Commodore Vanderbilt locomotive


New-York Historical Society

New-York Historical Society
New York, NY, United States

Lionel’s 264E O-gauge is modeled after the “Commodore Vanderbilt”, which was designed to streamline the New York Central’s 4-6-4 Hudson class locomotive. On December 27, 1934, the Commodore Vanderbilt debuted at Grand Central Station and then it began an exhibition tour of major cities on the NYC system. Next, it was placed in 20th Century Limited route. Dubbed the “water level route”, this speedy service originated from New York and raced overnight to Chicago through the Hudson and Mohawk Valleys of New York State. The 20th Century Limited ceased operation in 1967.


  • Title: Commodore Vanderbilt locomotive
  • Creator: Lionel
  • Date Created: 1935-1936
  • Location Created: New York, New York
  • Physical Dimensions: Locomotive: 3 1/8 × 10 × 2 1/4 in. (7.9 × 25.4 × 5.7 cm); Tender: 3 1/4 × 9 × 2 3/4 in. (8.3 × 22.9 × 7 cm)
  • Type: Toy
  • Medium: Metal, paint
  • Object Number: 2014.31.1266.1ab
  • Credit Line: New-York Historical Society, Jerni Collection, acquired with generous support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, Richard Gilder, and an anonymous donor

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