2245
Texas Special
F3 Diesel AB Unit
1954 - 1955


Page Last Updated 5/30/15

History
The 2245 Texas Special F3 AB unit of the mid 1950s is another set of quality F3 diesels produced by Lionel. This unit is notable in that it was the first Lionel F3 A unit to be produced with a single motor. Lionel catalogued the Texas Special F3 as an 027 gauge item and headed up two sets in 1954 and one in 1955.

The 2245 was always sold as an AB combination. Even with a single motor and Magnetraction, it is a powerful locomotive. The 2245 is unusual in that it was produced for only two years but there are three distinct variations over the two year production cycle.

Features
Standard features of the powered A unit include: red and white painted areas over a gray shell, single motor, Magnetraction, functional horn, three-position E-unit, operating front coupler with a non-operating rear coupler, illuminated headlight and number boards, plus dual ornamental horns, metal steps on the trucks, rear metal ladder steps mounted on the frame and an MKT and Frisco decal on each side below the cab windows.

Standard features of the non-powered B unit include: red and white painted areas over a gray shell, front and rear non-operating couplers, plus metal ladder steps at each corner. Note that the B units was available with either open portholes with clear lens inserts (1954) or molded closed portholes (1955).

Additional Detail, Photos & Box Information
When coupled together as an AB unit, the length of these F3s is approximately 26" long (coupler to coupler).

1954 Texas Special - Shown in the photo above

Early 1955 Texas Special Late 1955 Texas Special

2245 Texas Special F3 Diesel
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Variation Years .Box TypeYears
A & B Units with porthole lens1954:~ ~ ~ ~~
B Unit without porthole lensEarly 1955:~ ~ ~ ~~
A & B Units with 2243 frameLate 1955:~ ~ ~ ~~

Inventory For Sale
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2245 Texas Special F3 Diesel
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Available inventory as of Sun Jul 5 03:00:01 2015 .
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All Aboard Train Shoppe7+$1085.00This is the final (1955) version of the Texas Special F3 diesel set with the silver and black frame and closed porthole lens on the B unit. Both units are clean, undamaged and rustfree.
All Aboard Train Shoppe8$1175.00Now available is a beautiful, all-original Texas Special F-3 AB diesel set. The exterior colors are vibrant and the side lettering is clean, crisp and complete. Even the front decals are complete and look great.
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Historical Sales
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Sales History
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All Aboard Train Shoppe7$775.00Fri Jan 27 19:33:18 2012 Here's a nice and clean, fully serviced, tested and ready to go F-3 diesel. This is the preferred, earlier version with a horizontal motor and pothole lens in both the A and B unit. There is no rust on either diesel.
All Aboard Train Shoppe7+$1150.00Sun Nov 23 08:50:07 2014 Up for sale is a gorgeous, all-original set of F-3 AB diesels. The exterior colors are pristine and the lettering is clean, crisp and complete. Even the front decals are complete and look great. Overall exterior condition is close to condition 8!
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