Class J Northern
1957 - 1960

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The 746 was the final, all-new, premium steam locomotive introduced by Lionel during the postwar era. It is a remarkable steamer -- loaded with features -- as well as an accurate representation of a real-life class J 4-8-4 Northern steam locomotive. In an era when dieselization was becoming king of the railroads, Lionel made a very bold decision to introduce an all-new, premium steamer!

Collectors frequently refer to the 746 Norfolk & Western as a "J" -- short for class J Northern. The 746 was catalogued with several Super O sets during its four-year production run. Except for the hard-to-find 773 Hudson, many individuals still consider the 746 as Lionels most sought-after steam locomotive from the postwar era.

The 746 Northern has the following standard features: black painted die-cast boiler, red stripe on the running boards which is outlined in yellow, yellow number, full compliment of driving hardware, Magnetraction, three-position E-unit, liquid smoke, a functional headlight plus a wire handrailing and an ornamental bell and whistle.

The 746 did not change during its production run. However, there are two variations to the 746W whistling tender. The common version has a shorter side stripe, while the much more difficult variation has its side stripe running the entire lenght of the tender shell. Both variations have Norfolk and Western printed on the side.

Additional Detail, Photos & Box Information

Short Stripe - Shown in the photo above. - The common version tender.
Long Stripe - A very difficult tender variation to locate.

746 Class J Northern
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Locomotive Variation Years .Box TypeYears
Class J Northern1957 - 1960:~ ~ ~ ~~
Tender Variation Years .Box TypeYears
746W - Short Stripe 1957 - 1960:~ ~ ~ ~~
746W Long Stripe ?? :~ ~ ~ ~~

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746 Class J Northern
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Available inventory as of Thu Feb 11 03:00:01 2016 .
There are no 746 items currently available for sale.
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Historical Sales
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Sales History
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All Aboard Train Shoppe6$604.00Tue Jun 9 05:29:52 2015 Up for sale is a full cleaned, serviced, tested and great running N & W steamer & tender. The smoke unit works great, the e-unit cycles properly and the tender whistle is loud. Both units are all original and nothing is restored nor repainted.
All Aboard Train Shoppe6$661.00Sun Nov 30 19:45:08 2014 Here is a 1957 version of the Norfolk & Western Steam Locomotive & Tender. This set comes with the short stripe tender! The two locomotives are in nice condition.
All Aboard Train Shoppe7+/OB$1395.00Thu Feb 19 05:26:40 2015 Up for sale is a nice and clean N & W Northern steamer and tender. This set has the hard-to-find long stripe tender with the correct '746X' tender box. Both items have been cleaned, tested and work perfectly.
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