Dockside Switcher Steam Engines
Unless otherwise specified, the large pictures on this page are from the collection of The Upstairs Train.

If you have a picture that you would like to share with the world of any of engines not shown here, or a better picture of one that is shown, email them to me: theupstairstrain@yahoo.com

When I get the pages built, you will be able to click on an engine to see the train(s) it pulled.
At this point, only the #21155 and #48069 have such a link
#21155 Dockside Switcher made in 1958.
The first Docksiders used two feet to pick up power from the tracks.
They are well separated so the engine won't stall on switches.
(Picture courtesy of an anonymous donor.)
#21156 Dockside Switcher made in 1959.
(Picture courtesy of an anonymous donor.)
#21158 Dockside Switcher made in 1960.
(Pictures above and below courtesy of
Stout Auctions.)


In 2004, Lionel began producing a new breed of Dockside Switcher under its American Flyer name.  These engines are identified by the year in which they appeared in a catalog, though they often didn't get into anybody's hands until the following year.
#48039 B&O Dockside Switcher made in 2004
(Picture courtesy of Jerry Poniatowski)
#48040 Santa Fe Dockside Switcher made in 2004.
(Picture courtesy of Ed Church.)
#48055 Bethlehem Steel Dockside Switcher made in 2006.
(Picture courtesy of
drflyerhaven.)
#48056 New York Central Dockside Switcher made in 2006.
#48059 Christmas Docksider made in 2006.
#48062 Pennsylvania Docksider made in 2007 through 2009, which bore the number 450.
(Picture courtesy of
Carl Tuveson.)
#48063 Union Pacific Docksider made in 2007 through 2009.
#48069 Dockside Switcher made in 2007.
It wears number 21157, the number that Gilbert skipped in 1960.
It has no road name though it was sold only in the
#49618 New York Central Dockside Switcher set
The recent Docksiders use two rollers to pick up power from the tracks.
They are well separated so the engine won't stall on switches.

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