New York Central-Style Hudson
Steam Engine
1950, 1951 & 1953

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The 2046 steamer was classified by Lionel as a Santa Fe-style Hudson. It's a mid-size steam engine and sold as an 027 gauge item. The 2046 remains a dependable and quality locomotive and is identical to the 646 and 2056 steamer, except for its number. These three locomotives -- the 646, 2046 and 2056 -- are actually a combination of other Lionel steamers: their boilers are from the 736 Berkshire steam engine, but are equipped with the Santa Fe Hudson 4-6-4 wheel arrangement.

The 2046 steam engine was available in boxed sets or as a separate sale item. It is a common locomotive and only sold with the 2046W streamlined tender.

Standard features on the 2046 include; 4-6-4 wheel arrangement with detailed driving wheel hardware, black painted die-cast boiler, Magnetraction, three-position E-unit, headlight, smoke, wire handrails plus an ornamental bell.

For 1950 and 1951, the trailing truck was an all die-cast unit. For 1953, the trailing truck was generally the same die-cast version as on the 1950 / 1951 model. However, sometime during the later part of 1953, the trailing truck was changed to the new sheet-metal version with plastic sides. This new style trailing truck was easier and less-costly for Lionel to produce.

Additional Detail, Photos & Box Information
The length of the 2046 is approximately 11 1/4" long (front to back).

Three Window Cab - Shown in the photo above. - For the first two years of production, the 2046 was produced with two small cab windows with a larger rear window. This version is always equipped with the complete die-cast trailing truck.
Four Window Cab - For its final production run in 1953, the cab contained four small windows. This version is usually equipped with the die-cast trailing truck, but occassionally surfaces with the sheet-metal truck with plastic sides.

2046 Steam Locomotive & Tender
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Locomotive Variation Years .Box TypeYears
Three Windows1950 - 1951:~ ~ ~ ~~
Four Windows1953:~ ~ ~ ~~
Tender Variation Years .Box TypeYears
2046W Whistling Tender 1950, 1951 & 1953:~ ~ ~ ~~

Inventory For Sale
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2046 Steam Locomotive
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Available inventory as of Thu Feb 11 03:00:01 2016 .
All Aboard Train Shoppe6+$238.00Up for sale is an all-original postwar steamer and tender. Both items have been cleaned, serviced, tested and run great. Other than some minor exterior surface marks and paint rubs, both the steamer and tender look great and function perfectly.
All Aboard Train Shoppe7+/OB$387.00Now available is the 1953 version of this Hudson locomotive. Both the steamer and tender have been cleaned, serviced, tested and operate perfectly. Overall condition is close to an 8.
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Historical Sales
The following is a list of actual completed sales for this item.

Sales History
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All Aboard Train Shoppe7+/OB$1350.00Fri Feb 13 05:24:53 2015 Up for sale is Lionel's premier 027 freight set from 1950. Complete with original boxes, components and all of the many extra's, this set is impressive!
All Aboard Train Shoppe8+/OB$575.00Sat Dec 7 20:36:23 2013 Up for sale is a gorgeous steamer and tender with solid original boxes and many extras. Both items have been completely cleaned, serviced, tested and run great. The exterior paint is original and pristine and both units show very little signs of usage.
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Related Paper Products For Sale
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DescriptionSheet #DateConditionPriceComments
Instructions For Oper. Lionel Smoke Locomotives w/ Magne-Traction2035-132 / 19507+$ 14.00This instruction sheet is solid and complete with only very, very minor folds and tears along the side. The pages are clean and complete and there is no writing nor stains on the pages.
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