A thing of beauty and a joy forever", the No. 6 steam locomotive made its debut in Lionel's 1906 catalog as the most perfect miniature model ever placed on sale. Built along the lines of the newest powerful express passenger locomotives, the No. 6 featured a 4-0-4 wheel arrangement-known as the American. Since this arrangement was widespread at the beginning of the 20th century, Lionel, not surprisingly chose to base their toys off of this popular model.
Built with the same care as the No. 5, these locomotives were equipped with a 4-wheel pilot truck, electric headlight, and reinforced phosphor bronze bearings. These features made for a durable outfit that would last indefinitely. Lionel earnestly recommended these locomotives "for those desiring a piece for a show window display, or for the added attraction to a showroom, or for a toy that is incomparable and will be appreciated all the time". Proving that a Lionel locomotive crossed over all boarders of model railroading enthusiasts. From the experienced show room owner, to the seller, to the child themselves these versatile locomotives were featured in the catalog until 1923.
Be at the forefront of American ingenuity in model railroading with the No. 6 Lionel Corporation steam locomotives. Paired with a 3-piece Pullman car set, including baggage and observation car, this set comes richly enameled and striped with gold lettering. Metal wheels and axles, overhead interior lighting, colorful, attractive paint schemes, detailed car interiors, baked enamel finish, stamped steel bodies and chassis's, and operating latch couplers, bring these cars into the 21st century while still maintaining the look and feel of the original. Operators looking for a more modern feel may find the contemporary version of this locomotive, featuring Proto-Sound 3.0, more appealing. However, for those who prefer the more traditional features these locomotives, we also offer the standard Bild-a-Loco Motor and stamped metal chassis that have become synonymous with Lionel.