S-2 Turbine
1950, 1951 & 1953

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The 681 steam engine is Lionel's representation of a turbine locomotive. The 6-8-6 wheel arrangement supported Lionel's advertising claim of 'it's an impressive 20-wheel locomotive!' The prototype was produced for and used by the Pennsylvania Railroad. Due to inefficient fuel consumption, the S-2 was a commercial failure and a second locomotive was never manufactured.

For Lionel, the success story of the turbine locomotive was different. The turbines were a marketing victory. The first turbine was introduced in 1946 (numbered 671) and the final one rolled off the assembly line in 1955. Between those years, Lionel produced thousands of turbines. Other examples of postwar Lionel turbines include 671, 682 and 2020, all of which remain popular with collectors and operators.

The 681 was basically a continuation of the 671, but with Magnetraction added to the locomotive. It's a durable engine and has pulling power comparable to some of the best locomotives produced by Lionel.

The 681 turbine locomotive had a brief two-year production run. Standard features include: black painted die-cast shell with white numbers, '6200' on the keystone, a single drive rod on each side, Magnetraction, three-position E-unit plus a headlight and smoke. The pilot and trailing trucks are always die-cast.

The locomotive was sold with either a 2671W or 2046W whistling tender. The 2671W is a much more desirable tender. The tender's 12 wheels and realistic Pennsylvania markings has made this a more impressive and realistic tender when compared to the 2046W. The 2046W tender is the standard streamlined tender with eight wheels and Lionel Lines as the roadname.

Additional Detail, Photos & Box Information

Only Known Version - Shown in the photo above. - There is only one reported version of the 681 S-2 turbine locomotive.

681 S-2 Turbine & Tender
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Locomotive Variation Years .Box TypeYears
681 Turbine 1950, 1951 & 1953:Middle Classic1950, 1951 & 1953
Tender Variation Years .Box TypeYears
2046W Lionel Lines Whistling Tender 1951 & 1953:~ ~ ~ ~~
2671W - Pennsylvania Whistling Tender 1950 :~ ~ ~ ~~

Inventory For Sale
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681 S-2 Turbine Engine
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Available inventory as of Mon Feb 8 03:00:01 2016 .
Seaside Trainz4$ 14.00This frame has does not have any body chips but does have paint chips. Will make good replacemetn for you 681.
Seaside Trainz4$ 14.00Frame needs some touch up work. Screw holes are clean. Front cat walk has chips. Number are ok, stil has Sticker on inside roof. If you are rebuilding a 681, 2020 or 671.
Seaside Trainz7$ 20.00This frame is in good shape minimal paint chips number are good, screw holes good,
Seaside Trainz7$299.00This turbine was just cleaned, serviced and is ready for your layout -- it's a real beast! The turbine is one of Lionel's top-of-the-line locomotives. It includes magnetraction, smoke, headlight, e-unit and whistling tender.
All Aboard Train Shoppe8+/OB$625.00Now available for sale is a gorgeous, all-original turbine and tender. Both units have been thoroughly cleaned, serviced, tested and work perfectly. The steamer runs strong, the whistle is loud and the exterior colors are vibrant with crisp lettering.
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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+$455.00Fri Feb 27 05:31:24 2015 Here's a gorgeous turbine and 2671W tender. Both the steamer and tender have been cleaned, serviced, tested and everything works perfectly. There is no rust nor oxidation on either unit. Overall condition is close to an 8!
All Aboard Train Shoppe8$555.00Sun May 5 14:24:45 2013 Up for sale is a stunning, all-original turbine and premium 12-wheel tender. Both units have been cleaned, serviced, tested and work great. The steamer runs strong and the whistle is loud. There is no damage nor problems with this powerhouse locomotive.
All Aboard Train Shoppe7+/OB$1275.00Mon Nov 23 19:35:21 2015 Up for sale is Lionel's premier turbine freight set from 1950. This one is complete with individual boxes, all correct paperwork and a beautiful set of trains.
All Aboard Train Shoppe7+/OB$1350.00Fri May 8 05:33:10 2015 Here's a beautiful, colorful and desirable turbine freight set from 1953. This was one of Lionel's premier O gauge freight sets and includes many extras usually missing from sets.
Table generated at Mon Feb 8 17:44:57 2016 .

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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