western J-Class (4-8-4)
Chessie System GP-9


2.) GP-9 Series
Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe (ATSF)
Boston & Maine

New York Central
Pennsylvania
Southern Pacific
Union Pacific


3.) F-3 Series
Baltimore and Ohio
Denver & Rio Grande Western
Milwaukee Road
New York Central
Pennsylvania
Southern Pacific

4.) Special Editions
Pennsylvania Railroad S-2 Turbine (6-8-6)
Berkshire (2-8-4)

ALMOST THERE, now to power them all...
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Re: Lionel 1:120 Scale model locomotives.

Postby AstroGoat760 » Sat Jul 17, 2010 6:37 am

Wow.... I knew we had a lot of them, but I did not realize how close we are to completing the collection.
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Re: Lionel 1:120 Scale model locomotives.

Postby CaTTwoman281 » Mon Jul 19, 2010 2:13 am

Has anyone had any experience with the F-3B or the GP-9B kits that PVM make? We have been talking about buying one, and are curious as to if anyone has any pointers/advice/experience with them.

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Re: Lionel 1:120 Scale model locomotives.

Postby scaro » Mon Jul 19, 2010 6:18 am

Elmer is not doing the GP9 any more. You might try him to see if he has any F3 mechs in stock. I think getting the parts always made the enterprise a bit of a hassle.

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Re: Lionel 1:120 Scale model locomotives.

Postby richardedmonds » Mon Jul 19, 2010 5:04 pm

Catt I built the F3B unit a few years ago but was not aware of the GP9 B. I do know that one of the German group had built a GP9B but I didn't think it was made available to anyone else. The F3B was easy to make and I bought the powered versions with the intention of making a A+B+B+A train which would look impressive
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Re: Lionel 1:120 Scale model locomotives.

Postby ConducTTor » Mon Jul 19, 2010 5:09 pm

richardedmonds wrote:..........with the intention of making a A+B+B+A train....


THAT would be sweet!!!!!
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Re: Lionel 1:120 Scale model locomotives.

Postby richardedmonds » Mon Jul 19, 2010 5:14 pm

Thats right Alex I really should try to find some time to start building these flat packs I accumulated over the last couple of years
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Re: Lionel 1:120 Scale model locomotives.

Postby CaTTwoman281 » Fri Jul 30, 2010 1:10 am

richardedmonds wrote:Catt I built the F3B unit a few years ago but was not aware of the GP9 B. I do know that one of the German group had built a GP9B but I didn't think it was made available to anyone else. The F3B was easy to make and I bought the powered versions with the intention of making a A+B+B+A train which would look impressive


We have been considering making out own GP9B for awhile out of resin, but we need to figure out how to make it run first, and if we want to make it a dummy or a powered model.

We have a photo of a Northern Pacific F3 ABBA that would be neat to reproduce.

ABBA's are neat and fun to look at.

ABBA is neat as well, and fun to listen to....
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