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Lionel 6-18068 Century Club Pennsylvania S2 Steam Turbine Tender

Lionel 6-18068 Century Club Pennsylvania S2 Steam Turbine Tender
Lionel 6-18068 Century Club Pennsylvania S2 Steam Turbine Tender Lionel 6-18068 Century Club Pennsylvania S2 Steam Turbine Tender
Manf Stock # 6-18068
Condition Mint
Box Yes
SKU 8763
Quantity in stock No items available
 
$179.00
List price: $249.00, Save $70.00
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Description

Century Club models were produced in limited quantities and only available for sale to Lionel Century Club Members who had to pay a membership fee just to be eligible to purchase one of these fine models which were Made in America. This has already become a collectors item and is in high demand by collectors who want the very best that Lionel made. 

When we sat down to plan which items would be among our Century Club offerings, we knew right away that the Lionel 671 S-2 Steam Turbine had to be one of them. What was not clear was, which tender to offer with this engine, the original 1946 square type, or the more prototypical streamlined version that was introduced in 1948? The happy outcome of our discussion was that we would offer both. The square Lionel Lines tender would come with the engine, and the streamlined Pennsylvania version would be offered as an add on piece a short time later. Making this decision didn't solve all of our dilemmas however. 

The streamlined 1948 tender mold had seen 50 years of hard use making tender bodies for many of Lionel's most popular engines. It was designed as an injection mold to run plastic molding materials but, at one point, was converted into a die-cast die, and then changed back again to run plastics. We felt that due to this long service and multiple changes, the only way we could get the surface finish we wanted, as well as update this tender for use with RailSounds, would be to build new tooling. Looking for reference material to help design and build this new tool led us to search through some old engineering records. What we found surprised us all. In a file neatly labeled "Steam Turbine" and dated 1946 were a set of builders photographs of the Pennsylvania Railroads, then newly completed, S-2 Steam Turbine engine and tender. We realized that we had in our hands the same photos that Lionel engineers and craftsmen used to create the tooling for this magnificent model over 50 years ago. As our work with them is done for now, we are including these photos with the Lionel Century Club Tender.

  • Die-cast ElectroCoupler
  • RailSounds-Steam sound system with digital samples from a real steam locomotive
  • Brilliant reverse and marker lights
  • CrewTalk and TowerCom (in Command mode)

Century Club Features

  • Century Club Box
  • Pictures from Lionel's Archives
  • Century Club Markings

This tender is mint in the box and the shrink wrap and box have never been opened. The pictures below are from a listing that we have previously sold.

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