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March 16, 2011 - M.T.H.'s Lionel Corporation Tinplate 255E steam locomotive has begun shipping to local M.T.H. Authorized Retailers. Check out the model's details in its Lionel Orange & Blue livery in the photos below or click on the video icon to the left to see it in action.

One of the last truly tinplate locomotives, the 255E, originally manufactured by Lionel in 1935 and 1936 with a 263W whistle tender, was only featured in a set and was never available for separate sale. The 255E contained the same boiler, frame, whistle, and 2-4-2 wheel arrangements as the late 260E but without the chugger.

The original model was one of the first to receive a semi gloss finish rather then the traditional high-gloss finish, which graced locomotives produced before 1934. Proudly displaying the No. 255 on the engine’s side plates, the gunmetal coloring and nickel trim were trademarks of Lionel's tinplate models produced after 1934.

Though the locomotive would later succumb to "die-cast boilers and scale detail", this model accurately recreates all of the details specific to the 255E. Dubbed in its original catalog copy as the "most spectacular development in model railroading" the 255E with its "authentic locomotive whistle" and "the rhythm of its double action pistons and driving rods is characteristic of a great "Mogul of the Rails."

Returning to the rails in 2011, the 255E is available for tinplate enthusiasts in two forms, a traditional model with AC motor and mechanical E-Unit or as a contemporary model with modern motor, electronics and full digital sound effects.

A perfect choice for a traditional holiday layout or a full-time operating tinplate empire, the M.T.H. 255E outfitted with Proto-Sound 2.0 will amaze those who watch her run. Her thick billowing smoke puffing out of the stack in prototypical four chuffs per wheel revolution is a sight to behold.

Available in classic Orange and Blue colors, the 255E can also be purchased in traditional gray livery with bright nickel trim. Both color schemes can be ordered with traditional motors or contemporary electronics.