Nice! Lionel 1946 No. 726 Berkshire 2-8-4 w/ 2426W + BOXES (DAKOTApaul)
This is the top of the line in Lionel Berkshires. This is the rare 1946 Lionel No. 726 steam engine, and its No. 2426W Tender. Lionel placed the most detail and best running gear on this engine. Instead of cotter pins as used in the following years, Lionel used stanchions to hold the handrails on the engine. Instead of having the motor drive the rear axle and using the main rod to drive the rest of the axles, Lionel placed the motor horizontally and used a drive shaft to drive the front and rear axles. Plus of course no e-unit slot through the top of the boiler. The engine and tender are in excellent condition - as seen in the pictures below (and please click the link above to view ALL the pictures before bidding). Great overall condition, showing little wear. Engine ran well when tested. Smoke bulb works. The tender is also very nice. Some minor wear. Whistle works fine. The Engine Box is brick-like with insert. Some writing on it as pictured. Tender box is correct for 1946. Missing two flaps on one end, with some tape residue. Original Insert. A great set - don't miss. Thanks. Offering in AUCTION format (support the auction format!) with NO RESERVE. Buyer pays shipping (Insurance is included in the shipping and handling fees for an estimated final value of $900). Please check out my other items currently listed, and save on shipping. NO RESERVE.