1666
Prairie
Steam Engine
1946 & 1947


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History
Lionel classified the 1666 steam engine as a Prairie-type steamer. It is a mid-size locomotive and contains several of Lionel's quality features. It shares its boiler casting with the 224 -- which was sold in O gauge sets. The boiler castings are the same on these steamers as are the internal workings. The only difference being the collector assemblies: the 1666 has slide shoes and the 224 has roller pick-ups.

The 1666 was introduced during the first full year of postwar production, 1946. The Prairie steamer is one of a few select items Lionel brought forward from the prewar era into the postwar era. The 1666 and the 224 marked the beginning of an era where Lionel catalogued a Prairie-style steamer in every production year through 1969.

Features
The 1666 locomotive has the following standard features: a 2-6-2 wheel arrangement with a black-painted, die-cast boiler, full complement of detailed driving wheel hardware, nickel-rimmed spoked drive wheels, die-cast trailing truck, three-position E-unit, headlight, wire handrails plus an ornamental bell and decorative whistle.

During its brief two-year production cycle, the handrailings and cab numbers underwent changes. These changes include:

The tender is usually numbered 2466W; however some 1947 versions are found with a 2466WX. Both tenders contain a whistle.

Additional Detail, Photos & Box Information
The length of a 1666 is approximately 10 1/4" (pilot to drawbar). The length of a 1666 with either the 2466W (or 2466WX) tender combined is approximately 18 3/4" long (cowcatcher to rear coupler).

Mounted Number Board & Blackened Handrailings - This is early 1946 production, probably for only a few months during the year. This version is hard to find.
Mounted Number Board & Silver Handrailings - Shown in the photo above. - This variation was produced from mid-1946 through early 1947.
Stamped Number & Silver Handrailings - Assumed to be the majority of steamers produced during 1947. It's also the most common of all postwar 1666's.

1666 Steam Locomotive & Tender
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Locomotive Variation Years .Box TypeYears
Mounted number board & blackened handrailingsEarly 1946:Art Deco with Inserts1946 & 1947
Mounted number boards & silver handrailings Late 1946 or Early 1947:~ ~ ~ ~~
Stamped number & silver handrailings1947:~ ~ ~ ~~
Tender Variation Years .Box TypeYears
2466W whistling tender 1946:~ ~ ~ ~~
2466WX whistling tender 1946 & 1947:~ ~ ~ ~~

Inventory For Sale
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1666 Steam Locomotive & Tender
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Available inventory as of Mon Apr 21 03:00:01 2014 .
SponsorConditionPriceComments
All Aboard Train ShoppeRepro$ 95.00Up for sale is a 2466WX frame, shell and trucks with a reproduction shell. The tender has been re-wired, tested and works perfectly.
All Aboard Train Shoppe8/OB$395.00Up for sale is a stunning, all-original prairie locomotive and tender. Both units have been completely cleaned, serviced, tested and work great. Even the original boxes are solid and include the original inserts and instructions.
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Historical Sales
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Sales History
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SponsorConditionPriceDateComments
All Aboard Train Shoppe7$290.00Sat Dec 28 18:50:21 2013 Here's a clean, complete, all-original prairie locomotive and tender. Both the steamer and tender have been completely cleaned, serviced, tested and work great. The steamer runs nice and smooth and the tender whistle is loud.
All Aboard Train Shoppe7+$290.00Wed Feb 27 18:28:36 2013 Now available is a nice and clean, all-original prairie-style locomotive and tender. The e-unit cycles properly and the from headlight does work. There is no rust on either the locomotive nor tender and the whistling is loud and strong.
All Aboard Train Shoppe7/OB$145.00Sun Jan 8 06:30:54 2012 Here's an all-original tender with the correct postwar frame, shell and trucks. The tender has been re-wired, tested and works perfectly. Even the original box and insert are in nice condition.
Table generated at Mon Apr 21 03:50:49 2014 .

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