1950 - 1968

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The Berkshire -- modeled after a real-life Boston & Albany locomotive -- was a premium locomotive in the Lionel family. Introduced in 1950, this Berkshire remained in their product line for 18 years. Along with the legendary 773 Hudson and the colorful 746 Norfolk & Western J, many consider the 736 Berkshire among the nicest steam locomotives offered in the postwar era.

For 1950, Lionel upgraded all of its premier locomotives to include Magnetraction. The 736 is largely an upgraded version of the 726 with the addition of Magnetraction. As Lionel's top-of-the-line steam locomotive, the 736 frequently appeared as the lead locomotive in many sets. During its production, the 736 was available in almost 20 different catalogued sets. To this day, a complete and boxed 736 set is considered a prized possession!

The 736 Berkshire has the following standard features: black painted die-cast shell with silver numbers, full complement of driving hardware, spoked drivers, three- position E-unit, Magnetraction, hinged boiler front, plus a headlight, smoke, an ornamental bell and a decorative whistle.

The 736 underwent several changes during its lengthy production run. The following summarizes the more notable changes with the estimated year of change:

The 736 Berkshire was produced with three different tenders:

Additional Detail, Photos & Box Information
Due to material shortages in 1952 from the Korean War, the 736 was not manufactured for that single year.

Numerous Variations - Shown in the photo above. - The Berkshire in the photo above has a four-window cab, headlight support, round-base flagstaffs and plastic trailing truck -- circa 1955.

736 Berkshire & Tender
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Locomotive Variation Years .Box TypeYears
Four-window cab, headlight support & plastic trailing truckCirca 1955:~ ~ ~ ~~
Tender Variation Years .Box TypeYears
2671W - Pennsylvania whistling tender 1950:~ ~ ~ ~~
2046W Lionel Lines whistling tender 1951, 1953 - 1960 :~ ~ ~ ~~
736W Pennsylvania whistling tender 1961 - 1968 :~ ~ ~ ~~

Inventory For Sale
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736 Berkshire Engine
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Available inventory as of Wed Apr 23 03:00:01 2014 .
All Aboard Train Shoppe6+$340.00Up for sale is an original Berkshire and tender from the mid 1950's. This steamer has the plastic side frames on the trailing truck. Both the steamer and tender have been fully cleaned, serviced, tested and work perfectly.
All Aboard Train Shoppe7$425.00Now available is a clean Berkshire with whistling tender. This steamer has the plastic side frames on the trailing truck. Both the steamer and tender have been fully cleaned, serviced, tested and work perfectly. The whistle is loud and strong.
All Aboard Train Shoppe7/OB$495.00Now available is a clean, all-original steamer and tender. Both units have been cleaned, serviced, tested and work perfectly. The tender has an original shell and all corner steps are attached and not repaired.
All Aboard Train Shoppe7/OB$585.00Here's an extremely clean, all original Berkshire locomotive from 1953. The exterior colors are vibrant, the lettering is crisp and the tender shell is original and has both rear steps. The frames and trucks are clean and rustfree.
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Historical Sales
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Sales History
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All Aboard Train Shoppe7+$495.00Thu May 3 20:30:58 2012 This is a fully cleaned, serviced and tested Berkshire and tender produced in the mid-1950's. There is no damage nor rust on either piece and the rear steps are still attached to the tender shell. The whistle is loud, the e-unit cycles properly and the smoke unit works puffs like a chimney!
All Aboard Train Shoppe7+$585.00Wed Dec 5 19:12:00 2012 Here's a nice and clean, all-original steamer with the premium 12-wheel 2671W tender. This steamer and tender combination was only produced for a single year: 1950. The tender shell is complete and all corner steps are complete and not cracked nor repaired.
All Aboard Train Shoppe7+/OB$685.00Fri Jun 15 07:19:32 2012 This is a one-year-only steamer and tender combination produced in 1950. Both units are all original, nice and clean and the premium 12-wheel 2671W tender still has the rear steps attached and nothing is chipped, cracked nor damaged.
All Aboard Train Shoppe9/OB$785.00Wed Oct 16 17:37:08 2013 Up for sale is a near-new, barely used Berkshire from the mid-1960's. This steam locomotive and tender combination look phenomenal and will easily be the focal point of anyone's collection!
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Related Paper Products For Sale
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DescriptionSheet #DateConditionPriceComments
Instructions For Oper. Lionel Smoke Locomotives w/ Magne-Traction2035-132 / 19507+$ 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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