Loosely based on a New York Central boxcab, the No. 8 was Lionel's lowest-priced Standard Gauge engine. But even this bottom-of-the-line model had flash and charm. Twin headlights allowed for night running, and a pantograph, whistle, and handrails adorned the roof. A brass insert, sometimes painted in a contrasting color, provided the window frames, number boards, and ventilator inserts on each side. Each pilot had flag holders, and shiny air tanks, journal boxes, and springs decorated the frame. The 1925 catalog extolled the virtues of the new addition to the line: "This locomotive contains the latest Super-Motor and is one of the very latest types of electric locomotives now being used on big electrified railroads." A new No. 8 with manual reverse would set a boy or his parents back $11.50 in 1925. The 8E, with electric reverse, was introduced the following year at $17.75. Both the manual and electric reverse models remained in the catalog through 1932, and were produced in a myriad of colors.
New for 2007, the No. 8E joins the Tinplate Traditions line in several authentic paint schemes, as well as an orange version produced here for the first time. Enjoy the clatter of a 1920s tinplate engine with a Traditional model with open-frame motor, or experience the sounds, cruise control, and other features of Proto-Sound 2.0.