Lionel 259E tender?

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Posted by Leverettrailfan on Thursday, October 6, 2022 10:30 PM

I had/have a complete junker 'late' 258(?) which seemed to have a matte finish how I got it... it was hard to tell since iirc there was very little of it that wasn't covered in rust, rust, and more rust. That project ended up being thrown out the window, though. Maybe some day if I rounded up all the parts I could make a whole engine once more out of it.

A cursory web search indicates the matte black 258 seems to have been paired with a matte black 1689T to match it. Shouldn't be impossible to find one.


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Posted by Flintlock76 on Thursday, October 6, 2022 8:15 PM

My 259E set is a gunmetal gray I believe.

So's mine, and with a high-gloss finish.  The three cars that came with it are high-gloss as well.  I'm a bit hesitant to chime in on this since I'm no expert but I thought all the pre-war tinplates had high-gloss finishes.  But what do I know? 

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Posted by pennytrains on Thursday, October 6, 2022 6:41 PM

My 259 is paired with an orange striped 258t.


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Posted by kblester on Thursday, October 6, 2022 5:06 PM

You may want to do a photo search for Lionel 259, 259E, and 259T to see what shows up.

My 259E set is a gunmetal gray I believe.

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Lionel 259E tender?
Posted by Michael6268 on Thursday, October 6, 2022 11:21 AM

I picked up a Lionel 259E in really good shape with a satin finish. I'm looking for a  259T tender to match. The problem I'm having is all the ones I'm finding have a gloss finish. I know the 259E was made in gloss and satin, but were the tenders ever issued in satin?

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